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Lindquist von Husen & Joyce Reviews

Updated March 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's been a pleasure!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The firm has a great group of people, from the staff up to the partner level. Everyone works incredibly hard around here. The partners listen to the staff and really do want to make changes to benefit both the staff themselves and the firm as a whole. The firm organizes many fun events and activities to keep us motivated and its great to see the partners let loose with all of us. Other pluses:
    - Location - in the Financial District so it is easy to get to BART and great restaurants
    - Benefits
    - Salary
    - Flexible schedules and working remotely
    - Retirement and profit sharing plans

    Cons

    The busy season can be really tough for staff. Everyone gets pretty worn out for a couple of months but the firm is working on this.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on improving the workload during busy season. Otherwise, keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "It was a great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Considering that it was an internship, I must say that I learned a lot and did a lot to improve my skills. The partners, managers and seniors were very supportive of their interns and they really wanted them to learn and to grow as auditors.

    Busy season was organized and auditors were given enough work to last them 'till the end of busy season.

    The firm is small and everyone treats you with respect. Partners are approachable and managers are always more than willing to help out when you are unsure about something.

    Overall, it is a great place.

    Cons

    This has been said numerous times. The con is that the firm has a niche industry and if you are an individual who aspires to become a CFO or a controller in later year of your career, then this place might not be the best place for you.

    As mentioned, the firm is small so getting that promotion may take years ( it's still possible to get promoted - but that involves good skills in politics and such)

    Staff here are also very quiet and the firm tends to hire those that don't talk as much. So if you like to network, stay away of this place.

    Advice to Management

    Do the internship program again next busy season. It helped all the interns get the hands-on experience and helped them to get better.

  3. "Busy organization with good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Schedule flexibility
    - Stocked breakroom
    - Down-to-earth partners
    - Partner group genuinely wants to change
    - Short walk to BART
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    Cons

    - Still a bit old school when it comes to making changes to company culture changes but they are working on it
    - Decor is slightly outdated

    Advice to Management

    - Diversify your lines of business to allow for further expansion

    Lindquist von Husen & Joyce Response

    Apr 22, 2014 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your valuable feedback! We appreciate your honesty and welcome any further comments you want to share. We are continually striving to improve our firm so your feedback is of great... More


  4. "Glad I am hear!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The place is like a family in many ways.
    - Kitchen is always stocked with food and beverages.
    - Business casual
    - Staff pretty much get to make their own schedules. Telecommuting is allowed.
    - Partners really do have an open door policy.
    - Staff are exposed to engagements on many different levels.
    - They promote from within.

    Cons

    - The hours can be a lot for about six weeks during busy season but they are offset by more freedom during the off season.
    - The office is a little outdated.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice people, great HR Manager who is making change happen, partners care about the staff, no micromanagement, open door policy, location, snacks and drinks freshly stocked everyday, telecommuting, benefits are good, profit sharing is generous

    Cons

    The hours can be a lot during busy seasons, some of the partners are resistant to change so change can be slower than needed, partners are not always on the same page

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make more positive changes, all of the partners should be more open to new ideas and not fearful just because it is different than now they have been doing things for years


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Boring place with Management that don't help employees improve"

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    Former Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are ok. Location is good.

    Cons

    A Tax Manager that is too shy and doesn't like helping people. A partner that is always behind yet is in the office all the time. No titles below Manager (everyone is Tax Staff). Office is outdated with very old furniture. Heavy turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Less complaining and work with staff to help improve the process.

    Lindquist von Husen & Joyce Response

    Apr 22, 2014 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your feedback! I am sorry your experience at LvHJ was not the most positive one. We have been taking strides to update our office including brand new, comfortable desk chairs handpicked... More


  7. "Audit Senior"

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

    I worked at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, nice management

    Cons

    Focused on niche market, which can be both good or bad

  8. "Good People, Narrow Focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time

    Pros

    The company is small, so everyone knows each other. The continuing education program is very good and does not have periods where the emphasis on it falls off the map. The partners are approachable and helpful. The atmosphere is conducive to learning about the low income housing field and non-profits.

    Cons

    Although you will learn a lot about auditing low income housing developments that use TCAC tax credits as incentives for investors, it's not very applicable to a wide range of clients. Audit managers are inconsistent in their expectations. What is acceptable to one may be far short of what is expected of another. Also, it seems that some managers have different expectations based on the individual--work may be acceptable from one individual, but the same work turned in by another will not pass muster and need to be enhanced. Woe to the employee who finds they are consistently working with a such a manager and is held to a higher accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the training programs. They are consistently helpful and reinforce things already learned. Elicit more feedback from employees on how they perceive working with various managers/supervisors.


  9. "tax associates"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time

    Pros

    reasonable hours, reasonable pay, open door policy, partners and seniors are nice to answer any questions. offer dinner once a week during the busy season is very nice

    Cons

    firm focus is too specific. need to expand business and hire more people if need, do more in-house trainings

    Advice to Management

    need to


  10. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lindquist von Husen & Joyce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not a bad firm if you’re are looking for a career in their niche. Working from home, flexible hours, and not a lot of travel can be good perks. It's pretty easy to get comfortable here.The majority of the staff is great to work with, and participate in firm events and work to create a fun environment.

    Cons

    Lindquist is not a bad place to start. But it’s small, as is the market it serves. Also, there are not enough clients to grow the firm. You might just have to wait until someone leaves or retires. Even if you keep your head down, kiss butt, and work hard, there would be little opportunity inside of the firm. If you want a career outside of non-profits and affordable housing, don’t come here.

    Most of the partners are easy to work with and experienced managers, a few of which are highly respected within the CPA community. A few are still learning to how to lead. I had one negative experience that demonstrates how important is it is to have a management team that supports you when dealing with a difficult situation. If you don’t get that support from the partner, then you don’t respect them, the firm, or their objective.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees in difficult situations. Your staff isn't lying to you. And when you are presented an outrageous claim, work to maintain an environment that is not hostile to your employees. And when you realize your staff is correct, act as a leader and take steps to address the situation.

    Also, strive to treat all your employees in the same way, it’s too obvious how a few managers & partners have favorites. And if you say you will give a reference. Give the reference. Don't ignore calls and emails. Ignoring it is backstabbing, shady, and downright unethical behavior you would not expect out of management in at a CPA firm.


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