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  1. "Great place to work to gain valuable experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Calvetti Ferguson has created a great culture with its employees, making working here an enjoyable experience. There is a strong sense of community within the firm. Over the course of my two summer internships, I was exposed to a variety of experiences and opportunities which I was able to continuously learn from. Regardless of what project I was working on, I felt comfortable turning to any of the employees for questions.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a high employee turnover, particularly in the manager level, over the course of a year.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Beware of the fake employee reviews. Here are the facts about Calvetti Ferguson"

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

    Pros

    Base pay is market rate. Many of the staff and seniors are decent people. Free soda and snacks in the break room.

    Cons

    It looks like several of the recent reviews for this firm are fake- notice how they don't have a single con they can come up with? I spent about two years with this firm, and here were my observations:

    -Annual turnover was about 50 percent, and the vast majority of this was people being fired or quitting before being fired. I can only think of a handful of times that someone left on good terms. After firing people, it was common for the firm to try and fight the unemployment claims even when it seemed there was no basis for doing so.

    -The firm has been continually shrinking. A decade ago they had nearly 100 people, today they have less than half that. But you don't have to trust me on this- the firm has fallen in the Houston Business Journal's ranking of accounting firms over the past two years.

    -When I joined the firm they had a generous bonus structure in place so that if you had a certain number of billable hours in a month, you'd receive a cash bonus. In order to save money, they've raised the targets so high that you almost never hit them. The firm also shifted from a low-cost 401k provider to one with very high fees in order to shift the plan administration costs on to the employees.

    -IT at this firm is a joke. They took away our perfectly functional laptops and gave us tablets running Windows 8. Of course, they chose the absolute cheapest tablets they could find and made the change right in the midst of busy season. The whole rationale was that this was supposed to make us more "mobile" and "lightweight", but instead of carrying one laptop and an extra monitor, we now had to carry the tablet, two monitors, a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, and a docking station to plug in all these devices. Since the tablets were cheap pieces of junk, they could never stay connected to Wifi and we'd frequently lose work or have to twiddle our thumbs while IT tried to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Continually throwing your people under the bus is not a winning strategy.

    Calvetti Ferguson Response

    Aug 2, 2016 – HR

    It is important for our employees to have a voice and we welcome candid feedback. We are saddened to read that any former employee was dissatisfied while working with our Firm.

     We are also... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities with a growing firm"

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    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The number one thing that separates this company from my past work experiences is its great work culture. It's an energetic place to work at and for the most part everyone gets along and works very well together. The firm provides perks for its employees, especially during busy season, such as bringing a masseuse onsite and hosting departmental happy hours. Also, it's not unusual for employees to plan social events among themselves, which is nice. Calvetti Ferguson has doubled in size since I've worked here, which has opened great job opportunities across the company. The partners listen to the employees' concerns and create initiatives to address them, whether that be better training, 9/80 work weeks during the summer, or keeping the break rooms filled with our favorite snacks.

    Cons

    During my first year working at CF there was high (judging from my experience) turnover, but I attribute much of that to the high rate of growth the company was experiencing and also being a CPA Firm it seems to come with the territory. The recruiting and hiring process has been a huge emphasis and I can honestly say that the teams and company as a whole has become stronger as a result of getting the "right" persons to fill new and vacated positions.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to not lose the family atmosphere as the company grows larger.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "I have been working at Calvetti Ferguson & Wagner P.C. full-time"

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

    I have been working at Calvetti Ferguson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Where to begin? I've only been here a few months and absolutely love it. Coming from an even smaller company, I felt that I fit right in. My manager has been great and is always open to giving me more work, which has really helped my ability to learn. In the short amount of time I've been here, I've seen nothing but growth (huge plus). I love the atmosphere of a small company but It's always a good feeling being apart of one that is expanding. I can't wait to see how far the firm has come in a year from now.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any cons about Calvetti Ferguson. There are some tweaks the firm could use in the interviewing process but I wouldn't necessarily categorize them as Cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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

    I have been working at Calvetti Ferguson full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Everyone on staff is easy to get along with. They are growing at a very fast place with the addition of a San Antonio office and an office in The Woodlands. The corporate culture is a huge positive.

    The partners also try hard to make sure employees are heard and taken care of. They also strive for great customer service. No one is perfect, but if anyone has an issue, they are willing to listen and work to get it resolved.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything too negative. The benefits could use a bit of a boost but aren't terrible by any means. Also, there could be some risks to the high anticipated growth. These cons, though, are minor compared to the pros.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing good work and taking care of your employees. Continue showing how much you care about your employees and community.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Love working here"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calvetti Ferguson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable; pay is generous; 9/80 schedule over the summer; unlimited PTO year-round; very good work-life balance which is encouraged by all levels of management; management is generous with praise and showing appreciation of the staff (massage therapists frequently brought in for employee use, weekly gift card drawings, employee of the month, random "thank you" gifts like gift cards, GoPros given as Christmas gifts on top of bi-annual bonuses); ample training offered; overall management concern for the happiness and well-being of their employees.

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized; communication from management to the firm could be better (e.g. When employees are hired or terminated, only the department the employee is/was in is told - it would help to communicate that to the entire office); growth might be too rapid - might be smart to slow down a little and work out all the kinks with what already exists before continuing to expand; health insurance benefits aren't ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! The best things about CF is managements' interest in and concern for the happiness and well-being of their employees. Please don't lose sight of this as the company continues to grow.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calvetti Ferguson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working in Downtown Houston is a cool perk, and along with that, there's very competitive pay, coupled with generous time off. Office events are always fun, and you can really tell employees at all levels are appreciated by the time and resources that the partners put back into the company (i.e. firm sponsored happy hours, firm Christmas gifts and parties, they really go all out).

