WTAS

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WTAS Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company that Cares About it's Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at WTAS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company culture is great everyone really works together in order to get the projects we need to do done. The open door policy allows you to have direct relationships with upper management and this allows work to be completed much more efficiently. The job is challenging and face paced, and allows you to work on a variety of different tax projects.

    Cons

    Only Con is the extensive work that needs to be done during busy season, but this is expected at any tax firm or accounting firm for that matter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tax Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at WTAS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, plenty of happy hours, opportunity to explore different fields.

    Cons

    Busy season was, ironically, not busy for interns. Difficulty getting work due to inefficiency factor of delegating assignments to inexperienced interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tax Associate

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

    I worked at WTAS full-time

    Pros

    Starting salary is better than other Big 4, that's how they are trying to recruit new people.

    Cons

    Upper Management lack of communication. Office politics is common

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn how to retain good people. Don't just hire them and fire them after finish utilizing them in tax seasons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    senior associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at WTAS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of chances to work on variety of returns. Challenging, fast paced. Open door environment that it is easy to communicate with management level directly. They care about you and your health. Good benefit. They allow you to wear jeans and provide dinner/fruits during busy season.

    Cons

    there are always tons of work and deadline, which are typical in this profession and in a big company. Yet, when it is so rush, it gives less chances for you to review and really learn/understand what you just prepared. The stress is there, but you will learn how to deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to your employees more. It would be good if the firm can get a balance between hiring attorney and accountant, and even better, if the firm can hire experienced people to speed up the preparation instead of continuous training on basic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Valuations Intern, San Francisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Valuations in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at WTAS as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The internship at WTAS has gone better than any intern could have expected. The office is young, and there is always something going on: happy hours, giants games, world cup celebrations, chili cook-offs, and the list goes on. In addition to a great office culture and fun events, the pay is great!

    Cons

    I guess the only con I see is work-life balance. But, it really does come with the profession and with a firm that provides nightly dinners and casual dress during busy season WTAS keeps their employees happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    an okay experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at WTAS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    less hour than a big 4, learn more because you are completing a tax return from start to finish. pay is slightly more competitive starting, but long term career outlook is better and higher paying at a big 4 company. outside of busy season very lax atmosphere; come in late, leave early, browse internet.

    Cons

    busy season. mandatory 50 chargeable hours which equates to working from 8am-10pm every night and mandatory five hour saturdays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more transparent with bonus structure, institute some sort of compensation per billable hour charged during busy season (something like for every 10 hours charged over 50 you can accrue 1 hour paid time off).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company culture changed drastically...

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

    I worked at WTAS full-time

    Pros

    1. Starting out in this firm allows you the opportunity to work on various types of clients (PCS, AIF, commercial and etc.). If you are lucky, you can choose to concentrate on one type of client.
    2. Compensation is acceptable if you don't know what others are making.
    3. Paid time off is good if you don't have to make up for your time being away.
    4. Training has improved over the years but quality of work has gone down.
    5. They still try to have fun but business model has changed and the firm no longer finds the need to initiate nor pay for periodic happy hours and what not.
    6. The office has some kind and diligent individuals. There are a lot of talents and PCS experienced partners.

    Cons

    All of the pros end up being cons as well......

    1. Just because you are assigned to a certain group doesn't mean you don't have to work on other clients. Basically you end up working on everything outside your assigned group and a ton more from your assigned group. Ohh.. Lucky, lucky you!
    2. Like what others have mentioned, you may be a senior with a bachelor degree but you'll end up making less than a new associate with a law degree. What about raises? What about bonuses? That money already went to the firm's huge expansion plan. Next question please.
    3. Going on vacation is great but what's better is you get to work after hours and on the weekends until you finish all the work that was supposed to be done while you were away.
    4. Accounting and tax are not super intuitive concepts but you can't help but wonder why and how they remain to be foreign languages for some people in the office.
    5. The budget has been cut for entertainment. Most of that money went to recruiting and activities for the intern. Why? They foresee huge turnover and
    decided to invest in minions.
    6. Ever had a demanding boss that gives you a huge project and wants it in an hour? Think about having 10 or 20 of them pulling you in different directions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter what I write since they probably won't read this nor will they care. Management needs to understand why people are leaving - no work/life balance, not compensated for high performance, no recognition for achievements, too much favorism and office politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Revolving door...

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

    I worked at WTAS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Well fed during busy season. Diversified culture - more Asians than Americans.

    Cons

    Hours are long. Promotions are based on tenure and not on knowledge and experience. Managers do not have training. No structure. Office rules change on a daily basis. Too much office politics and micromanaging going around. Favoritism and partiality exists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facilitate change when needed and not just mention changes during the meetings. Have a hindsight on how to make hardworking people and not the people that hardly work stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to start your career at.

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

    I worked at WTAS

    Pros

    WTAS provides great experience in both tax and valuation positions. It is a great place to start your career where you will gain immediate experience.

    Cons

    There aren't many negative things to say about WTAS. Great place to start your career, great exposure to big clients, and an excellent place to improve your technical skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at WTAS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart and knowledgeable upper management.

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance...but that comes with the profession.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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