As 2019 begins, we continue our series showcasing individual firm company cultures. In our research, accounting graduates continue to position company culture as a major deciding factor when determining which firms would be the best fit for them after graduation. Last month, we featured an interview with Jim Proppe, Managing Partner at Plante Moran. This month, we are excited to speak with Jen Wyne, Executive Director of Human Resources at Moss Adams.
Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm with a 105 year history. They have more than 2,900 professionals and staff across more than 25 locations in the West and beyond. They have won acclaim for leadership on diversity and women’s issues and continue to focus many of their company efforts on these type of important programs.
Over the last couple of years, we've talked to, polled, interviewed, and surveyed the new generation of accounting graduates to find out what they look for in a firm during recruiting season. What we found is that company culture has begun to play a vital role in a new accountant's decision to pursue or accept an offer from a firm. Understandably, a firm's company culture is especially important because it reflects and defines both the working environment and the personality of a firm. Plus, it's where many hours per week are spent apart from one's personal life.
It’s no secret that the public accounting busy season requires accounting professionals to spend around 60+ hours a week at work each year starting in January and going into April. But this is the norm for public accountants who learn to adjust their work-life balance and embrace the hectic pace of life during their firm’s peak time.
The good news is that most accounting firms work diligently to ensure their staff are taken care of during the long hours and late nights at work. With the 2018 busy season ending, we sat down with Julia Thompson-Calio, PHR, Senior HR Generalist at Baker Tilly to find out what Baker Tilly did for their staff during the 2018 busy season to help provide some relief for their staff.
Generation Z or Gen Z, people born after 1995, has been slowly entering the workforce since around 2013 and is the largest, most diverse and inclusive generation yet. According to the Huffington Post, “By 2020, they will account for one-third of the U.S. population, certainly worth paying attention to.” Because of their sheer numbers, they are positioned to become a major catalyst of change in their future workplaces.
These unique and savvy digital natives are independent, entrepreneurial, have high expectations of their work environment, and are joining the workforce at earlier ages than the previous generation.
The Intuit 2017 Firm of the Future search that launched in July and ends August 13th is seeking accounting or tax firms “…who best embrace technological innovations in their practice to become future-ready.” The contest is open to full-service firms, bookkeepers, and tax professionals in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States who are eligible to win over $1000,000 in prizes and a possible all-expense paid trip to Intuit’s QuickBooks Connect conference, November 15-17, in San Jose, California. But how do accounting and tax firms define if they’re future-ready or not?
We’re celebrating the end of Busy Season by speaking to different firms and discussing the importance of Busy Season as well as what they’re doing to celebrate another year in the books.
Today, we feature Murphy Murphy & Murphy, a firm located in Cypress, California whose mission is to provide the best in professional services to each of their clients with an authentic personal approach. We spoke to Kristi Reynolds, Chief Operating Officer, who tells us what sets their firm apart and what every first year should know to have a successful career in public accounting.
This week, we’re celebrating the end of Busy Season by speaking to different firms and discussing the importance of Busy Season as well as what they’re doing to celebrate another year in the books.
Today, we feature Geffen Mesher, a firm located in Portland, Oregon whose mission is to support the lives, plans, and goals of people--those that they serve as well as those who call the firm home. We spoke to Julie Brodell-Martin, Talent Development Manager who tells us why it's important to use creativity to get through Busy Season as well as what first year staff can expect during this time.