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Bench Accounting Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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3.6
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Bench Accounting CEO 	Ian Crosby
Ian Crosby
75 Ratings
Pros
  • "certain team leads let you have a lot of freedom, you can work from home once a week(in 19 reviews)

  • "You're surrounded by great people and everyone works hard toward the same goal(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expectation to work long hours (9(in 11 reviews)

  • "Company culture could be better, departments are very segmented from each other(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty awesome company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting

    Pros

    - freedom to work remotely or from home - work hours are based on your ability to complete the work efficiently. You aren't forced to sit there from 9 to 5 every day. - management is open to new ideas and feedback. The Director of Operations and Operations Managers open their schedules for anyone to sit down and chat with them one on one. - teams are full of supportive and incredibly helpful people - product and engineering...

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    Cons

    - Things can change rapidly.. and it's hard to keep up with all of the updates and roll outs sometimes. - The bookkeeper role needs some improvement. Too many responsibilities and expectations fall on individuals that can impact client experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to feedback & redefine the bookkeeper role.

    Bench Accounting2019-07-11
  2. "A perfect place to learn and grow as a young professional."

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, great people, freedom to experiment, performance driven

    Cons

    Long hours for certain departments, rapid changes (negative to some)

    Advice to Management

    Try to reduce bookkeeper turnover

    Bench Accounting2019-07-11
  3. "Shaky startup"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible, youthful, fun, dynamic, relaxed

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like no one is working. You can see why the company is having trouble

    Advice to Management

    More investment in operations

    Bench Accounting2019-07-15
  4. "Fun place to work, could work on compensation and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bench Accounting full-time

    Pros

    - good co workers - adequate training

    Cons

    - low pay - leadership team needs improvement

    Bench Accounting2019-07-09
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Don't get aboard this sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time

    Pros

    Nice office and good perks. Good career opportunities, young and ambitious colleagues.

    Cons

    The company fundamentally isn't going anywhere. After all these years, there's still no clear market and the company is on thin ice financially month after month. This makes a lot of their promises very empty, as it's tough to know whether the company will even still be here a year from now. This means a lot of great co-workers are leaving for jobs that might not have the same perks, but provide more stability

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent: are we going to sell? Will we still have jobs in a year? The uncertainty is making a lot of good people leave

    Bench Accounting2019-06-21
  6. "Accounting Associate"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Associate in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - cool office space - freedom to work from home - friendly coworkers - freedom to get your work done without leaders micromanaging

    Cons

    - pay is way too low for the amount of work you do - work gets boring and repetitive - expectations during busy times is overwhelming

    Bench Accounting2019-06-05
  7. "The best company I've ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Results-oriented in the best way possible. There's very little politics because it's all about how we can reach big goals together. Senior leadership is totally open to new ideas, new ways of doing things, and feedback. The people are also great. I can't think of a single unpleasant interaction I've had with any Bench employees. Our customers love us because we're solving something they hate. Our customer satisfaction...

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    Cons

    Things change quickly. Because of that, sometimes projects get shut down that seemed like a great idea a year ago. There have also been layoffs due to the fast-changing nature of the business. That can be stressful. The senior leadership team has also been a revolving door, but they keep promoting from within which is solid.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going.

    Bench Accounting2019-05-16
  8. "It's going places"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - You get to work from home - Good culture - Try their best to continuously improve

    Cons

    - The only complaint is that the salary is on the lower end (according to me).

    Bench Accounting2019-05-19
  9. Helpful (9)

    "The perfect launching pad for college grads, not great for growth & opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bench Accounting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom, autonomy, the people you work with are all incredible, it really is the perfect entry-level post college job. You will learn how to interact with clients, manage a portfolio, make an impact, problem solve, etc. You realize once you leave how many amazing things you get at Bench and take for granted once you move on. There wasn't a single day I woke up and didn't feel like going to work. It's a truly wonderful...

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    Cons

    Everything is on fire at all times. In every department (I happened to touch many of them in my time there). I kind of loved the mess, but it can be a lot. The pay is abysmal (and a huge chunk of it is contingent on semi-performance/semi-luck factors) Enough to make every month a gamble whether you have disposable income or not. The turnover rate in the company is comical. I don't think I worked a week in my 14...

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    Advice to Management

    It's amazing that you're providing a space for entry-level people to get their feet wet in the workplace, but it's sad that you have these people who work for you, and despite the low pay, the messiness, the overload of work when compared to the pay, and the constant hits to morale, you have people who will still give an arm and a leg for Bench. You need to invest in these people more and not be so okay with letting...

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    Bench Accounting2019-01-21
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bench Accounting full-time

    Pros

    Great office culture and excellent co-workers, lots of room to grow within company if you're looking to fast track your career. Overall, a fun company to work for.

    Cons

    Fast growth meant lots of shifts - shifts in culture, management, the product.... It gets exhausting and sometimes didn't feel completely transparent. That being said, we all have to start somewhere and learn as we go. Just make sure you're prepared for the ride!

    Advice to Management

    If possible, provide more training for first time managers, focusing more on conflict resolution and actively supporting each team member

    Bench Accounting2019-01-11
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