Novogradac & Company Reviews

Updated August 19, 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. Staff Accountant Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    It's a nice place to start a career with as an intern. It is hourly but you get paid decently during tax season. You will learn a lot from the company.

    Cons

    A lot of interns do not get hired If you get hired though you will get laid off after tax season and rehired around sept which is not convenient at all. Not many people have that much of downtime


  2. Staff accountant

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many company perks like the gym (SF) and kitchen. Good experience and potential for forecasting if you're on the right team (in addition to audit/tax) People are laid back and nice, overall great experience. I think the pay after over-time is better than B4

    Cons

    The firm is heavy on tax equity partnerships, so people end up getting specialized in this area. Not necessarily bad, but something to be aware of


  3. At your own risk...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    Overtime during busy season rather than just salary. Flexible hours within business hours. Benefits okay but not spectacular.

    Cons

    The has been a huge amount of turnover recently due to the way that they handled their expansion to Walnut Creek and other issues in the company.


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  5. Good but not the best

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    Good company to start with. You learn a lot doing both audit and tax preparation. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of hours expected from you. They want you to work a lot of hours but at the same time stay within the budget which is very tight to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Raise fees of the engagements. Budget is too small to work around to the point that is unrealistic to not go over budget.


  6. It depends on your team!

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All pros on cons about your job depends on your team. If you work for a relatively good team, your experience will be positive and vice versa.

    Cons

    It gets extremely busy during tax season, and then you will get so much Available Time during summer. There is no balance!


  7. Staff Accountant Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Good Pay as an intern --Get to do Tax and Audit at the same time --You really get to know what busy season is --Good training on software.. --Fully-stocked kitchen

    Cons

    --Most of intern do not get hired..and if they do, they will not get to start untl Sept..not many people have that much of downtime --Niche industry,, they focus mostly on low-income housing industry and start to venture into the renewable energy industry...Limit exit opportunity --you experience in the firm really depend on the team that you are in... --So they basically hire tons of intern(like 30), and let them go when they do not need them..Although it may be a good strategy for the firm, I personally do not like how they treat the interns...


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    Novogradac & Company LLP

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers. Small office with the support and resources of a national firm. Specialization in an interesting industry. Challenging. You are constantly learning new things. For Seniors and below you are paid overtime for the long hours during busy season.

    Cons

    Busy season is all-consuming. Summers can be slow.


  9. Management needs work!

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Fully stocked kitchen *In-house gym *Holiday parties and picnics *Opportunity to do both audit and tax *In-house training programs were available, but only taught the basics. Couldn't really apply them to the projects we did.

    Cons

    *No life during busy season but lots of free time post busy season (which is frowned upon if you sign up for "available time") *Very limited niche (mostly real estate clients). There were attempts to get clients outside that niche, but it was hard to maintain that client relationship and there wasn't enough knowledge in that field by management (who then slaves the staff/seniors on doing the busy work for them and then teach them), *Partners only care about the bottom line and whether their projects are over or under budget. *Manager level and above can tend to be really mean to staff and not guide them in the right direction whenever a staff/senior asks for help. There are some managers and partners that even yell at staff/seniors and makes them feel stupid (even worse when it is in a public setting for the entire office to see). *Partners tend to fight with other partners and puts someone in the senior/manager level in the middle of their fight.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with respect and provide guidance in the right direction whenever possible please. When a staff person asks a question, don't simply respond that they need to figure it out on their own, and when they spend hours trying to do so, don't yell at them for being over budget.


  10. Novogradac CPA firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, good management, diverse

    Cons

    Accountants have long hours, very formal management

    Advice to Management

    Able to work remotely


  11. staff accountant

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not busy during off season

    Cons

    not much auditing and tax work

    Advice to Management

    have more industries available



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