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Tanner Overview

Salt Lake City, UT
51 to 200 employees
1940
Company - Private
Accounting
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Founded in 1940, Tanner LLC has grown into one of the largest and most successful public accounting firms in the Intermountain West. With 18 partners and approximately 160 professionals, Tanner provides responsive service and insights to a growing number of clients ... Read more

Mission: Our purpose is to serve. Each day, we will make a positive
impact in the lives of all those with whom we interact.

Tanner – Why Work With Us?


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At Tanner, our purpose is to serve. Each day we strive to make a positive impact in the lives of those with whom we interact. We dazzle our clients by being on time and on budget with no surprises.

We're easy to work with.

Our team provides the perfect blend of Big 4 experience with levels of quality and responsiveness that are hard to find in large firms. All of our decisions are made confidently and quickly at a local level.

We have a great reputation.

Tanner has a unique record for quality. Tanner is also the only accounting firm to be recognized as one of “Utah’s Best Places To Work” by the Utah Work/Life Awards. The firm was honored for the second year in a row as one of the Top 25 Firms in the United States by INSIDE Public Accounting.

We do great work.

We dazzle our clients by being on time, on budget, with no surprises. Tanner continues to be the firm successful companies turn to when contemplating a serious transaction.



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Tanner actively seeks out the confident, adaptive, creative and bold. Tanner is an accelerator for the professionals that work here and the clients that we serve.

Starting Out?

Tanner offers graduates an opportunity to prove themselves and achieve phenomenal success. Here in an environment of deep mentoring and meaningful work, young professionals are able to master their craft and accelerate their careers.

Seasoned Pro?

Professionals will find in Tanner a rapidly-growing organization where there is a room at the top. You will have the freedom to engage in meaningful work, advance at your own pace, and experience a healthy work-life balance.

Challenge the status quo.

Step on the gas.

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Tanner Reviews

  • "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tanner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have a hard time knowing where to start. Is Tanner perfect? Absolutely not. Is it a great place to work? You bet! One of the things that I am most impressed about with Tanner is the willingness to change and improve. The partners and management team are always open to suggestions and making changes. There have been several times in my 5 years at Tanner where there were concerns or issues brought up with management about a policy or something that was outdated and then after a few months of discussion and weighing in by many many parties, change was made. Some of those were things that some of the partners were very very passionate about and ultimately they were persuaded and agreed with the change. Basically in my experience management is open to feedback and willing to make changes to improve, with the expectation that both parties listen to the other side's perspective, and ultimately reach a good decision for change. Other procedural type changes are being tweaked and modified all the time as well, and the Firm is always willing to try new things and approaches. I always feel like my voice is heard if I'm willing to share it.

    Coming from a Big 4 firm it is night and day difference, the people and culture at Tanner are top notch from my experience, and even though the hours are long when times are busy, my worst weeks at Tanner are better than my average weeks at my prior firm. I also spent time in industry and when comparing to Tanner's public accounting, there are pros and cons to both, but I obviously came back to public accounting (Tanner) and have turned down several job offers since coming. Tanner has probably the broadest client base and you get the best experience in my mind. If you want to be a self-starter and jump in and own things and improve you will absolutely thrive here. I've worked with some of the brightest people since coming here to Tanner (not only above me, but peers and teams as well!) It truly is a great place to work. Also, lots of flexibility. I have the ability to control my schedule and people are always willing to help cover for you if emergencies come up...but that flexibility requires a little bit of proactivity on your part. If you are proactive and hard working you can create lots of flexibility to work around various things.

    Cons

    Hours. It is public accounting, so this isn't unexpected, but you will work overtime. The thing that was a surprise initially is how it seems to drag on into the summer oftentimes (not every year, but sometimes). The flip side of the flexibility can also be a con, if you want flexibility you have to put in the hours/effort at other times to make sure jobs progress, it's a two-sided coin.
    The second thing I would suggest is pay. It is no secret that you will be paid less in public accounting starting out than you would in industry, but the growth is faster and you'll end up better off (in general). It would be nice if the pay gap wasn't as wide though.

    Advice to Management

    (1) Continue to be open to feedback as you have in the past, and keep trying to improve.
    (2) Another thing would be to try and narrow that pay gap with industry. Public accounting has high turnover, and Tanner's is lower than industry...but if there wasn't such a pay gap at the lower levels there wouldn't be as much of a draw. I understand the reasons, etc. but I also know that as a staff you are struggling to get by, often with a family, and it would alleviate a lot of life stress that compounds the work stress if the lower levels were paid more. Even if it wasn't a base increase, but was some incentive pay at the staff and senior levels I think it would be a good idea.
    (3) Try to even out the hours across people, and make sure hour expectations on a week by week basis are realistic

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Tanner Interviews

Experience

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    Tax Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Tanner.

    Interview

    Asked me 3 questions then asked if I had any questions. It was very short. The man I interviewed with was helpful in answering questions. The entire thing was 20 min

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Why did you pick accounting? 2) Why did you pick tax? 3) Why did you pick Tanner?   Answer Question
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Tanner Awards & Accolades

  • Best Companies to Work For, Utah Business, 2018
  • Best of State, Accounting Services, Best of State, 2018

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