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An exciting, frustrating, and otherwise volatile road.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Accountant in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Accountant in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Significant growth creating opportunity. Several industry groups with extremely knowledgable leaders, interesting clients, and fun teams.

High quality individuals at all levels, partners show appreciation and commitment to building their teams.

Lots of communication from management. Generally not too many surprises. It feels that employees are listened to though there is always room for improvement.

Cons

The significant growth also strains resources. A lot of people are making a lot of sacrifices who deliberately did not sign up to work for the big four. When people start talking about leaving for the big four, we have a problem (which we do)

There's a lot of lessons learned the hard way. Training in soft skills and techinical skills at all levels have definite room for improvement. Expectations communicated to employees upstream and downstream could be more well defined.

Compensation leaves little to be desired. This is the bay area, I feel we are very under-paid for the cost of living we endure to be here. We have a robust employee benefit plan practice, but our own 401k doesn't give us a dime for 3 years, and afterwards only provides for an annual 3% contribution, no match, limited choices, overall a weak plan.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to focus on improving communication, compensation, and training.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    UNDER APPRECIATED

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Trying too hard to be like the big 4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEARN TO TRAIN! Management should be reviewed on how well they can train and their ability to lead a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place if you just want a job, horrible place to build a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    Corporate managers are great. They're all very knowledgable and will not hesitate to explain technical issues with staff. Likewise with the corporate partners.

    There is camaraderie between a lot of the younger employees. There are always people to go out to lunch with, people who are up to play basketball, and people you can go to happy hour with after work.

    They also keep the kitchen stocked with a good variety of snacks and soda throughout the year.

    Cons

    The firm does not invest in its employees. They do not encourage employees to go out and network, and client interaction is almost nonexistent until you get close to the manager level. So, by the time you're a manager, you lack the soft skills necessary that's essential to progress in a public accounting career. You will only learn only if you create the opportunities yourself. But, you will also need to find the managers or partners who are willing to take you under their wing and develop you.

    Promotions are very much based on time served as opposed to merit. From what I've seen, it does not matter if you're working on more difficult projects, or take on more responsibilities. It doesn't matter if your technical skills are leaps and bounds ahead of others. Most people in a class will be promoted together, regardless of the gap in technical knowledge, unless you really screw up.

    Compensation does not correlate with performance. Regardless of your rating relative to your peers, pay within a "class" does not vary by much. They will keep employees within a narrow band, even between the lowest and highest performer. Raises and bonuses are not reflective of performance or your title. It does not reflect the quality of work produced, or the difficulty of projects you were on. Overall, it creates a complacent culture without the incentive to work hard. Essentially, just getting by is good enough.

    Managers on the individual/wealth services side leaves something to be desired. A lot of those wealth services managers will not take the time to explain technical issues to ensure staff understands. Rather, they just tell you to look at prior year work papers.

    HR has voiced that it is unprofessional for employees to talk about their compensation and raises. However, if everyone is compensated fairly based on performance, I'm sure employee moral would be a lot better.

    The outlook of the firm looks grim. Overall, the group of partners are great. They're very smart, knowledgable, and a lot are from Big 4s. There are a few senior managers who could be partners one day, or would be great directors if that position existed with tax at Moss Adams. However, there is a huge drop off in talent after that. There is a pipeline in place to replenish these partners and senior managers as they retire or get promoted, unless they will be hiring from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay and promote people based on performance.

    Invest in and develop employees.

    Listen to the results and comments from the engagement surveys instead of dismissing them as results that were expected.

    Don't promise employees that the bonus will make up for less than expected raises when there is no intent to really make it up on bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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