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Brown Smith Wallace Overview

Saint Louis, MO
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Brown Smith Wallace is a nationally ranked top 100 full-service CPA and business advisory firm, and one of the Midwest region’s most prominent locally owned public accounting firms with a staff of more than 300. The firm serves its long-term base of family owned ... Read more

Mission: We are accountants and advisors guided by our passion for supporting and impacting the growth and success of our clients, colleagues and communities.

Brown Smith Wallace – Why Work With Us?


Brown Smith Wallace – an independent member firm of Moore Stephens North America – is a nationally recognized, top 100, full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 300 employees. The firm serves its long-term base of family owned, private companies with audit, accounting and tax services as well as a wide variety of business consulting services.

We provide many of the St. Louis area’s largest companies with value-added consulting services such as business performance consulting; business valuations; data analysis; cybersecurity; employee benefit plan audits; independent insurance consulting; internal audit, IT audit and other related risk services; litigation support; transaction advisory services; and specialty tax services such as family wealth planning, state and local taxes (including sales and use tax consulting), credits and incentives, property tax and international tax services.

Brown Smith Wallace serves a wide variety of industries with particular expertise in broker-dealers, captive insurance companies, construction, financial institutions, health care, high-net-worth families and individuals, insurance companies, manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profit organizations, private equity firms, public sector, real estate, retail and startups.


We take great pride in ranking among the most prestigious firms in our profession. Brown Smith Wallace is nationally recognized as a “Top 100 Firm” by Accounting Today and INSIDE Public Accounting.

The firm is the top-ranked St. Louis firm in the 2020 Vault Accounting Firm rankings.  We rank in the Top 5 for more than half of the Quality of Life rankings, coming in at #1 for compensation for the fourth year in a row.

Our firm was named one of St. Louis’ Top Workplaces in 2018 for the sixth consecutive year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Brown Smith Wallace was honored by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis as a top employer for women in 2018. The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants named Brown Smith Wallace a 2018 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women as part of its Accounting MOVE Project.

Commitment to Quality

We are registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Center for Public Company Accounting Firms and the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Quality Center.

Brown Smith Wallace is proud to have received the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service. Exceptional client satisfaction and long-term client relationships have been our cornerstone since the firm was founded in 1972.



Our Mission

We are accountants and advisors guided by our passion for supporting and impacting the growth and success of our clients, colleagues and communities.

Our Core Values

  • Excellence: We always focus on excellence and client service. We continually invest in the development of people, processes and technology to deliver quality. We relentlessly pursue the right choice for our clients.
  • Family: We believe family matters. We incorporate the spirit of family in everything we do. We empower work/life balance and value the families that support and contribute to our continued success.
  • Improvement: We’re committed to continuous improvement in serving clients. We advance as a firm through personal and professional development. We don’t rest on our past achievements. We seek out what’s next to help our clients win.
  • Integrity: We succeed because of our integrity and objectivity. We are true to our commitments to our clients. We gain trust through our ethical behaviors and actions. We apply our skills and influence wisely and objectively for our clients.
  • Respect: We foster an environment of mutual respect and support with each other and our clients. We value diverse expertise, experience and viewpoints – they make us stronger. We listen with an open mind to others’ perspectives.
  • Win: We work hard and have fun winning with our clients, colleagues and community. We win to provide growth, additional value and more opportunities to our clients and family members. We are accountable for results to each other and our clients. We celebrate wins.

Our Vision

We are the Firm for Growth.



Ranked by Accounting Today as one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For in the country for seven years, Brown Smith Wallace is the perfect place to start or enhance your career.  Finding a firm that fits your personal and professional needs can be challenging.  You may have several questions on your mind including:

  • Is the firm in good standing?
  • Do they offer comprehensive benefits?
  • Are there growth opportunities?
  • Is there flex-time?
  • Will I be part of a team?
  • Do I get to work on a variety of projects?
  • Is the environment relaxed and fun?
  • Can I make a difference?

At Brown Smith Wallace, the answer is YES 

Looking for interaction and opportunities for input?

