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Moss Adams LLP Reviews

Updated December 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance flexibility to manage work life and home life (in 32 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot and you will be able to take what you learn elsewhere (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can suffer when busy times hit (in 24 reviews)

  • Busy season in public accounting warrants long hours regardless of the firm (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Growing firm with lots of hurdles to surpass before becoming a good firm to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Assurance Staff in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Business Assurance Staff in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good vacation time, competitive salary, exposure to various industries, and overnight travel bonus.

    Cons

    Unprofessional managers, outdated performance review process, and broken communication between employees at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and put into practice some of their ideas. Improve your hiring and employee retention process.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Comp"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The office is nice and modern
    You will learn a lot

    Cons

    Salaries simply not competitive with firms down the road and abysmal compared to private.

    Advice to Management

    Up your game.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    Good resources, great snacks.

    Cons

    Partners not involved with career growth.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Firm is okay, but Campbell is horrendous"

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    Current Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Snacks are good, pay is decent, staff are super friendly and a good place to learn.

    Cons

    Each office is different, but Campbell is one of the worst offices to choose in Moss Adams. Management simply does not care about the well-beings of their staff and seniors.

    During busy season, you are expected to work 65 minimum billable hours (emphasis on the billable). This time does not include weekly staff meetings and time spent helping out your peers. You are given a budget of how long a project is expected to take, which is never realistic. Almost every project that I pick up, the last staff almost always took double the amount of time of the budgeted amount. I once had a senior manager basically tell me to eat my time, just so they could charge more time for themselves. In addition, there is no one way to do a project and you could do a project perfectly for one manager and get a ton of review notes for another one. With all of this, you will probably end up being in the office for 12+ hours a day and still have to come in on the weekends.

    In the office, there are two teams, corporate and individual. The two sides are almost polar opposites in terms of management. Almost all of the individual team (of course there are some exceptions) will not bother to try and teach you rather they will tell you to just see what they did last year. This teaches you nothing and you essentially become a data entry person. Corporate team on the other hand will sit down and explain things to you (which is good because corporations are generally harder). It's no surprise that when the clock strikes 9pm, you see all corporate team still there and all the individual team gone but still have more billable hours.

    HR is also a disaster here too. There were many formal complaints regarding a staff and nothing was ever done. Rather than give that person a warning, you were told to just move to another cube.

    Scheduling is probably the worst thing about this office. You would think after almost 20+ years of running this company and having relatively the same amount of clients and staff to work on it that they would have it down by now. They specifically have a person designed to schedule out the work but you can see that the person is on Facebook half the time and creeping on the staff's chargeable hours the other half. There have been numerous times where they would send out an email on a Friday at 3pm and give you 20+ hours of work to be completed by Monday. This happens in busy season and DURING NON-BUSY SEASON! I can get if the deadline is coming up and the information came in late, but most of the times the information was there to start the return, but the scheduler waits until the last minute to schedule it out. Most offices have a steady work flow and work distributed among staff, but the Campbell office has a many staff overworked and some that are doing no work at all. There have been many complaints regarding the scheduler for a couple years, but nothing has and probably nothing will change.

    Advice to Management

    Make project budgets more realistic, revamp upper management and most importantly fix the scheduler.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Do not join Moss Adams in Texas. This is strictly a West Coast firm and it shows."

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

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    - Moss Adams as a whole is a great organization.
    - TS teams based in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle are professionally managed, have full time Partners and strong growth opportunities.

    Cons

    -Poor work culture.
    -Heavy favoritism and unstable deal flow.
    -Dallas office does not have a full time Partner resulting in a lack of oversight for Directors.
    - Limited growth opportunities
    - Below market bonuses


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Awful Management"

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

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    Although my co-workers were great, and I walked away with some amazing friendships. The clients they have are really great and you can learn a lot from working on them. It's surprising that these clients have stuck around considering how awful these people are.

