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Anton & Chia Reviews

Updated Oct 11, 2018

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Anton & Chia CEO Gregory Wahl
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4 Ratings
  1. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work hard play hard culture. They are willling to help. You may need to drink here to fully socialize with higher ups after tax season.

    Cons

    Long long long hours. You may get angry email from the CEO but dont worry he doesnt mean it.

    Advice to Management

    Friday social yeah

    Anton & Chia2017-11-02
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible management and work ethics"

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    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    High turnover so you'll get promote faster compared to other CPA firms.

    Cons

    Long long hours even not during busy seasons. Very little training and guidance for new staff. The president is very rude and will send out email with unprofessional language if he's unhappy with the performance of staff (as in money is not being collected fast enough). The firm has horrible work ethics and mostly care about just filing to get client's money, sometimes without proper and sufficient audit work.... As auditors, quality control and work ethics should be priority but this is not emphasized in this firm. Avoid at all cost for new and experienced professionals who are passionate about audit and want to learn proper audit work.

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    Advice to Management

    Create quality training programs for employees. Tone from the top.

    Anton & Chia2018-05-10
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Audit"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate 

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working anywhere else after feels easy. May be easy to get promoted since people keep quitting.

    Cons

    Long hours with no compensation and below market salary.

    Anton & Chia2017-11-29
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Audit - Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time

    Pros

    There are none. This firm has a terrible reputation. Having this on your resume will cause employers to not consider you as a viable candidate. The skill set you have "learned" here cannot be taken elsewhere - it's worthless.

    Cons

    Long hours is to be experienced during busy season but year round? No OT for non-licensed staff. Toxic management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using the phrase "work hard, play hard" in the reviews. We know it's you.

    Anton & Chia2017-11-29
  5. "Tax"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anton & Chia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, opportunities for advancement. WORK HARD PLAY HARD environment

    Cons

    There is a potential for long hours.

    Anton & Chia2017-08-18
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anton & Chia full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment, great pay and fun place to work at.

    Cons

    I don't see any at this time.

    Anton & Chia2017-05-24
  7. Helpful (21)

    "Absolute Fail"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office is nice, except for when the staff have to work on evenings and weekends without air-conditioning. The property management will not listen to requests for air-conditioning since the firm is so behind on its rent payments. It was literally a sweatshop sometimes.

    Cons

    I had to give an overall rating of 1 star in order to post this review. I wanted to give a zero-star rating if I could. No career opportunities because you will not survive the workload. You will be burned out and have no life. Plus the PCAOB will probably shut down the firm soon. Compensation and benefits are terrible if you consider the amount of hours you work, lack of training, and taking abuse from the... managing partner. He just sends emails to other partners and managers barking orders, but never does any work. Management seems to think they offer good benefits, but they cannot even pay staff on time so really how relevant are the benefits. Paychecks bounce regularly and your bank will hold your paycheck because the firm does not have sufficient funds. You need to have savings to survive. There is no work-life balance. There is never an end to busy season. The managing partner just brags about getting new clients, but never does any work himself. You have to do all of the work with barely any support and zero training. Some managers and partners were very helpful, but they all quit because of the managing partner and the CFO. There is very high turnover in the partner and manager group. The firm's leadership is very weak since the good partners and managers left. Anyone who is able to leave, does. The only people remaining are the ones who cannot find jobs because of their English skills and they need a visa. The managing partner and CFO will lie to your face and speak badly of people who quit. The managing partner thinks he is quote, "God in the business". He walks around the office with a backwards hat or tie completely untied and just sends emails barking orders all day long. He accuses people who quit of not being professional, but he looks and acts like a joke.

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    Advice to Management

    The managing partner and CFO should stop spending the day on Facebook and LinkedIn. Everyone can see. Figure out why you cannot pay your staff and put a stop to it. It is a busy accounting firm. Where is all of the money going? Do not lie to staff and make commitments you cannot keep. They figure out the truth eventually and lose trust in you. Do not speak badly of people who leave. They are liked by... their former clients and colleagues. It makes you look even worse.

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    Anton & Chia2017-04-05
  8. Helpful (23)

    "An Honest and Transparent Look Back"

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    Former Employee - Audit Staff in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Managers Genuinely Don't Mean Harm. They Just Have No Choice. They're Generally Great People. - You Will Bond With Your Fellow Staff Due to the Hardship. - Alumni Generally Have Successful Careers (After 1 Year w/ the Firm)

    Cons

    - Initially Under Market Pay - If you believe this is your one shot in to public accounting, you may be correct, but be aware that this will be the case. Upon your first promotion, you may receive a raise, unless you are H-1B, in which they know your options are limited, and will use this to their advantage. - CFO Will Lie To Your Face, and Avoid the Question Completely - He has manipulated many staff, seniors,... and managers, as he is very good at "selling". While the rest of the staff slave over audit work, you can see he will browse Facebook 80% of the time you look over at his desk, and then complain about staff's lack of productivity. If you put in a resignation, and he has any ability to, he will attempt unethical actions as a retort. - Paychecks Bouncing Repeatedly (or a week or two to clear) - This should immediately deter you, and is why many employees left while I've been here. Management has straight up said that their bank will "fund" the overdraft. But if you have Bank of America, they will not honor this. As accountants, "going concern" comes to mind. - Threatening emails from the founder and CEO - You may receive either passive aggressive, or hyper aggressive emails from the CEO. He has in the past overriden managers and send extremely disrespectful emails to all staff levels. I learned after my departure that almost every firm in Orange County know about this notorious trait. Embarrassing. - 50+ hour weeks outside of busy season, all year round. Employees here are not lazy. They do not complain about having to work hard. They complain about having to work hard year-round with no breaks in sight, little assistance from management, and top level individuals putting pressure on them with emails in the middle of the night (2AM) or early hours in the morning (6AM). There are corners cut where there absolutely should not be. The basis for determining whether something is a material issue or not is unheard of outside of this firm. - Numerous new staff have quit within 2 months due to toxic conditions. I believe those to be the wise ones. - The firm is undergoing SEC investigations, and actively tries to hide this fact from all levels. PCAOB inspections went poorly in the past. Staff have received phone calls from debt collectors, and have reached out to clients to attempt to collect fees directly from clients, embarrassing the staff. - The firm is a parasite to H-1B employees. About half the floor is made up these individuals (including myself). The firm will initially pitch the job as one that pays off with hard work, but has reasonable balance, and then immediately do a 180 upon hire, ie, extremely long hours, low pay, and no training. You may have been with the firm about 3 weeks, and will be a staff in charge of an engagement. There is no senior to help you appropriately! You will ultimately be taken advantage of. Sickening actions by upper management. - I had seen numerous partners, numerous managers, and all my seniors quit in the span of 6 months. That is not normal, and should be another red flag. - Expense Reimbursement - Good luck getting that per firm policy. Generally takes two to three months, with rejections for ludicrous reasons from the CFO.

