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  1. Great place to learn and work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Quincy, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Quincy, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LarsonAllen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Partners ...most of the year. Knowledgeable staff and admin

    Cons

    Two mergers in two years due to the firms want to constantly grow.


  2. Lots of opportunities, too competitive of a work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LarsonAllen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Given many responsibilities, even as intern or level 1 staff. Diverse group of coworkers. Trusts employees; does not look over your shoulder while you work.

    Cons

    Competitive environment that requires you to match your peers time and effort, whether or not you are a workaholic as well. Poor work/life balance; noticed many middle aged coworkers did not have time for families or outside interests. Didn't have enough time to volunteer outside of work. Some managers are great but others who are in high levels of responsibility are still acting like they are in college, partying with younger coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up on the competitive requirements. Why should I work 70 hours just because my coworker, who has no personal life, does? More flexibility with time off. We had to use a whole day of PTO if we had to go home part way through the day due to illness or a doctors appointment.


  3. Started great, ended poorly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LarsonAllen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to get the job done, fairly good resources for assistance, ability to stretch yourself by switching industries or offices

    Cons

    some partners are promoted soley because of technical knowledge, not people skills work-life balance sounds great, but difficult in practice - hours are still the main metric

    Advice to Management

    spend more money and time for development of interpersonal skills for staff at all levels recognize that work-life balance is easy to promote but difficult to manage


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  5. Professional, depending on Industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Industry specific driven. If you are fortunate to get in a good industry, you will enjoy your job (assuming it's what you enjoy doing). I am lucky enough to be in one of the good industries and offices. I have people that listen to my dreams and care enough to help me find them here within LarsonAllen.

    Cons

    Industries/groups are lead by individuals that lack compassion and understanding that a job isn't a "life" for every single person. It's only 1 piece of their lives that make the whole pie.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to ask and listen to employees of all levels. Every single employee has value in making LA as successful as it is.


  6. Professional firm with solid reputation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm is pretty classy and tends to hire from the more prestigious business schools in the area. Most recognize the name of the firm, and it's nice to have on the resume.

    Cons

    As with all CPA firms, busy season is, well, busy. Most workgroups are affected by busy season between January and April, and it's not uncommon to see even principals working over 80 hours per week during this time.

    Advice to Management

    The executives outlined progressive path that employees may follow, but not every business unit follows this path. it would be helpful if every workgroup was consistent in providing promotion opportunities for employees.


  7. Disappointed.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Scottsdale, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff are very great people and very intelligent.

    Cons

    Local leadership is horrible. There is no sense of true LarsonAllen environment created in Arizona. There is too little potential for promotion in the local office.


  8. LarsonAllen is a good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work around.

    Cons

    Office is in a bad location.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Prior audit manager @ LarsonAllen

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Arlington, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growth potential Big firm in midwest and want to grow to bigger firm Culture is consistent with other CPA firms

    Cons

    Culture doesn't come down to satelitte offices No direction after you get to manager Spend money in right areas Lack of HR control in most offices Tend to try and sell to much internal new culture

    Advice to Management

    Ask questions of future leaders Provide specific guidance on how to get to partner instead of making new roles Force leaders in satelitte offices to be leaders and live the "dream"


  10. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and workspace; great company values; supportive of staff; opportunities to advance; dedicated to giving back to the community; solidly performing company

    Cons

    I've been very impressed with LarsonAllen. The only con I would say are that your vacation, sick and personal days are only rolled together and you never increase the number of days you earn no matter how long you are with the company.

    Advice to Management

    I encourage the leadership to look beyond titles and "levels" and instead focus on capabilities and strengths. It would also strengthen the company if there was more internal education on what each industry sector is working on.


  11. Growth & Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Numerous opportunities for personal growth. Fast growing firm. One of the only places I have been where you truly have the ability to decide where you want to focus your abilities and are able to take on new initiatives. Great firm management that maintains firm direction and environment.

    Cons

    Lots of mergers can hamper your likelihood of promotion. Noticeable "we are better than you" attitude from the large home office in Minneapolis towards the other locations.



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