The open door policy truly gives us enough opportunities to fully communicate with partners and managers (I've had managers that get really unhappy/bothered when I went asking questions and they made me feel dumb). The upper management always helps us to solve problems, ask for documents and information from the client and make sure the processes go smoothly. The culture makes us feel like we can communicate any issues at any time (hope it's always the case going forward). All partners and managers are knowledgeable and helpful. They do their best to teach us things. In fact many returns are quite challenging. Workpapers are easy to understand: they indicate clear paths for us to find prior year information and treatments (but somewhat need slightly longer time to create them, but it's fine).
In-house CPE, Open Door Policy, Summer Friday Afternoon Off
Staff Accountant (Former Employee) – Panama City Beach, FL – August 9, 2018
Money was more important to the company than anything else. You were required to work 55 billable hours during tax season. Sometimes you had to work 70 hours just to get 55 billable. You could not put the real hours that you work on clients. Because if you did that you were talked to because you were spend too much time. Although I was honest about what my qualifications were, I was expected to do more and not trained.
Family Oriented office with great pay, benefits and opportunities to learn
Tax Senior (Current Employee) – Austin – August 6, 2018
I have been enjoying my working experience with CRI. It's a great place for young professionals to start their career. I have been at different firms before, and I can assure you that I have had only positive experience with CRI. The upper management is very friendly and have open-door policy. CRI has very reputable clients from the area, and it has been a great learning experience to work on their tax returns.
CPE Week in Alabama, Firm provided dinner, financial assistance with CPA materials
Director of Business Development (Former Employee) – Enterprise, AL – July 17, 2018
CRI was a very good company to work for. Corporate culture was low and needed improvement. The firm has many outstanding Partners and employees. The corporate culture was low as the CEO of the firm was not well liked by a majority of the Partners and staff.
A typical day at work passed by quickly. There was much to learn in a quick time frame. Management was inconsistent sometimes very supportive and other times expected way to much from the employees. Most employees were helpful and friendly, however it seemed that a few had an attitude of superiority and were condescending to new employees. The hardest part of the job was understanding the many new software programs in a short time. The most enjoyable part of the job was also the hardest...the learning experience. Most of the employees were as helpful as possible during the learning curve. After working there for several months I was laid off at the end of tax season. I was told there was a lack of work. That was a big disappointment to me. I was promised a favorable job recommendation by management.
Fast-paced, Great Pay and Benefits, Stressful, Exciting
Staff Accountant (Former Employee) – Miramar Beach, FL – February 22, 2018
Great firm. Just wasn't a good fit for me. I was let go, just so you know. However, you will be making billable hour plans and then you had best deliver. Plan on long work days (especially during tax seasons). Also, there are many social events which you don't have to attend, but you probably should.
You need to get in, win people over, and solidify yourself in the office. You should probably plan on eating many quick lunches at your desk while working. But, if you can put in the time and effort and still make you home life work, it's a fantastic firm to work for that has been growing steady for some time.
Great pay and benefits. Professional work environment.
You MUST get those billable hours. May be asked to work 60-70 hours a week during tax season.
The office is face paced and stressful during tax season. Growth of the company was fast and not planned well. Supervisor did not like me and was always watched and had no privacy. It used to be a great place to work, partners were great to work for until the CEO retired and company was bought by Carr, Riggs &Ingram.
Excellent Pay & Benefits. Too many managers with different requirements for same task.
Staff Accountant (Former Employee) – Miramar Beach, FL – January 9, 2018
Excellent place to work except for the strict billable hour requirements. Also, during tax season, you will be working 60-70 hours a week.
It was a quickly growing accounting firm which had been acquiring other firms for some time. This resulted in an office with managers who were previously different firms who had differing ideas on work requirements. I had situations where 1 manager would tell me to make a change to a claim packet and then another manager would come back later and have me undo that change and make a different one.
Also, they will sometimes not allow new accountants to contact clients directly resulting in a much slower working pace than other staff in the office that they are compared to.
Other minor issues.
Excellent pay and benefits.
Poor work-life balance. Individual managers were not on the same page.
Senior (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – January 1, 2018
Cut-throat culture. Upstairs/downstairs segregation. Extremely high-turnover. Narcissistic management. Multiple processes for same task; inefficient. Beware. Corporate firm does host CPE week held annually in May at one location where the professionals from every SPU attends.
Corporate (Former Employee) – Enterprise, AL – December 20, 2017
Solid place to work, even with poor direction in place. Great benefits, and competitive PTO policy. Work load is manageable some days, and too much on others. Leadership needs to take a look at the actual people at the firm instead of only focusing on growth.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Tifton, GA – October 6, 2017
If you’re looking for a place to work that doesn’t appreciate you as an individual, this is the firm for you. The management is not very well organized and the partners think they are too good to stop and answer a question. Major disrespect for the lower end employees by management and the partners. The work load is not balanced enough for any kind of work/life balance..
No work/life balance. Disrespect by partners and poor management
Typical work day is 8-10 hours of audit preparation, planning, field work and wrapping up audits. Learned more efficient ways to conduct audits and how to document audit work. Management is very ethical and has a mutual respect and fairness for its employees. Workplace culture is ethical and fast paced. Deadlines are the hardest part of the job along with working long hours. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with a team and completing a project
Senior Accountant (Auditor) (Former Employee) – Mandeville, LA 70448 – August 29, 2017
Let me say that the entire CRI firm is not one unit. Each location acts as it's own firm. With that being said, there is constant confusion about how things should be done. The firm is very disorganized and is merging too many firms at once. The employees are great to work with; however, until the corporate office starts regulating the ins and outs better, I would not recommend working for this company.
Staff Accountant/Accounting Services Professional (Current Employee) – 4210 Spicewood Springs, Austin, TX – August 5, 2017
The Partner in charge has terrible social skills and over works the Partners. He makes you feel replaceable and this is very draining on the culture/environment. Aside from that - those that stay longer than 5 years are generally self-serving and negative.
CRI is a great place to work. The company is mainly due to merging smaller accounting firms in so I assume that the environment can vary from place to place because of that however, corporate has a positive energy overseeing all of the units.
good PTO policy, flexible schedule, not as time consuming as other CPA firms