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CliftonLarsonAllen Minneapolis Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Company offers good work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great pay, great people, learning a lot (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is negligible (in 19 reviews)

  • Similar to most public accounting firms with long hours during busy season (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Cliftonlarsonallen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CliftonLarsonAllen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, good people, plenty of opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    Long work hours during busy season


  2. "Awesome Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Curriculum Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Curriculum Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, inspiring and humble leadership, I work a flexible schedule and enjoy a great work-life balance. This is an excellent company in which to build your career.

    Cons

    The only thing I can say here is that the benefits (Ii.e. health/dental insurance) aren't great. I am fortunate enough to have a husband who works for a company with excellent benefits, so our family is covered. However, I know they are relatively competitive in the marketplace. Otherwise, as long as you are accountable and a hard worker, this is a wonderful place to work!

    Advice to Management

    My challenge to our leadership is to continue to embrace alternative work styles. The traditional accounting schedule is changing, and in order to stay competitive, we need to change along with it.


  3. "Good company. Very slow to move up in support field."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for but training was way too fast to learn for the support desk. Benefits are good too and start you off at a good rate in the IT Department

    Cons

    Your stuck in your position close to 18-24 months before you are able to move around. Training was good but was too quick to learn everything all at once. They say they won't throw you in right away but they will after 2 weeks of training.

    The real negative is your pay does not go up as much until you are moved to a different department.

    Advice to Management

    Start training people on moving up in the company and also show your employees respect of others and stop the childish skype chats. I am shocked a professional company like this support this in the IT field.


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  5. "Consulting Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    CLA is an excellent work environment for those who are motivated, entrepreneurial, and want to own their careers. I've had so many amazing opportunities here and love both my clients and the firm.

    Cons

    Like most professional services firms, CLA can be demanding and isn't going to provide a 40 hour a week at your desk environment. For me; I'd take flexibility with longer hours over highly structured 40 hrs/week, but I know that isn't the same for everyone.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place if you're not an admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CliftonLarsonAllen (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Variety of people to work with and different opportunities available within the firm
    - Varies by group, but mine was flexible with schedules
    - Potential to transfer to different groups and/or offices

    Cons

    - No career route and very little support if you are outside of the traditional audit/tax trajectory or if you are administrative staff. You'll get told you need to "pave your own way," which sounds exciting until you realize there are no routes to go and no one knows what to do with you when you are ready to advance
    - Principals and Directors are out of touch with staff needs and usually have unrealistic expectations for everything
    - Almost everyone is overworked and fairly negative/bitter
    - My group was very non-confrontational, so no one ever addressed issues in a proactive way
    - Very little/no orientation or training for administrative support staff (assurance and tax staff get a lot)

    Advice to Management

    Your administrative staff are important too and we deserve a career path just as much as everyone else. Many of us have transferable skills that could be applied to a lot of engagements if we could have the opportunity.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Tax Manger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility that CLA offers is amazing!

    Cons

    I wish the benefits were slightly better.


  8. "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture. Exposure to many businesses unlike Big 4.

    Cons

    Below average compensation. Relatively long busy season due to cross-utilization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FP&A Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - FP&A Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gain a wide array of experience to strengthen your financial tool belt in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Everyone is over worked all the time . . . scale shifts heavily to the work side of work / life balance . . . I'm not a big fan of small talk and yet it is downright embarrassing how little employees have to talk about other than how crappy their latest audit was.

    Advice to Management

    Chill out a bit! The partners will be a lot more profitable if you scale down the number of people who review the same work papers and spend their time leaving comments for staff to add and remove commas, switch synonyms for pretty much any word, re-format spreadsheets, etc. :)


  10. "Solid company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CLA specializes in serving private businesses and values its employees. The work life balance is extremely flexible. Busy season does get very wearing on a person but after April 15th the job is a breeze. The leadership is great and the Company does have a great set of values.

    Cons

    The salaries are a bit low. You can find a higher salary with a few years public experience and then going private, and then worrying about chargeable hours is another con but that is going to happen with almost every public accounting firm.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the associates and senior level associates more.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Overall Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cover costs for CPA review and exams plus bonus if completed within a certain time frame.

    Cons

    Management does not take time to understand employee ideas and concerns
    Offer overall company wide training but insufficient specific job training/trainers
    No clear performance evaluation and metrics
    A lot of cliques and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Management should encourage employee contribution(ideas) and improve training procedure
    Establish clear performance metrics


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