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CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) Overview

Minneapolis, MN
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
CLA exists to create opportunities — for our clients, our people, and our communities. We do it by living the CLA Promise: We promise to know you and help you.

We deliver integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services ... Read more

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) – Why Work For Us?

The opportunities available to our professionals are boundless, but these three make us unique:

  • A big firm with a small firm feel —Get the feel of a boutique firm while still having access to the resources of a leading professional services firm.
  • Your voice matters — Unlike other large firms, our accessible leadership gives you a voice at the local level.
  • Something for everyone — You can choose from a wide spectrum of industry experiences and service areas in order to build a uniquely inspired career.

Firm stats 

  • More than 60 years of quality, service, and experience
  • More than 110 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation
  • Among the nation's leading professional services firms
  • More than 5,400 professionals
  • More than 2,200 CPAs

We have an unprecedented emphasis on serving privately held businesses and their owners, as well as nonprofits and governmental entities. 

And because our people connect with a vast network of resources behind the scenes, we are able to serve clients seamlessly. Whether they want to talk about succession or need an audit, we can help.

When you join our team, you’ll align to one of our many industries or services:


  • Agribusiness and cooperatives
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Trucking and transportation
  • Craft brewers and distillers
  • Professional services
  • Federal government
  • Financial institutions
  • Health care
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofit
  • State and local government


  • Assurance
  • Employee benefit plans
  • Outsourcing
  • Business operations
  • Consulting
  • Data analytics
  • Specialized advisory services
  • Tax
  • Wealth advisory
  • Private clients

Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor

Inspired careers

CLA develops our people’s unique strengths and marketplace value by helping each person create a uniquely inspired career.

When you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to design an uncommon career with unmatched choice, flexibility, and mobility. Your career dreams matter, and we’re ready to customize a path that will lead you toward your vision. 

CLA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer – Women/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

At CLA, we encourage and embrace an inclusive culture that brings different beliefs and perspectives so that we can truly know and help each other and our clients. We do this by inviting perspectives and building relationships based on trust and respect, which are the foundation for our CLA Promise.

Diversity at CLA means difference

We believe it is that simple. Diversity is the unique qualities each of us brings to the workplace every day. It influences how we approach each other, our work, and our clients.

Inclusion means to welcome, respect, and embrace differences

We believe that including perspectives that are different from our own will make our firm better, period. Doing so will help us approach challenges in ways that may not have otherwise come to mind. 

Wellness at CLA is shaped by our promise to know you and help you. We want to create opportunities for our people to live well and be happy. We make it happen by promoting balance in our firm and encouraging our people to focus on their physical, financial, social, and emotional well-being.

In addition to our full range of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision, we also offer a whole host of other benefits, designed to help you succeed in your career. We’ll even help you through the CPA licensing process with a tuition assistance program, exam study material reimbursement, and a multitude of continuous learning opportunities.

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) Reviews

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    "Outstanding public accounting firm"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) full-time (More than 3 years)


    I've worked at many CPA firms and can say hands down that public accounting is a very tough and demanding job and career choice. The hours are long and the work is very technical. What really sets CLA aside from the other firms ive been at is the quality of the people and the firm culture. The firm from top down cares about its people and has implemented policy to put people in a position to succeed. I don't think i will ever leave CLA but if i did it would not be for another CPA firm!


    CLA does not provide bonuses, everything is baked into annual salary. I think this should be revisited as there seems to be a disconnect especially at the staff and senior level. there should also be bonuses for staff and seniors for bringing on new work - this is expected of management and principals of the firm but a 10% of new work for the first year bonus should be there to encourage our younger workforce to think of themselves as future partners in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Kepp doing what you are doing! we have so many good people at the firm that care about one another and do a tremendous job technically. Keep ensuring everyone's voice is heard and keep encouraging our leaders to ensure they are mentoring coaching and creating an excellent experience for our staff and seniors

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CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) Photos

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) photo of: Members of our team in WI registering to be donors for the Be The Match Foundation
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) photo of: Our Charlotte office enjoyed a breakfast served by CLA’s Leadership Advisory Team. Pictured is our CEO Dennis Schleper, still in his apron.
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CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) Interviews



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    Audit Associate Interview

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) in October 2018.


    I first interviewed on campus for about 45 minutes. My interviewer had to go through 6 or so set questions, and then she asked about my resume. It was very conversational. It felt like she was trying to get to know me instead of just checking off boxes.
    I was called to set up a 2nd interview, which took place in their office. I met with one of the principals and he also had questions that he had to ask. It was also very conversational.
    In both interviews, it felt very non-threatening, like they were just trying to get to know who I am to see how I could fit in CLA. I appreciated that it didn't feel like they were trying to just weed people out of the selection process.
    After the 2nd interview, they called to offer me a position.

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CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Indiana (Large), Best Companies Group, 2012

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