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.
Have you read this month’s CCH Public Accounting Report? Managing Partner, Chris Russell is quoted: “At Peterson Sullivan, we have received considerable accolades [for workplace, growth and client service excellence]. This collective group of acknowledgments could be considered an achievement, but they’re really results of what is truly my proudest accomplishment – and that is our phenomenal culture. It has been a long-term, cooperative effort of our entire organization to transform the culture while enjoying healthy growth. We are proud to foster a workplace where employees willingly go above and beyond in their work, advocate for the organization, and intend to stay in the future.” Check out the full report for more on Chris’ thoughts on our amazing culture!
Congratulations to Brian Perry, who was named a 2018 Steering Committee Member on the Associated General Contractors of America's Construction Leadership Council!
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 almost 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.
As an associate, you come to expect the unexpected. It's hard to pinpoint what you will be doing on a daily basis, because each day is unique! You get constantly challenged with new situations and projects, with a variety of different clients – the work keeps you on your toes. Any given day you have the opportunity to work with a multitude of associates and seniors.
Types of work:
What I love about my job
Being a tax associate at Peterson Sullivan is very challenging but also extremely rewarding. As an associate I am constantly learning new things and never leave the office feeling like I didn’t accomplish something that day. One of the advantages of Peterson Sullivan is our varying types of clients. Whether it be high net worth individuals or large corporations, there really is something different to work on every day. Most days, it does not even feel like work because I am working alongside so many great people that make it feel like I am an important part of the team. I truly love coming to work each day knowing that I will be working with some of my close friends on projects that we all want to complete with integrity, respect, commitment, and expertise.
A typical day in the office could entail:
Wrapping up fieldwork
Initiating confirmation requests
Importing a trial balance
Prepping data collection forms
Proofreading financial statements
Preparing board presentations
Attending planning meetings
A typical day at the client could entail:
Connecting with engagement team (setting up workspace and delegating tasks)
Meeting with client for an update
Auditing various work-papers (cash, prepaid expenses, fixed assets, accounts payable, expenses)
Preparing clarifying questions for the client
Discussing with senior and manager issues or questions that may arise
Wrapping up fieldwork
You may work with clients in these types of industries:
Not for profits
"First Friday" parties (In-Office Happy Hour/Social Events – PS Tradition!)
Firm recruiting events (we went to a Mariner's Game this summer!)
Other Firm sponsored activities (softball, flag football, soccer, beach volleyball, putt-putt golf, fantasy football)
Coaching and Buddy program activities
Networking events such as the Washington State Society Young Professionals Events
What We love about our jobs
The variety of opportunities, individuals, and activities is what makes work at Peterson Sullivan exciting. You have the chance to see a multitude of different business models and structures spanning a wide variety of industries, and get to work with unique individuals from around the United States with a wealth of knowledge and experience. You can also build strong relationships outside of work by participating in the variety of activities that the firm offers. No single day is ever the same!
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
Salary and schedule flexibility are great
Difficult to get responsibility for client relationships from older partners
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Peterson Sullivan (Seattle, WA) in November 2016.
The first interview was conducted over the phone. I spoke with an audit manager and an HR manager. About a week later I got invited to attend their Call Back Day. Call Back Day consisted of interviewing with 3 different people, as well as going out to lunch with 2 associates and a few other interviewees. Interviews were mostly conversational, some behavioral questions, only two very easy technical questions. After the interviews, we had time to socialize with everyone in the office.