GRASSI & CO. Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
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  1. forthcoming

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    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at GRASSI & CO.

    Pros

    as i recolect all i can think of is salary, helpful opportunity, location.

    Cons

    should consider and really try to implement more of a long term planning mechanism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Awful Place to work

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    Former Employee - Junior Tax Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Tax Accountant in New York, NY

    I worked at GRASSI & CO.

    Pros

    Toasties Deli downstairs - Did not have to leave the building.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    Tax Principal from BDO
    Tax lead Partner
    Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell your firm and let someone who cares about clients take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. A company that's in the business of public accounting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at GRASSI & CO. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Bagels
    Seamless
    Car service for working late
    Lots of training
    Jeans on Friday (if you have $5)

    Cons

    Micromanagers run the firm so it's all about reporting where you are, what you're doing and when you'll be done to people that have zero accountability for the work. Leaders don't have the focus or experience in accounting services and tax to run them properly. Days are full of answering emails from admin and management so an eight hour day turns into 10. Budgets and profitability are the only focus. Servicing client, developing the professionals and having a pleasant work envirionment are not the priorities. Trekking out to Long Island for training that could be done through a webinar wastes time and money. The turnover is killer with having to retrain people and figure out how the work was done by those that are no longer there. The turnover is quite frequent too and at every level from intern up to partner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap your playbook. You're turning touchdowns into fumbles. Get accounting professionals with practical experience to make the calls. Give your staff rights and responsibilities which will turn them into the professionals that their degrees and licenses say they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Take a Pass on this Firm

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    Current Employee - Auditor
    Current Employee - Auditor

    I have been working at GRASSI & CO.

    Pros

    Nice place to start for Junior Associates.

    Friendly administrative staff.

    Cons

    It's a tough place to work once you rise to the level of senior. At most firms in public accounting, the senior associate level is a tough one, but it is more so true at this firm. Unattainable budgets, tight scheduling and clients that commonly are not ready all lead to immense backlogs of work for seniors and tons of stress.

    Too many good solid people let go. Partners and managers seemingly just disappear. Too many "so and so is no longer with the firm - please wish them well with future endeavors" e-mails. Many others get the hint and leave. This firm commonly mentions that they are family, but way too often they throw good and talented "family" members out on the street and happens seemingly all throughout the year.

    Very tough with the promotions once someone reaches manager. Hardly anyone gets promoted from manager to partner. They like to hire partner talent from outside of the organization and not give the people inside a chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people much better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Awful place to work. Firm has absolutely no consideration for their employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at GRASSI & CO.

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Horrible health insurance. Extremely high turnover. People either quit or get fired. Most people don't last more than 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to treat their employees like people rather than just numbers. They should invest in attempting to improve the culture of the organization instead of just pretending to do so. Throwing an expensive holiday party is not the way to retain your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Harmful to your career

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    Former Employee - Tax in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tax in New York, NY

    I worked at GRASSI & CO. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seamless orders during busy season ($16 max)

    Cons

    Very low employee morale.
    Terrible raises/ bonuses - received 2.8% on a promotion.
    Awful leadership (Managing tax partner lies every time he opens his mouth).
    No regard for peoples careers or personal lives.
    Far too much turnover even for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the careers of the young people that you persuade to join your company. Live up to the promises you make regarding work/life balance, training and developing. Realize talent and potential and do your best to bring it out of everyone. Just because you are set/stuck in your career doesn't mean you shouldn't help the younger staff achieve greatness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Best group of people I have ever worked with!! So glad I chose Grassi as the place to start my Accounting career!

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    Former Employee - Audit Semi-senior in Jericho, NY
    Former Employee - Audit Semi-senior in Jericho, NY

    I worked at GRASSI & CO. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, awesome team of your professionals!
    Desire to evolve and improve the culture and processes
    Competitive salary
    Great experience in many industries, including Non-Profit, M&D, Construction
    Medical Benefits
    Advancement Potential

    Cons

    Occasional communication disconnect between upper level management/Partners and staff
    Small-firm mentality with mid-level firm goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to make changes in order to grow!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    unrealistic employer expectations

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at GRASSI & CO. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    location, good amount of delis near by, bagels on friday.

    Cons

    Constant micro management by administration, unrealistic budgets and sales expectation and no consideration of employees general work interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the administration and let the partners who actually do the work manage it. The administration should not make business decisions and are inept at it, yet they (she) is in charge. They should only be supporting the efforts of the people that pay their salaries. Never worked at a firm where an administrator tells the partners how to sell and retain business. It doesn't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. good experience overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GRASSI & CO.

    Pros

    Very good work enviornment, nice

    Cons

    some people hard to get along with

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GRASSI & CO.

    Pros

    Free lunch on Saturday during busy season, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Poor training, company culture obsessed with coming in under budget...to the detriment of audit quality, terrible morale, office administrator with complete control over scheduling staff and length of time on engagements who believes "all audits are the same", zero work-life balance...unless you are a first or second year staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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