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Shea Labagh Dobberstein Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
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.

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  • There's never a dull moment at SLD! Employees attended a happy hour at Sam's Grill and Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco on Tuesday evening to celebrate the Firm's 2018 Paul Shea Award winners and kick off the busy season.

  • Shea Labagh Dobberstein celebrated its holiday party at Devil's Acre on Friday. It was a cheerful occasion with good people, good drinks and good food!

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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 14 principals and over 90 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.

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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!

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    Had a great work experience at Shea Labagh Dobberstein. Positive work environment filled with nice and outgoing personalities. I learned a lot while working here.


    Only con was it was a long commute for me to get to.

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    Audit Associate Interview

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Shea Labagh Dobberstein (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.


    On campus interview and then in-office visit. The on-campus process is very laid back. The interviewer gave valuable advice on accounting career and show interest in knowing candidates. I apply through the school website and get scheduled couple days later.

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    • General, such as why accounting, why audit, why SLD, etc.   1 Answer
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Shea Labagh Dobberstein Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 IPA Best of the Best Fastest-Growing Firm, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), 2017
  • 2017 IPA Best of the Best Firm, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), 2017
  • 2017 IPA 200 Firm, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), 2017
  • 2017 IPA 200 Fastest-Growing Organic Growth Firm, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), 2017
  • Firm of the Year, DFK International, 2017
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