    Partners in each department are very approachable, and seem to actually enjoy working with staff on assignments. I know on a number of occasions that I've worked directly with a partner on a number of projects. Busy season is fair with 50 hour minimums (obviously this gets exceeded bumping up to deadlines, but the time is very manageable). A great thing is that you can usually still have a life during busy season. One very cool perk of CF is that the company is small enough to have your hand in just about anything you want to work on, but it's large enough that if there is a certain area you strongly dislike, you can opt to have minimal exposure to those areas.

    In addition to all of this, it's a very healthy company in the Houston market with a huge growth opportunity in the region, which makes it a positive and cool place to be.

    Cons

    Downtown Houston has it's cons. From panhandlers to the nightmare that is parking. Not to mention the commute if you live in the suburbs.

    Turnover can be a pain, but this is one of the things that plagues public accounting in general. Also, some higher level employees have an aversion to some of the firm software, and typically don't use it, which can be very frustrating at times.

    There wasn't really a semblance of any kind of training program for any employees when I got here, but now there is regular training for a number of levels of employees. I would like to see this training extend to all levels.

    At times promotions seem to be a "best of what's left" strategy. I'm sure there's more that goes on than what it seems, but it's baffling at times. However, CF does prefer to promote internally, so that's a good thing as well.

    Advice to Management

    I think training should extend beyond where it is. Associates don't really receive any kind of training, and it would probably be helpful in growing the company from the bottom up.

    Look into an improvement in software. A lot of it is cumbersome and vastly outdated.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment"

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

    I worked at Calvetti Ferguson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CF is committed to employee development, when I was there they brought in a 3rd party to mentor and coach us to get to the next level of our career. The firm was really good about keeping people informed during our firm wide meetings every other month. It is a younger firm throughout, everyone meshed together really well.

    Cons

    It's public accounting hours, but still better than the big four. There was probably only a few Saturdays that required us to have all hands on deck. Turnover, but once again, its public accounting.

    Advice to Management

    I think disputing the partners between audit and tax has really helped, I would keep it that way. At one point Tax only had two.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Decent pay but not worth the headache"

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    Former Employee - Tax in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Tax in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calvetti Ferguson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you ask for it, pay is pretty decent even for being Downtown. Good time off, but in tax that eats into your bonus utilization so it's a give/take. Some people know what they're doing, but you have to ask as nobody really offers any information. You see all kinds of clients, but depending on who assigns it to you they may or may not know how to adequately handle the project so that isn't always a positive. At first they do a good job of selling the "team" part of the firm but quickly that disintegrates. Offices are new and nice at least. Bring in food during busy season. If you're experienced and don't expect to really be trained or learn, this could be a good stepping stone to somewhere with adequate management after you get lots of exposure. They seem to do an ok job of screening candidates, but staff isn't where the issues lie...
    To an extent you get to work on what type of work you want to which if you've already carved a niche` for yourself can reduce your stress about returns or types of work you aren't familiar with.
    The audit team doesn't seem to have as many issues as tax, so if that's where you're headed you may have better luck.

    Cons

    The issue here mainly is there is an utter lack of competency at the management level. When I left there was 1 manager left, and it was someone who had been out of public accounting for over a decade and it showed. The partners really should be managers as that's where their level of technical and managerial capabilities lie. Since leaving one of the equity Audit partners had to take over tax because of this. If only it had happened sooner!
    Promotions are made simply by "the best of who's left" as far as Managers, Sr. Managers and Partners. Save the two ex-partners, and 2 staff, no one in the department has been there over a year. Turnover is every couple of Fridays, whether it be tax or audit. If you've been in public accounting, you know what kind of havoc this wreaks when trying to review prior year information or have any type of continuity.
    Reviews are done by assigned managers who you probably don't do any work for and typically are a source of reporting to management (in a negative light) your issues and concerns. It's basically intended to "tattle" on anyone who disagrees with things in the firm or even has legitimate concerns for that matter.
    As stated above, there is little to no training or technical advancement programs in place. If you don't know what you're doing already, this probably isn't a good place to go, even as an Associate.
    There is very much a clique and gossipy atmosphere in place. Any new day brings its new items of drama, to the likes of which I've never experienced before. Like many before me I couldn't even make it through a calendar year with the firm. It's that frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    The "tone at the top" is basically "We Don't Have Any Competition". As with any small (under 50) accounting firm, there are always bigger and better places so this kind of arrogance is part of their downfall. Partners do not hold their management to their own internal leadership standards and goals which if you're trying to move up is frustrating as it's mostly a futile effort in trying to deal with the tenured managers.
    Also, it is dishonest and frankly a lie to release information such as press releases, letterhead, and client correspondence with additional offices listed (Woodlands, Calgary, etc.) where they don't lease space or have any employees in said locations.
    These issues have been going on at the company for at least the last 2 years based on staff when I arrived, and management is hardly wont to address it anytime soon.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to grow your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for clients in various industries, being able to gain experience on multiple audits in busy season rather than working on one large client, good comp, generous parking allowance and PTO policy, management stresses training and development

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons other than what you typically see in public accounting


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