RubinBrown

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RubinBrown Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
9 Reviews
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    eval

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RubinBrown

    Pros

    people genuinely care about you

    Cons

    The offices could be more autonomous

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Partners only think of themselves, not good for team environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RubinBrown

    Pros

    Good place to get billing time to achieve your CPA. Can get extended experience since they are always short on staff and need people to take on projects they have not done before.

    Cons

    Tough environment to climb the ladder. They don't believe in levels to give you status as you grow your career. Once you move from Staff to Manager the income increase if very minimal, and they charge you more for health benefits once you are a manager. Extensive hours of over-time, all year long, not just seasonal. Turnover of employees is very high, even more than the average CPA firm. Benefits are weak, no 401k matching, medical coverage not very good. They say you can grow to different departments, but they will never let you since they are so understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember you need the workers to keep the place in operation. Take care of your employees. Stop being greedy so you end up with more in your pocket. If you treat your employees better, they will most likely stay longer and reduce the cost of turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely bad experience during my employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time

    Pros

    Downtown Denver location in LoDo.

    Cons

    The worst public accounting firm I have worked for. Bad pay, bad management, hostile environment. Morale is unbelievably bad, employee turnover high for a firm its size. Staff forced to eat time and yelled at constantly while threatened by others that it is unacceptable. All above applies both to audit and tax. This firm has more ego than substance. St. Louis leadership very impersonal and superior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point of giving advice to those who think they know it all and are unwilling to listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall, not a bad place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at RubinBrown full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decently flexible schedule outside of busy season.
    Good amount of PTO.
    Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Typical public accounting issues with work/life balance and hours.
    Tendency to increase staff responsibilities a little before employees are ready/capable.
    Compensation/benefits could be a little better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to ensure inexperienced staff are not assigned jobs they are not yet capable of running.
    Give senior staff enough planning time to adequately prepare for engagements.
    Place an emphasis on making sure pay and benefits are market competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    RubinBrown has a very unique culture for learning and growth. This includes in depth training activities and networking events. To be continued....

    Cons

    No cons at this time. The firm has a very welcoming culture. It's a place, as stated before, for learning and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Public Accounting Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Auditor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain valuable experience in public accounting, worked with a variety of small business clients in different industries.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor compared to similar-paying industry positions. The workload increased due to understaffing, increased turnover, the Firm's inability to retain qualified staff and a simultaneous focus on meeting or cutting the budget on audit projects while maintaining the same amount of work required or at times adding additional work to the schedule. Not uncommon to catch up on a backlog of work on PTO days. Know what you're getting into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive, not reactive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's just Okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at RubinBrown full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Typical accounting firm. Good location.

    Cons

    Technology is ancient. Only OK benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other. Doesn't seem as if everyone is on the same page.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Auditor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experience, excellent culture, a good opportunity to interact with different people and multiple clients. Stable firm with good benefits.

    Cons

    Salary and annual raises are a little lower than expected. Promotions are difficult to come by. Busy season is challenging. Recognition is also hard to get at times. Understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire adequate staffing, offer better raises and promotions when earned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RubinBrown

    Pros

    flexible time
    balance between work and life
    good office environment
    friendly partners
    transparent payment

    Cons

    conservative culture
    open at the surface, but not from the bottom of hearts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversity and trust

    No opinion of CEO

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