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SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  1. "Exceptional talent at the principal levels; however, promotions are slow to come for staff."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Brookfield, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The chance to learn from experts in a variety of fields such as tax, business advisory, trust/estate planning, valuation/litigation, healthcare, manufacturing, consulting, assurance, wealth management, real estate, and many others.

    Cons

    Objectives and standards are inconsistent and not clearly outlined. Challenges are typically faced using the "trial and error" approach. Technological advances to the accounting industry will be slow to adopt and develop here.

    Advice to Management

    Invest time in communicating clear expectations to staff, while allowing them into the company's vision.


  2. "Some good people, problematic business practices and ethics"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some really great people work here. It is a friendly office overall. They have free food during tax season.

    Cons

    Business processes - they are NOT streamlined or efficient, throughout. There is a lot of tedious and unnecessary work because they don't want to train people and "change how we do things." There is little to no consistency from different departments, and no attempts to train people to get on the same page. It is an inside joke that employees "should never ask why they do things like this."

    Business culture - there are pockets of dysfunction throughout the company. Unethical behavior is permitted and newer employees that draw attention to it are often harassed out of their jobs. People are not treated equally, and it causes tension.

    Human resources - is NOT available for any grievances you may have. They are there to do the hiring and cover for the company legally. Employees are told they can share concerns in a safe space, but those concerns have been used against people. I have had grievances be ignored, and been told by coworkers that it has been a problem for years before I was hired. The turnover for my position has been high.

    Advice to Management

    Significant improvement is needed in upper management, human resources, and in all the isolated departments that have not had their business practices analyzed in years. Lower-tier employees are treated with disrespect by some people in management. There is client over-billing and inappropriate and unprofessional behavior, both which could lead to lawsuits.


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Madison, WI

    Pros

    Flexible hours, casual dress code (dress for your day), friendly employees, lots of room for advancement if you are ambitious

    Cons

    Health insurance cost is rather high. Long hours in tax season but no different than most public accounting firms. Training program could be better.


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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends

    I worked at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly co-workers, depending on the department you're in.

    Cons

    health insurance is really high

    Advice to Management

    if you are a cpa, you will climb, but other positions are stale.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is wonderful. There was no Friday work from Memorial to Labor Day.

    Cons

    There was little variety in the work. In addition, the benefits and compensation were just average.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job. This is a great place to work. I hated to leave, but wanted to do something different.


  7. "Good Experience if you are interested in tax"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Madison, WI

    I worked at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work with a variety of different clients

    Cons

    The work was different from what they said I would be doing in the interview


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not respected for work I do"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookfield, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookfield, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am not micromanaged and can do somethings on my own.

    Cons

    There is no rational to promotions or career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you would like to be treated.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience but in need of a little more employee flexibility."

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

    I have been working at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work where you can stay for as long or as little as you want. Many people have worked here for more than 10 years and enjoy it. Very friendly co-workers and executive staff.

    Cons

    In my department there is a lot of micro-managing from my supervisor. Feeling like I can't have a good work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    While some departments are great at giving employees a great work-life balance others are not. Also it would be great to institute a yearly evaluation of employee supervisors from their stand point so that you can improve those who manage your staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people there and they do have some extra benefits like food on the weekends, end of tax time parties.

    Cons

    They don't pay well and as far as the IT dept, they are less interested in keeping and promoting and more interested in getting the most work out of you for the least amount of money.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "CPA, Healthcare Services, Consulting and Wealth Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgable in their fields. Many of years of expertise in their staff.

    Cons

    Understaffed and has been cutting back on staff the last few years and spreading the work out running people thin,

    Advice to Management

    Realize people aren't machines and there is a limit to how many staff you can let go and choose not to replace.