LarsonAllen Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to learn and work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Quincy, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Quincy, WA

    I have been working at LarsonAllen full-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Billings more important than Delivery.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LarsonAllen as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent clients, interesting work and collaborative-style auditing. Enjoyed reviewing businesses, many of them relatively small, in a variety of industries. Was generally received by the clients as a collaborator vs an auditor. LA enjoys a good relationship with its clients.

    Cons

    Huge focus on costs and hours vs service to client. Preferred to assign recent grads to 'check the boxes' of an audit vs using the opportunity to concurrently deliver experience based value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at service delivery from the customer perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of opportunities, too competitive of a work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LarsonAllen full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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  5.  

    Solid experience, but could work on development of its employees a bit.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LarsonAllen as an intern

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedule, as long as you get your tasks completed it can be nice not to have that set 8-5 schedule.

    Cons

    As with any public accounting firm, you can expect very long hours during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to take better care of those underneath you, as they are your support and can make your job a heck of a lot easier. After all, turnover is a major issue in the industry..

  6.  

    Started great, ended poorly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Professional, depending on Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at LarsonAllen

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional firm with solid reputation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at LarsonAllen

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at LarsonAllen

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    LarsonAllen is a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at LarsonAllen

    Pros

    Great people to work around.

    Cons

    Office is in a bad location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Prior audit manager @ LarsonAllen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at LarsonAllen

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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"

    No opinion of CEO

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