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Ok firm to start, but move on.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ

I worked at WithumSmith + Brown full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Diversity of experience opportunities between tax and audit. This is what makes it a great firm to start out. Coming out of school, it is difficult to know what you want to do exactly. Having diverse exposure can help you make you decision, in addition to having the knowledge.

Cons

Promotions seem to be based on how long you've been with the firm and who you know, rather than competency to run engagements and ability to give guidance to staff. I would say only 25% my superiors met the latter.

I know culture is a big thing with grads these days. And this is probably why the firm does their annual music video. But such things overshadow hard working individuals. Some people want to work hard and be appreciated and compensated for it. The idea that work is fun is one big sham.

A lot of office gossip, even though there were well over 100 people at my office location. I know gossip is prevalent in the workplace, but it was really over the top here, and severely hindered work and efficiency.

Advice to Management

1. Promote competent individuals that have the ability to mentor and give guidance to staff

2. Get a grip. Enough with the dumb video productions:
                 a. Its just stupid. The firm still doesn't realize that their YouTube hits are down year over year. It was cute the first time, but thats about it.
                 b. When you put the same people in front of the cameras every year, its quite obvious that anyone that is not the center of attention doesn't have much of a future at the firm. Unless of course they want to stay in the same position for 20 years and never make partner.

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    Intern - New Brunswick

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    Former Intern - Intern in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown as an intern (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good atmosphere-- not as hectic as a big four, you also stay busy. Pay is below the big 4, but is still very respectable. Company makes an effort keep employees happy with fun events

    Cons

    Tax season interns spend most time doing tax, if you want more exposure to audit, it may be hard to get that.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the partners are approachable and helpful-- some of the senior managers (who often review your work directly) can be difficult to work with.

  2. Top Notch CPA Firm - Great Culture

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Supervisor in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I spent approximately 10 years at WS+B. This is a top notch, respectable firm with its greatest assets being its people and its culture. There is typically great communication from the partner level to the staff level. The firm uses the latest and greatest technology and is sometimes ahead of even the Big 4. Flexible time policies, generous "outside work" events. Lots of opportunity to succeed. If you are interested in a Public Accounting career path, you could not ask for a better home.

    Cons

    Hours - as in any CPA firm a lot of hours are required. (There is some flexibility and there is some telecommuting possible, but it still is a CPA firm and expect 55 hours during busy seasons). You will not get exposure to the BIGGER companies. Withum deals with a lot of smaller companies and not-for-profits. If you are looking to experience a lot of SEC clients, this is not the place. There are several partners that operate "outside" the firm norm. They have different expectations than the other partners and treat the firm as their own and dont follow policy, this can be very frustrating. There are a lot of cliques, if you get into the right one it will advance your career quickly, if you are in the wrong one it can stall your career. Pay is a little low for the industry and bonuses can vary wildly.

    Advice to Management

    The managing partners leadership has grown the firm and reputation of the firm and is heading in the right direction. Continue to mentor the young CPA's. More emphasis should be put on quality of work, rather than quantity. And one last suggestion - the firm videos were cute the first year, and even the second year. But they are really becoming cheesy and stale. It may be time to rethink that marketing strategy.

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