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Carr Riggs & Ingram Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • It's growing and competitive, yet there is also a healthy work-life balance encouraged there (in 4 reviews)

  • Employees are treated to many free meals during the busy season; most co-workers are enthusiastic (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Public accounting in general can have long hours in tax season (in 7 reviews)

  • As with most public accounting firms, busy season does require a lot of hours and travel can get to be too much at times (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Audit in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great partner group who truly cares for the employees. Good pto 4 weeks. Good and quick advancement with above market compensation. Great way to Kickstart career and get great experience. Flexibility.

    Cons

    Busy season. High turnover typical of public accounting. Uneven workload distribution. Mixed level of staff compentancy. Corporate IT group and complete lack of competancy in IT support.

    Advice to Management

    Work on better corporate support and consider top down restructuring/staffing of IT department. Consider workload allocation among staff to ensure its equitable.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Underhanded"

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    Current Employee - CPA in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - CPA in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at my location is cordial to one another so it's a pretty calm work environment.

    Cons

    The corporation seems to be on the verge of an implosion. Some of the best talent has left, many of the staff are now new and don't know what they're doing, and their fees for clients have SKYROCKETED. The last point is most notable because several clients I personally know have left and several have told me they will not be using the services of Carr, Riggs, and Ingram again because of the massive fee increase for tax preparation this year that no one was warned about before signing their engagement letters.

    Advice to Management

    Don't deal so deceptively with clients, let them know fees upfront and for longtime clients that are used to a certain fee structure don't sticker shock them with a rate that is more than double what they are used to.

  3. "Good learning, not enough pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Enterprise, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Enterprise, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    All benefits of being in public accounting world. Good learning curve, experience in different tax arenas, experience for CPA test.

    Cons

    Low pay, below the average for this position and experience. No opportunity to grow if partners are not interested in your career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good employees happy.


  4. "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Panama City Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Panama City Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office to work in. Staff is friendly. Audit partners are easy to work with.

    Cons

    The audit staff starts working longer hours before the tax department but is not allowed to cut back on billable hours until after April 15th when the tax department drops their hours. However, this is offset some during the summer months.


  5. "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Apex, NC
    Current Employee - Accountant in Apex, NC

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit - health insurance, 401K, fair amount of vacation, holiday. Full-time work. A diversified client base.

    Cons

    Long hours during tax season. No bonuses.


  6. "Much To Be Desired"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in New Orleans, LA

    Pros

    Good work life balance, laid back environment, clear path to advancement in company if you are dedicated and patient

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of company culture and direction, limited client portfolio


  7. "Overall Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Each office is run separate, but you still have the other offices as a network and reference. Decent amount of PTO and benefits are comparable. Hours are NO WHERE near as tough as other firms in the area

    Cons

    The individual office way can lead to disorganization. And we are constantly merging in new firms which can had lead to some management disagreements, which trickles down.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be decisions on your front on how to handle situations, or how you want things done. Currently, staff feels like they are taking directions from a different person each day on the "protocol" way to do things.

  8. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Growing firm, great opportunities, working hard to improve work/life balance.

    Cons

    Like all CPA firms, busy season can be stressful, but great people to work with can make it bearable


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Very happy with CRI with no plans to leave"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow for those who are positive and hard working people; ability to work from home; flex time during the slow season; 55 billable hour cap; Bill Carr cares deeply about creating a good work environment and work/life balance

    Cons

    No bonuses; I don't really have much to complain about


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Staff Accoutnant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carr Riggs & Ingram full-time

    Pros

    Steady work, good starting salary, good benefits. Most fellow staff accountants are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Forced to ghost hours. Must work 80 plus per week during tax season to get 55 billable. Must work 50 to 60 hours outside of tax season to get 40 billable hours. The Raleigh office is a "meat grinder" firm. Local managing partner is negative towards employees. Staff member (non-accountant) who assigns tax returns in not competent and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Stop lying to employees. Stop forcing employees to ghost hours.


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