Collins Barrow Employee Reviews

Showing all 8 reviews
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Company To Learn & Grow as a Professional
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) –  Kingston, ON31 August 2017
Great place to work, friendly and helpful coworkers. Every day has something different, from various personal and corporate tax issues, to accounting related issues and file preparing. While hours are very busy during personal tax season, the freedom gained during slower times in the summer and fall more than make up for that busy season.

While taking professional designation, senior staff are very helpful and supportive, willing to answer any questions with both material and the process.
Pros
Great work environment, challenging work
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Environment that is supportive of your professional growth and treats you like family
Manager (Current Employee) –  Durham Region, ON23 August 2017
A typical a day of work would consists of preparing year-end files, a mix of audit, review and compilation files. Learning is highly encouraged and promoted. You are asked your interests and allowed to participate in professional development courses to further your interests.

Management always has an open door policy and encourages corroboration with management throughout file preparation.

Workplace culture is one of accountability and celebration. People are held accountable for their actions and are celebrated when jobs go well or for major life events.

The hardest part of the job is busy season hours. You may need to work up to 60 hours a week, but this is offset during the summer by 1/2 day Fridays and an annual Christmas closure.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great place to learn and grow
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) –  Durham Region, ON15 August 2017
At Collins Barrow Durham, partners and managers are keen on assisting staff in planning and reaching their personal and career goals. As a result, it is a great place to advance your career!

As with most accounting firms, tax season is busy and overtime is expected. However, banked overtime can be carried forward and used as additional time off during the slower months of the year. Staff also have the opportunity to work flexible hours.

Partners, managers, and staff are all very friendly and make time for staff who have questions or who just need someone to chat with.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Very Good working environment and Friendly staff
Tax Manager (Current Employee) –  Courtice, ON15 August 2017
Great firm to work for with many knowledgeable staff members and associates to ask questions from all different fields. Partners are all very enjoyable to work with, as are the managers.

Office is great location just outside of oshawa right of 401 so it makes travel very easy.

Great opportunities for advancement and professional development in many fields.
Pros
Great atmosphere, network of offices, and work/life balance
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
work placement plus part-time job
Accountant (Former Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON12 May 2017
Working as a professional accountant is my dream. I started work at Collins Barrow as co-op student for two month. It's my first time to worked with such professional team.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great place to learn but mostly learn-as-you go approach with minimal training
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON19 May 2016
As expected, hours during busy season are long. There are a minimum amount of hours that you have to bill during this season, so it becomes very stressful at times. Turnover at the firm is extremely high. Expectations of staff are very high as well and the company provides close to no training. The pay is also well below average for a large public accounting firm. However, colleagues are amazing. Almost everyone is on the same boat, so the environment is friendly at that level, which is very important when you're working long hours.
Pros
Great colleagues
Cons
Long hours & no banking of hours (for the location I'm at)
Was this review helpful?Yes 5No 2Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Salary/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Productive and work well under pressure
US Senior Tax Manager (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON5 July 2012
Have to ask for tax information everyday or work wont be completed on time.
Administered all aspects of the US tax program and trained co-workers in the office and other offices.
co workers not very friendly to work with, managed to know their personality and deal with them accordingly.
Making sure the others finished the final product and out of the door on time.
Dealing with clients direclty for information that could not be provided by other co-workers in order to complete the work.
Pros
free coffee
Cons
no ethics, no appreciation for hard work.
Was this review helpful?Yes 24No 5Report
Claimed Profile

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Collins Barrow. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

3.4
Based on 8 reviews
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Ratings by category

Work/Life Balance
3.4
Salary/Benefits
3.4
Job Security/Advancement
3.5
Management
3.1
Culture
3.4