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Updated February 21, 2018
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Denny Schleper
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and exposure to all aspects of audit and tax process (in 33 reviews)

  • Great pay, great people, learning a lot (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance during busy season (in 26 reviews)

  • Everyone works long hours, but that should be expected in public accounting (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunities available at the firm are vast and attainable. All you have to do is raise your hand, communicate and follow through.

    Cons

    There are a lot of services we offer and not being able to know what they all are is very difficult when trying to bring in clients.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a way for future management to go after the opportunities and maybe even a reward for going above and beyond.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    CLA is very flexible with which direction you want to go with your career - audit, tax, industry specialization. Also good with work-life balance.

    Cons

    same as every other CPA firm, you have to meet your billable hours goal.

  3. "Overall goodcompany"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay (in California). Seemed to hire competent, socially aware people that were easy to work with.

    Cons

    Corporate seems to always say one thing and mean another. Wished they would have been more straight forward with their motives. Could have had better training.

    Advice to Management

    More training for associates


  4. "CLA DFW Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly coworkers, good clients, strong office leadership

    Cons

    As with all public accounting firms, hours in busy season can be quite stressful


  5. "CliftonLarsonAllen Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with CliftonLarsonAllen for over 5 years. Since starting at CLA, there has been a lot of changes but all catered around the same mission and theme of getting to know and help our clients. CLA has a different approach to the marketplace which can be seen by the daily interactions.

    Some positive things about CLA are the unlimited PTO policy. Yes there is a chargeable budget and requirement that needs to be met, like any other public accounting firm, however, having the flexibility to know that once you have served your clients and you do have the ability to take PTO and there is no watchdog approach as long as it is not be taking advantage of.

    The other positive note about CLA is the transparency within the office and communication from leaders. Every year a survey is conducted where you have the ability to express how the firm and office is doing. Leaders use those survey results to find ways to make the office culture better each and every year.

    The last thing would be the clients we work with. From small mom and pop shops to large multi national companies, CLA serves all. Getting to know clients and their day to day operations really gives everyone an opportunity to continue to learn about the industry we are focused in.

    Cons

    Some downsides to the firm are the pay. At times it feels as if the firm is paying a little below market. However, the leaders have tried to find ways to do additional compensation studies to understand where the market is to ensure proper pay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening and allowing for feedback from other individuals across the office.


  6. "Staff Account"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly place to work

    Cons

    Team has high turnover ratio


  7. "Experience at CLA"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CLA has a flexible work schedule, with unlimited PTO and a casual office work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours are an expectation. The 401(k) match is average for the Dallas area at 50% of 4%. Pay is 5-15% lower than average for Dallas compared with similar sized public accounting firms. The Dallas office heavily caters toward tax individuals, with dinner during tax season on Tuesdays and Thursdays, however, doesn't take into account that audit individuals are also working long hours and may be out of town. Per diem is lower than Federal standards when traveling at just $45 per day.

    Advice to Management

    Up the overall 401(k) benefits and provide more benefits to auditors.

  8. "This company is great to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is so friendly and you have so many resources available to due to the fact the company is nationwide. I would recommend this job to anyone. I have felt so welcomed here and I have a career coach to guide my path.

    Cons

    I have not come across any cons yet.


  9. "Markets itself as a different firm to work at, same as the others"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the office, some offices are full of nice and knowledgeable people to work with. This will vary from location to location however.

    Cons

    Work/life balance and pay are substandard. Pays less than other firms. Unrealistic chargeable hour goals unless you go over budget with your assignments. The goal is set and no guidance on how to really meet them. Sort of a “here’s the goal, figure it out” sort of attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the chargeable goals or have a more effective system in place to meet the goals.


  10. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I cant think of any.

    Cons

    horrible place. don't believe in "CLA Promise"

    Advice to Management

    be true to your employees.


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