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Collins Barrow Reviews

Updated 5 Nov 2019

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3.5
77%
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  • "Long hours, lots of levels of senior which makes it slower progress to move up(in 8 reviews)

  • "Public accounting does not offer a lot of work life balance(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Overall Experience"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - challenging - everyone is willing to help - great work/life balance - paid overtime or time off - flexible hours - exposure to all employees, including partners

    Cons

    - downtime can sometimes be tedious as there is nothing prepared ahead of time for these situations

    Collins Barrow2018-12-01
  2. "Respectful place to work, good experience"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Technician in Halifax, NS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Respect from coworkers, great learning experience

    Cons

    Long hours and hard work

    Collins Barrow2019-11-05
  3. "Great experience but at a price"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    The staff are extremely skilled. The office is modern. The people are really friendly.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth as the company is manager heavy. The pay is much less than competitors. Bad benefits (no rrsp or pension plan)

    Collins Barrow2019-10-16
  4. "Nice firm to be at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    Good selection and variety of clients

    Cons

    Odd standard hours during busy season

    Collins Barrow2019-03-24
  5. "Forensic Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Forensic Accountant in Mississauga Valley, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great place to learn and fun youthful environment

    Cons

    hard to move up in

    Advice to Management

    be honest about long term growth potential

    Collins Barrow2019-01-18
  6. "Senior staff accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Collins Barrow full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Young professional environment with lots of talents Awesome learning experience

    Cons

    Horrible company benefit and compensation No work life balance

    Collins Barrow2018-11-07
  7. "CBV Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    you will have great coworkers which definitely make the negatives worthwhile

    Cons

    like every other public accounting firm, there is almost non existent work life balance

    Collins Barrow2018-11-12
  8. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    No better place to learn about accounting

    Cons

    Public accounting does not offer a lot of work life balance. This is certainly not specific to Collins Barrow

    Collins Barrow2018-09-28
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    Paid overtime Friendly, open door policy

    Cons

    Lots of overtime needed all year HR is always behind (ie. Meal allowance has not been updated in years)

    Collins Barrow2018-09-21
  10. "Passable"

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    Current Employee - Intermediate Associate in Vaughan, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Collins Barrow full-time

    Pros

    Some clients provide good exposure for technical learning Each team is different and there are pros and cons If you get exposure it is okay for the time being as a stepping stone

    Cons

    Lots of hours for the pay Heavy internal politics and backbiting - you need to play the game to stay alive Forget about merit based - its about who you know (partner) and if people like you (managers and staff) Some teams have no audits or audit hours so it will be tough to get

    Advice to Management

    Fire all people who play politics and snitch on others and promote meritocracy

    Collins Barrow2018-09-28
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