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CliftonLarsonAllen Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Denny Schleper
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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. Helpful (14)

    "Love working here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule; Compensation; Wide variety of opportunities in companies; More services provided to our clients than traditional accounting firms; Great management

    Cons

    Very little negative about the company. Location isn't ideal, but the company is flexible in the work arrangement to manage traffic.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Don't be fooled by the window dressing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    National footprint and nationally recognized
    Offers good benefits
    Wide range of services
    Good exposure to big clients
    Quiet offices
    Individually offices are run like standalone shops

    Cons

    No investment in employees
    Colleagues are competitive and abusive
    Very poor mentoring
    Burn out the employees quickly
    No training for lateral hires
    Yes, there is cheerleading by senior management, but it is all talk if there is no effort to listen to the employees

    Advice to Management

    Join us in the 21st century.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "No work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience to find another job.

    Cons

    All they cared about were your charge hours and efficiency, the extended deadline for taxes was a second tax season, it is cut throat between the partners because of their annual sales goals. Corporate looks at numbers only.

    Advice to Management

    If you cared about your employees, maybe the employee turnover would improve.


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  5. "Matrix Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is wonderful to be able to contact anyone in the organization at anytime. I love that we do not have to always go through a chain of command in order to speak to someone in our department or outside of our department. The flexibility to be able to work on different projects and with different people is great.

    Cons

    Work ebbs and flows so busy times are different for each industry.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. "Awesome Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Rochester, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company works hard on its growth and strategic advantages, flexible, lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    No variable compensation, vague leadership titles, growing pains incurred incured with growth.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid making employees wait it line for promotions.


  9. "Consulting Manager"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top 10 experience. Decent work life balance. 20 PTO days, 2 floating holidays.

    Cons

    Salary is just okay. Clients are small and messy. No public clients. The experience you can get from other firms is better. They think that growth is done through acquisitions, no organic growth.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more incentives to stay in accounting. (Bonuses).


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Audit manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CliftonLarsonAllen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility for work life balance

    Cons

    Very political office. Management is weak.


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