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MKA Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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  1. "Audit"

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

    I have been working at MKA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment and great people

    Cons

    benefits and compensation could be better


  2. "just an opinion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MKA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, travel and work independently,

    Cons

    Could be stressful at times.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Love working here"

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

    I have been working at MKA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    MKA is an accounting firm like no other firm I've heard of. They do not work you to the bone and truly understand the work life balance. The open door policy is amazing, you can really go into any Partners office and ask them any question at any time.

    Cons

    The learning curve is fast so you really need to pay attention and ask a lot of questions and be open to feedback.


  4. "Staff Auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great scope of clients with different services and locations

    Cons

    no updated technology, incentives, benefits

    Advice to Management

    care for your employees!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "This Firm is a Joke!!!"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MKA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Exposure in different areas such as drafting financials and 990/199 taxes
    -Free Coffee
    -Bagel Fridays

    Cons

    Do you like getting low-balled in salary pay and working 50+ hours during busy season? Do you like getting thrown into an audit with very little to no training? Do you like getting verbally abused by your manager for not finishing up 1-day audits because the firm is so cheap on their budgets?

    Well if you're foolish enough to answer yes to any of these questions, then MKA is the right place for you. But I know the majority of you out there are smart enough to stay far away from this firm as you can. The managing partners at this firm does not care for anybody or anything except making their clients happy. You are constantly being hunted down by partners while they ask you why certain work/jobs has not been completed even though you have tons of work on your desk to do already. I was treated horribly by my managing partner because I was messing up on the financial statements and tax forms. The reason why I was messing up was because this firm offers little to ZERO training on anything!! I was given tons of financials/tax forms to do with no one walking me through on how to do them. UNBELIEVABLE!! That seems to be the trend of this firm. You are offered no training/help and are expected to complete your work with 100% accuracy.
    Oh and don't get me started with the horrible pay/vacation time here. They low-ball every new employee here on pay (around $46k) and expect you to work 50+ hours during busy season with vacation black out dates (Feb-May). Are you kidding me!? Even other smaller firms out there are offering new associates with at least a starting salary of $55k. Oh and they say that pay is fair because they offer overtime. Don't fall for it! The only time you actually get OT is during the first 3 months of the year (busy season). This is the only firm that offers OT because they low-ball you so much on pay already and they're trying to make it up by offering OT. Pathetic!
    Majority of your clients will be labor unions. You will not get exposures to different industries and you are basically stuck into the group that you're assigned to. Working on labor unions is ok but they are a dying breed. Once they go out, so will MKA.
    Oh and parking here is a nightmare! They don't even have enough parking for their employees. Some spaces are only available if you get to work early and put your name on a list. If you don't get there on time, you're forced to park on the street and you will have to move your car every 2 hours.

    Advice to Management

    I agree with the previous reviews. Stop trying to be the Big 4!! If you're offering such horrible pay/benefits, you cannot have a Big 4 mentality. Oh and does it hurt to offer a training session for all new employees? MKA should offer at least a few days of training for all hired staff.
    For managing partners, please take the time and help your staff instead of yelling at them. We are all on the same team here!

    MKA Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.

    We are disappointed to learn about some of your experiences; please know that we value and consider all feedback – it helps us make MKA a... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKA full-time

    Pros

    comfortable. get paid to watch netflix

    Cons

    Management could care less about the employees as humans. someone got in a car accident and my boss's response was "when are you going to come in to make up the hours?"

    Advice to Management

    Fire the compliance managers!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting Firm"

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

    I have been working at MKA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, free bagels, Cannot think of another one

    Cons

    Bad upper management, not a defined work culture and no team environment

    Advice to Management

    Take management courses

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Run do not walk away from them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKA full-time

    Pros

    None to think of

    Cons

    Run do not walk away from them. They hire tons of consultants who do nothing but criticize. The managers are only managers in name only. There is minimal training. Some staff are questionable in what they say. In most organizations those people would have been fired given it borders on being verbally abusive to other staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "They Really Try"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MKA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Despite antiquated processes the company as a whole is trying to leap-frog into this century.

    Cons

    Partners are notorious for a non-mentoring mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a technology overhaul.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MKA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Only a few select kind hearted people & good corporate learning experience

    Cons

    Money hungry, sneaky people, forced to work 7 days a week with no overtime pay, no social life whatsoever


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