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  1. "Tax Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a range of work and experiences available if you are willing to put in the time and connect with the right people at the office. The staff members, managers, and partners are all welcoming, friendly, and willing to help develop your skills.

    Cons

    Busy seasons can be somewhat demanding, however, this is not out of the ordinary for a similar position at another firm.

    Advice to Management

    Not all mangers/partners follow the same process for prepping work (i.e. standard workpapers, using trial balance database). While there may be good reason for this, it creates an environment that is not conducive to learning for someone new to a large firm.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment from everyone

    Cons

    In BAS too many managers, no staff.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RubinBrown (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of friendly people in the office; staff are willing to help each other; variety in work; competitive pay at entry level; dinners provided every night during tax season; good location; flexible work environment if needed

    Cons

    Equal pay increases across staff level; some poor leadership at the manager level; CPE offered is very general; feedback only flows in one direction; pay is low for Denver area firm; no firm-wide standardization of procedures; higher than normal turnover

    Advice to Management

    Become more flexible in the Denver area in dress code and telecommuting to keep up with local firms; invest a lot more in technology; increase salaries to prevent turnover; learn to take constructive criticism


  4. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at RubinBrown full-time

    Pros

    Firm seems to really care about its people and there is a great deal of flexibility to assist with work/life balance.

    Cons

    Raises and benefits don't seem to be in line with other accounting firms. However, the firm is also committed to keeping all people even during tough economic times.


  5. "Tax accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities in emerging markets

    Cons

    Lots of time off but no time to take it


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Part time small business dept"

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

    Pros

    Offer some good benefits such as some opportunities to work from home

    Cons

    Once hired, it is extremely difficult to get information from personnel department & many Dept managers & partners

    Advice to Management

    The firm's policy to responding promptly to clients also needs to extend to employees - after speed training on multiple (14) software programs, it was difficult to get assistance and answers to questions (not a problem from the tech department - they are great).


  7. "High-quality employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Recommends

    I worked at RubinBrown (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Partners and Managers are always willing to walk with you through projects.

    Cons

    None that I experienced at all.

  8. "Valueable Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RubinBrown full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    RubinBrown does exception work getting their employees to top notch training and experience their employees need to succeed in their careers. They have a large variety of client industries and client sizes. They have a great team environment. Tax season is tough but everyone is there to do their part to help out! They have a great culture.

    Cons

    It's the industry that's a beast. Tax season isn't for everyone and it takes its toll out on people. It does take some time to advance here. But again, I believe that's the nature of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    The more involved you are with your employees the more likely they will stay loyal to you.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good for entry-levels"

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    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team members are friendly and will help you if you have questions. Most managers are willing to answer questions.

    Cons

    Nepotism adds a whole new level of office politics. The pay and benefits are well below industry average. There is not a 401k match and the health insurance is pretty poor. Staff doesn't get bonuses. Since the firm operates under a "one firm" model, you are expected to help out in tax, audit and advisory consulting services which makes your role very generalized. If you are interested in specializing - Good Luck because management doesn't listen. They will use you where ever the firm needs resources which means tax employees spend all summer and late fall doing audits.

    Advice to Management

    The first thing career equity model talks about is finding the work and the environment we work in engaging. Tax employees join the tax department because they probably don't find audit work/environment engaging. It is NOT okay to ask tax employees to edit their email footer to say "accountant" rather than "tax accountant" when they are on an audit client. When the client is paying thousands of dollars, they are expecting expertise in return. Sending tax employees to do audits and then asking them to hide the fact that they are tax accountants is NOT providing expertise. The strict "follow the chain of command" rule on audits contradicts with the company's open door policy.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "You get out what you put in to it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RubinBrown full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunity for advancement. It usually comes a year after you are ready but over your whole career I don't think that is a huge deal. This is a company that rewards loyalty and consistent performance. If you find a level of commitment that you are comfortable working at and continue plugging away management notices and rewards you. The team is really truly awesome. Wonderful people to work with. There is not an up or out mentality. The firm allows flexibility to direct your own career. You get out what you put into it.

    Cons

    The biggest issue I have had is with communication. Once I understand why a decision was made it is clear it was made for the right reasons but in a vacuum it can feel heartless. The firm has struggled with finding an equitable balance between compensating the owners and upper management and taking care of 3 to 5 year staff. (although I think this may be improving) The health insurance is pretty poor. It can be scary to not have sign posts about where to go with your career. You direct it.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your communication. It is paramount.


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