Farm Business Consultants (FBC) Employee Reviews

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Horrible management, long hours,
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Regina, SK24 May 2017
Long-hours manager only concerned about money not customers, staff, or quality of work. Office staff is not helpful to clients, or other staff. No reimbursement for expenses on hotels, meals or fuel and are expected to travel upwards of 50,000km/year
Pros
None
Cons
company needs a complete cleanup of management worst place I've ever worked by far
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A second family, promote from within, flexible hours, stable.
Service (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 March 2017
A great bunch of people that feels like family to a degree. There are several events each year - pot lucks, bowling, holiday party, end of tax season celebration, etc.

FBC offers opportunities and support for development, and likes to promote from within. Transfers to other offices in Canada are possible.

Flexible work hours including working from home for some roles. At times you have the option to travel and work out of another office for a spell.

FBC has a long history in an industry that's not going anywhere.

Many long term managers and other employees = a wealth of knowledge and mentoring.


One suggestion for FBC: be more selective with the number and type of projects that a team or department is focusing on at any given time. Sometimes expectations are a bit unrealistic.
Pros
See main review
Cons
Some departments run with a very thin number of staff.
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Great place to work for those willing to provide great customer service
Developer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 March 2017
Lots of opportunity for advancement. Great training is provided so those who are willing to learn and who want to do excellent work will be rewarded with good pay and a long career.

Hardest part of the job is getting used to the long hours at busy times of the year. Most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that you are providing a valuable service to people, and working somewhat unsupervised. You have some control over when and where you work.
Pros
opportunity to develop a career - job satisfaction helping clients
Cons
long hours at certain times of the year
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Excellent training program, appreciative of employees
Business Development Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 March 2017
The job itself is interesting enough to be fun. The training provided was very beneficial and comprehensive, I feel like I have the skills now to be good at my job and provide good service. Management has shown their appreciation to hard workers. I feel as though there is room for advancement if you are willing to work hard. Morale is good among the staff. Employee retention is high. Members we service are often quick to tell us how happy they are with the work we do which makes employees feel good about their jobs.
Pros
Good training program, appreciative management, room for advancement
Cons
The work is hard but if you are willing to do your part it is rewarding
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Good Established Company
Manager (Current Employee) –  Canada15 March 2017
Established business (60+ years) with great employees and branches across Canada. Work hard for good rewards. Opportunity to develop in current role or move to other roles.
Pros
Opportunity to learn and quickly develop in role
Cons
Hard work during tax season (expected with tax consulting work)
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Over half a century in business, serving rural and urban Alberta businesses with expert tax consultation and planning
Member Services Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB14 March 2017
As a company that's been around since the 1950s, FBC has a strong foundation of development for its staff. As an employee, expect to have an enormous amount of opportunity to grow and develop your knowledge and skill. Highly organized, classroom-setting training is what every new employee goes through. This ensures that all ships are sailing in the same direction.

Monthly tax seminars and a structured learning development strategy ensure that you are constantly supported in your work. You are never thrown to the wolves to figure anything out on your own, and the support system is great.

The salaries offered to the tax consultants are cutting-edge in terms of competition and I dare say that a tax consultant with FBC will likely make more money than a a first, second, or even third year CPA with any of the big four accounting firms of the world.

When you think of an "Alberta-style business", you think of FBC.

There is a strong, alpha-style, go-get-them mentality, and the team rarely walks away from a difficult situation without having at least three solutions to any problem.

There is room to grow and advance in the company most definitely.

The company also offers magnificent bonuses such as an annual reward trip for the highest performing tax consultants, usually to a tropical destination such as the Bahamas or Mexico.

Tax season is very busy and there is lots of money to be earned.
Pros
Strong support environment, competitive salaries, excellent development structure, very reputable
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You work hard but are rewarded well if successful
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  London, ON7 December 2016
Tough company to be successful with but if you are you are treated very well. Very demanding, sometime expectations are unrealistic. Company performance is expected to be your number one priority in life.
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Good Place to Work Overall
Member Support Team (Current Employee) –  London, ON13 May 2016
FBC provides a lot of support for it's employees. You are encouraged to take new training courses each year during the "off" season. They are committed to promotion from within. They are supportive of the needs employees with disabilities and chronic illnesses. They promote being involved in one's community with a donation matching program. Their benefits are good and include a health spending account which can be used for anything not covered by the regular benefits.

There is a lot of overtime expected during the tax season but, I feel that is more of an industry con than an FBC specific con. Their pay scale is average. Not low, but not spectacular. Have a bad habit of making decisions without consulting anyone actually involved in the day to day process they are reviewing / changing.

Communication with employees could be improved. Sometimes the people effected most by decisions of upper management seem to be advised of changes at the last moment.
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Good experience
Call Centre Associate (Former Employee) –  Regina, SK17 August 2015
I learned a lot about the farming industry and what some families can claim on their income tax returns. My co-workers were friendly and helpful. The hardest part of the job, was there really wasn't much training, it was mostly on the spot, but with no book to go by.
Pros
Cake when someone had a birthday
Cons
Training
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Customer Service Rep (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB28 July 2015
Once trained, a typical day would require making appointments with clients, and drive to their home/business to do their taxes for them.

Co workers were friendly and encouraging.

Most enjoyable part of job, while on the road is meeting clients, hearing their stories and providing them with personalized service.
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In my view the organizational processes in the company are lacking, most of the processes seem redundant and the emphasis is often on the coputer prog
Member Services Representative (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB9 April 2015
To dependent on the technology of their computer software which causes conflicts frustration and at times errors, omissions and to much information.
Recognition for efforts is lacking both financially and motivationally.
Pros
an intitial taste for new and developing service representatives
Cons
Long hours and limited financial rewards since travelling expenses are not reimbursed.
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Very satisfactory experience
Sales and Marketing; Tax Consultant (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON and North Battleford, SK7 May 2014
I have truly enjoyed my tenure with FBC, however the job requires upwards of 50,000 km of driving annually and the winter driving in Saskatchewan is wearing on me. I would not, otherwise, be looking for alternative employment in sales.

Management has been supportive and although co-workers come and go, I have enjoyed meeting and working with, and in some cases even training new start-up employees.

A typical days work involves cold calling for prospects to meet with regards to explaining the benefits of FBC's tax services and signing them up as members.

I found that actually sitting down and getting involved in the sales process to be the most enjoyable part of the job
Pros
Meeting many new people in the course of a day's work
Cons
Long driving and late hours on the road.
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nice boss
Accounting Clerk (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB25 April 2014
can't remember much,
but the accounting director is a nice person
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Extensive travel
Provincial Sales Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK1 November 2012
Lots of provincial travel. High rist high reward sales position.
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good pay, little life
Member Service Representative (Current Employee) –  London, ON25 September 2012
It's a nice place to work if you don't mind alot of travel and no life beyond work itself.
Pros
pay
Cons
long hours
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Long Hours
MSR - Tax Consultant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 August 2012
Lots of long hours and you are not guaranteed a job after the tax season.
Pros
good pay
Cons
long hours away from home
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