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The hardest part of the job
Payroll Analyst (Former Employee) –  Mankato, MNJuly 3, 2018
Due to the public accounting environment, the hardest part of this job was the balance between work/life. I spent many evenings and weekends meeting the needs of the business.
Pros
On the job training
Cons
Work/life balance
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Stuck in their ways; not open to change
Senior Assurance Associate (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 25, 2018
Lots of hours; management is not open to new ideas, not diverse.
The team environment is good but a specific partner needs diversity training, and does not value potentials
Pros
Free snacks
Cons
Work hours; poor management style
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Worst company I have ever worked for
Htybrid Assurance Associate (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZApril 25, 2018
They expected you to meet over 1800 billable budgeted hours and normally you had about 200+ a month during the busy season with additional 150 hours that was non billable. You worked a minimum of 12 hours at work Monday through Friday and additional 8 hours mandatory on Saturday and some Sundays. You were penalized if you were sick during busy season. They will not let you transfer to department you were strong at work at even though they promised it in the interview and training. They never properly trained any new hires and this comes from multiple individuals who say the same thing. If you manager doesn't like you they will not speak to you and ultimately make you quit or find any stupid reason to fire you, and they definitely do not like if you add any comment to a performance improving plan that quote specific advice a individual above you told you to do and then they write you up for doing exactly what they told you to do.
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Poor management
Director (Former Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIApril 14, 2018
I would not recommend working at CLA. Poor management. They make promises they can't make good on. They do not provide support, and get rid of you when the work they promised does not pan out. They let you sink instead of working with you and make things work out.
Pros
Unlimited time off
Cons
Lack of support
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Manufacturing & Distribution Associate (Former Employee) –  Bellevue, WAApril 2, 2018
I world most likely be out at a clients location ranging from 1-3 weeks working with the accounting staff auditing their books and correcting errors. During busy season, which ranged from January to April 30th. Most of my industries clients needed audited financial statements to show the bank that there loan still had high odds of being fully paid off.
Pros
Unlimited PTO and one busy season (230 hour Monday-Saturday for 4 months)
Cons
We acquired to many smaller firms, which caused most of their staff leave, but we kept the work load, which we did not have the necessary staff, to handle the work load, In reality there were two busy seasons for most, the staff which limited your ability to use the, unlimited PTO.
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Great place to work!
ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE/INTERN (Former Employee) –  Yakima, WAMarch 30, 2018
Tax season is a killer but it is in any CPA firm. CLA is a great place to work, great people, relaxed environment and when need be, heads down. The managers and supervisors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
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Excellent Life Balance
Audit Associate (Former Employee) –  Arlington, VAMarch 20, 2018
Great people at CLA and many different career avenues. There are opportunities to relocate if you wish. The best thing about the benefits package at CliftonLarsonAllen is the fact that they offer several different health insurance options and all options are affordable and great.
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CliftonLarsonAllen
Staff Accountant - Nonprofit Outsourcing (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNMarch 8, 2018
A typical day is going in and going out and having taught yourself how to get to where you are while doing a great job without anybody noticing your performance.
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Great Place Great Culure
Consultant CFO (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CAFebruary 12, 2018
Great Place that is growing and great future. Management truly cares about team members and the work environment. It has a culture of learning! Training and staying current on emerging topics is paramount.
Pros
Many
Cons
smaller accounting firm but growing
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Good workplace
Senior Proposal Writer (Current Employee) –  Lakeland, FLFebruary 12, 2018
Good workplace, but they could give more credence to the admin staff. Employees and staff were extremely pleasant and camaraderie was one of the best I've worked with during my professional career.
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Sleepy, slow, hiererarchical
Valuation Analyst / Consultant (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNFebruary 1, 2018
Billable hours model means the only reward for productivity is more work - unwilling to promote and compensate in-line with responsibility and expectations.
Pros
Easy, low-pressure
Cons
Dull culture, management is more senior not necessarily more capable
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Sink or Swim
Accounting Associate Intern (Former Employee) –  Dixon, ILJanuary 9, 2018
I did not receive much help during my internship. The process for keeping track of billable hours was not well explained. I always felt that I was on my own when it came time to completing work, which was not explained well. I was not regularly provided with work, as seniors were not good about assigning work to me. Not a great environment unless you have plenty of experience in public accounting.
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No belief in work life balance
Senior Assurance Associate (Current Employee) –  Englewood, COJanuary 3, 2018
Constantly criticized for putting family first and not being career first. Flexible schedule when able but not consistent. Pay was below market and governmental department was cutthroat.
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You can learn a lot.
Director (Current Employee) –  ILJanuary 2, 2018
This only applies if you want to learn and want to reach out to find those avenues. There will be plenty of time working with clients of which are needed to understand a project, however all that time spent will not be allocated to your budget. This causes you to either feel the need to over bill a client, or eat the time yourself.
Pros
People
Cons
Budgets which cannot be met even if the math shows it possible.
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cut-throat environment
General (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMDecember 21, 2017
Not a good experience at all. Extremely poor communication and a cut-throat environment. Poor management. Very offensive language used and over-indulgence in alcohol. I do not recommend.
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Firm needs to improve communication
Senior Accountant (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CANovember 12, 2017
CLA acquires firms and doesn't take the time to understand the existing culture before changing everything. This makes existing clients and employees unhappy.
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Great Start to a career!
Audit Associate (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZNovember 9, 2017
CLA is not a Big 4 firm. This is a good thing, because CLA focuses on privately held companies. The amount of exposure you can receive is far more than you would at many other firms. This is a great place to begin an accounting career, and will prepare you to become an Accounting Manager or Controller if you choose not to stay in public accounting.
Pros
Very flexible schedule after busy season.
Cons
Busy seasons can be rough if you are not mentally prepared for the time commitment.
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Outsourcing Mpls
Accountant (Former Employee) –  Mpls, MNOctober 30, 2017
Often days were spend driving from one location to another based on Manager's whim and bailing them out for their failure to do something. They did not care about parking expenses but only to get to job and bail them out. I often paid my own parking while Controller's were reimbursed and parked close by. Horrible in winter!
Pros
clients were awesome to work with
Cons
long boring hours for unapppreatives managers
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Busy firm with lots of advancement potential
Senior Accountant (Former Employee) –  Quincy, MAOctober 6, 2017
Lots to do there and managers were good. There was a fair amount of turnover, which should be expected from a growing Big 6 firm, but the work was interesting.
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Professional
Bookkeeper II (Former Employee) –  Wenatchee, WASeptember 21, 2017
The staff is very professional. They are forward thinking. They believe in balance of work and home life. Benefits are very nice. All the employees welcome you to the team.
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