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Clayton & McKervey Overview

Southfield, MI
51 to 200 employees
1953
Private Practice / Firm
Accounting & Legal
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Clayton & McKervey, P.C. is a certified public accounting firm that provides accounting, tax, and business advisory services for growth-driven, privately held companies competing in the global marketplace.

Mission: Clayton & McKervey is the firm where internationally minded businesses & talented professionals maximize their potential.

Clayton & McKervey – Why Work For Us?


Clayton & McKervey is a public accounting firm headquartered in metro Detroit specializing in international tax, assurance and accounting services. We’re proud of our Michigan roots, but we consider the entire world our workplace. Our clients are middle-market companies competing in the global marketplace. They’re headquartered here in the U.S. and around the globe. At Clayton & McKervey, we think and act like entrepreneurs because our clients are entrepreneurs.

Our firm was founded in 1953 by Don Schmaltz and was called Schmaltz & Company for years. As the world changed, so did we. In 1998, we became Clayton & McKervey and redirected our focus to working with companies competing in the global marketplace. From 1998 through 2012, Don Clayton expanded our visibility in the accounting industry as well as the business community at large. Don continues to serve as chairman today, in retirement.

Kevin McKervey and the team of nine shareholders focused on building the firm’s international practice, which expanded our reach and our size. Kevin sadly passed in 2016 and today, Clayton & McKervey is led by Rob Dutkiewicz, who has been an instrumental part of the organization’s evolution for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming president Rob led Clayton & McKervey’s Small and Mid-sized Entities department, the largest division within the firm. He is heavily involved in the economic development community and with many organizations supporting the firm’s international clientele.

We’re headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. Throughout our history, we’ve helped international companies establish a subsidiary or presence in the United States, and U.S. companies expand their businesses abroad.

The Clayton & McKervey brand has always been about “doing more.” The “&” in our company name symbolizes our desire to bring something extra, unexpected and invaluable to the table. It means you’ll always get something more. We don’t consider our service approach as going the extra mile. Here, at Clayton & McKervey, it’s expected and routine.

Each member of our staff abides by these core values:

Passion to help others succeed We genuinely want to help those who help themselves.
Can-do attitude We focus on the end result, not the roadblocks.
Fun We laugh and enjoy the moment.
Performance We do what it takes and then some.

confidence & trust
As humans, we sometimes rationalize our reasons for what makes a great accounting firm. We use unemotional facts like the size of clients and number of employees to determine our decision. But oftentimes, the real, underlying reasons for our career decisions are less definable. It typically comes down to comfort, confidence and trust. We could give you a bunch of great reasons why C&M is a great place to work. But the biggest reason is the opportunities presented to each and every team member to see the world differently here, and to join us in exceeding the expectations not only of our clients but ourselves. Exceeding expectations is what doing great business is all about.
worldly & willing
Yes, we have international expertise. We help people all over the globe get things done. Through our global affiliations, our employees gain access to the right people at the right stages in their career, and make connections that often prove invaluable for advancement. But being worldly is more than just being “international.” It’s having plenty of practical experience doing business successfully throughout the world. Our willingness, can-do attitude and passion for helping our clients succeed are the core values that define our firm’s culture.

skilled & accessible
Every competent accounting firm has skilled people. But in the long run, what good is all that talent without a strong commitment to developing the firm’s next generation? We’re not so big that our very best people are running our business from the back office. They’re on the front lines, connecting with clients, establishing themselves in the business community and working alongside new staff members – sharing their knowledge, guiding and mentoring. At Clayton & McKervey, experience and responsibility are gained quickly and, if you’re up for the challenge, career development can proceed at a brisk pace.

industrious & fun
The world is full of industrious people who work long hours. But at Clayton & McKervey, we believe people are the sum of their existence. Having fun doing what we do, and sharing the fun with our clients as we work to grow their businesses, is vitally important to us. We take our work very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We embrace the intrinsic value of a well-rounded perspective… a perspective that helps us give our clients our very best effort and the very best results day in and day out.

benefits & perks
At Clayton & McKervey, we’re all about job satisfaction … providing all of our team members with the benefits and perks to maximize productivity. Including (but not limited to) a competitive compensation and benefits package, plenty of office supplies, including lots of paper clips and Post-it® note pads, and all the M&Ms you could ever want — plain, peanut and even pretzel. As our French clients say, bon appétit.

confident & capable
C&M University is designed to develop strong, confident, capable team members and prepare them to enjoy long, rewarding careers. Through the program, they learn many important technical, business development, leadership and interpersonal skills. Our team approach to the development and training of new team members is designed to address the “whole” professional. This also helps our clients, who benefit from the ideas and insights imparted by every professional on their Clayton & McKervey team.

