Working at Larson & Company includes a multi-faceted approach to productivity:
The bonus pool and the idea behind it
To stay focused on our cause, we all participate in an employee professional development program, called the Expectations Agreement. Here we define our personal and professional goals and our expectations of the firm, while our managers define the firm’s expectations of us. How well we measure up determines our share of the bonus pool. We have regular feedback meetings quarterly with our managers to work on things throughout the year, not just when evaluations come up. This helps us to be continually improving and working on our goals constantly. As you achieve more, your level of responsibility naturally increases, giving you the ability to move ahead quickly in the company.
Work and play are not mutually exclusive
It is possible to be an accountant and have both a life and a personality…even during busy season. We encourage our employees to have a little bit of fun together, including office barbecues, impromptu ping-pong games in the afternoon, and surviving an escape room as a group. Good work may not be entirely contingent upon good working relationships. It is, however, much more efficiently and pleasantly produced when such conditions exist. With this in mind, we make sure our team has the chance to let off a little steam at times.We offer gym membership reimbursement and tuition reimbursement programs, Casual Friday every day during summer months, and a company-sponsored Wellness Program that encourages healthy habits and challenges us year-round.
Personal initiative is the best motivation
As they say in basketball, “You can’t coach height.” Similarly, you can’t coach personal initiative. If you have it, you’ll not only fit right in, but you’ll also do extremely well.
The privilege of being flexible
We do not fit into neatly stacked, prefabricated boxes, or in other words, jello molds (our term for the proverbial “partner track”). Rather, we promote a different philosophy: with a few guiding principles and procedures, we are free to “achieve through constant improvement” according to our own agendas and schedules.
Constant improvement and growth are prerequisites to happiness
If you’re not working towards a goal with at least a few hints of improvement and success along the way, your measure of personal fulfillment remains significantly lower than it otherwise would be. Example: Our former managing partner is one of our firm’s resident golf pros. By his own admission, he reached the peak of his game several years ago. In response to the stalemate, he took up a new sport – marathon running. With new challenges to overcome, and new achievements to earn, he’s once again feeding his own personal fulfillment.
Universal respect for each person and each idea
Larson & Company’s future is determined by the sum of our individual goals. No one is too “junior” to make suggestions, formulate propositions, or present business plans. In fact, we encourage this type of thinking.
We love our clients
We belong to a service profession. If we didn’t love our clients, we’d be hard pressed to provide a level of service to them that extended very far beyond the demands of their immediate needs. Because we want the best for each of them, we do everything we can to not only meet their needs, but also anticipate their needs, troubleshoot problems, and suggest alternatives that will help them secure “achievements through constant improvements.”
Employees are each part of the big picture, and they know it
We do not hire positions. We hire people. Because everyone is indispensable, everyone must understand what we’re doing and where we’re going as a firm. To foster this sort of understanding, our managing partner reviews our financial statements, firm announcements, industry announcements, and company trends in monthly meetings. And everyone has an open door policy.
We love what we do
If we didn’t love what we did, why would we do it?
Interested in a career at Larson?
If you’d like to join our team of professionals at our CPA offices in Moab, St. George, Spanish Fork, and Salt Lake City, please email your resume and cover letter to Kari Elison.