The interactive environment at Brown Smith Wallace ensures that you will learn and progress at a comfortable level, while having appropriate guidance from a mentor. Before you know it, you’ll be diving into different projects in different industries and find yourself in a true in-charge role making positive decisions that affect firm clients.

“Fun and Relaxed” is just one of our measurable differences. We are one of the few accounting and consulting firms in the region allowing year-round business casual attire.

We also offer social events and activities throughout the year that create a great environment. A career with Brown Smith Wallace will show you first-hand how you can begin to make A Measurable Difference for yourself, our firm and our clients.


Instead of thinking about where you’re going to intern next summer, think about where you will start your career. Ranked by AccountingToday as one of the “Best Accounting Firms to Work” for in the country for the third time in four years, Brown Smith Wallace is the perfect place for graduates. Brown Smith Wallace’s program is unique in that we seek candidates interested in becoming a full-time employee after graduation. As a Brown Smith Wallace intern, you will receive real world experience in your field of study, which includes working with clients.

If you are bright, collaborative and understand the importance of business relationships, we want to meet you! Click on a school logo below to find out when the Brown Smith Wallace recruiting team will be visiting your campus. If your school isn’t featured below, we would still love to hear from you. Please contact Laura Simmons or Christopher Menz to learn more about joining the Brown Smith Wallace team.

Summer Leadership Program Overview

IMPACT was created to provide 30 public accounting students an exclusive opportunity to participate in their intended field, strengthen their leadership skills and prepare for their first internship.

The two-day session is intensive and rewarding. Students participate in real-world tax, audit and advisory simulations and engage in presentations designed to help prepare them for a career in public accounting.

Students work closely with firm leadership, and at the end of the session they walk away with refined leadership and professional etiquette skills, which are essential to success in the industry.

We continuously improve as a firm and as professionals, never resting on our past achievements, but celebrating the recognition we receive. We are nationally recognized as a top-100 CPA firm and a top workplace. Our professionals have been honored for professional achievements, contributions to the community and dedication to their industry. Our achievements motivate us to ceaselessly strive for excellence.

Vault Accounting 50

For several consecutive years, Brown Smith Wallace has been named a Vault Top 50 firm. In the 2020 rankings, the firm ranked 17th, received top accolades in Quality of Life rankings, and ranked #1 overall for Compensation for the fourth year in a row. 

Accounting MOVE Project

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants named Brown Smith Wallace a 2019 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women as part of its Accounting MOVE Project. Brown Smith Wallace has been recognized for its innovative Women's Initiative, which includes The Bridge, a professional development and networking program for employees and the broader community. 

Small Business Monthly Best in Business

In 2018, St. Louis Small Business Monthly named Brown Smith Wallace the Best Accounting Firm for the 10th consecutive year.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has recognized Brown Smith Wallace for multiple consecutive years. We're the only public accounting firm that has been included in the top workplaces rankings since the program's inception. 

INSIDE Public Accounting Top 100 Firm

In 2018, INSIDE Public Accounting recognized Brown Smith Wallace as a top 100 firm for the 4th consecutive year.


Brown Smith Wallace Reviews

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    The culture at Brown Smith Wallace is unlike anywhere else. Everyone is happy and nice and open to new ideas. The flexibility is awesome and a huge perk to all employees. Management and above all have open door policy and are happy to help always. They are very interested in your growth in your career and training.


    No cons other than pay could be more competitive

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Brown Smith Wallace (Saint Louis, MO) in August 2019.


    Completed four rounds of interviews (phone screen, hiring manager, team, and partners) as part of the interview process. The recruiter ensured the timing worked around existing employment and availability and provided insight and direction at each interval. The process was prompt and feedback was helpful in preparing for each step.

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Brown Smith Wallace Awards & Accolades

  • Vault Accounting 50, Vault, 2018
  • IPA Top 100, Inside Public Accounting, 2017
  • Best of the Best firms, INSIDE Public Accounting, 2013
  • Fastest-Growing Firms, INSIDE Public Accounting, 2013
  • Best Accounting Firm to Work For, Accounting Today, 2013
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Career Advancement Program

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