Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP

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Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP Managing Partner Bryan C. Polster
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  1.  

    Good people and fast paced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    always busy, never a dull moment, and plenty of people to help you out. Great place to gain experience out of college.

    Cons

    no enough training, and not very focused on employee growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please train your incoming associates better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, very smart, top notch, better compensation AND better balance than big 4... no brainer if you're looking for an acct firm to join.

    Cons

    new staff members seem a little lack luster, but anyone who makes it past a year seems to be pretty sharp. Not a lot you can do after unless you want to say in accounting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great culture for those looking for something special!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally speaking this is a low stress environment compared to other public accounting firms, especially the Big 4!
    Awesome culture in the Firm cascading down from top leadership
    Very competitive salaries, great work environment
    Passionate about helping each employee reach their potential

    Cons

    Sometimes feels a bit small
    Not many international clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and remain true to the FRC mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun culture (lots of firm-sponsored social events), light hearted atmosphere, and great first job out of college (get to try out different departments before choosing).

    Cons

    Some of the smaller departments, by nature, don't have as much priority in the eyes of the partners. Turnover in these groups have a significant impact on the employees and clients, making it difficult for the partners to ensure continuity. At times, I felt as though better decisions could have been made to keep the right people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall pretty decent firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people overall. The managers and partners are pretty understanding of their staff and try hard to make the work environment a pleasant and enjoyable one. It's an entrepreneurial environment which means there are opportunities if you go for them. Effort and passion are definitely recognized here, and the firm does have more of a family feel to it than some other places where you might just be a number; a good alternative to any big 4 firm.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season, but that goes for any public accounting firm. Benefits not as good as one would wish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits, offer HSA high deductible health insurance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good people to work with
    management understand you

    Cons

    long tax season hours
    managment has its favorites

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The place to be if you want to work in public accounting!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The long-run opportunities at Frank Rimerman are amazing. The ladder to the top is no where close as cutthroat as the big 4. Hours throughout the year for a tax associate are very fair. Tax seasons are bad, but the down time is pretty relaxed. Management here is practically unparalleled. They are friendly, patient, down to earth, and considerate of how staff feel.
    There is a tremendous amount of flexibility. You can be lazy and get by and you will never be fired. Or you can own your work, and carve out your career path, and eventually make a lot of money. Either work at this firm, at least for the first few years.

    Cons

    Tax season can be brutal, but its nothing like the Big 4. One should differentiate this job compared to a "normal" 9-5 job, and compared to a Big 4 job. If I were to stay in tax and/or public accounting forever, the Big 4 is the last place I would do it, and Frank Rimerman would be an excellent bet for the long haul. Office politics can nit pick at morale. Management wastes too much money in recruiting; the same level of recruiting could be achieved without burning so much money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Processes within the tax department can be extremely inefficient at times. Procedures should be more standardized, or work groups should be smaller. Managements knowledge and skills should be available to the staff without the staff having to waste managements time. People ask the same questions over and over and over, and the current "resource" doesn't cut it, so people either eat in to managements time or don't ever bother asking. Also, buying $500 cupcakes every other day during busy season doesn't appease morale like a small bonus or saturday off would.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great people, great experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people, the training, the flexibilty!

    Cons

    The long work hours during busy season, but that goes along with public accounting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to mentor!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    People you are great, but partners/senior management are horrible at managing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP

    Pros

    The people they hire are great to work with. The work is mediocre but the people make it worth it. Compensation for accounts are above average, which is nice.

    Cons

    Senior management does not know how to perform their jobs. They try very hard to be a big 4, but they're not. Leadership does not know how to perform C-level duties. Corporate offices and website "look nice" but when push comes to shove during a recession for example, when everyone else cut out office parties, they still had a glamorous one. Senior management publicly annouced that they were NOT doing lay offs, but 2 months later, they did 3 rounds of lay offs. On top of that, they did not even provide severance packages for the people they laid off. Even during the lay-offs, they threw a pricey "post tax season party." Human Resources are a joke, including the performance review process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some C-level courses.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Professional, challenging, but a Big 4 in disguise

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP

    Pros

    Challenging work, excellent clientele & early exposure to complex tax issues. Co-workers are very kind and quite easy to get along with. High learning curve with an opportunity to excel quickly.

    Cons

    No work-life balance observed, just a lot of talk about it. Super long hours during busy season (think a minimum of 70 to 80 true hours, maybe 60 on paper after you eat 10-20 hours to meet unreasonable budgets).

    No overtime and little reward to staff for long hours. Constant micro-managing from senior management can be a nuisance.

    Sink or swim environment with only hard skills recognized. Soft skills go unnoticed.

    Good place for boot camp, but not a long term destination for your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect reasonable hours from your people, not a work-a-holic mentality. A true work-life balance and bringing back overtime may help employees become more motivated to work longer hours.

    Doesn't Recommend

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