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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great social events, great office location. Very dedicated management team focused on company and people growth

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season

    Collins Barrow2017-11-07
  2. Helpful (2)

    "The Worst of the Worst"

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     in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Collins Barrow

    Pros

    -Most of the partners and staff are very friendly and helpful. (except HR and IT) -Work/life balance is reasonable -Extra days off during the year -Some good community and social events

    Cons

    -Worse two years of my life. -Management only cares about management. -HR only cares about making management happy and the staff's happiness is an afterthought. Forget about going to HR to look for solutions. You are labeled and blacklisted. -High staff turnover especially in October after the yearly bonuses are given out. The take the money and run attitude speaks volumes about staff morale. -Had to pay for half of my monthly benefits. Never worked at a company where staff had to do this.

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    Advice to Management

    The young and intelligent staff which are the future managers and directors of the company tend to leave after a few years once they understand the grim reality of their future. The cultural image management tries to paint and what staff actually have to endure are miles apart. HR and IT Departments need to be purged. Departmental managers need training on how to deal with staff and what it means to help them in their career and not just their own.

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    Collins Barrow2017-06-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for aspiring young professionals"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Great mentor-ship opportunities. Good mix of people to work with from different service lines all under one roof. Lots of social events, parties, game nights & celebrations through the year. Casual & innovative work environment. Ample opportunities to rise to the top.

    Cons

    New telephone system isn't the best. Depending on the team you are a part of, your experience can vary significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Equalize opportunities across service lines.

    Collins Barrow2017-03-31
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Not the best, not the worst either"

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     in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Collins Barrow for more than a year

    Pros

    This review is specifically focused on Collins Barrow Toronto. The Firm drives itself on being a progressive player in the accounting & advisory realm and they have made this possible with things such as: - Innovative IT team: definitely progressing to building better tools and support Firm-wide - Busy season socials, misc. socials throughout the year: great social events, boosts employee morale and engagement especially during busy season - Great people: people are extremely friendly and genuinely make an effort to get to know you - Location: great location (in the heart of Downtown core), close to subway lines and Union Station - CBT Days: offer 5 extra days off to all staff in addition to yearly vacation entitlement - Busy Season Audit Bonus: Assurance staff receive a bonus after busy season - Staff Involvement: ways to get involved, from the social committee to community work, the firm does value staff involvement in socials and activities

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    Cons

    Although there are pros, the overall culture and total rewards at Collins Barrow Toronto are extremely demotivating and prevent the Firm from retaining its staff. - Health Benefits: are atrocious. Seriously, if health/dental benefits are a huge factor for you, do not join CBT. The worst part is that management thinks they are amazing, but they are extremely low for a firm competing with big 4. - RRSP: Does not exist until you hit 3 years of service. Very minimal firm matching, and not many staff make it to 3 years to have it kick in. - Limited Growth Opportunities: Very few staff are promoted within; Audit staff have opportunity to grow level wise, but you'll hit a plateau once you hit the senior mark. - Turnover: Turnover is extremely high at the firm; its constantly very busy because you are training new staff every 6 months. The firm says it's "growing", but it's mostly just backfills to replace exiting staff. - Work/Life Balance: Very little, expected to cancel vacations at the last second, or work while away. - Top Heavy: the Firm is very top heavy, and half the manager's have never managed people and need people leader training. My manager was clearly lacking how to manage and engage staff. Constantly hiring managers and senior managers, but very few staff level. Don't expect your voice to be heard unless management has already decided or agrees.

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs to start investing and creating more programs that retain and attract people. There are not enough substantial programs that make people want to join and stay at the firm. Things like more flexibility, a leadership program and better L&D programs are a start. Stop focusing solely on Audit and look at the other professional areas and even the operational staff. Benefits also need to be fixed ASAP; they are a topic of conversation everywhere. A few of the Partners get out there and really try hear what staff are talking about - many of the other partner's should start doing the same.

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    Collins Barrow2016-06-28
  5. "Stepping stone in your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Very friendly staff - Most partners are very humble and down to earth. Easy to talk to - Strong HR team whose focus is employee satisfaction - Prime location (Toronto) - Social events evenly spread out to throughout the year inclusive to all staff.

    Cons

    - Terrible benefits package - Low compensation - Weak pension - Staff can be very clicky at social events, preferring to mingle exclusively with their own teams - No real motivation to continue employment in the long term or perform at your best every day

    Advice to Management

    Compensation is an issue that needs to be addressed. It feels that the firm pays what they feel they have to just to get you in the door. Unless you make a huge impression right out the gate you progress slowly on the salary scale. Also the benefits package needs to be revised as it's only beneficial to staff without families who are in perfect health.

    Collins Barrow2016-04-03
  6. "Good place to start your career"

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    Former Contractor - Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Collins Barrow for more than a year

    Pros

    -Social Events -Partner and Manager Interaction -Diverse workload

    Cons

    -Lower pay than industry standard -Unwilling to recognize talent. Kind of a "teacher's pet" environment" -The politics is so apparent that you can feel the tension

    Advice to Management

    -Reward high performers.

    Collins Barrow2014-09-12
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