Novogradac & Company Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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Novogradac & Company Managing Partner Michael J. Novogradac
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Pros
  • I get to explore to both audit and tax (in 16 reviews)

  • It was really nice to have a fully stocked kitchen, especially during busy season when time is short (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Can get really dull after busy season (in 14 reviews)

  • very long hours and no work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Pretty Good Place

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    Former Employee - Staff Accounting Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Accounting Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novogradac & Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people, in depth exposure to preparation of Audits and Tax Returns, great pay, as much overtime as you want

    Cons

    Not too many cons to report. If you don't want to work 60+ hours in tax season, you shouldn't be looking at public accounting.


  2. Great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great training process - thorough one-week long training and you get paid for it -Teams are set up nicely so you know who you report to -Good pay for interns -Good opportunity for over time - take as much as you can without getting burned out

    Cons

    -You only see one sector of accounting -Long hours during busy season (obviously)


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm has a really nice laid-back, but busy, atmosphere. I never felt like I was micro-managed nor did I feel I was ever left on my own to complete projects. I never felt like I had to give an explanation to step outside and see the sun for a few minutes (you start to miss it during busy season). I felt like the firm (especially my manager) went above and beyond to let me know that hard work was appreciated and recognized. I think I might have been the only vegetarian in the entire office, so the fact that they would almost always have a vegetarian option during firm-provided meals says something. It was really nice to have a fully stocked kitchen, especially during busy season when time is short. Everyone with whom I interacted was competent and knowledgeable, and if someone could not answer a question they could usually tell you who could. The performance feedback was spot on; I had two evaluations in the two months I was there.

    Cons

    I would encourage prospective interns to ask what percentage of interns received offers the past couple years. It seems to have definitely trended down. Many public accounting firms only hire from their pool of interns. Some people will just have one shot to intern. So if your main goal is landing a job where you intern, you could be out of luck if Novogradac is just not hiring, and you might not have the chance to intern somewhere else. As others have mentioned, it is a niche industry. But for those considering an internship, I would not let that discourage you because the things you will learn in two months are pretty universal (I just took the CPA AUD section and the internship definitely helped.) It might be more of a factor for someone considering long term employment. I feel a great deal of my positive experience is due to my team placement. Other interns may not have had as good as an experience based on their team, but that is probably true anywhere you go.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the training for interns. It seems like the training process is still being tweaked, which is a positive sign. Training is one of the most important considerations for potential interns considering an internship here.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    What a fantastic internship!

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    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was always so much food being served during busy season - they take such great care of their employees' health.

    Cons

    A performance review was given at the end of the internship, and my feedback was good, but I would have liked more during the internship.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Hard working, but fun.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work atmosphere. Great fun, enthusiastic, smart co-workers. The fully stocked kitchen during busy season is excellent! They don't pay as much as bigger companies, but it's worth a little pay cut to be around such nice folks. Unlike most other internships, you'll get to do both tax and audit work, which is awesome as most students haven't really figured out which they want to do yet.

    Cons

    Niche company focus on real estate and related credits makes me a little afraid to invest a lot of time there. You'll only do partnership tax returns, for example.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Novogradac and Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, amazing employees, generous time off, hires and promotes from within.

    Cons

    Busy during busy season, but overtime and bonuses make it well worth the work!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. Helpful (2)

    great place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Much to learn-great exposure to tax and audit. Many diverse clients to experience. Great management. Great break room with lots of food.

    Cons

    Work to life balance is unrealistic. Balance of work among teams is uneven. tedius work and limited benefits limit competition

    Advice to Management

    work smarter not harder. get to know y our employees better...demonstrate u care about the people who work for you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great kitchen, friendly atmosphere, casual environment and dress code.

    Cons

    hard work during busy season

    Advice to Management

    be more discriminating on taking on new clients


  10. Helpful (1)

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility, career opportunities, opportunity for challenge

    Cons

    long hours required during busy season

    Advice to Management

    provide continuous and consistent feedback



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