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CliftonLarsonAllen Overview

Minneapolis, MN
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
CLA is a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities to help clients succeed professionally and personally.

You can depend on CLA for several uncommon advantages:
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Mission: The CLA Promise --

The CLA Promise exists for one simple reason: to help the person across the table from us reach his or her dreams and build a better world he or she envisions.

We do this through impactful interactions for success.

CliftonLarsonAllen – Why Work For Us?

undefinedCliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is well positioned to bring you an exceptional level of knowledge, insight, and industry-specific consultation.

CliftonLarsonAllen is  one of very few firms of our size and scope to focus solely on privately held businesses and their owners, public sector organizations, and individuals.

You can depend on CLA for several uncommon advantages:

  • Specialized industry practices.
    Our professionals are extremely proficient in your industry. Those selected to serve you aren't just accounting practitioners; they have significant training and experience in your industry. Our goal is to help you and your organization succeed.

  • Credibility, reputation, and resources of a top 10 firm without sacrificing the small-firm touch.
    Entrepreneurs and public service organizations are the backbone of our economy, and we have renewed and deepened our commitment to you at a level most other firms reserve for the world's largest corporations.

  • Professionals personally invested in your success.
    CLA has established itself as a place where the best and brightest come to build the careers they want. Our engaged professionals are motivated to do their best work for you year after year, sharing their industry knowledge and advice to help your organization prosper.

Firm stats 

  • More than 50 years of quality, service, and expertise
  • Among the nation's top 10 accounting firms
  • $550 million in revenue
  • More than 100 locations across the United States
  • Headquarters in Minneapolis 

Our clients

  • Unprecedented emphasis on serving privately held businesses and their owners, as well as nonprofits and governmental entities
  • Serving more than 150,000 clients
  • Primary industries served include agribusiness and cooperatives, dealerships, employee benefit plans, federal government, financial institutions, health care, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofit, and state and local government
  • Service areas include audit, accounting, tax, consulting, outsourcing and wealth advisory (investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor)

Our people

  • 5,000+ professionals, including 600 partners
  • More than 1,600 CPAs on staff
  • A career building and "Best Place to Work" firm 

Come to a Place Where the Best and Brightest Build the Careers They Want

undefinedAt CLA, success is measured by the unique contributions of each member of the team, not level or status. From day one, we’ll start talking about and working toward your career goals.

You will be exposed to a wide range of our services and industries to find areas that spark your passion. Our learning programs and on-the-job experiences are designed to attract and enrich people who want to develop themselves into well-rounded professionals.

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  • Entry-level careers and internships
  • Experienced careers

CLA at a glance

  • A top 10 accounting and consulting firm
  • 5000+ people, including 600 partners
  • 1,600 CPAs on staff
  • 100+ locations
  • Focus on privately held businesses and their owners, public sector organizations, and individuals
  • Specializing in more than 20 industries
  • A culture embracing teamwork, diversity, and flexibility

CliftonLarsonAllen is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A Culture of Impact

We aim to positively impact the clients we serve, the people we employ, the profession we represent, and the communities we call home.

Our Values


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We make our mark by inspiring each other.

  • Exercise influence rather than power
  • Maximize our potential to achieve excellence
  • Stretch our comfort zones and encourage others to do so


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We own the outcome together.

  • Make it happen as if our own names are on the front door
  • Build on our strengths and recognize the contributions of others
  • Assume positive intent


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We ask the questions that lead to big ideas.

  • Be curious, resourceful, and take calculated risks
  • Show passion for work that matters
  • Dare to ask “why not” and “what if”

Your Health, Happiness, and Well Being Are Very Important to Us

undefinedWe recognize the value of having access to a comprehensive benefits program as you consider your career path. Our plans have been designed to offer you choice and flexibility, so you can select options that best fit your needs.

Your health and welfare

Medical: Three coverage options based primarily on varying levels of deductibles and contributions, including a high-deductible plan with a health savings account. Visit any provider you wish, with significant discounts for in-network providers.

Dental: The basic option provides coverage for preventive, diagnostic, and basic services. The comprehensive option provides those services covered in the basic plan, plus restorative and orthodontic services.

Vision: Coverage for examinations and materials, including glasses or contacts. Discounted rates when using in-network providers.

Flexible spending accounts (FSA): A tax-advantaged way to manage your benefits expenses. Within a flex plan, your eligible premium and plan expenses are paid with pre-tax dollars, increasing your take-home income. FSA plan choices include a premium expense plan, health care reimbursement account, dependent care reimbursement account, and transportation/commuter benefits.

Disability: Short-term disability (STD) provides income protection for up to 90 calendar days of total disability. Long-term disability (LTD) provides income protection if you become totally disabled for a period longer than 90 days. The firm pays the entire cost of this coverage.

Your future

Continuous learning: CLA offers multiple career paths and the opportunity to grow professionally and personally through a variety of educational and mentorship experiences. Access virtual conferences, webcasts, classroom sessions, self-study on-demand learning opportunities, job aids, and resources through CLA University. Professional certification and tuition assistance programs support you in gaining your CPA license and other certifications, and provide reimbursements for exam study materials.

Retirement: Includes a 401(k) plan and profit sharing program. The firm will match 50 percent of the first 4 percent that you contribute (i.e., a 2 percent contribution) to a 401(k) plan. In addition, CLA may make a discretionary profit sharing contribution on behalf of eligible participants based on the firm’s financial results for the year.

Life/AD&D insurance: Life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage gives you and your family a measure of financial protection in the event of a death or a serious accident while actively employed. The firm pays the entire cost of this plan.

Work-life balance

Paid time off: As a new associate, you will have 20 days of paid time off (PTO) per year, which combines vacation, illness, injury, and personal leave. Over the course of your career, you will enjoy more flexibility while continuing to earn more PTO time.

Holidays: Nine paid holidays annually: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and two floating days.

Perks program: CLA employees and their families save money at hundreds of retailers and service providers, such as AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Verizon.

Employee assistance program (EAP): We recognize it can be difficult to balance the demands of work with those of your personal life. LifeWorks® is a one-stop resource that offers consultation, information, and personalized community referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you and your family.

CliftonLarsonAllen Reviews

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    Great culture, but that could be office specific. CLA is very flexible with PTO, holidays and flexible schedule arrangements. There is no
    micro managing. Get your work done and correctly and you get treated like an individual and an adult, not their employee. CLA is “the career building firm” and this couldn’t be more true. They want to help build your career, with a CLA or elsewhere.


    Too many people in management so it becomes difficult to know who actually makes the decisions. Lack of policy and procedure.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listen to staff and new employees. Sometimes people who are older or who have been with the company for 10+ years, are locked in with their ideals and opinions and it’s hard to grow from that.

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CliftonLarsonAllen Photos

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CliftonLarsonAllen photo of: Outing to the Magic Castle in Hollywood with our clients.
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CliftonLarsonAllen Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at CliftonLarsonAllen in November 2014.


    Phone screen by recruiting, then a phone screen by hiring manager, then onsite interview w hiring manager and a separate interview w hr manager. Overall took 6 weeks which was over the holidays and 2 more weeks to onboard after verbal offer

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    • Basic interview questions, strengths, weaknesses, background, situational questions. How would I lead, what is first thing I would do in job, how could you bring past experiences to new role   Answer Question
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CliftonLarsonAllen Awards & Accolades

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

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