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  1. Featured Review

    Great firm to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peterson Sullivan full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Our people and our culture of collaboration. Everyone's willing to help everyone else. Also, the firm's "work anytime, anywhere" policy.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, but that's the nature of public accounting.

    Advice to Management

    When employees offer suggestions, be sure to really listen and consider them. Your people are the greatest asset to this firm.

  2. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peterson Sullivan full-time

    Pros

    Salary and schedule flexibility are great

    Cons

    Difficult to get responsibility for client relationships from older partners

  3. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peterson Sullivan full-time

    Pros

    The people, the variety, the opportunity

    Cons

    The typical downsides of working at a large CPA firm

    Peterson Sullivan Response

    September 8, 2017Senior Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking time to write a review! We are so proud of our people, and work very hard to make sure we maintain our strong culture while continuing to enjoy healthy growth!

  4. Helpful (3)

    Mostly good, some bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peterson Sullivan full-time

    Pros

    I really like the firm's flexibility and remote work policy, particularly in the summer. I think the management team does try to make work/life balance a general priority. I like that management requests feedback in the form of surveys, etc., however, these types of communications are limited. Despite growing pains the firm is trying its best to keep up with a changing generation and changing workplace environment. The...

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    Cons

    HR does run the firm; at least it feels that way from a staff perspective. I felt closely watched and judged by the HR department and if you don't fit into "clique" you will not be promoted as promotions seem to rely heavily on favoritism and not necessarily skill. Many people are stressed out and seem to be unhappy. There is high turnover, longer hours during the summer months, disproportionate assignment of projects,...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk the talk. The firm does try but needs more open and critical conversations about work-life balance, hours expectations, etc. These conversations should preferably be anonymous to protect staff members from unnecessary blowback.

    Peterson Sullivan Response

    July 10, 2017Talent Specialist

    Thank you for your comments. We strive to solicit feedback from all employees throughout the year so that we can identify areas for growth and improvement. We regret that you feel you had a negative experience with our leadership team. If you have any further suggestions, please ...

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  5. Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peterson Sullivan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    PS has worked hard to build a culture-centric workforce, and it shows. The people here are some of the best I've met in the industry. Everyone is welcoming and friendly, and close friendships are easy to form. Overall, there are a number of community events to participate in and they typically are more than just show. I've worked in both industry and public accounting, and the people here are top-notch professionals,...

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    Cons

    Behind the times with audit planning and effectiveness. New projects put in place aren't addressing all the issues as efficiency measures need to be from the top down, and it's not really coming through. Both client base and client size are growing, but small clients are still being retained, creating a large backlog of small jobs interfering with larger higher fee jobs. Burnout can be an issue (as with public...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on process improvement. Newly implemented projects aren't a magic bullet and we need full firm buy in to make something happen. As clients increase in size and complexity, we need to make sure we address these issues as a firm and are prepared to meet the challenges this presents. We are in a great spot now but need to make sure we stay in a great spot as time goes on.

    Peterson Sullivan Response

    May 25, 2017Talent Specialist

    Thank you for your honest and candid feedback! The firm has invested significant resources in culture, efficiency, and we also believe that’s it’s starting to show. The operations team and the head of the audit department are committed to a culture of continuous improvement. ...

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  6. Helpful (1)

    Pleasant Place to work

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Peterson Sullivan part-time

      Pros

      Really employee-centric in terms of activities and food

      Cons

      not culturally competent or diverse

    • Helpful (6)

      Almost a Great Place to Work

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      Former Employee - Auditor 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Peterson Sullivan full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      I loved working at Peterson Sullivan and have learned a lot there. Now that I have left, I realize how much the Partners, Managers, and Staff have contributed towards my future accounting career and my life as a whole. The Partners encourage personal growth and are supportive while still emphasizing quality and professionalism. The Culture Club is awesome and PS is fantastic at making every day in the office an enjoyable...

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      Cons

      The hardest part of working at PS is the bias by Partners, Marketing, and HR which has contributed to a culture of passive aggressiveness, gossip, and it is difficult to be recognized and to be provided opportunities if you are not outgoing. Burn out is becoming pervasive as unrealistic promises are made (work/life balance, not working on vacation) and unrealistic expectations are set for most engagements.

      Advice to Management

      PS used to have a very collaborative culture which most employees thrived in. Be aware of bias and try to provide opportunities to everyone.

    • Helpful (1)

      Work as audit associate

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at Peterson Sullivan

        Pros

        PS hires many few young people which makes working there fun

        Cons

        Long hours, inflexible work schedule,

      • Great Company

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        Former Employee - Audit Associate in Seattle, WA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
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        I worked at Peterson Sullivan

        Pros

        I thoroughly enjoyed my two years at PS and only left because I moved out of state. Great support from all levels, cares about your career not just the hours you put in, always pushing you to grow but giving you the support to do so, great benefits and compensation.

        Cons

        Peterson Sullivan may be getting a little too big, but that is my personal preference and I believe they are doing their best to accommodate their growth

      • Helpful (2)

        Great Place to Work if You Don't Mind Long Hours

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Peterson Sullivan

        Pros

        Amazing co-workers, a great team atmosphere, focus on developing people into strong CPAs with plenty of opportunity to take on additional responsibility

        Cons

        Understaffed, scheduled time for jobs is not adequate, resulting in needing to work busy season hours most of the year

        Advice to Management

        PS is a great place to work. We're aware that you're doing your best to fix the staffing issue - keep it up!

        Peterson Sullivan Response

        June 11, 2016Senior Director of Human Resources

        Thank you for submitting a review! PS IS a great place to work! Employees are our best referral sources - please encourage those in your network that might be a great long-term fit to JOIN US!

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