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Moss Adams LLP Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
Moss Adams LLP – Seattle – “Seattle office lobby”

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3.2 90 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

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Chris Schmidt

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance, but a heavy emphasis on amount of time your butt is in the chair(in 11 reviews)

  • A wide array of clients and the opportunity to learn a lot in your first years(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, public accounting model is hard at times when moving up the ranks(in 10 reviews)

  • Busy Season, public accounting just inst for me(in 8 reviews)

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    You get out what you put in.

    Staff Accountant (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsMoss Adams cares about its clients and they want their employees to succeed. As a middle-market firm you get lots of experience in different industries, and you have a lot of opportunity to shine by taking initiative.

    ConsPressure to work long hours just to look good. Could improve on attitude toward working dads. Can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress generational gap issues regularly especially in communicating and awarding.
    Work to create a culture where everyone understands his/her responsibility and knows how they can maintain work/life balance.

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

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    Great place to enter the public accounting feild

    Audit Staff (Current Employee) Albuquerque, NM

    ProsMany opportunities to learn in the public accounting feild

    Conspotential to be stuck in a niche that would not be a first pick

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

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    Top tier public accounting firm

    Senior (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGreat focus on people
    More flexible and reasonable than big 4
    Good pay and other compensation

    ConsIt is still public accounting

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

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    Great opportunities to grow and excel

    Audit Staff (Current Employee) Everett, WA

    ProsPeople at Moss Adams are extremely bright and intelligent. You are surrounded by competent, hardworking professionals who will help you build and develop your career.

    ConsThere is an unwritten guideline which is strictly followed by management about promotions and advancements based solely on the number of busy seasons worked at the firm. This leads to some people promoted too early and others too late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to base promotions on performance on the job, not strictly years of service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Perfect for those wanting a career in public accounting, all others, don't bother

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsGood pay, very relevant training at the right time, nice raises, opportunities to teach and get promoted, scheduling works very well. It is the perfect place for those who want a long-lasting career in public accounting. The life balance is very good (no, really!).

    ConsThis office is very conservative. While very professional, it doesn't have much personality and can get boring. The promotion time lines are slower than at other competitors. The benefits are slightly worse than at other competitors. The new coffee machine sucks. The places to eat around the office mostly suck and many are overpriced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider jeans/casual Friday. The office environment could be more relaxed. The new coffee machine is terrible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great challenging job, often fun, but managers can be disrespectful, brutal, and even a bit mean.

    Consulting Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe work is very interesting. Projects are fun and challenging. The firm hires smart, talented people. Anyone, regardless of where they are in their career can learn a lot about business. Employees can strengthen their ability to analyze and interpret information allowing them to solve complex business issues for clients. Employees can learn a great deal from their managers and partners. The partners and employees deliver high quality audit and consulting services.

    ConsThere is only major downside to working at Moss Adams. Managers can be very rude. They are allowed to raise their voice and use foul language with staff when they are angry, even in front of peers. Hateful communications occur face-to-face and through voice mails and emails. This behavior is allowed even when managers have erred in their conclusions due to misinterpreting the facts or receiving bad information. There is no such thing as an apology. These same managers often refuse to hear explanations leaving the offending employee unable to address the horrible comments. Employees have no recourse but to wait until the manager "gets over it" or moves onto screaming at another staff member. This is extremely demotivating. Even employees with successful track records of completing projects on time and on budget and gaining referenceable clients are treated in this manner by some partners, even managing partners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm should adopt a zero tolerance policy prohibiting screaming and/or foul language in all business communications especially when disciplining staff. Management can discipline and communicate critical performance issues in a professional manner even when the message is highly punitive. In cases where managers scream and swear at staff, ensure employees know how to safely report the event in a timely manner, not having to wait for upstream reviews which might be months later.

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    Not the way to build a long term career in business if you don't like politics

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsSmall enough firm you get a firmer grasp on the fundamentals and get to work closely with clients.
    Similar office locations to Big 4 and other colleagues
    Strong firm wide training for professionals
    Great place to start your career.

    ConsCompensation is low and definitely not linked with the market (public and private industry). There are no bonuses for bringing in business or coming in under budget in each office.
    Partners do not pass their knowledge down to professional staff or encourage them/by showing them how to network and close deals earlier than at the mid-senior manager level. This is career limiting as a partner to be.
    Firm offices are often disorganized and client scheduling is messy and controlled by the clients instead of managed actively.
    Talented staff are assigned to the highest grossing partner, as opposed to by engagement, as a result partners take on more risk than needed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPartners do not operate the firm as a "business" and instead make many short term decisions that are dilutive to the value of the firm. The firm should refocus on people and ensure the firm and the partners are investing in growing the knowledge base of the professional staff on a continuous basis and balance that with attracting new clients. No sense on attracting new clients when you don't have competent professional staff to perform the work. This has been lost over the last decade and there is now a significant gap to fill that will take time. Focus on long term partner and firm growth through training and retention of staff. Remember during economic expansions the professional staff will leave if they do not have a reason to stay. Give them a reason to stay and be accretive to the firms bottom line and legacy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was not happy with the way administrative team was viewed by management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood benefits package. Flexible work arrangements available.

    ConsThe management group viewed the administrative team at the same level as staff right out of college. Discouraging for some as they have many years of experience and a college education.

    Management not completely honest therefore difficult to trust.

    They do not demonstrate a committment to helping individuals grow professionally. Lacking career paths, feedback and real mentors for administrative individuals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest. Treat "all" your employees well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Respected firm with great opportunities for smart and motivated individuals.

    IT Audit Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIn the markets where Moss Adams dominates (Seattle, Portland, Albequerque), Moss Adams is almost like a big 4 employer. Everyone knows them, they are respected, and there are a lot of opportunities for growth. In the other large markets where they aren't as dominant (San Francisco, L.A., Phoenix), they are more like a mid-tier firm. And, of course, they still have offices in smaller towns (Medford, Eugene, Yakima, etc) that are a great option if you want a small-town career.

    The consulting practices have a lot of hustle, and there is room for them to grow. It is tough work, but smart and motivated people can do very well.

    ConsLike any professional services firm, you need to have a thick skin sometimes to deal with the pressure and the focused feedback on performance. And you need to be willing and able to work very, very hard, and have the ability to master technical knowledge quickly while focusing your energies on the "softer" side of the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue building a trusted brand, and expanding into western markets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Your future and career will be dependent upon which group you work in and who the partner is.

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsFairly strong brand in the market place and some very talented and quality individuals. Nice offices. Some really good clients.

    ConsStingy with salary and bonus. Workload is way too high. Ownership takes way too much of the profits with is a profit margin of about 25%

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to get control of the partners. Some partners are purely greedy and unethical and will sell out both their employees and their clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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