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James C. Kieckhafer
I have been working at Kieckhafer Schiffer full-time for more than 5 years
Pros – Work / life balance, Partner / Owners that truly care about the organization and the employees, limitless potential for career growth for professional and operational support personnel. The culture is constantly evolving for the better.
Cons – the growing pains that occur in any developing organization. there are always uncertanties in a growing company, but the partners try to address these issues as they occur to avoid unnecessary tension and stress for the employees
Advice to Senior Management – Keep your core values in the forefront of all organizatioal developments and changes.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-12-16 15:44 PST
I worked at Kieckhafer Schiffer full-time for more than a year
Pros – You can drive your own career, particularly if you are popular. A little more laid back than other accounting firms.
Cons – The benefits are disappointing. The cost of health insurance is sky-high, and there's no 401(k) match, just "profit sharing" that doesn't immediately vest. Somewhat of a "bro" culture.
Advice to Senior Management – Treat your employees like their next job is with your dream target client.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-08-07 09:47 PDT
I worked at Kieckhafer Schiffer
Pros – Learned a lot of tax related filings as a intern, there is traing the first week then it is learning by doing, provided resources to do independent research
Cons – Low pay compare to other CPA firms, if not proficient at excel will have to eat hours, does not offer much benefits besides salary after full time, managers are not constructive during reviews
2013-06-23 16:39 PDT
I have been working at Kieckhafer Schiffer
Pros – The Firm is focused on being the premier provider on the West Coast in each of its various services lines. KS&Co's primary service lines generally do not compete directly with the Big Four Firms; rather they are complimentary to the Big Four. With many client projects, KS&Co provides a product that is reviewed by a Big Four Firm. As a result, team members are exposed to complex issues and gain valuable experience early in their careers.
KS&Co has added several new partners recently, which resulted in a quick recovery from the economic slowdown. In addition, because of the focused service lines, the impact of the recession to the Firm was not nearly as significant as it was to other firms. The Firm is growing and creating opportunities for its team members. The partners have hired some strong performers and made several terminations over the past year that have improved the overall quality of the team.
The Partner group is focused on developing its employees into future managers and partners. The Partner group rewards team members who work toward being a top performer. This is not only performance metrics, but continuous demonstration of teamwork and client focus.
The Firm has an attitude of continuous improvement. This is especially true in technology. The management is always looking to improve processes and procedures, and we use technology as the primary driver of improvements.
Cons – Because of the changes over the past two years with the economic slowdown and the firm adding new partners, the communication from management has not always been timely. This issue is being addressed and remains a top priority for the partnership.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep looking for improvements in communication
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2010-10-21 11:15 PDT
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