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Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. "Senior Auditor II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor II in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor II in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, telecommute option, work/life balance

    Cons

    Promotions are sketchy, not based on merit

    Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Solid employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance, ability to work at home

    Cons

    Not a consistency among management, lots of changes going on.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your employees what they think will work, not through a survey and then listen to them.

    Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Response

    Feb 7, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. You are correct, we have many changes going on. Our hope is to take the feedback from employees and make DOAA a great place to work.


  3. "Department of Audits"

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    Current Employee - Staff Auditor I in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor I in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility with decent pay right out of college. Won't find this pay in accounting with the work-life balance. Firms will work you to death.

    Cons

    Constant management change. Sometimes have to deal with clients that are not friendly. Pay is less than private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Make the correct policies to ensure upward mobility and employee retention. Work with other state agencies to hold audited entities more accountable.

    Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Response

    Feb 7, 2017

    Thank you for your response. You are correct, our pay can be less than the private sector and that is not something we hide. We do offer a terrific work/life balance.


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  5. "The work/life balance promise is a lie"

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You do get all state holidays off. Depending on your division, the work is interesting and challenging. You will work with educated degreed accountants, and be granted responsibility along with opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Within DOAA, the Education Audit Division (EAD) is a mess, and getting worse. Pressure on staff, senior staff, and management is extreme. The audit procedures are so inefficient, cumbersome and time consuming that to meet deadlines you must work long hours (yes weekends). If you are thinking a low stress government job, go elsewhere! DOAA has most of the pressures of CPA firms, but without the pay or bonuses.

    In addition, the benefits aren't near as good for new hires. The "new" pension plan cuts the benefit down to only 30 perfect of your pay after retirement (used to be over 90 percent). Wage growth has been so non existent for years that now the compensation is FAR below the market rate for Atlanta. This of course leads to high turnover, which in turn leads to no consistency in management, very little guidance or planning.

    The overall DOAA ship is sinking, and the EAD ship is already sunk.

    Advice to Management

    Somehow, someway, upper level management has to address the increasingly large compensation gap. We are losing so many competent and strong people because they can walk out the door and get 20,000.00 more most anyway else. Combine that with aggressive deadlines which seriouly infringe on your home life, and you get a recipe for disaster.

    Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Response

    Feb 7, 2017

    We appreciate your time taken to write a review. I am sorry you had this experience. Management has made changes based on employee feedback and our current model should address the mentioned ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Was treated unfairly by management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts full-time

    Pros

    Hours are flexible; you meet a lot of nice people on audit engagements; training is provided to meet CPE hours; casual dress code when not on audit site

    Cons

    Athens Regional office supervisor is unbearable to work for. Overly demanding and non appreciative of hard work and extra hours. And there is no one to appeal to or file a grievance with about unfair treatment. Focus is only on the negative and positive achievements are not acknowledged. You are expected to take on the role and assignments of higher level positions without sufficient time or training to grow into these assignments. However, promotion to a higher level is dangled before you on a string and is not awarded unless you achieve perfection - perfection as perceived by said supervisor. Although you earn 3-4 weeks of vacation per year, you are only allowed to take 1 week. There are constant threats that if your performance does not meet the expectations of the supervisor that your job is in jeopardy.
    Socializing with co-workers in any form or fashion is frowned upon. Even so minor as stopping by a colleagues office to ask how their child performed in last night's t-ball game.

    Advice to Management

    Management should put supervisors in place who have management/people skills and training and not just auditing skills.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The experience working with GDOAA has been wonderful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Their is a lot of room for growth in the Georgia Department of Accounts and Audits. The work environment is very pleasant.

    Cons

    During tax season work can be a bit stressful due to the high demands of the season. As long as you keep yourself paced you will do great

    Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Response

    Feb 7, 2017

    Thank you for your comments although I am confused by your Cons comment as we do no taxes at all.


  8. "Overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Starting salary is decent, people and very freindly and nice, located downtown on Capitol Hill.

    Cons

    Current hiring and salary freeze

    Advice to Management

    Love your employees. They will love you back.

    Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Response

    Feb 7, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience.


  9. "Great place to start out"

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Atmosphere is very laid back. Benefits are good. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Training and guidance is lacking for new auditors. You will earn your required CPE hours, however, the majority of it is not applicable to your assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Create a solid training plan.


  10. "Auditor review"

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work / life balance is good.

    Cons

    State budget problems = no promotions, no raises, no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Train management to handle role better.


  11. "sharp people, opportunities for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    graduate-educated staff
    opportunities for growth if you do well
    supportive management, collaborative atmosphere
    State Auditor is wonderful to work for
    you'll get to do rewarding work with smart people

    Cons

    it's state government- so salary is limited. though it is fairly high for state government.
    Staff are not the most social
    Performance evaluations and management should better weed out persons that are poor contributors, or at least ensure that high-performers are not discouraged by having to work with t hem.

    Advice to Management

    get better at getting rid of dead weight to keep the talent level high.


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