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EisnerAmper Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Also there is a phenomenal work life balance and opportunities to work from home a few times a week once you become a senior/manager level accountant (in 11 reviews)

  • Free food and flexible hours outside of busy season (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours during busy season January-April (in 11 reviews)

  • long hours, but it is public accounting (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Learning Experience And Big Network"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EisnerAmper full-time

    Pros

    The people. It’s clique but there are a lot of smart people at EA. They teach you and support you. You’re gonna learn a lot in public accounting but especially here because you’ll have smaller engagements than a Big 4 so you get to see the whole client service experience.

    Cons

    You learn by trial and error. Emphasis on error. It takes time and you really have to be committed to learn. It’s a hard job with many different eyes on you. Also, you could be working for 5 or more different managers when you first start. That number goes down the longer you work. Oh and tax season sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Show your appreciation for the dedication your employees provide.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EisnerAmper full-time

    Pros

    Life / Work Balance
    Overall Working Environment

    Cons

    Healthcare Costs
    A little more flexibility when it comes to working from home

  3. "Tax Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EisnerAmper full-time

    Pros

    I have met some of the best people in the world at this company.

    Cons

    Unfair treatment, if you friendly with the partners you get better bonus and raise.


  4. "Senior Staff Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Iselin, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EisnerAmper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home, Salary, Culture, training

    Cons

    Bonuses for staff there is no formula,


  5. Helpful (1)

    "AVOID IF POSSIBLE."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EisnerAmper full-time

    Pros

    Coffee/tea machines, occasional free ice cream.

    Cons

    The culture changed from what it was a few years back. Becoming way too political.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your troops better. Money wise and morale wise.


  6. "Tax Intern"

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    Current Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good and competitive midsize firm.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than the large firms


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Career-oriented candidates need not apply."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm is well known for their specialization in hedge funds. If you are interested in the industry or financial services in general, then EA may be for you as the clientele and work are satisfactory.

    Cons

    Please note, this may not apply to all office locations. The negatives that set EA apart from other public accounting firms is the short-sightedness of management. The work and the culture are on par with other firms, but the way the firm is run will make anyone aiming to advance their career run the other way.

    Promotions are not merit based, but rather based on tenure and politics. The office is extremely political to the point where well-liked and talented staff will be fired due to one voice in upper management.

    Also, there have been multiple cases of the firm refusing to promote staff when it is due. In these cases, the reasons given for not promoting are petty and seem to be excuses to save some money on payroll.

    Budgeting is ridiculous. The firm is desperate to grow and will drastically undercut other firms to land engagements that are guaranteed to result in losses. Management expects staff to complete work under the impossible budget, encouraging the eating of time. However, once you eat time to meet the budget, management will warn you for having lower utilization and not billing enough time.

    Feedback is rare and unhelpful. Most reviews are positive to avoid any confrontations and will not offer any advice to improve. This causes people to have a false sense of security as layoffs occur occur at random.

    Advice to Management

    If upper management is truly concerned with their inability to keep staff and high turnover, which is 50% in some years, it might be time to start listening to the concerns of your staff to manager level employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "EisnerAmper is a great accounting firm to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff II Accountant in Iselin, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff II Accountant in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every professional at EisnerAmper is willing to go out of their way to help you in order to see you grow and quickly excel! There is constant training that the firm provides and everyone is very friendly. Also there is a phenomenal work life balance and opportunities to work from home a few times a week once you become a senior/manager level accountant.

    Cons

    As with every public accounting firm the tax season hours are not the best part of work but you get a lot of experience while working those long hours 3-4 months out of the year.


  9. "Nice place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and flexible hours outside of busy season. PTO allowance is decent as well. Everything else is just public accounting.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season(s). Scheduling system is in shambles as well. Pretty bad benefits package as well. Everything else is the same in public accounting.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Sweatshop falsely advertised as CPA firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The fact that it is hard for me to think of a pro is saying something about this firm. Your starting pay may be marginally better than average, but will fall behind the likes of Big 4 after a couple of years.

    Cons

    Where to start... Firm culture is absolutely toxic. No one communicates and there is a total disconnect from top to bottom. Instead of problems being solved, they are swept under the rug. Management is concerned with the numbers on their spreadsheets and bank accounts rather than the long term future of the firm. The firm is also very top heavy, so staff do not have a chance to influence the culture.

    Employees are disrespected and due to illogical hire and fire practices; There is always the fear of getting let go despite working from dawn to dusk. There are no warnings when lay offs occur and feedback is nearly nonexistent.

    The firm runs rampant with false advertising and unfulfilled promises. There are multiple cases where new staff are assigned roles that are different from their employment contracts and employees are constantly thrown into engagements where they have no interest or expertise and are expected to put out a pristine work product. You will be in financial services one day and nonprofit the next. Promises were made to improve the culture of the firm but have been forgotten.

    Training is nearly nonexistent. Management is too busy to bother to train staff and since there is a lack of experienced staff and seniors, it is often true that staff learn on the job. Either pick it up on your own or get fired. Learning opportunities are scarce and it is likely stunt your career here as you may end up doing work on niche financial services.

    Hours are higher than the average CPA firm due to lack of staff. The number has been decreasing rapidly year over year in recent times and replacements are nowhere to be found. Excluding management level employees, staff turnover is around 50%, which even in accounting standards is extraordinarily high. Most of these jobs are being outsourced to India.

    Management refuses to listen to the recommendations of employees and seems to be unwilling to change their practices. It is very likely that the office will continue to shrink due to this. Overall, the work itself and the clientele are satisfactory, but the culture will bleed you dry. Only come here if you are desperate, there are better options out there.


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