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Helpful (3)

"Small firm working towards large firm structure and mindset."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Accountant in Deerfield, IL
Current Employee - Accountant in Deerfield, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Kessler Orlean Silver & Co. full-time

Pros

Young and energetic staff members. Majority of partners are approachable on a daily basis. Competitive pay in comparison to larger accounting firms.

Cons

Nickel and dime on all perks (e.i. meals during busy season). Preach flexible work arrangements but receive backlash when practiced by employees. Eight partners = working for eight different companies.

Advice to Management

Really focus on training younger staff. The eight partners need to be on same page as much as possible because a negative tone at the top is apparent and trickles down to the staff level.

Other Employee Reviews for Kessler Orlean Silver & Co.

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good opportunity in theory, but not in reality. Management is disorganized."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kessler Orlean Silver & Co. full-time

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours outside of tax season
    - Opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects
    - Salaries for younger staff are decent

    Cons

    - Although management preaches work/life balance and "family environment", this is often not how it is at all
    - Poor alignment between partners of the firm, which leaves staff frustrated
    - Poor training; most partners/directors/managers don't want to take the time to train younger staff, yet they complain when staff don't appear to be improving or learning

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page - come up with unified procedures and philosophies, and stick to them.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Welcoming Workplace with Great Growth Potential"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is an opportunity for professional growth and development. My communication, problem-solving and leadership skills have flourished during my time at KOS. As you move along your career path, the Partners, Directors and Managers prefer that you communicate with their clients in order to gain and enhance skills that are necessary in this field. The leadership at KOS allows for independent thinking which has enhanced my problem-solving skills. Over time I have been able to recognize problems and formulate a solution in an efficient an effective manner. Recently the firm has experienced growth through acquisitions. This is an example of how the partner group is investing in its staff’s future. The staff have an opportunity to “take the bull by the horns” and work with these new clients which eventually can be transitioned to them. The firm has allowed its staff to participate on various committees that determine the firm’s procedures and policies. The partners are committed to helping the staff mold their career. Career advancement can be exponential at KOS if you are committed which is evident at the manager and staff level.

    Cons

    Can be difficult at times to switch between accounting, audit and tax work. My preferred method of learning is repetition. But definitely a plus for inexperienced professionals who are still trying to determine their career path. Slightly understaffed at the moment and are facing the same staffing issues that a vast majority of accounting firms are facing.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe consider opening a satellite office in the city, if not in the city than in the Evanston area. The commute can be tough some times. Continue to keep the staff informed and involved.

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