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Perkins & Co Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2019

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  1. "Great culture, manageable hours, and nice mix of small clients"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Co full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture is deep and very accepting. This is what makes the work worth it at this company and management knows that.

    Cons

    Small clients where many of the challenges you will face are helping the client understand the 'why' of accounting.

    Advice to Management

    This firm is headed in a great direction. Keep moving but understand that it's the staff and seniors which push the culture of the firm, not senior management.

    Perkins & Co2019-06-15
  2. "Good Company For Traditional Tax Services"

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    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Co full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Work/life balance is a priority for management, and it show through. This is the best I've seen a public accounting firm do as far as work-life balance goes -Nice office, recently remodeled -The people there are great!

    Cons

    -That work/life balance comes at a cost, namely compensation. They typically pay less than the going market rate you'd find at a similar sized corp. -Emphasis on quantity of billable hours is annoying, and is the only metric that really matters in performance reviews determining compensation (despite saying otherwise)

    Advice to Management

    It's tough for a staff to be billable all year long, but please figure out a more holistic approach to performance reviews.

    Perkins & Co2019-07-16
  3. "Disconnect with management and poor communication"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Co full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perkins does a great job of hosting happy hours, company kickball teams, and more than brings the employees closer together. Also, there are a lot of great people at the company.

    Cons

    There is a significant disconnect between managers/partners and the staff/seniors working for them. Staff/seniors begin to feel overworked and underappreciated. Communication regarding performance is infrequent and inconsistent. Very little training provided to ensure continued growth of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start developing real relationships with your employees and provide them the information and tools in order to succeed. Praise your employees when they do well and coach them through their challenges instead of abandoning them.

    Perkins & Co2018-07-13

    Perkins & Co Response

    July 30, 2018HR Manager

    Thank you very much for this feedback. If you are a recently departed employee, then you should be aware that the Audit department has implemented a program to review performance following each engagement. As this practice becomes more natural to the managers, the consistency and ...

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  4. "Tax Verifier"

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

    I worked at Perkins & Co part-time

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was very nice and welcoming! Positive working environment as well.

    Cons

    Not much flexibility of the job even it was guaranteed in the front.

    Perkins & Co2017-09-09

    Perkins & Co Response

    October 10, 2017HR Manager

    Thank you very much for sharing your opinions about your time with us at Perkins. We take your words seriously, and will consider what you have said for future groups of verifiers. Sincerely, Stephanie Lillengreen HR Manager

  5. "Great Company with Great People"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Co full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people at Perkins & Co are the reason this company is so great. You will build strong relationships with coworkers at all levels of the firm. There are many company gatherings and after work activities to hang out and have fun outside of work. Management is there to help you learn and grow through your career, and is always willing to help when needed. There are many opportunities to move up within the firm as...

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    Cons

    The summer months are usually more stressful than the actual busy season when the firm is under staffed.

    Perkins & Co2017-02-13

    Perkins & Co Response

    March 4, 2017jtoro@perkinsaccounting.com

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Perkins & Co, and best of luck in your current and future endeavors! -Jenn Toro, HR Manager

  6. Helpful (12)

    "Great coworkers, Political office culture"

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Co full-time

    Pros

    The people here are nice to work with, and the downtown location is convenient. They also provide a lot of training and have a decent network and computer speeds.

    Cons

    There's not a lot of communication or feedback to let you know what you need to change. They tell you they want you to succeed but they don't really provide a great roadmap for how to get promoted. Also, the billable hour targets are unrealistic and when you break down your salary by the hours they want you to work annually, it's kind of depressing. It's also a political environment, where if you don't get on well with...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay people better and improve feedback time and communication overall.

    Perkins & Co2016-08-19
  7. Helpful (3)

    "for public accounting one of the best options"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Perkins & Co full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good company, sense of team within department

    Cons

    favoritism, tax managers / shareholders are unrealistic

    Perkins & Co2016-05-25

    Perkins & Co Response

    April 14, 2017jtoro@perkinsaccounting.com

    Thank you for sharing your experience working with Perkins & Co! -Jenn Toro, HR Manager

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work... if you are a billable employee."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Co for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with overall. Special events for employees on a regular basis. Beautiful newly remodeled office. Great medical coverage if single or +1.

    Cons

    Salary not on par with market for position. No transportation/commuting benefits. Non-billable employees very clearly not recognized and appreciated as others - at least that's the impression. Health insurance very expensive for family.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate salaries to ensure they are inline with current market rates (if retention is truly a priority).

    Perkins & Co2016-02-29
  9. Helpful (13)

    "Opportunity with a hostile atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Co full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They will treat you well if you are on their good side. The people that work here are very hard workers and if you put in your time here, you will be a cultured professional if that is what you desire. Working in downtown Portland is okay if that is an atmosphere that is to your taste.

    Cons

    It is a lie that the salaries have been adjusted to the market. No one who is at a staff or senior level here is happy with their salary. Those who do not talk about this with upper management are either too afraid or they are blind.

    Advice to Management

    Don't preach the long term opportunity. Many of us are not in it to make partner or there is a chance that we wouldn't make it if we tried. Please provide us with benefits that we can take home in the present. Turnover is high and that is how you are able to pay less and make your money. Maybe if you started paying more you wouldn't always have such high turnover and a bad name for yourself in the Portland market as...

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    Perkins & Co2016-02-21
  10. "Its the small stuff that counts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Perkins & Co full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This company has an amazing culture. The employees genuinely care about their place of employment and are actively involved in contributing to the culture and success of the firm at all levels. The employees are not just co-workers, but friends...which really makes this place hard to leave. The company provides a lot of benefits that are typically overlooked by other companies: donut day, dessert day, free soda, popcorn,...

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    Cons

    When I was there the company was not paying in line with market for my position; however, I have heard from former coworkers that this has since been corrected.

    Advice to Management

    Try to incorporate more work-life balance into the culture. Closing the office on Fridays and working compressed work weeks during the summer would really help this company be more competitive with some of the other accounting firms in town.

    Perkins & Co2015-12-23

    Perkins & Co Response

    January 1, 2016jtoro@perkinsaccounting.com

    What a positive review of your experience working with us! Thank you for sharing some of the things you enjoyed about your time here. Although culture encompasses a lot of things (opportunity to learn and develop, advancement, a passion for the work we do, how we treat each other, ...

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