Working at Shea Labagh Dobberstein | Glassdoor

Shea Labagh Dobberstein Overview
San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Shea Labagh Dobberstein provides a full range of professional accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services to businesses, employee benefit plans, individuals and non-profit organizations. We have been serving wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, retailers, professional ... Read more

Mission: At Shea Labagh Dobberstein our mission is to provide superior quality professional services to help clients improve their financial position and operations. The firm is committed to serving the public interest and to exceeding our clients’ expectations for service.

Shea Labagh Dobberstein – Why Work For Us?

Shea Labagh Dobberstein (SLD), one of the oldest and most well-respected accounting firms in San Francisco, provides a full spectrum of professional accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services to privately-held businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations.

For over 70 years, the Northern California business community has recognized SLD for having the deep expertise and specialized resources of a national firm, coupled with the personalized attention of a San Francisco-based advisor.

A staff of 11 principals and over 80 professionals help SLD’s clients improve their financial capabilities through the following:

  • Deep expertise amassed through decades of client involvement across many industries. Many of SLD’s partners and managers have extensive and proven experience as alumni of national “Big Four” accounting firms.
  • An internal collaborative approach allows SLD to analyze client organizations from different perspectives and proactively identify opportunities to improve financial performance.
  • Clients experience continuity of staff due to a supportive, balanced work environment at SLD that has resulted in relatively low turnover at all staff levels. Dedicated client teams work with the same client over many years.
  • Advice clients can trust. SLD is composed of unbiased, independent accountants. Less than 10% of accounting firms in the US have the distinction of earning seven consecutive “unmodified” peer reviews without comments from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), meaning that they are adhering to strict quality control standards. SLD is proud to be one of this elite group.
  • Global reach. SLD’s alliance with DFK International gives clients access to resources around the world, including over 2,200 professionals nationally.

With a long history of exceptional service, SLD has developed extensive knowledge of the issues facing clients’ industries. SLD’s service approach is based on year-round, open and responsive communication. The firm is positioned to offer the best of both worlds: the deep expertise and dedicated resources of a national firm, with the personalized attention of a regional advisor.

Learn more:

From the inception of our firm, there has been a commitment to providing our people with a supportive environment that respects the balance between work and personal life. We have the depth of experience of a national CPA firm, without the big firm impersonality, where you can share ideas and learn from your colleagues. Our diversity of clients and wide spectrum of services mean a multitude of opportunities for you to explore. Make a difference to our clients and your career today by joining us!

Learn more:

Shea Labagh Dobberstein Reviews

Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Shea Labagh Dobberstein Managing Principal James R. Dobberstein
James R. Dobberstein
12 Ratings
  • Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Good Firm for Accountants"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO


    I've worked at a number of firms, and this, by far is the best place to work for an accountant who wants to succeed without sacrificing their personal life. Most of us are busy year round, so no, there's not a lot of down time, but that's just how work is. But the overtime is manageable and limited to busy season - and it's compensated. The PTO is much more generous than other places. It's an extremely diverse workplace. Unlike at a larger firm, managers are respectful of personal commitments and PTO. As a regional firm, we get a lot more face time with our clients than we might as a larger firm.


    It's a regional firm. As such, opportunities for travel are more limited than at a larger firm. And obviously, no overseas postings.

See All 21 Reviews

Shea Labagh Dobberstein Photos

Shea Labagh Dobberstein photo of: SLD Reception area
See All PhotosSee All

Shea Labagh Dobberstein Interviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    Staff Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Shea Labagh Dobberstein (San Francisco, CA) in October 2015.


    I learned about SLD through Meet The Firms on campus. Had a nice conversation with the representative. I got notified by email for an office interview/tour which lasted 3 hours. I met some very nice and professional people there. It was a great experience.

    Interview Questions

See All 6 Interviews

Shea Labagh Dobberstein Awards & Accolades

  • Best of the Best Firms, Inside Public Accounting, 2016
  • Fastest Growing Firms, Inside Public Accounting, 2016
  • Top 200 Accounting Firms, Inside Public Accounting, 2016
See More

Shea Labagh Dobberstein Locations

Work at Shea Labagh Dobberstein? Share Your Experiences

Shea Labagh Dobberstein
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
Click to Rate