JK Harris & Company

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JK Harris & Company Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Assist clients in resolving their IRS liabilities.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enrolled Agent  in  Goose Creek, SC
    Former Employee - Enrolled Agent in Goose Creek, SC

    I worked at JK Harris & Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping clients resolve their IRS issues.

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt and is out of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pay family members for work they do not perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Not the most professional place to work for employees or managers

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    Former Employee - Data Entry  in  Goose Creek, SC
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Goose Creek, SC

    I worked at JK Harris & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They gave great bonuses to employees and management for meeting quotas

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement from supervisors. Not able to manage their departments without stepping in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs some ongoing training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work, but poor execution.

    Former Employee - Tax Preparer  in  Goose Creek, SC
    Former Employee - Tax Preparer in Goose Creek, SC

    I worked at JK Harris & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Middle management was easy to get along with, spoke to their employees like adults, and had fairly realistic expectations. A feeling of great satisfaction was to be felt upon completing past-due tax returns for a client. After one spends so much time on one person's case, the sense of accomplishment felt at its conclusion is quite rewarding.

    Cons

    Upper management, though fairly accessible, had unrealistic expectations with regards to the speed:accuracy ratio of return completion. Accuracy tended to take a back seat to speed with some preparers, which was not specifically endorsed by management, but was in a de facto manner, as those who completed returns quickly were offered bonus incentives. However, the returns were often quite complicated and required more time to complete accurately, leading to poor preparation accuracy being rewarded. Sales force often made promises about the work of the Tax Preparation and Case Resolution departments which could not be kept once the case was under way and the full scope of the client's issues was realized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though the company has since been liquidated due to multiple lawsuits leading to insolvency, many can learn from its mismanagement. While after working for this firm, In my opinion, there were two major issues that led to the downfall of the company. First, many members of the sales team often promised unrealistic terms of resolution in an effort to sell contracts, leading to an impasse at case resolution. Second, speed was encouraged more than accuracy. It is important to note, that despite the claims of many plaintiffs, from my perspective it was never the policy of the company to encourage these practices, but nor was its policy discouraging said misdoings. Others in the industry should take note of these mistakes and attempt to prevent similar occurrences in their own businesses.

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  5.  

    Financially Rewarding

    Former Employee - Tax Consultant
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant

    I worked at JK Harris & Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with J.K. Harris and Company as a Tax Consultant was financially rewarding. There was a good life/work balance which permitted you to make a lot of money and have time to enjoy it!

    Cons

    Company did not always put the clients first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start a new company minus John Harris!

  6.  

    Decent enough

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Goose Creek, SC

    I have been working at JK Harris & Company

    Pros

    IT has a great VP and leadership team
    Some really nice people
    Lots to learn if your willing to wait

    Cons

    Company is own/ran by a used car salesman
    Never a set path or goal in mind
    Pay is really low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone who can lead the company in charge
    Treat all dept. with the same respect as your "production" teams

  7.  

    Rewarding, challenging and exciting. I've never worked with a more diverse, interesting, and talented group of people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goose Creek, SC

    I have been working at JK Harris & Company

    Pros

    My co-workers! And the fact that everyday I assist hardworking and stressed out people solve their state and federal tax problems. It is tremendously rewarding. Also, I believe that the company culture is one that is very caring, at least relative to other workplaces. Personal and professional growth is encouraged.

    Cons

    Upper management has been very out of touch in recent years. Changes have been made to the company that NEVER should have been allowed to be implemented. Morale has been quite low. HOWEVER, Great strides have been made very recently. Things are looking up significantly.

    The commute is pretty brutal for many employees.... and the ability to work flex time and/or from home is non-existent for most of us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with the changes that are beginning to take place and PLEASE get rid of the multiple layers of management by re-allocating these poor people so that their talent and skills are not wasted. Send ltr's along with the consultants from time to time to meet with clients. Its the fastest and most efficient way for the consultants to learn how to sell the right product to the right customer and it will give the consultants more confidence.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good Work - Bad Management

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    Current Employee - Licensed Taxpayer Representative  in  Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Licensed Taxpayer Representative in Goose Creek, SC

    I have been working at JK Harris & Company

    Pros

    The premise behind a tax resolution firm is solid.
    The desire to help those who have gotten into a difficult financial situation is admirable

    Cons

    Management is more concerned in the sales aspects then in the best resolution for a client. The focus is on doing enough work to show that a contract has been satisfied. No consideration is given to what is the best overall course of action for a client. Management also micromanages those who do not need day to day attention. Focus is on numbers and spreadsheets and no time is taken to determine what actual work is being done. A bonus structure is in place that is virtually impossible to reach. On the rare occasion that a goal is reached management places an even more unrealistic goal in place. Management does not think more than one step ahead, more attention needs to be placed on the big picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people who are working and not just the numbers on a spreadsheet. Customer service is based on more than just a fuzzy feeling through the process. The quality of the result is as important as obtaining a result

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Interesting, to say the least.

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    Former Employee - Tax Preparer
    Former Employee - Tax Preparer

    I worked at JK Harris & Company

    Pros

    Monthly bonus was a great reason!

    Cons

    That place was a mess!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect & Experience!

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    A Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JK Harris & Company

    Pros

    A Great place to work

    Cons

    The case loads are too large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to hire more people.

    Recommends

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