LarsonAllen
3.1 of 5 35 reviews
www.larsonallen.com Minneapolis, MN 1000 to 5000 Employees

LarsonAllen Reviews

Updated Feb 10, 2014

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70% Approve of the CEO

LarsonAllen CEO and Managing Principal Creative Partnerships Gordy Viere

Gordy Viere

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to learn and work

Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Quincy, WA

I have been working at LarsonAllen full-time for more than a year

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Billings more important than Delivery.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at LarsonAllen as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent 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.

ConsHuge 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 Senior ManagementLook at service delivery from the customer perspective.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of opportunities, too competitive of a work environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at LarsonAllen full-time for more than a year

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at LarsonAllen as an intern

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementTry 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..

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Started great, ended poorly

Audit Manager (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at LarsonAllen full-time for more than 5 years

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

Conssome 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 Senior Managementspend 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Professional, depending on Industry

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at LarsonAllen

ProsVery 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Professional firm with solid reputation

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at LarsonAllen

ProsThe 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.

ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointed.

Senior Accountant (Current Employee)
Scottsdale, AZ

I have been working at LarsonAllen

ProsThe staff are very great people and very intelligent.

ConsLocal 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.

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LarsonAllen is a good place to work.

Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at LarsonAllen

ProsGreat people to work around.

ConsOffice is in a bad location.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Prior audit manager @ LarsonAllen

Audit Manager (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA

I worked at LarsonAllen

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

ConsCulture 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 Senior ManagementAsk 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"

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