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Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Good Place to Launch Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intermediate Auditor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intermediate Auditor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good Pay
    - Great mix of clients. They have a fairly large and growing IFRS practice
    - CBT summer hours - half day on all Fridays in the summer

    Cons

    - The busy season is very long and the hours can drag on. The company is understaffed so the work falls on a few people. Seniors are overworked all the time
    - the benefits are atrocious

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff so that the company can keep up with the growth. Employees are not happy with the long busy seasons. It really wears people out and so they end up leaving. The benefits also have to be higher to retain top and senior talent.


  2. "Great work culture"

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

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    - People generally get along
    - Competitive Pay
    - Variety of clients (large and small)
    - Great overall experience

    Cons

    - practice is concentrated around assurance and taxation so no other service areas

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "The Worst of the Worst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Most of the partners and staff are very friendly and helpful. (except HR and IT)
    -Work/life balance is reasonable
    -Extra days off during the year
    -Some good community and social events

    Cons

    -Worse two years of my life.
    -Management only cares about management.
    -HR only cares about making management happy and the staff's happiness is an afterthought. Forget about going to HR to look for solutions. You are labeled and blacklisted.
    -High staff turnover especially in October after the yearly bonuses are given out. The take the money and run attitude speaks volumes about staff morale.
    -Had to pay for half of my monthly benefits. Never worked at a company where staff had to do this.

    Advice to Management

    The young and intelligent staff which are the future managers and directors of the company tend to leave after a few years once they understand the grim reality of their future.
    The cultural image management tries to paint and what staff actually have to endure are miles apart.
    HR and IT Departments need to be purged.
    Departmental managers need training on how to deal with staff and what it means to help them in their career and not just their own.

    Collins Barrow Response

    Jun 6, 2017 – Leadership Team

    Thank you for your comments. We are sorry to hear you experienced our firm this way. It is difficult to respond to some of the comments without actual examples. We can say with confidence that our... More


  4. "Good Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Culture, flexible environment, free pop and cookies, sometimes free lunch. Catering is provided in busy season for the weekends. Nice office environment. Nice office setup.

    Cons

    Limited development chance since everyone is so busy. I think it is up to the individuals to self-develop during the work since there are limited organized course to help employee get systematic trainings.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and effort in innovations in addition to the tradition regular works. Increase communication both horizontal and vertically in the company.

    Collins Barrow Response

    Jun 6, 2017 – Leadership Team

    We appreciate your feedback and can appreciate these comments. First of all, we are glad that you find our firm a great place to work and enjoy the culture here. We are a very busy and successful... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Collins Barrow"

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    Current Employee - Junior Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -public accounting firm experience
    -mid-sized public accounting firm brand name on your resume

    Cons

    -low pay
    -unrealistic work expectations
    -no work life balance
    -sub par health benefits

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff with more respect, without the staff, the firm work would not get done. HR needs to take action when management is out of control.

    Collins Barrow Response

    Jun 6, 2017 – Leadership Team

    Thank you for your comments. We are a very busy, growing and successful firm, and sometimes work-life balance can be challenging. We do our best to stay competitive and provide our employees with a... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for aspiring young professionals"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great mentor-ship opportunities.
    Good mix of people to work with from different service lines all under one roof.
    Lots of social events, parties, game nights & celebrations through the year.
    Casual & innovative work environment.
    Ample opportunities to rise to the top.

    Cons

    New telephone system isn't the best.
    Depending on the team you are a part of, your experience can vary significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Equalize opportunities across service lines.

    Collins Barrow Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Leadership Team

    Thank you very much for the positive feedback. We appreciate your comments. We make it a priority to offer our staff opportunities to learn across other services lines to broaden their skill sets... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Paid your professional exams

    Cons

    - Don't value the juniors

    Collins Barrow Response

    Jun 6, 2017 – Leadership Team

    Thank you for your note. Staff is our biggest asset, so we encourage our staff to address concerns either directly with their champion or appropriate partner or - confidentially - with a member of... More

  8. "Great for articling"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, The culture, work life balance

    Cons

    Auditing & Public accounting, salaries, busy season

    Advice to Management

    none - keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Red Deer, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Red Deer, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid OT, flex-time, challenging, fast advancement, big new office, lots of partner mentoring, ok benefits

    Cons

    out in gasoline alley so not close to enough to walk for coffee out have to drive, no casual friday, no HSA,

    Advice to Management

    tell your staff what is actually going on with the firm and more often


  10. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture, nice office environment.

    Cons

    Heavy work load in the peak times and low work load in the down times.

    Advice to Management

    Balance the ups and downs would be helpful


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