MKA Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Not a bad place to work but...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They have some great employees, management and some great partners. Work-life balance really depends on what group you get assigned to work with. Growth within the firm exist and the pay is decent.

    Cons

    Doing labor unions and employee benefit plans does not help your resume. If you really want a public firm look for one that can give you greater knowledge you can use at other firms or in the private sector. They are slowly losing all of their good employees and have some really bad managers who have gotten many complaints but are still there. Be careful of what group you get assigned to.


  2. Made some good friends

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Thats really about it. I did learn get some good, basic, very basic audit experience. They are far being in technology. Some actually still do paper audits... PAPER!!

    Cons

    Outdated technology. Lack of understanding from upper management and partners on learning curve of new staff. Very under staffed. Very slow advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Desperately needs new management, someone who actually knows how to talk to staff. Train. How about some training? Yeah, that would be nice. They promote paying OT but it's like pulling teeth to get it approved. Be grateful that staff eats their OT time instead of billing it. You will never be able to keep staff if you continue to treat us like you are doing us a favor. Someone on here said. "it's better than being unemployed". I disagree. I would rather be unemployed than to deal with the ungratfulness. Bagels won't buy you loyal staff, treat us as equals.


  3. Auditor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKA

    Pros

    No real overtime; friendly staff

    Cons

    Little to no training, start really low on pay scale, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your company


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  5. Auditor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at MKA

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

    Pros

    There is rarely any overtime.

    Cons

    You don't get the impression that they care about your professional growth i.e. little to no training when you are first brought on and throughout your time here, no incentive to get your CPA license, and management does not set any goals for you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    They try, but...

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get with the times.


  7. Great place to build a career.

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

    I have been working at MKA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A good team = A good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in North Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at MKA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Rubber stamp EBP audits

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Supportive of balanced lifestyle

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

    I worked at MKA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very disappointing - narrow minded people

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Work a little harder at bringing people along.



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