ParenteBeard Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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ParenteBeard CEO Robert J. Ciaruffoli
Robert J. Ciaruffoli
29 Ratings

Pros
  • People are willing to help, relatively strong work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • I have had the opportunity to work with mentors who truly want to see me exceed and who value me as a member of the team (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a struggle (in 5 reviews)

  • And the best - the retreats for upper management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Excellent Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ParenteBeard

    Pros

    Great company to work for, outstanding culture, strong leadership, competitive pay.

    Cons

    None that come to my mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Too much office politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilkes-Barre, PA

    I worked at ParenteBeard

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work and I gained a lot of on-the-job experience and worked with a lot of good people that created the firm from the ground up.

    Cons

    I worked there for almost 30 years and was let go two years before my retirement. Too much office politics. A few people have a hand in everything and if they don't like you, they work to get rid of you. If you bring a problem to light about a partner, it's not well received and I feel eventually leads to termination. They expect loyalty from their employees but are not loyal to their employees in return. No recognition whatsoever for length of service. Seems they feel employees are dispensable, there's always someone else ready to step into you job; however, it can eventually lead to a bad reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees to start with and take a look into what's going on.


  3. Over a year with the firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Reading, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Exposure to public accounting.
    If you like to travel you get to travel a lot.
    A lot of vacation (if you can find the time to use it)

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult
    Put in a lot of hours
    Often working out of conference rooms


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  5. ParenteBeard has been an overall good experience for a public accounting firm.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ParenteBeard

    Pros

    I believe the most positive aspect of this firm is the people. I have had the opportunity to work with mentors who truly want to see me exceed and who value me as a member of the team. The firm also gives you great opportunity to advance in your career (from what I hear faster than other public accounting firms).

    Cons

    Work life balance is a struggle. This is expected due to the nature of the business however there has to be some type of lead way here if they want their most valued employees to continue to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Good employees shouldn't be rewarded by given more work.


  6. Hostile Work Environment

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

    I worked at ParenteBeard (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You can find something positive in every bad situation. I would say the experience made me a stronger/tougher person and taught me what I should not tolerate in a business environment.

    Cons

    Did not have a welcoming environment and my group was completely unprofessional. Managers often complained about Partners and other employees they did not like and made plans to get rid of people. If you weren't liked, plans were made to push you out. If HR looked into it they would find the necessary information needed to address this problem. Partners micro-managed and questioned time (down to .1 of an hour) in an effort to increase the realization rate. Associates/Senior Associates often were asked to cut their billable time even though we were told not to. The level of disrespect is unimaginable. I could go on and on. If an employee was really bitter and vindictive, they could easily sue this company and win. I'm so happy I got out! Trust me when I say I would take the reviews on here with a grain of salt.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone throughout the firm should be on the same page. Exceptions shouldn't be made simply because some people don't like change.


  7. Summer Intern in Audit

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ParenteBeard

    Pros

    People are willing to help, relatively strong work-life balance

    Cons

    Lack of communication between HR and the management of the firm

    ParenteBeard Response

    Sep 19, 2014ParenteBeard Firm Representative

    We are glad to hear positive things about your work-life balance. Our internal website is updated everyday with new information from HR and management teams. If there is anything that is not clear to ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not what it seems....

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

    I worked at ParenteBeard full-time

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

    Pros

    Regional clients, good PA presence, and certain industry groups have great experts but little depth beyond that

    Cons

    Upper management is not overly trustworthy
    Salaries are fair, but work/life balance is non-existent
    Direction of the firm is questionable, and if it really benefits all or just a select few
    People and industries "disappear" quickly
    Certain regions have "good ol' boy" mentality working within - esp. former Parente strongholds

    ParenteBeard Response

    Aug 29, 2014ParenteBeard Firm Representative

    Thank you for your review and time with the firm. It is positive to hear about the firm's expertise in particular industries.


  9. Bob Ciaruffoli sells Firm down the river

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

    I worked at ParenteBeard full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great firm.

    Cons

    Victim of many huge errors by management

    Advice to Management

    Too late now


  10. A Mixed Bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, large company, job security

    Cons

    Typical corporate America environment, office politics

    ParenteBeard Response

    Aug 18, 2014ParenteBeard Firm Representative

    Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you encountered friendly and approachable team members while you worked here. Best wishes in your career endeavors.


  11. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Wilkes-Barre, PA

    I have been working at ParenteBeard full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company that strives for being the best in what they do. ParenteBeard values the team members they have on staff, and strive to provide all of their team members with the tools necessary to succeed in their careers

    Cons

    Nothing, with the exception that there are some Partners and Sr. Managers in some offices that still like to function as though they are not part of a larger organziation but rather still a small office independently.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being the best.

    ParenteBeard Response

    Jul 3, 2014ParenteBeard Firm Representative

    Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate that you took the time to write this and are pleased to have you on our team. Keep up the good work.



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