Mission: The mission of Alloy Silverstein, as it has been for over 55 years, is to provide individuals and businesses with responsible solutions to their financial concerns. Our dedicated, responsive staff will provide personal attention that reflects the company's depth ...
I have been working at Alloy Silverstein Shapiro Adams Mulford Cicalese Wilson & Co. full-time (More than 3 years)
It's true that Alloy isn't for everyone.
The firm is not departmentalized, so if you like working on the same client month-end after month-end, or constantly going from audit to audit, this probably isn't the firm for you. Instead Alloy's team members get first-hand experience on everything from corporate tax returns, individual tax returns, audits, non-profits, more and more cloud apps, etc. so there's freedom to build your own specialty.
It's true, employees work Wednesdays. But that's because if they have flex-scheduling, they can get in their 35 weekly hours by working whatever schedule they want on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as long as clients’ needs are being met. Most of the time, that means employees are leaving early on Fridays or have a 3-day weekend. This is just one example of how Alloy has been incorporating a new approach to work-life balance.
There have been several promotions recently due to hard work. The firm is all about offering opportunities both within 8-4 and outside of 8-4. And because of the new points program, not only can it benefit your professional development, but you can get prizes for your efforts too in addition to your paycheck. But if you just want to work at a desk and not earn prizes, well, you may want to consider looking elsewhere.
This also isn't the firm for you if you don't like giving back to the community. Just by taking a look at Alloy's website compared to other firms you can see that the firm cares about its people and the community. Because community is so important to Alloy, there are drives, volunteer days, and charitable programs throughout the year. You're even recognized for doing personal community efforts on your own time. It's hard to think a firm like that wouldn't care about its own people, especially when half the firm has been there for over 20 years.
Alloy's been in business since the 1950's. There are a couple other firms that have been around that long too. So if you had a choice between a traditional accounting firm, or one that adapts to new technologies, is becoming more and more remote, promotes cloud accounting apps and mobile software, which would you choose? Of course with new technology and new ways of doing things come tweaks to policies, but the firm has an open door environment and an Anonymous email suggestion box so new ideas or suggestions are always welcome (and encouraged).
Like most public accounting firms there is demanding hours and increased workload to meet client deadlines during tax season. The firm tries to balance this by offering flex-time and many extra days off outside of tax season. Management is always open to ideas to make these winter months easier, like bringing in a masseuse and several meals a week. You also get almost a week off to celebrate the end of tax season.
If you want to advance you have to earn it. Getting outside of the office and one's cubicle to network and bring in new business is a big part of that. Through the new Initiative, the firm offers support and many different ways you can build your brand and improve your business development skills while in your comfort zone. Plus you can earn prizes in addition to your salary.
Advice to Management
Many of the management team members have been at Alloy over 20 or 30 years, so it's pretty clear they're proud of the firm that's been built over the years and they see the value in being a part of the Alloy family long term.
The overall interview process was timely and surprisingly enjoyable. After submitting my resume, I was scheduled for an interview the next week. I interviewed with two associate partners at the office. For the next hour we had a conversation regarding my background, the expectations of the job and the culture of the firm. I really got the feeling they were excited to meet with me and valued what I could bring to the firm.