    Cons

    Management is awful. The office is struggling with growing pains of being a small firm acquired by a larger one and even 5 years later, they still have resistance. Why agree to get acquired? There are no proper processes in place. Managers don't do their jobs, the laziest managers I have ever come across in my life and the evaluation process is such a joke and don't even get me started about how awful HR is.

    Advice to Management

    Actually mean what you say. Give people flexibility, don't say we offer it. Allow people to work from home, instead of having to ask permission from 10 people before doing so. Allow people to have lives outside of the office instead of feeling guilty for having a baby, getting married or going to a funeral of a loved one.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Review 2017"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moss Adams LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse Clients
    Career Starter
    Decent Sized Firm

    Cons

    Long-Hours / Burn and Churn Mentality
    Cut-throat
    Management Favorites / Toxic Culture

    Advice to Management

    Firm is not doing as well as they had expected for Vision 2020. Busy season perks are taken away. All management cares about is who can bring in clients/money. Those who kisses-up gets to stay. Staffs are being replaced by new staffs and people are not rewarded based on merit but who gets along with the popular majority. There is a lot of back-stabbing in the office. They use you when they need you to do the work, but dump you during down-season. It has become sort of a corporate Big-4 culture.

    They need to focus on making employees happy, train them, and remove this competitive toxic culture. People are constantly back-stabbing each-other and playing favorites to keep their positions secure and it creates a very bad morale. They also shouldn't be so stingy on the budgets.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Cons outweigh the pros"

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

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time

    Pros

    - Great starting PTO (4 weeks)
    - Mostly good pay
    - Some offices have free snacks and drinks

    Cons

    - Absolutely poor leadership and poor upper management caring too much about profits rather than people
    - Weak communication from management staff
    - Little work life balance and staff tend to be overworked
    - Understaffed in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    If you take care of your employees, everything will take care of itself. With the amount of money Moss Adams makes, you should at least be able to afford to hire more full-time employees, so the rest of us won't be overworked.

    Stop being so stingy about your budget; I guarantee that if you actually invest in your people, Moss Adams will definitely gain more money in the long run.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not Happy Here - Toxic Tax Department"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Moss Adams LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot! As a tax staff you are able to work on individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts, etc.

    Cons

    -Silicon Valley Office is very gloomy. There is absolutely no windows or sunlight. Other offices call ours "The Dungeon"

    -The scheduling of assignments is horrible. There is one person doing it for way too many people. They do not respond to emails. And they are very biased about who they give projects to and they have a bad attitude. Some people get way overloaded while others don't have enough.

    -Getting promoted has a lot to do with politics. It doesn't matter if you're working hard and getting great reviews at evaluation time. Instead of basing your performance off of these reviews, they have a private meeting where only Seniors and above are allowed. It gives them the opportunity to make excuses in front of the large group as to why you shouldn't be promoted, all while avoiding telling you face to face.

    -Currently 3 tax prep softwares in use. SVO is the last office to convert fully to one software. You are expected to know how to use all.

    -No culture. The office puts minimal effort in creating a fun and inclusive culture. It is everyone for themselves in this office. If you don't fit in, good luck getting ahead. Since the budgets given for projects are unrealistic, everyone eats their time and does not report the full amount. If you do, you'll be criticized that you went over budget, regardless of if you did a good job. This happened to an experienced staff who said they were just trying to be honest. They didn't get promoted while other people who ate their time did.

    -There are two teams. One focuses on corporate work and the other on individuals. You don't get to pick a team until you're promoted to Senior.

    -I don't feel appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the scheduling issue. Treat your employees better and not just with junk food.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Growing Company
    -Opportunities for Advancement
    -Cross-divisional opportunities
    -Large enough to work anywhere in the West
    -Decent workspaces depending on city

    Cons

    -Covert alienation and personal attacks
    -Cliques
    -Pay is low
    -Way too political

    Advice to Management

    Stop running people away! Higher turnover than I've seen in other firms. Truly live by Company Culture.


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