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    Advice to Management

    - CEO/Founder needs to give the reigns to a responsible partner in charge, and be transparent with the current situation. He is admittedly good at selling business, but cannot manage the people. - The CFO needs to be removed. He has helped spend most of our funds on useless items, and is not able to pay the hardworking staff, all while lying to them about why they haven't been paid, and why their checks bounce. He... will avoid confrontation, and defer to the CEO who is an intimidating figure, or to the accounting manager, who acts as a barrier and scapegoat. (This particular individual especially doesn't deserve that type of pressure) - Treat your staff with respect, especially the H-1B staff. They work hard for you, and you don't actually do that much in return back. - Develop your staff, utilizing training, and work life balance. As soon as staff get experience, they outgrow the firm and leave. There's nothing there for them, as more experience simply means they can put more work on you, as you'll be efficient. These experienced staff need to be compensated accordingly, and have more balance, so they are able to train and develop new staff for the turnover. - Accept responsibility. If a job goes awry, and its due to scheduling, own up to it. Do not blame staff or managers. It hurts morale, and feeds into the resentment staff have against upper management. - Do not talk bad about departing individuals. Everyone hears everything at the firm. It hurts morale to see hardworking ex-staff, seniors, and managers get put down. We respect these ex-employees so much, and many of us keep in touch. To hear them being dismissed as "lazy" or "bad at their job" only hurts the morale for the rest of the employees who looked up to them.

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    Anton & Chia2017-03-24
  9. Helpful (13)

    "You are better than this. Go look for somewhere else. This place is a career trap!"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Decent snack 2. Okay HQ office at the very corner of Newport. The management seems to be so proud that they have a main office in Newport.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start but I will try to be objective and list the cons. 1. Incredibly unethical culture You are required to FILE no matter what. The management does not care how much work is done on the Audit or what is the financial standing of client is. You need to FILE before the deadline no matter what so that they can COLLECT the Audit fee. Some of their opinions get out even before substantial work... is done and a lot of work get done after the filing date and some of these after work could be done very unethical. You do not want to go through this in your career giving up your integrity. 2. Long Long unappreciated hours throughout the year. You will work like slave throughout the year period. You are required to work 65+ during busy season. The catch is that it is busy season all year around at this firm! You do annual 10K first five months of the year and you do 10Q every quarter and You will be assigned to private company audits in between 10Q. After working these long hours, you will end up feeling guilty because the management pushes you even more with negative reinforcement and more work. 3. Very unprofessional owner Can you imagine a managing partner in sweat pants with bare foot comes in to a general meeting with a glass of whiskey on his right hand? You may encounter this kind of shocking moments once you work at Anton & Chia. Don't be surprised if you received a couple of very angry e-mail containing cursing words from the partner because again, it may happen. I'm not lying. 4. The chance of getting 500 Attest hours here is very slim. If you plan to work like crazy for months and get your 500 attest hours, your plan may not work well at this firm. Signing attest hours is done by very subjective judgement by the firm. I have seen so many staffs leaving the firm but I have heard only one person actually got the hours signed after working over A YEAR of fully dedicated countless hours. If you think about it, the person dedicated 3,000 total hours of works considering he/she has been working 60 hours per week average. Just so you know, I have not gotten my hours signed neither when I left the firm. 5. Under market pay, No overtime pay. 6. Travel, meal reimbursement Good luck getting reimbursement for the business expense you spent. You will be incredibly lucky if you get full reimbursement three months later. 7. Going concern In the past few years, the firm seriously struggled with PCAOB Audit and there is rumor that they are under PCAOB investigation for years of work done poorly. Substantial doubt on going concern.

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    Advice to Management

    Change everything but leave the snacks.

    Anton & Chia2017-03-27
  10. Helpful (11)

    "You're going to need a helmet for this one..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Anton & Chia full-time

    Pros

    -stress helps builds character? just kidding, such little sleep can't be good for you and the headaches probably aren't either.

    Cons

    -overburdened at all levels, resulting in a lack of mentorship -former and new hires complained about a lack of training, management's response? management stands by their system of having a senior download random pages from google to give a presentation for an hour or so and they will continue to challenge anyone who opposes that the training wasn't top notch rather than try to implement a more efficient system... -you'll work 6-7 days a week for months and hear management scold people for coming in too late on saturdays and sundays (NO OT here) -turnover of the ENTIRETY of the audit staff (100% of staff that were there upon my start) during my stint there, turnover is pretty serious here so don't be shocked by the occasional surprise engagement that just falls in your lap

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    Advice to Management

    Openness and respect go a long way.

    Anton & Chia2016-09-28
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