Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt

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Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
14 Reviews
3.6
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Casual and Professional Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free food
    Good Training
    Casual atmosphere
    Big clients
    Paid overtime
    Strong relationships with mentors
    Fun firm events and holidays

    Cons

    Sometimes disorganized
    Sometimes training isn't very client specific and glosses over important practical details that you have to just figure out on your own
    As a new staff you may spend a lot of time without anything to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are good for the most part; it'd be nice to always have something to do as a staff though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Was only there for three months for an internship it was hard to get a full understanding of the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Pay is good
    - People are nice
    -Nice facilities

    Cons

    - Not that much teamwork

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt

    Pros

    HCVT is a growing firm

    Cons

    No real personal connection from the recruiter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away from traditional interview techniques (behavior questions, situational questions) and more towards having a real conversation.

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  5.  

    Great firm for staff and partners but not Managers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overtime pay was great but it ends as soon as you make manager.
    They will promote you fast if you are at least a decent performer.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Don't expect any work-life balance.
    You receive a pay cut when you make manager (I know several people with the same experience).
    Partners are quick to steal credit and not give you a bonus for new clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased responsibility should always follow with commensurate compensation. When you tell someone their compensation will not decrease when they make manager - then it does and they bring it to your attention - don't tell them there is nothing you can do to stick to your word because it is the "compensation committee's decision."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company Culture

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

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great relaxed company culture where everyone is trying their best. Great tax practice. Get to work with a lot of different types of clients.

    Cons

    Might need to improve in the IT system but overall managers and the company are doing great things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Audit Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Audit Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Former Intern - Audit Intern in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was at the Pasadena Office and they had a very nice office with great amenities like an in-house little gym; the office itself is new and looks very professional; the office is casual dress daily; they had lots of snacks; they went out to lunch a lot; their technology is pretty up to date; the people are great even though most of them are tax. Great firm to work for.

    Cons

    The audit practice is small at HCVT which limits the amount of exposure that you can have as an auditor. There is enough work for you but you will be limited based on the clients that they have and the managers that you will be assigned to. If working from the office most of time is your thing, then HCVT is great for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up to great work. Love HCVT.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    okay place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt

    Pros

    good people, overtime pay makes it competitive

    Cons

    lots of hours, work doesn't involve many industries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people

  9.  

    Lots of hours...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay overtime, promote people when they are ready instead of when an open position is open.

    Cons

    lots of working hours, very top heavy so managers do a lot of staff work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Process Improvements Needed

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

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is good, yearly bonuses based on your billable hours paid in July, Most managers are easy to work with. Partners are good guys (Should have more women though). Long hours but dinner is served and fun to hangout with everyone.

    Cons

    Technology is lacking, we seem to be wasting time on what the Partners need as opposed to streamlining processes. Upward evaluations are a waste of time. Training is not focused around technology to improve our lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a process improvement specialist and improve IT support. Better training needed on software. In some cases I have overheard Partners say they don't care about the Firm only their clients which is a bit disconcerting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Hours long but not too long, pays overtime

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

    I have been working at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    --Overtime pay makes compensation competitive
    --Casual work environment
    --Growing

    Cons

    --Can be sucked into one area of expertise
    --No consistency between offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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