On September 24th, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society hosted representatives from EisnerAmper for an information session, giving students the opportunity to meet professionals from the firm. Once the session began, Melissa Miro and Frank Hsu introduced themselves to the audience. Melissa, a second-year manager in the firm’s audit practice, specializes in financial services. Frank, a Baruch alum, is also an audit manager and works with financial services and commercial manufacturing companies. Melissa started by saying that they wanted the information session to be a casual experience where students would be free to ask questions throughout. This was intended to reflect the “casual but very professional” culture of the firm.
Accompanied by informative PowerPoint slides, Frank and Melissa started by familiarizing everyone with general information about EisnerAmper. With offices concentrated mostly in the northeast, EisnerAmper is the 5th largest accounting firm in the New York area. The firm’s largest office is in New York City, followed by its new office in Iselin, NJ which opened this year to consolidate over 300 partners and employees from three separate New Jersey offices. Both professionals were very excited about the potential of this new location, which houses a training center where new hires will spend their introductory two-week training period. EisnerAmper is also an independent member of PKF International, which gives employees an opportunity to work at different offices around the world. Frank described this as a “foreign exchange student” program for the accounting world. EisnerAmper usually exchanges employees for two to three-month periods with professionals from South Africa and Australia. Frank added, “Some of my colleagues have participated and they absolutely loved it.”
Next both presenters shared a personal sense of what sets EisnerAmper apart from other firms. Melissa, who originally worked for a “Big 4” accounting firm, came to EisnerAmper for the firm’s people and culture, and to experience more areas of an audit. In her previous position, she worked with one client for nine months of the year and only worked on one piece of the audit. At EisnerAmper, Melissa still works with big companies, but gets to see a much more comprehensive view of her audits. Frank enjoys working for EisnerAmper because the firm puts a lot of effort into helping him grow his career: “What sets us apart from other accounting firms is that I don’t feel like I’m just a number.” The EisnerAmper University provides continuing education for all professionals to educate on “hot topics” of accounting and help them earn their CPE credits. Every year there is also a three-day training period after employees are promoted and move up in the company. This is accompanied by online training which provides additional guidance on a wide variety of topics. Employees can choose to concentrate on their particular line of service or branch out and learn about topics from different service lines.
After the presentation, Baruch students were eager to ask questions and learn more about the firm. When asked about team-building activities at EisnerAmper, both presenters were happy to share what the firm has to offer. All new hires start at the same time around November and train together, which gives them the opportunity to bond. Employees also play team sports such as dodgeball, kickball, basketball, baseball and soccer in intercompany leagues. This gives employees the chance to unwind after work, and network with other professionals. Employees also volunteer for charities together under the project name EisnerAmper Cares. Melissa shared her experience volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house where she cooked dinner for underprivileged youth. “It was a really nice experience to help out with the community.”
Both presenters did a wonderful job of educating the audience about EisnerAmper and answering questions. Students left the information session knowing a great deal more about the culture and practices of the firm. Make sure to keep an eye out for other EisnerAmper events scheduled at Baruch. For more information please go to http://www.eisneramper.com/careers/campus-overview/