Typical large public accounting firm
Manager (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – November 6, 2017
Typical - up or out - large public accounting firm, even though they claim they are not an up or out firm. There is no place for an employee who does not want to be on a partner level. Mostly younger staff who form cliques and those not in the cliques are not given work to do.
High, HIGH emphasis on budgeting billable hours and meeting that budget. So much emphasis on budget and on getting new clients that client service sometimes suffers, which has resulted in long time, pre-merger clients leaving. Priority is on getting billable hours and company profit - not on client service.
Principals hoard the review work for themselves - managers don't get review work to do, but aren't really scheduled for fieldwork - get caught in the middle with no work to do, therefore don't meet budget hours. And the principal is so busy with the hoarded work that it takes weeks, sometimes months, to get an audit through the review process and issued - again you end up with unhappy clients and some who leave.
Good pay, benefits - dinners brought in for tax staff during busy season
Emphasis on billable hours and new clients to the detriment of client service, Work not allocated appropriately, Social cliques affect work assignments