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MDD Forensic Accountants Reviews

Updated Feb 11, 2019

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked at the MDD Boston office as an intern for 6 months. Everyone is extremely nice and welcoming. It has a family atmosphere and the partners and senior managers are all friendly and willing to help. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    It was a slow season so I had nothing to do most of the time. When new cases did come in they were given to the associates and not the interns because they were training the associates to move up the ladder.

    MDD Forensic Accountants2016-08-10
  2. "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved the work I was doing.

    Cons

    Pretty Dull Office Environment, sometimes didn't say a word to anyone else throughout an entire day, and I'm a social person.

    MDD Forensic Accountants2018-02-16
  3. "Senior Accountant"

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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MDD Forensic Accountants

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good training

    Cons

    Reviews were nebulous at times

    MDD Forensic Accountants2016-04-26
  4. "Good Experience overall"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Different projects, flexible work, small office. Getting more into litigation which is a plus.

    Cons

    Need more direction/training/career advancement guidance from senior management. Lower than average pay

    MDD Forensic Accountants2015-09-16
  5. "Intern"

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    Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDD Forensic Accountants

    Pros

    The office environment is not at all what you would expect. The employees, even high up ones, are so fun and friendly and love to joke around.

    Cons

    When you are an intern you are treated exactly like that. It's not bad if you can suck it up and take a couple jokes every now and then. You also get bored because there isn't much they can trust you to actually do on your own without experience.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend trying to put a bit more pressure on the interns to see what they can actually do.

    MDD Forensic Accountants2015-06-09
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time

    Pros

    Some of the pros for Matson Driscoll & Damico are that the offices are small, so less firm politics within each office and better opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides to working at Matson Driscoll & Damico are the lack of coordinate or sharing between offices creating competition for work within the same firm.

    Advice to Management

    Some advice to management is to get all partners and offices to work together rather than against each other for work. Use local offices to do fieldwork.

    MDD Forensic Accountants2015-06-05
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Could be a great company for the right person and with some key changes"

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    Current Employee - Forensic Accountant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most of the people at MDD are good people. Bosses are variable depending on the office. Some are tyrants and others could care less if you even exist. A good deal of autonomy and a potential for exposure to a wide range of businesses and industries. Offices throughout the states and international with transfer opportunities available. Can be very rewarding and there is opportunity to ascend the... corporate ladder rather quickly provided you have a certain personality and desire to perform certain tasks. Very flexible with vacations and personal time in most (not all) offices.

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    Cons

    You will live and die in Excel. Spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheets! Low to average pay for all but top performers. The training is a complete failure. All training is on the job and you either catch on and thrive or you really stagnant. They have a "formal training" that takes place every few years where all the offices get together but it's more of a social event than training. Though there are... similarities, every file is different and every partner/manager has a different idea of how to approach it. For some, this might seem like a pro but I find the lack of structure to be very much a con. Feast or famine type of environment. When a catastrophe occurs, you could be overloaded with work for months or even years...you could be traveling stuck in some disaster zone for an long period of time working long hours. In contrast, when there hasn't been a large scale hurricane/tornado/earthquake etc. for a while, things can get really slow. You're expected to know how to calculate a loss in any industry that comes along as you move up even if you haven't really worked in that capacity during your tenor. Again, no real formal processes or structure or training. Depending on your superior, you may be treated poorly or possibly even ignored if you can't function in the specific capacity they require. There is a lot of "butt kissing", "back scratching" and so on needed to truly progress. Both internally and externally as it applies to clients. If you are not willing to market yourself and the company to clients, if you are not willing to take clients to dinners, sports functions and generally "court" them, you will likely reach a glass ceiling and will have no further opportunity to ascend. This industry is very much about relationships. You have to fit in to the social groove of your office and you HAVE to make clients want to choose you to succeed at the upper levels. This is a big turn off for someone who prefers to come to work and just do their analysis as required (aka introverts or non-social butterflies). Very easy to get pigeonholed. This is niche industry and there are even ways to get stuck into a niche within the niche and end up with a very specific skill set that is not easily transferable to any other position. Office politics can be very uncomfortable. If you work in an office where your political/religious leanings are opposite to those of your superiors, things can get really uncomfortable. Discussions occur, literature is placed etc. that is completely inappropriate in a work environment.

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    Advice to Management

    Institute extensive and formal training structure. Require management to follow that structure when approaching each file (i.e. step 1 is this, step 2 is this, we want document x in this case, document y in this case, if they don't have that, we want document z and so on) Be involved with your employees. Don't only pay attention to and develop those who are star performers or who catch on quickly. Know who needs... extra assistance and provide that to them without making them feel inferior. Educate people in the hiring process about what exactly they're going to have to do both at the entry level and at the upper levels. For example, if someone had told me in my interview that I was going to have to develop a client base and essentially act in a semi-sales role, I would not have taken the position. Unfortunately, I was not aware of this until several years in. More oversight over the day-to-day operations of individual offices. Don't treat your company like the wild west enabling each partner to run his/her office however they please. Know what is going on in the offices, develop a specific protocol and enforce it. Don't promote people to management simply because they bring in the money. There are several in management/principal positions who have no idea how to properly manage or relate to people. The company seems to only consider if an individual can keep clients happy and not make any egregious technical errors in analyses when considering who to promote to leadership positions. Institute formal management training and protocols as well requiring certain personality traits for promotion to management such as empathy, caring, patience, desire to train etc. Don't be a "whipping boy/girl" for clients. Draw a line. Just because a client is paying you, doesn't mean you have to do anything they want and subject your employees to their every whim to keep them pleased. Some are very unreasonable. Have some principles and don't work with those who don't respect you and your staff. Understand that everyone is different and has different priorities. Accommodate different personalities and differing priorities. Not all want to be a principle. Don't treat it like it's rise to the top or get out....or if it is, make that very clear in the initial job interview.

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    MDD Forensic Accountants2015-03-13
  8. Helpful (4)

    "If you already have training and want some exposure to forensics it's worth a look"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time

    Pros

    If you want experience to the commercial insurance market this is the place to be. Great exposure to various clients and different cases. There are multiple national and international offices. There is an opportunity to travel following catastrophes and large insurance losses.

    Cons

    There was limited formal training, skills were expected to be learned through hands on experience. Work load can be demanding at times requiring late hours, sometimes weekend work as well. The pay is average with few bonuses or pay raises. They rarely give performance reviews. Questionable growth opportunities given the number of partners and senior management already in the office.

    MDD Forensic Accountants2014-10-24
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good starting point"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience in the accounting field

    Cons

    Salary compared to other accounting is low yet fair

    Advice to Management

    Na

    MDD Forensic Accountants2014-01-03
  10. Helpful (1)

    "You get what you put into it"

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    Current Employee - Forensic Accountant - Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDD Forensic Accountants full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Small offices, which lead to a close-knit relationship with peers, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Very long hours when catastrophes occur.

    Advice to Management

    None

    MDD Forensic Accountants2013-10-30
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