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Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions Irvine Reviews

Updated Feb 7, 2020

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Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions Co-Founder Nate Higgins
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  1. "Get what you put into it"

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    Current Employee - Tax and Accounting in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Startup mentality and feel; ability to effect and lead change; be appreciated, recognized and compensated for your hard work, efforts, and performance; friendly, collegial, and supportive work environment; opportunities for tremendous professional growth and learning; working for an leader in professional services; opportunities for promotion based on performance, results and rapid company growth. When you take initiative, and ownership of your work, it’s readily apparent in how you’re recognized.

    Cons

    Time off will hopefully be enhanced for tenured employees.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2018-01-30
  2. "Learned much about You Tube Talent"

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    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was exciting yet for the first 4 years

    Cons

    The owners hired a COO to help structure the company in order to grow. They hired a COO that new nothing about accounting and the financial end of the company. Everything fell apart and almost everyone left the company at that point. I hear they finally terminated that COO after 9 months and the company has grown and flourished.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2020-02-07
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Administrative/Accounting Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Company have lunch parties or snacks for staffs often for birthdays and special events. Good time to get together with colleagues. Close knit.

    Cons

    Low pay, no opportunity to grow, and no flexibility. Micro management. Performance base.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2018-10-24
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Accountants doing bookkeeping."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice accounting and tax team. Paperless workflow.

    Cons

    Small business having accountants performing bookkeeping services. No opportunity to work on more complex work. Not allowed to talk to clients. Absolutely no support from the people that are suppose to interact with the clients which have no accounting or finance degree. My emails went unanswered and no disciplinary actions for certain individuals. The other negative reviews on the CEO are accurate. Guy is a joke.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2018-10-06
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Work hard, like what you do, and you'll love it."

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    Current Employee - Content Marketing Strategist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Serious, but enjoyable work atmosphere, great and hard working people. Organized filing method. There's a lot of room for growth as the company is expanding rapidly (from 5 to 35+ in 3 years). The clients are interesting and fun (including online influencers like famous YouTubers).

    Cons

    It's a lot of work. If you're someone that enjoys the satisfaction of a hard day's work, it's no sweat. You need to communicate effectively – management are logical thinkers, not emotional and overemphatic babysitters. When there's an issue, figure out the root of the problem and propose a solution, not just a complaint. That's the only way things get done around here.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2017-09-11
  6. Helpful (13)

    "Lack of Direction and Professionalism. There are better options elsewhere."

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    Former Employee - Client Coordinator in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers were nice, helpful and outgoing. Snacks were provided daily in the break room. Lunch is catered weekly on Friday.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from upper management. Unmotivated staff. Some forms of unprofessionalism leading to the feeling of a "fly-by-night" company. No 401k. Unable to take paid vacation after one year of service.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2017-03-30
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Accountant"

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    Staff Accountant in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions

    Pros

    free snacks and pleasant co workers

    Cons

    Very poorly managed business. NO collaboration or appropriate and timely feedback. Disagreeing with the COO can result in termination. Understaffed and unrealistic deadlines. NO vacation time for almost two years. Unfulfilled promises of a 401k plan.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2017-03-27
  8. Helpful (14)

    "Don't Do It"

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company iphone Some of the people you work with are cool

    Cons

    The management will lie about the size and nature of this company to get anyone they can in the door. Incredibly poor communication by upper management, no leadership, no encouragement, they will belittle you and point the finger at you at any chance they get. They create a very hostel work environment for their employees. INCREDIBLY MICROMANAGING. Not to mention the benefits are terrible. No paid time off ever. poor work/life balance. They could have hired baboons are managers and they would be doing a better job. CEO is terrible and rude.

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    Semaphore Tax & Business Solutions2017-02-23

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