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  1. "Good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Olsen Thielen & Co full-time

    Pros

    Flex time is definitely the best benefit of working here. All of your overtime during busy season is paid out as either additional time off the rest of the year (few restrictions) or additional pay. You are fully encouraged and expected to use all your vacation. You are treated as an adult from the start in terms of time management and are given a lot of flexibility. Besides a fairly strict 8am (at the latest) start time, how you manage the rest of your working hours is almost totally up to you as long as you put in sufficient hours and complete your work. Nobody baby sits you. Friendly office atmosphere.

    Cons

    Despite flexibility in time management and statements to the contrary, perceived performance is still highly influenced by number of hours worked. Despite what seems like some good movement towards mentoring-type programs, feedback is not sufficient, especially for today's millennials. Formal training programs could be improved. Both offices could strive to be more paperless as well as streamline and standardize their processes. An individual can feel isolated from others, as it is very easy to not talk to other people during the day.

    Advice to Management

    Like audit gives feedback after each client on an individual's work, tax should figure out a system for giving more consistant, verbal, and one-on-one feedback with individuals. Encourage increased, meaningful interaction between associates and higher ups. Not just another happy hour but interaction during work hours about work performance as well as small talk.


  2. "Audit associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Additional pay for overnight travel. Bank time can be used during the summer for more vacation time.

    Cons

    Work during the summer is very slow. Sometimes had one use pto because there was no work


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Olsen Thielen is a great place to work. The people are great and you are continually challenged."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -"Bank time" -you can bank overtime hours for time off in the less busy time of year
    -flexible hours during summer/fall
    -management really cares about the employees and treats them well
    -excellent training and career development

    Cons

    -low pay
    -benefits are just average
    -significant overtime hours during tax/busy season

    Advice to Management

    Offer more pay and.or bonus incentives to those employees who deserve it.


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  5. "former employee"

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Office is close to the freeway.

    Cons

    None really. Pay could always be better.


  6. "Adminstratie"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule during off season

    Cons

    Bad communication and no respect for administrative staff


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Felt like an outsider."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Professional office. Near main highway.

    Cons

    Not a friendly atmosphere in which to work. Upper level management aloof.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Confusing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate
    Current Employee - Tax Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bank time is a nice feature with their salary conditions.

    Cons

    no communication from management, no directives or objectives, they expect you to read minds. You have 8 different bosses and they stress managing the perceptions of your coworkers who can give conspire behind your back if you don't like you.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate culture starts with a tone at the top, you promised a positive, open, and team oriented work environment but instead have created a hostile dysfunctional nepotistic spy vs spy culture where everyone is potentially your worst enemy.