MKA Reviews

Updated June 12, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014
11 Reviews
2.7
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to build a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in North Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at MKA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Fairly competitive pay
    New staffs hardly work OT.
    Coworkers are friendly.
    OT are available to staffs, seniors, and supervisors, excludes managers and partners.

    Cons

    Very little training. All trainings are hands on.
    CPE requirements done outside of work are out-of-pocket costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest the time and money to train new auditors the basic skills needed (e.g. how to navigate through the software, the purpose for the tests of each engagement) before throwing them into an audit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    They try, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    Super nice people. Partners are all great and will talk to you socially. They actually attend company events. They are interested in what you do and will support any event or nonprofit you're involved in.
    Free snacks. Free bagels on Fridays.
    There are fun people. Happy hour outings and lots of employee send off parties (EVERYONE is leaving, or looking to leave)
    Free dental
    Free life insurance

    Cons

    Parking - you have to move your car every two hours so you don't get ticketed
    Old people - there are people who have been there for 40 years. They are stuck in their ways and grumpy. They expect you to stick around that long, because, they don't know any better.
    Technology - the IT has been there for 40 years, and is stuck in 1990. Some people don't know how to use Excel or email. 0_0
    Clients - everything revolves around labor unions. Which, suck, and are old. There's no commercial work
    Pay - they low-ball everyone, I started at $40K
    Raises/Advancement - they don't promote the right people or give realistic raises. They are all old people, so, they think you should stay at a company for more than 10 years.
    Opportunity - None of them look at the future or want to grow. This firm will die out in a few years. It can't keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good team = A good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in North Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at MKA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    MKA is a good growing company, It's a great place to get work experience, they provide opportunities to those who graduated and want to work in public accounting to go in as an entry level staff without any prior accounting experience.

    Cons

    You get booked on a team and you don't have much place for career growth. What i mean is that you will get placed on a team that deals specifically with a particular industry and you are not given the opportunity to learn more than just that industry.

    On the job training - I understand this cuts down on cost but I don't believe it's effective. I believe that a minimum of 2 weeks training should be provided to introduce new staff to the software that the firm uses and provide new hires with tools to use when they are going to be out on the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and provide them with the opportunity to grow there careers in the firm. Don't limit your teams to one industry, allow them to explore other industries the firm has and after 2 or 3 years let them choose what area they want to focus on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rubber stamp EBP audits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Technically there is paid overtime (IF you can get it approved, and it's mostly paid at straight-time). Generous sick time. Better than being unemployed.

    Cons

    Vacation and Holiday time; expected to eat time and "rubber stamp" audits (without being explicitly told, of course) to stay in budget; no orientation or initial training - ALL training is on-the-job, and most of it you're expected to figure out on your own; little marketable experience outside the benefit plan industry; terrible IT (support, equipment, and software); terrible communication, no leadership; cheap with training, cheap with travel expenses, cheap with benefits; blatantly lie about future pay increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as assets instead of expenses. [Get how both are debits? :)]

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Supportive of balanced lifestyle

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

    I worked at MKA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The firm is very supportive of those with family commitments and recognizes that you should and do have other priorities. If you see that you want to try a different department, they are responsive to that and will work in some of those audits for you.

    Cons

    Clients are mostly employee benefit plans, unions, and non-profits. Nothing very sexy about this work. Pay is somewhat below what other firms offer. It's hit or miss with management, but you can be transferred.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing - narrow minded people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    It may be better than not getting paid.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for error. Bring your A game, a very up or out kind of place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work a little harder at bringing people along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Case Study in the Peter Principle

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at MKA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent hours, staff and seniors are friendly and non-competitive.

    Cons

    I've yet to come across another business with as many supervisors, managers, and partners ill-suited to manage others. At least two of the supervisors and managers I directly worked with who supposedly had years of experience auditing benefit plans lacked basic knowledge about how these plans worked, and the terminology. Their knowledge gaps were evident in meetings and conversations I overheard between them and clients - the clients ended up filling in those gaps. Even I had picked up these essential facts that they lacked. I was rather embarrassed for these individuals, but the ultimate blame lies with the partners above them who deemed them suitable for management. And as another reviewer noted, budgets are completely out of line with the reality and much work is glossed over. Perhaps that's where the problem ultimately begins. I had the intellectual curiosity to fill in gaps on my own time - perhaps they did not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read up on the Peter Principle and take a good look at your compensation structure to make sure you retain talent. Talented staff with any ambition inevitably look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    micro managed, can't grow that much after you hit senior auditor level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at MKA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    salary is ok, over time

    Cons

    very micro-managed, hard deadlines, RIDICULOUS budgets that you can't meet unless you skim through all the audit programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for life-long auditors or people without strong ambition

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

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

    Pros

    Hours are reasonable, people are generally nice, significant interaction with partners, paid days off for CPA exam, provides basic real world understanding of accounting, good benefits

    Cons

    Labor unions, employee benefit plans, non-profits, etc., seemed like a large % of their client base, but there aren't many desirable career opportunities in those industries or overlap between the accounting you're exposed to and what is expected at a for-profit business. Little effort given to employee development beyond standardized CPE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more effort on developing employees professionally even if it sacrifices a few billable hours. Cultural emphasis on separating work from personal lives is good for older people with families but leads to little team-building and low morale among younger employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor

    I have been working at MKA

    Pros

    MKA has a good company culture overall. Workloads are more manageable than they are at other CPA firms and time over 40 hours a week is paid overtime (though not necessarily at a 1.5 rate).

    Cons

    Utilization of technology is poor. Training is insufficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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