Gumbiner Savett Reviews

Updated March 7, 2014
Updated March 7, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    Gumbiner is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Gumbiner Savett as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The work environment at Gumbiner is welcoming and supportive. Everyone here takes their job seriously and brings a different prospective, which makes it a motivating place to work. Also, a strong work-life balance is encouraged.

    Cons

    The work comes in wave. One week I will be swamped with work, and the next I will have nothing to do. This can make the busy times stressful and the less busy times boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful is more work was delegated to even out the work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Audit Experience

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Gumbiner Savett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good audit and accounting experience for new accountants.

    Cons

    Tax training is lacking. Oh yea, I worked their for almost two years and logged more than 500 audits hours. When it came time to "sign off" my hours with the CA Board of Accountancy, the Senior Audit Manager refused. I had to petition the CA Board of Accountancy to review the workpapers in order to have my CPA certificate issued. I now run my own firm and earn a little under $200,000 per year...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize tax trainimg

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assisting with the Business Services dept.

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    Former Employee - Business Services Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Business Services Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    Interns are able to have freedom to learn

    Cons

    not much upper level contact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be better to maintain a more dynamic internship program

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work if you want stability

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    Stability- Accounting is a really stable field
    Nice Offices-located in a great location, about a ten minute drive from the beac
    Admin Staff-very friendly people, good peers to work with

    Cons

    Accounting- pretty boring industry
    Social- not a very good place for a fresh college graduate, not many people to socialize with, most people are involved in their families and work etc....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really couldnt say I didnt work much with Senior Management

    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Firm that NEEDS NEW MANAGEMENT IDEAS!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    GS is well rocognized among its competitors (other CPA firms) in the Los Angeles area; I still believe it's a good place to work, and everyone gets along really well.

    Cons

    As others have written, the firm management the past 2-3 years have slipped and have made bad choices. For example, the move to transfer the work into a less paper environment could have been handled better - - the move to Sureprep was not great. Among partners and principals, the work was not distributed fairly. This has left some in upper management a little perturbed and caused others to leave.

    The worst thing that could have happened is the move to hire non-locals among the staff. I understand the cheaper rate that they can pay, but I rather have someone who speaks better English and knows American customs.

    I think it started to go down when they were examining being bought out by a larger national firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some who shouldn't be in Senior Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    A Place On The Decline

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    Former Employee - Senior  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    PROS

    Good mid-level firm to start off from college. There is growing support at this level, and I believe it continues to get better. There's a range of great clients and exposure to all industries is certain.

    Cons

    CONS

    The management was lacking, and the direction the firm was heading was not good. People were leaving, and they were being replaced by Indians. I termed it "Reverse Outsourcing." Certain new partners were changing the culture to one that was negative for a smaller firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some partners who have no business being partners. The cold attitude needs to be thawed out. There needs to be greater structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's ok. Pays the bills

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    I initially liked working with the different people, and I thought it would be a place where I can get great experience.

    Cons

    After having worked here for close to 18 months, I feel like I need to move on. I have not been able to get the audit experience that I want. It seems like there's a lot politics involved in getting a job. Certain managers and seniors want to work with certain staff. On the other side, the tax department doesn't really have any good programs for instruction. Their training method is to throw you in the deep end, and let you figure it out yourself.

    There's a lot of poltics in the firm, even among managers and partners. It seems like there's no true leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More structure involved in the training of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    nice small firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gumbiner Savett full-time

    Pros

    people are more chill than big 4

    Cons

    nice if you want to stay at a small firm, not good if you plan to transition to a larger enterprise.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's an awesome place to work, with a great balance.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Second Year Associate
    Current Employee - Second Year Associate

    I have been working at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    People, experience, growth, and work-life balance

    Cons

    Benefit package, bonus, profit sharing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A small firm where you can get experience, but guidance from managers and partners can be lacking.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gumbiner Savett

    Pros

    Good work and life balance.

    Cons

    Many times prior year work was wrong and you had to take time to fix it. In comparison to last years billable hours, you may end up looking inefficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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