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WithumSmith + Brown Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
17 Reviews
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    staff 2

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WithumSmith + Brown

    Pros

    good culture, work hard play hard

    Cons

    some of the out of office activities may draw the wrong type of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Public Accountant

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Supervisor in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at WithumSmith + Brown full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, open door policy

    Cons

    No work life balance, low pay

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    small company

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits
    Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Small clients and the industries are not diverse.
    Sometimes the budget is not realistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clarify the budget and your expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great culture but less challenge

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at WithumSmith + Brown part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Office culture is great. They provide employees with work-life balance. Flexible with hours. The pay is good.

    Cons

    The interns work more for administrative such as assembling paperworks, mailing, updating software rather than hands on training on taxes. Unless you ask, maybe they will let you handle a more challenging work, something you can really learn from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish you provide a more hands on experience to interns and not just do something where you need help at. A rotational experience from taxes to audit will be a great experience and is something that will truly benefit the intern. Giving interns some type of responsibility like projects or shadow a staff will also be a good experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked at one of the smaller offices and enjoyed the experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes working in a smaller office limits your learning experience. You learn to do many different things, but don't get the chance to specialize in one.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    5 Years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starting point for an accounting career. Able to gain broad experience.

    Cons

    While experience is broad, it is limited when looking to transition to industry after too many years.
    Very little SEC experience available.
    Willing to give very minor pay increases and bonuses while praising performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audit in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Audit in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at WithumSmith + Brown full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great and the staff and management are very friendly. Creates a great work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to areas in accounting field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My experience started out great but went down hill after management changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for WSB is the ability to work with people with great experience. There are some terrific people at the firm.

    Cons

    The is no coordination between offices. People that are inexperienced work on assignments they are not qualified to work on. Fee proposals are below the actual time and expense for jobs leading to charge-offs and negative reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time should be spent developing the staff and better use should be made of experienced staff.

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

    Great time when times were good.

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    Current Employee - Valuation Manager in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Valuation Manager in Paramus, NJ

    I have been working at WithumSmith + Brown full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and projects.Interesting work!

    Cons

    No future development towards partnership advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok firm to start, but move on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at WithumSmith + Brown full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of experience opportunities between tax and audit. This is what makes it a great firm to start out. Coming out of school, it is difficult to know what you want to do exactly. Having diverse exposure can help you make you decision, in addition to having the knowledge.

    Cons

    Promotions seem to be based on how long you've been with the firm and who you know, rather than competency to run engagements and ability to give guidance to staff. I would say only 25% my superiors met the latter.

    I know culture is a big thing with grads these days. And this is probably why the firm does their annual music video. But such things overshadow hard working individuals. Some people want to work hard and be appreciated and compensated for it. The idea that work is fun is one big sham.

    A lot of office gossip, even though there were well over 100 people at my office location. I know gossip is prevalent in the workplace, but it was really over the top here, and severely hindered work and efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Promote competent individuals that have the ability to mentor and give guidance to staff

    2. Get a grip. Enough with the dumb video productions:
                     a. Its just stupid. The firm still doesn't realize that their YouTube hits are down year over year. It was cute the first time, but thats about it.
                     b. When you put the same people in front of the cameras every year, its quite obvious that anyone that is not the center of attention doesn't have much of a future at the firm. Unless of course they want to stay in the same position for 20 years and never make partner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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