CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is well positioned to bring you an exceptional level of knowledge, insight, and industry-specific consultation.
CliftonLarsonAllen is one of very few firms of our size and scope to focus solely on privately held businesses and their owners, public sector organizations, and individuals.
You can depend on CLA for several uncommon advantages:
Specialized industry practices.
Our professionals are extremely proficient in your industry. Those selected to serve you aren't just accounting practitioners; they have significant training and experience in your industry. Our goal is to help you and your organization succeed.
Credibility, reputation, and resources of a top 10 firm without sacrificing the small-firm touch.
Entrepreneurs and public service organizations are the backbone of our economy, and we have renewed and deepened our commitment to you at a level most other firms reserve for the world's largest corporations.
Professionals personally invested in your success.
CLA has established itself as a place where the best and brightest come to build the careers they want. Our engaged professionals are motivated to do their best work for you year after year, sharing their industry knowledge and advice to help your organization prosper.
- More than 50 years of quality, service, and expertise
- Among the nation's top 10 accounting firms
- $550 million in revenue
- More than 90 locations across the United States
- Headquarters in Minneapolis
- Unprecedented emphasis on serving privately held businesses and their owners, as well as nonprofits and governmental entities
- Serving more than 150,000 clients
- Primary industries served include agribusiness and cooperatives, dealerships, employee benefit plans, federal government, financial institutions, health care, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofit, and state and local government
- Service areas include audit, accounting, tax, consulting, outsourcing and wealth advisory (investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor)
- 3,600 professionals, including 500+ partners
- More than 1,550 CPAs on staff
- A career building and "Best Place to Work" firm
Come to a Place Where the Best and Brightest Build the Careers They Want
At CLA, success is measured by the unique contributions of each member of the team, not level or status. From day one, we’ll start talking about and working toward your career goals.
You will be exposed to a wide range of our services and industries to find areas that spark your passion. Our learning programs and on-the-job experiences are designed to attract and enrich people who want to develop themselves into well-rounded professionals.
- Entry-level careers and internships
- Experienced careers
CLA at a glance
- A top 10 accounting and consulting firm
- 3,600 people, including 500 partners
- 1,550 CPAs on staff
- 90+ locations
- Focus on privately held businesses and their owners, public sector organizations, and individuals
- Specializing in more than 20 industries
- A culture embracing teamwork, diversity, and flexibility
CliftonLarsonAllen is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A Culture of Impact
We aim to positively impact the clients we serve, the people we employ, the profession we represent, and the communities we call home.
We make our mark by inspiring each other.
We own the outcome together.
We ask the questions that lead to big ideas.
Your Health, Happiness, and Well Being Are Very Important to Us
We recognize the value of having access to a comprehensive benefits program as you consider your career path. Our plans have been designed to offer you choice and flexibility, so you can select options that best fit your needs.
Your health and welfare
Medical: Three coverage options based primarily on varying levels of deductibles and contributions, including a high-deductible plan with a health savings account. Visit any provider you wish, with significant discounts for in-network providers.
Dental: The basic option provides coverage for preventive, diagnostic, and basic services. The comprehensive option provides those services covered in the basic plan, plus restorative and orthodontic services.
Vision: Coverage for examinations and materials, including glasses or contacts. Discounted rates when using in-network providers.
Flexible spending accounts (FSA): A tax-advantaged way to manage your benefits expenses. Within a flex plan, your eligible premium and plan expenses are paid with pre-tax dollars, increasing your take-home income. FSA plan choices include a premium expense plan, health care reimbursement account, dependent care reimbursement account, and transportation/commuter benefits.
Disability: Short-term disability (STD) provides income protection for up to 90 calendar days of total disability. Long-term disability (LTD) provides income protection if you become totally disabled for a period longer than 90 days. The firm pays the entire cost of this coverage.
Continuous learning: CLA offers multiple career paths and the opportunity to grow professionally and personally through a variety of educational and mentorship experiences. Access virtual conferences, webcasts, classroom sessions, self-study on-demand learning opportunities, job aids, and resources through CLA University. Professional certification and tuition assistance programs support you in gaining your CPA license and other certifications, and provide reimbursements for exam study materials.
Retirement: Includes a 401(k) plan and profit sharing program. The firm will match 50 percent of the first 4 percent that you contribute (i.e., a 2 percent contribution) to a 401(k) plan. In addition, CLA may make a discretionary profit sharing contribution on behalf of eligible participants based on the firm’s financial results for the year.
Life/AD&D insurance: Life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage gives you and your family a measure of financial protection in the event of a death or a serious accident while actively employed. The firm pays the entire cost of this plan.
Paid time off: As a new associate, you will have 20 days of paid time off (PTO) per year, which combines vacation, illness, injury, and personal leave. Over the course of your career, you will enjoy more flexibility while continuing to earn more PTO time.
Holidays: Nine paid holidays annually: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and two floating days.
Perks program: CLA employees and their families save money at hundreds of retailers and service providers, such as AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Verizon.
Employee assistance program (EAP): We recognize it can be difficult to balance the demands of work with those of your personal life. LifeWorks® is a one-stop resource that offers consultation, information, and personalized community referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you and your family.
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at CliftonLarsonAllen full-time for more than a yearPros
It is nearly impossible to be fired and for a public accounting firm you will not find a better work life balance.Cons
They harp on being "The Career Building Firm" but it is only true if you are willing to focus on government or non-profit. If you express interest elsewhere they will try to help you but it never materialized.Advice to ManagementAdvice
The training program is a big waste the way it is currently constructed. Sending audit people and making them do two days of tax training is useless and vice-versa. Also if you preach the career building firm there needs to be a better job at following through eith ti.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at CliftonLarsonAllen in June 2014.Interview Details
I had submitted my online application for an entry-level position years ago, so I was familiar with their web site. When a senior audit position popped up in my area, I applied. CLA has a major problem with their web site: you cannot delete old resumes or attachments.
To avoid confusion, I e-mailed my resume to the Timonium office's recruiter directly. He got back to me within 1 day to set up a phone interview. We had a phone interview 3 business days later where he asked basic questions about my experience, my current compensation, and my citizenship (for security clearance reasons).
I had an interview set up with two audit partners for the next week very soon. The interview only spent a minute on soft behavioral questions. Then we jumped straight into technical issues. The whole talk lasted one hour.
The partners explained how CLA's career structure is unique. In the first 5 years, employees declare themselves as A) Managers B) Engagement Director or C) future Alumni
The Managers are just like any other large public accounting firm. You're expected to start marketing CLA and you will have a chance to make partner someday.
The Engagement Directors focus entirely on doing the work and signing off on engagements. They are not punished for a lack of sales success, but they have an understanding that they cannot get promoted any further.
The future Alumni expect to leave public accounting, so the firm tries to give them relevant experience for the industry side.Interview QuestionsReasons for Declining
I ultimately went with a tier 2 national firm because of access to publicly-traded clients. If I didn't get that offer, I would have definitely taken this job offer. Not that I'm demanding more, but CLA took 15 days total to do the full application/offer cycle. The other firm took 6. So yes, the timing played a small part in my decision.Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
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