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Updated July 17, 2017
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  1. "Good work life"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aronson full-time

    Pros

    -Very good work-life balance
    -People are easy-going, great with work with

    Cons

    -Can't comp over-time meals which is out of sync with industry standards (but they do provide meals during Jan-Apr busy season.
    -Location isn't that great for business development because it's pretty far from Tysons/DC (great reverse commute though for DC/MoCo residents).

    Advice to Management

    -I think more effort needs to be made to get in front of potential clients, setting up client meetings, lunches, events, etc, even though the location makes it more difficult.
    -Allow over-time meals to be comped year-round (it's billed out the client anyways so it doesn't cost the company anything and it's standard practice at just about every other accounting firm)


  2. "Great company as far as public accounting goes"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aronson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Aronson provides for accounting experience with diverse industries and provides the opportunity to learn from experts in various industries.
    -Generally, most people are very nice and easy to work with, foster learning
    -You don't feel like a cog in a machine as with bigger companies
    -Competitive pay, benefits, opportunities to participate in business development/recruiting/other operations

    Cons

    Public accounting industry in general

  3. "There are better firms"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aronson full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation in the industry. A few good people.

    Cons

    Negative work environment. Cliquey. Poor training and feedback. Not enough professional development.

    I left this firm for another one. During my interviews, other firms actively made fun of Aronson for its "abusive" reputation.


  4. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aronson full-time

    Pros

    Good company with work and life balance. Good people and work environment.

    Cons

    medical benefit high deductible. high turn over rate.


  5. "Tax Staff Salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aronson full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment; challenging; fun

    Cons

    Busy season is the same as any accounting firm


  6. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Aronson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent Salary, young environment, if you are lucky to work with the right people you can really learn a lot!

    Cons

    Only the favorites are promoted/ picked for the best jobs, you work a lot for a medium size public accounting firm. Billable hours during busy season are pretty high for this area. No matter where you live you will have to travel if you are in audit.

    Advice to Management

    They need to stop micromanaging their staff/seniors


  7. "Great people, Not so great growth opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and summer Fridays

    Cons

    Location, no growth opportunities, not a competitive salary.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start.. for Accountants"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HR seems to be doing a better job listening to the employees and what they want in terms of perks, work-life balance, better salary/bonuses commensurate with bigger firms. There are a lot of talented people in the accounting fields, and it seems like a great place for younger accountants to get some experience BUT....

    There is little to no room for advancement if you are in the business operations side. You are seen as an unnecessary expense and you are treated as such. Any talent that is present in business operations is not appreciated and probably underpaid. Doesn't seem like a great place if you are looking for an IT position, as there is very little direction and room for growth, and they often seem disorganized, uninterested, and constantly argue with each other. This is evidenced by one of the better Administrators leaving recently.

    Recently the company made huge progress in increasing the salaries and bonuses of all accountants, probably in an attempt to attract better quality candidates and retain those currently working at the company. DO THE SAME for business operations! They help your company run efficiently and they are just as necessary as the accountants.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season, even compared to bigger firms.

    Why isn't telecommuting an option? They say the accountants are able to "work from home" on busy season Saturdays, but nobody actually does it because they are afraid it will be reflected in evaluations/bonuses.

    Change the dress code! Get with the program.. every other mid-size/big company is adopting a "dress for your day" dress code. Why are jeans so frowned upon if all you're going to be doing is sitting at your cube all day? Older partners probably see it as disrespectful, but they need to wake up and accept a little change.

    Advice to Management

    continue to listen to your employees.. you take so much pride in being one of the last big "mid-size regional accounting firms," but what does that even mean? 3% 401(k) match is pretty standard (I guess) but 4-5% match would be better. Look at expanding your operations, possibly opening up another location on the west coast or down south... it might be tough to bring in new clients right away, but what about acquiring a smaller firm in one of those areas and growing the base of operations?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aronson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are great people in the firm. Great place for recent grads to start as you get to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Long hours, but that's normal for the industry.

    Partners are always fighting with closed door meetings.

    Tried too hard to win best places to work awards.


  10. "Negative environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aronson full-time

    Pros

    Smart, committed accountants who only work long hours during busy season.

    Cons

    Uncertain and inconsistent leadership. Infighting among partners.


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