Washington State Auditors

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Updated May 26, 2014

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    Former Assistant State Auditor 3 who worked for the organizations for almost 5 years

    Assistant State Auditor III (Former Employee) Tacoma, WA

    ProsMy team had one of the best audit managers as a boss and mentor and almost all of the team's Assistant Audit Managers were just as supportive as mentors when I was the 'in charge' on my audits.

    Great work/ life balance, you worked a 40 hour work week. You were not expected to take work home in the evenings and work weekends as many other company's do.

    The opportunities to work on numerous smaller audit engagements gave experience where I obtained extensive hands on audit knowledge.

    ConsWhen accounting rules change or complexity in an audit justified an adjustment in the audits budget hours for additional time, many times those budgets could not or would not be adjusted accordingly due to various constraints many times of a political nature

    Salary is limited and many times individuals max out at the top amount of the pay for their position's salary range

    Advice to Senior ManagementLuckily I had some great on the job trainers when I first started at SAO back in the late 1990's early 2000's, other colleagues where not as fortunate. (NOTE- my actual last year at employer is not available)

    I believe great training upfront pays off for many years to come in so many ways for your staff: job satisfaction, improved audit client level of service, less re-work due to lack of knowledge

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Little Opportunities for Promotions

    Auditor (Current Employee) Yakima, WA

    ProsGreat work-life balance. Good pay for travel mileage.

    ConsBudgets for audits aren't always calculated correctly and you're left working through lunches frantically without a breather to get done on time. Low Pay, a lot of work. No perks to the job. Little recognition for great work completed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Training is Nonexistent

    Assistant State Auditor (Former Employee)

    Pros40 hours a week is strictly regulated: no more, no less. Also, most coworkers are nice, and pleasant to be around.

    ConsThere is absolutely no formal training for new entry level hires. They are given journeyman level duties within 2 days of starting, and told to ask questions if they don't know something. Unfortunately, if a new hire does not know exactly what questions to ask, or even where to start, they are chastised for not asking enough questions, but when they do ask more questions, they are treated like they are wasting valuable time with trivialities. When asked how long it took them to finally understand how to do their job, most employees gave answers ranging from 1 to 3 years. Unless you're willing to dedicate a minimum of five years to the SAO (including 1-3 years of feeling useless and berated), don't even bother applying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your new hires. Even just a little bit. Not just a couple of powerpoints on professional ethics and sexual harassment, but some actual job training. A crash course in Olympia, some journeyman shadowing, someone to look over your shoulder and guide you for a couple days, anything would be better than what's in place now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Assistant State Auditor (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat flexibility, great work/life balance, they only expect you to put in your 40 hours, flex-schedules are available, extensive opportunities to see the inner workings of state and local governments, and to present information to elected officials in public meetings.

    ConsThe career track is limited if you want to get exposure to different types of auditing. Promotions can come quick until you get to the first step in management. At that point, openings are limited, competitive, and partially driven by politics. It is possible to work here for an entire career and not go into management if that is what you want, but compensation is limited if you do that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on expanding the types of auditing done so staff can become more well-rounded in their experiences. Sure, this makes them more attractive to other employers but it also builds their strengths.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Started with high expectations, now disappointed

    Assistant State Auditor (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, depending on current management agenda
    Can't be fired easily
    Interesting, varied and sometimes fun work
    In teams that have a lot of small audits, you get a lot of experience leading audits and supervising staff
    Excellent co-workers

    ConsStress
    Very little room for growth and promotions, no technical promotional paths
    Striving to meet goals, increase client satisfaction, or create excellent or efficient work does not result in any tangible benefits for employees
    Very little training budget, even for Information Systems team - its about $230-270 per (this includes travel) allowed for outside training for two years
    No tuition or certification reimbursement, despite existing program and initial promises
    Poor executive management - words and actions often vastly different from each other
    Instead of investing early to prevent technical or professional problems, Olympia is often putting out fires
    Cut support specialists, which increases the difficulty to get answers on technical or regulatory and legal audit-related questions
    Pressure from both management and clients to keep hours low, even for audits that have large issues

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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