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Novogradac & Company Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Novogradac & Company Managing Partner Michael J. Novogradac
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Pros
  • Experience in both audit and tax (in 31 reviews)

  • They also have a fully stocked kitchen and the company is growing fast (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • It will get hectic during busy season like any other CPA firms for four months (in 35 reviews)

  • Very stressful environment, no work life balance during busy season (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forecasting Staff Accountant in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Forecasting Staff Accountant in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - NovoCo really invests time and money into providing all of their employees with the necessary on the job training to be able to be successful within the company.

    - Opportunity to work along side some of the top talent in the real-estate tax credit industry and learn from the best.

    - Free medical coverage and transportation stipend.

    - Focus on continued education and paid training towards earning your CPA or getting your masters degree.

    Cons

    - Haven’t come across any issues thus far. Everyone within the company has been great and they all have went above and beyond to give me the tools I need to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Poor culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The kitchen has light snacks - chips, hard-boiled eggs, bread, etc. - and free drinks.
    - Overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours a week (but see the second con below).
    - Respected market leader and expert in the tax credit industry.

    Cons

    - Biggest issue is a poor culture. You see a lot of unhappy faces walking through the office. People leave the firm all the time and some have taken pay cuts in order to get out.
    - Some teams are encouraged to eat hours to meet budgets.
    - The industry is a niche, making it difficult to transition out. No one outside of the industry knows of Novogradac.
    - The trainings are almost always irrelevant. A lot of people are on their phones or spaced out.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and culture to boost morale.

  3. "Some promising aspects"

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

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    -Being able to do both audit and tax keeps things interesting and more opportunities to learn new things
    -They really excel at employee training
    -Business casual attire
    -There can be really awesome co workers that make you want to work hard!

    Cons

    -lowest PTO days (15) compared to quite a few other accounting firms and the PTO includes your sick days. After working there for 3-4 years you can get a couple more days.Try not to get sick or try to work through it so you can get enough PTO days.
    - Base salary as you move up doesn’t seem to be adjusted each year for cost of living or inflation, but the staff entry levels have been consistently adjusted upward every year to help stay competitive for hiring. It can be discouraging seeing that.
    - Suprisingly a lot of admin type duties including managers who can end up working 10+ hours a week on admin duties even with admin specific employees. Not encouraging for long term.

    Advice to Management

    -Focus a bit on what is important for employees to keep them happy long term.
    -Consider flexible hours outside of busy season, it can improve long term retention.
    -Keep up the awesome training.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    a. Fast-paced environment especially during busy season.
    b. A lot of opportunities to grow within the firm.
    c. Mid-size firm, but still offers close-knit teams in every office.
    d. Provides free CPE training.
    e. Provides great knowledge in a very niche industry.
    f. Fair compensation; Stocked fridge
    g. Great opportunity to start career in public accounting with the excellent training.

    Cons

    It will get hectic during busy season like any other CPA firms for four months.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Intern in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novogradac & Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, very relatable. People really help you succeed

    Cons

    Very specialized industry- may not be what some people are looking for

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  6. "Niche within a niche"

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

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depends on who you work with but there can be a lot of latitude in your function because of the size of the firm.

    Cons

    Extremely specialized. Standardized pay scale with little flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Entry level people need to get paid more to live in the Bay Area.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Growing with the firm is rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent and affable partner.
    Patient and very helpful supervisors.
    Experience in both audit and tax.
    Great training programs to earn CPE credits and to extend technical skills.
    Flexible hours.
    Fully stocked kitchen.
    Paid overtime for seniors and below.
    This is a young firm, contributing to the firm and growing with it is rewarding.

    Cons

    Busy season (usually from January to March) is very challenging.

    Depending on the workload, summer might be a little slow.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Public accounting isn't for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    Good employee benefits, food and drinks provided, depending on location you can wear jeans, growing company

    Cons

    little to no life/work balance
    promotions occurring before candidate is ready
    Budgets can be unreasonable leading to employees not charging all of the time or getting in trouble for being honest with hours
    Growing quickly with growing pains emerging

    Advice to Management

    Time spend at the company does not mean a person can lead a team of people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    Experience in both audit and tax

    Cons

    Depending on the team, you could get a great team or a terrible team. Understaffed and lots of work

    Advice to Management

    Focus on staff and see how they're struggling. It's not all about money


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novogradac & Company full-time

    Pros

    Nice modern office, stocked kitchen, good training. Your work experience will depend on which team you're put on.

    Cons

    Like any public accounting firm, there will be stress and poor work life balance during busy season.


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