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CliftonLarsonAllen Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to maintain a great work/life balance and co-workers were very collaborative

    Cons

    I couldn’t think of a con


  2. "Senior manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Upward mobility is good if you stick to it.

    Cons

    Lots of long hours if you want to continue to be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Time to grow key markets.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Specialized Advisory Services - Valuation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance and ability to work from home.
    Employee benefits (i.e., 100% tuition reimbursement).
    Opportunity to learn and broaden skill set.

    Cons

    If you work hard and efficiently, you're simply rewarded with more work.
    Approximately 10-20% below average compensation.
    If you're not getting promoted, expect inflationary salary increase.
    Top-heavy group structure places significant weight on analysts.

    Advice to Management

    Performance metrics based solely on charge hours. Find additional ways to review an employee's dedication to the firm.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unhelpful and unfriendly to employees"

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    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people.
    Good coffee in Minneapolis office.
    Deep client base

    Cons

    Unfriendly and unhelpful to employees. Typical accountants / auditors - treat employees like numbers. Don't care about person aspects of employees. No work/life balance.
    They require employees to pay to work there - for example, you need to use your own cell phone and home internet in order to be employed. They don't provide cell phones or stipend for home Internet, yet management requires you to have them and use your own personal device. This is a conflict of interest, since personal phones would then contain very sensitive client data.
    Company didn't care when I was mugged on my way to work. Boss just wondered why I was late.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like humans not numbers.
    Provide equipment for employees to do their jobs.
    Help your employees when they're relocating.


  5. "Internal Ops Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Internal Ops Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Internal Ops Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Working Environment and great people

    Cons

    Quiet and sometimes very stressful


  6. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Associate in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New client opportunities and experiences

    Cons

    Negative work environment and culture


  7. "Needs work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, flexibility, some room for growth

    Cons

    Bad communication, upper management out for themselves, benefits need to be better

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate’s review"

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

    I have been working at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Can be very slow at times and no life balance during tax season. But thats normal in this industry.

    Advice to Management

    They need to give more feedbacks(both good and constructive) to associates and interns.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IKEA furniture... in agreement"

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    Former Employee - CPA in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - CPA in Saint Cloud, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Benefit plan has lots of options and employee portion is priced well
    2. flexibility as in option to work from home at times
    3. Some nice people

    Cons

    1. Dealing with HR is dreadful. No one in the local offices technically does HR and their only help is to check the website.
    2. If you come to CLA with experience, you are on your own to learn softwares and processes and there’s an abundance of processes and you must follow their process to the letter- of course with minor adjustments for the CPA in charge. A fellow reviewer described it as putting together IKEA furniture and that is spot on.
    3. 401k is subpar
    4. Huge focus on billable hours. Due to minimal work available during off peak, the hours needed during tax season to meet requirements is beyond excessive.

    Advice to Management

    1. Improve 401k plan to increase ROI and increase employer matching.
    2. Supply new hires with a quick reference sheet instead of only pushing to “drink the CLA cool aid”
    3. Address people’s soft skills as well as their technical skills


  10. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Remote work available -Pay is competitive - Great place to learn business environment in many industries

    Cons

    -Culture is very low priority due to over emphasis on billable work -Technology environment is outdated and little tangible effort is being made to improve -Mid Management is largely stale and not involved in common management responsibilities -Burnout Culture

    Advice to Management

    -Motivate middle managers to be involved and train them in leadership -Structure tech environment around your business goals not the other way around -Hire more tech professionals even in more client facing roles


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