Graduates and Interns

2012 12 184Bernard Robinson & Company is structured in a way that helps new hires succeed. This is evidenced by our consistently being awarded one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For by Accounting Today, maintaining a lower than industry average turnover rate, promoting 18% of employees (including two Senior Managers to Partners) over the past year and smiles you find upon visiting our office. We help support career development and overall employee satisfaction in a number of ways, which include the following:

Providing an internship program to help in the transition from student to professional – Our program enables students to take the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to both audit and tax. The opportunity to be exposed to both through an internship is a rarity today. Our interns appreciate having this experience in helping them discern which discipline interests them most.

Enabling exposure to both tax and audit within your first two years, prior to specializing – Staff Accountants are not asked to specialize until their second year with the firm. We feel this exposure to both audit and tax provides a richer base set of knowledge when working with and supporting clients. When ready to specialize, it is the Staff Accountant’s choice, based on where their skills and interests lie.

Providing an environment conducive to achieving true work-life balance – Strong proponents of work-life balance, we have many policies in place to support this. Employees are given abbreviated work hours during the months of June, July, and August. They can purchase additional weeks of vacation. Employees typically travel less than 10%. The firm is always open to exploring individual flexible working arrangements that do not interfere with meeting client expectations.

Supporting productivity with best of breed technology – We are committed to utilizing technology to maximize productivity and efficiency. Each employee is equipped with up to four internal monitors and a mobile monitor for home use. Operating in a Citrix environment, under a cloud structure, we are able access information as easily out of the office as we are inside the office.

Offering consistent continuing professional development and mentoring throughout the year – We offer many internal and external continuing professional education (CPE) classes throughout the year. We provide a formal curriculum of in-house courses aimed at experience level taught by experienced, internal accounting managers and external providers. With the abundance of relevant, quality offerings, there is never a concern about meeting CPE requirements. Much mentoring within our firm takes place informally due to close relationships existing across all levels. In addition to the informal mentoring, we have a mentoring program that pairs each accountant with a more senior accountant who can help them design a clear career path to meet their professional goals.2012 12 211

Providing leadership and growth opportunities -The benefits of being a mid-sized firm include early access to decision-makers. This could mean being included on a business development call to a prospective client, asked to directly contact high level decision-makers for information, being included in client consulting engagements, etc. These experiences often provides opportunities for professionals to learn faster and move up quickly. Whether involved in a public speaking engagement, leading an internal or external committee, being the direct contact for a client, conducting internal training classes, etc. you will have ample opportunities to enhance and further refine your skills.

Focusing on each individual’s total contribution – At Bernard Robinson & Company, we consider any time employees are working on behalf of the firm as valuable and attach value to time spent on these activities. In addition to working with clients, we include time spent recruiting, training, volunteering etc. in the hours of an employee’s work week.

Offering competitive salaries and benefit packages – We offer aggressive salaries and a robust benefits package to all eligible employees that includes health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, long and short term disability, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Plan, retirement plan, vacation days and sick leave.

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