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"The place to be if you want to work in public accounting!"

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Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Tax Associate in Palo Alto, CA
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I have been working at Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

The long-run opportunities at Frank Rimerman are amazing. The ladder to the top is no where close as cutthroat as the big 4. Hours throughout the year for a tax associate are very fair. Tax seasons are bad, but the down time is pretty relaxed. Management here is practically unparalleled. They are friendly, patient, down to earth, and considerate of how staff feel.
There is a tremendous amount of flexibility. You can be lazy and get by and you will never be fired. Or you can own your work, and carve out your career path, and eventually make a lot of money. Either work at this firm, at least for the first few years.

Cons

Tax season can be brutal, but its nothing like the Big 4. One should differentiate this job compared to a "normal" 9-5 job, and compared to a Big 4 job. If I were to stay in tax and/or public accounting forever, the Big 4 is the last place I would do it, and Frank Rimerman would be an excellent bet for the long haul. Office politics can nit pick at morale. Management wastes too much money in recruiting; the same level of recruiting could be achieved without burning so much money.

Advice to Management

Processes within the tax department can be extremely inefficient at times. Procedures should be more standardized, or work groups should be smaller. Managements knowledge and skills should be available to the staff without the staff having to waste managements time. People ask the same questions over and over and over, and the current "resource" doesn't cut it, so people either eat in to managements time or don't ever bother asking. Also, buying $500 cupcakes every other day during busy season doesn't appease morale like a small bonus or saturday off would.

Other Employee Reviews for Frank, Rimerman +Co., LLP

  1. Helpful (3)

    "People you are great, but partners/senior management are horrible at managing."

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people they hire are great to work with. The work is mediocre but the people make it worth it. Compensation for accounts are above average, which is nice.

    Cons

    Senior management does not know how to perform their jobs. They try very hard to be a big 4, but they're not. Leadership does not know how to perform C-level duties. Corporate offices and website "look nice" but when push comes to shove during a recession for example, when everyone else cut out office parties, they still had a glamorous one. Senior management publicly annouced that they were NOT doing lay offs, but 2 months later, they did 3 rounds of lay offs. On top of that, they did not even provide severance packages for the people they laid off. Even during the lay-offs, they threw a pricey "post tax season party." Human Resources are a joke, including the performance review process.

    Advice to Management

    Take some C-level courses.


  2. "Professional, challenging, but a Big 4 in disguise"

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Challenging work, excellent clientele & early exposure to complex tax issues. Co-workers are very kind and quite easy to get along with. High learning curve with an opportunity to excel quickly.

    Cons

    No work-life balance observed, just a lot of talk about it. Super long hours during busy season (think a minimum of 70 to 80 true hours, maybe 60 on paper after you eat 10-20 hours to meet unreasonable budgets).

    No overtime and little reward to staff for long hours. Constant micro-managing from senior management can be a nuisance.

    Sink or swim environment with only hard skills recognized. Soft skills go unnoticed.

    Good place for boot camp, but not a long term destination for your career.

    Advice to Management

    Expect reasonable hours from your people, not a work-a-holic mentality. A true work-life balance and bringing back overtime may help employees become more motivated to work longer hours.

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