Mission: To be an agile firm that is a valued asset to our clients all year round—anticipating needs, understanding their business, and providing the expertise and insight to help achieve goals.
January marks the first anniversary of the passing of our Partner, Sharlyn Turner. As we reflect on her life and extraordinary contributions to the firm, we are proud to announce the launch of the Peterson Sullivan Leadership Scholarship program in memory of Sharlyn.
To apply, please visit: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQoHX
Congratulations to Chris Walker and Nick Norton, who have been acknowledged as premier professionals in the industry, and have become Partners at Peterson Sullivan!
We're only as good as our people. At Peterson Sullivan, the high energy and entrepreneurial spirit of Seattle have been in our firm's DNA – and on display in our associates, managers, and partners – for 65 years. This spirit has led to exceptional client relationships and healthy growth. Together, we set the bar high and go the extra mile for our clients and for each other. Together, we grow not only a successful practice but also successful clients. Together, we build something greater than ourselves. Together, we can be more than we ever imagined.
We provide comprehensive accounting, audit, and tax services to publicly traded companies, closely held businesses, nonprofits, auto dealerships, and high net worth individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest and internationally. Our over 180 professionals draw on a deep pool of knowledge, skill, and experience to provide sound advice and serve our client's needs. We are committed to technical excellence, uncommonly good communication, and exemplary client service.
Our Values are the key drivers of our culture and support our actions:
See how far you can go when you put your passion into practice.
For self-starters who want to grow a great career and enjoy the journey, Peterson Sullivan is the best of all worlds. You’ll work with some of the accounting profession’s top talents in an office with a major presence in the heart of downtown Seattle. The high energy and entrepreneurial spirit of Seattle have been in our firm’s DNA for almost 65 years, leading to exceptional client relationships and healthy growth.
Concentrating all of our expertise, energy, and resources in the city we love gives the firm unique strengths that unite us in setting the bar high and going the extra mile—for our clients and for each other.
When the fit is right, there’s no better place to find your passion, focus on the client work you love, build a stellar career—and enjoy the company along the way.
A variety of tasks can fill up a normal day at PS:
Every Tax Associate’s day looks a little different, but below is what my schedule looks like on a typical day:
7:00am – 8:00am
8:00am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 3:30pm (Busy Season: 12:30pm – 4:30pm/5:30pm)
3:30pm – 4:00 pm (Busy Season: 4:30pm/5:30pm – 5:00pm/6:00pm)
Other PS-Related Activities
This is only a quick snapshot of my normal day, but there is so much more to being Tax Associate at PS! If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me at email@example.com
In the Office (about 50% of your time)
As an Audit Associate you will be in the office about 50% of the time. When you are in the office, you will be working on a large variety of tasks, both big and small:
At the Client (about 50% of your time):
As an Audit Associate you will be out at a client’s office about 50% of the time. As a mid-sized firm, most of our audits are scheduled to last about 1 week. One of my favorite things about working as an auditor is that every week brings something completely new, and provides the opportunity to see how a different business operates from the inside.
There are so many reasons to love being a part of the team at Peterson Sullivan. If you are at all curious about learning more, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you enter public accounting, you can expect an incredibly steep learning curve! To support our associate staff level during this transition into their new careers, we offer Coaching and Buddy programs. Each associate is assigned a Buddy and selects a career Coach after onboarding is complete.
Your Buddy will assist you with day-to-day questions, such as how to input time and where to find supplies. This person is also a great resource for meeting people in the office and finding your way around.
Your Coach will be a manager, senior manager, or principal-level accountant who has volunteered to champion your acclimation and success in the firm. During the first week, and then at least quarterly, your Coach will meet with you to discuss your professional goals and any areas of opportunity.
We believe that an important part of enjoying work is getting to know your co-workers. We encourage participation in some or all of the activities we sponsor, such as: accounting league softball, flag football, volleyball, kickball, soccer, dodgeball, and miniature golf.
We also encourage employees to attend networking, professional, and recruiting events. We have annual Holiday and End-of-Tax-Season parties, an annual All-Firm Retreat, “First Friday/4:01” events, and much more to make sure everyone has some fun and gets to know each other.
I have been working at Peterson Sullivan full-time (More than a year)
Our people and our culture of collaboration. Everyone's willing to help everyone else. Also, the firm's "work anytime, anywhere" policy.
Hours can be long, but that's the nature of public accounting.
Advice to Management
When employees offer suggestions, be sure to really listen and consider them. Your people are the greatest asset to this firm.
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Peterson Sullivan (Seattle, WA).
Their interview process was pretty standard. I completed my first round of interviews on campus then went to their office for second rounds. I met with 2 partners, a Senior Manager, and 2 staff associates took me out to coffee, and an additional 2 took me out to lunch. Everyone that I met was really nice. Most of the interviews were pretty conversational.