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Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. "Great environment and community to work in"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Art Bell is an energetic, charismatic, very personable leader. Great guy to work for. The firm provides every employee with all the best technology and equipment, and has an amazing IT staff. Just the right size firm: small enough to be a close knit community but large enough to meet a lot if new people and make career changes within the organization.

    Cons

    Very specialized (alternative investments) firm which may hurt when looking for opportunities elsewhere if you move on. You work mostly on investment companies, so you really have to like that type of stuff to find the work engaging.

    Advice to Management

    Take some more time focusing on career advancement/employee evaluation. I have not had a one on one with my manager since I've been there.


  2. "Audit Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants full-time

    Pros

    Decent Pay but a lot of overtime and weekends

    Cons

    Too much travel and weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Get more local jobs


  3. "Senior Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants full-time

    Pros

    Overall good company to work for. Nice people.

    Cons

    Too much in office politics.


  4. "Niche Firm with Hyper Specialization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Art Bell is a fantastic leader with a warm and thoughtful core. The entire firm is built around his charisma and many decades of specialized experience. The firm has world class IT, from quad-core laptops to multiple large monitors, and even seemingly simple things like large high speed scanners, Arthur Bell spares no expense providing employees with the very best tools available.

    Cons

    Due to the hyper-specialized nature of Arthur Bell CPAs, Senior Tax/Auditors have great difficulty leaving the firm for other jobs, even within public accounting. Arthur Bell's clients (Alternative Investment community) are completely unlike any other industry. This fact is well known to other employers in the MD/PA area, including recruiters like Robert Half and others. Yes, you gain outstanding Alternative Investment experience as a Staff and Senior Tax/Auditor at Arthur Bell, but you are pigeon-holed at a very early stage of your career, which will be extremely limiting when you decide to move on. This is why Arthur Bell has a hugely disproportionate number of Senior Tax/Auditors with 10 years or more with the firm. Ask about it at your interview.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide a more complete picture of the potential experience gained from working at your firm. It is widely assumed many, if not most, college recruits do not intend to stay in Public Accounting as a career permanently. If a young man or woman decides to faithfully devote 75 hours a week to your firm, for years, you have to duty to describe the truth.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very fair and committed to professional development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most talented people in my career - I learn so much from them! They care about doing the right thing.

    Cons

    We work mostly in the office and little from home.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for caring about clients AND employees. It's a firm I'm proud of - good integrity.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Arthur Bell"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good firm. Easy to work with

    Cons

    Busy Season was very intense


  7. "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants full-time

    Pros

    Great PTO, helpful managers, relaxed environment

    Cons

    Busy Season, slower over the summer,


  8. "Average firm; nothing special"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor

    I worked at Arthur Bell Certified Public Accountants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice. AB brings in food during the busy season as a sort of treat for all the employees.

    Cons

    Very niche work. It can be a bit of a challenge getting other employers to hire you based off the knowledge you learn at AB. They specialize in the investment industry. This market is volatile so sometimes clients are lost because the fund closes. You don't really get a chance to interact with the clients because almost all the work is performed in the office. There is a big unbalance of managers vs seniors vs staff. Takes way too long to move up.


  9. "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant

    Pros

    great culture; seniors, managers, directors really care about staff's development

    Cons

    niche industry, benefits are not great