There are countless reasons to work at Clayton & McKervey and our team is growing. Whether you’re an accounting student, new CPA or an established professional ready to take your accounting career up a notch, we’re interested in talking to you. Here are a few ways to join our firm.


Internships
Each year, we offer winter and summer internship opportunities within our tax, assurance and small- and mid-sized entities (SME) departments. As an intern, you’ll get the training and earn the responsibilities of a first-year accountant. Our week-long, group orientation and software training program will prepare you well. You'll also be partnered with a peer-level "buddy" who, along with your team, will help you successfully transition into C&M.


Reach Beyond Program
Clayton & McKervey's Reach Beyond Summer program is an opportunity to explore public accounting career opportunities at a dynamic international firm with an entrepreneurial company culture. During this program, you’ll discover what it means to become a successful CPA. You'll learn about our career opportunities and recruiting process, interact with experienced accountants and shareholders working in a variety of service lines, visit client sites and experience our core values at work. See first hand the value our team brings to our clients. Work isn’t typically mistaken for fun. But at Clayton & McKervey, it usually is.


Experienced Professionals
We're always excited when experienced professionals join our team. Their knowledge and insights make our entire firm, and the services we provide our clients, better.

To hear more about what our new hires have to say about the firm, please check out our employee journals. You can also reach out to our Talent Acquisition Specialist, Theresa Hickey with any questions you have about our process. Theresa has over 16 years of campus recruiting experience and close to 8 years have been spent recruiting in public accounting at various size firms. She can provide a wealth of council to those deciding on their first position. Please take a minute to read Theresa’s bio for more information.

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    "Great atmosphere, better people"

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    I have been working at Clayton & McKervey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company continuously works to get you involved in the accounting from day 1 - from working with shareholders, to business owners, to your peers. This results in a much quicker learning curve and experience that was unexpected - but a great value. The best thing about the firm are the people, by far. It is a great work environment and I genuinely enjoy most everyone with whom I work. The company has invested in multiple initiatives to increase the already positive atmosphere, which is encouraging. I would recommend to all my friends and family seeking a career in public accounting.

    Cons

    Like any public accounting firm, long hours are expected during busy season (typically not more than 65-70) and job promotions and salaries are not as transparent as other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more structure / expectations on what is to be expected of senior, manager, shareholder roles and what the compensation structure looks like for each. Knowing what the ultimate goal is to work towards will either help encourage current employees to continue working hard or weed out those who do not have the same expectations earlier instead of later.

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Clayton & McKervey Photos

Clayton & McKervey photo of: Rolling out the red carpet for our summer "Dress for Your Day" policy
Clayton & McKervey photo of: Welcoming our June 2017 new hires
Clayton & McKervey photo of: The Social Committee relaxing after planning the Tiger's Opening Day party
Clayton & McKervey photo of: Enjoying the end of busy season
Clayton & McKervey photo of: Angela showing off our core values.
Clayton & McKervey photo of: Members of our tax department and their guests enjoying our holiday party
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Clayton & McKervey Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southfield, MI
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Clayton & McKervey (Southfield, MI) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Initially was contacted over the phone, was brought in for an interview. On the phone before the interview, I was told what to expect during the interview. One kind of confusing thing was that I was contacted and screened over the phone by one person but it was another person who emailed me to actually set up the interview so it was very unclear who my contact person was.

    In the interview, I met for half an hour with two people, took a tour of the office with another person, and then interviewed with two different people for another half an hour. Everyone involved was very friendly. I appreciated that they told me they would let me know if I got the position either way because a lot of places do not do that, even though it took over two weeks to hear back.

    Their interview process is very involved, everyone is friendly, but I think it would be better if the initial interview was a little shorter because when they take so long and show you around the entire office, it gets your hopes up more than a typical interview does.

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Clayton & McKervey Awards & Accolades

  • Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA), 2016
  • Top Workplaces, Detroit Free Press, 2016
  • Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA), 2015
  • Top Workplaces, Detroit Free Press, 2015
  • Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA), 2014
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