Integrity and teamwork in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
In accordance with our Mission Statement, Vision and Core Values, BLS demonstrates our commitment to being the CPA firm of choice by providing a work environment that is repeatedly commended and appreciated by our employees. We have a culture that has organically turned into a family. BLS has shown a commitment to providing a robust benefit package that includes comprehensive insurance policies with company contributions, generous PTO allowances, 401(k) matching, a business casual work environment and stress-reliever activities that are planned throughout the year. BLS has embraced a shift away from traditional schedules and offers flexibility that is often noted as one of our most valuable attributes. From an industry perspective, BLS is extremely competitive in this area. BLS provides team-building events, an annual Internal Vacation Day, short breaks that encourage employee participation, and teamwork and production assistance with video communications to the staff.
Firm Culture & Benefits Include:
The talent BLS retains is significant. It is not only an indicator of experience within a variety of industries, but also of longevity within the firm. We like to think that our Work/Family Fit is a major contributor to this factor. Not only do we think it, our team members tell us so.
- Flex time
- Staggered office hours/start & end times
- Volunteer Time Off (VTO)
- Remote access opportunities
BLS is committed to providing the most state-of-the art technology that is serviced in-house by a fully credentialed IT professional that holds a Director position himself. Time and money is routinely invested in being above average in this arena, and our employees and clients both benefit from the investment.
- State of the art software and tools
- Multiple monitors and other hardware
- Onsite IT professionals to assist with troubleshooting and constantly making sure we are up to date with tools needed
- Stand-up desks
- Skype capability
- Remote connectivity/wi-fi
The mission of the BLS Liaison Group is to strengthen the workplace of BLS by providing open communication between staff and management in support of its Vision to provide an Environment, Attitude, Culture, and Image that attracts, rewards, and retains talented People.
- Personal link between staff and management
- Drives community service activities
- Empowerment to make policy change suggestions
- F.U.N!! – After Busy Season Celebration, Seasonal Treats, food and more food, Friday the 13th lottery day
BLS has a benefits committee that ensures we are offering the best benefits at the best cost by conducting annual benefit reviews and comparing bench marking reports.
- 401(k) match up to 4% of salary
- Health insurance with considerable HSA contribution subsidies
- Dental and vision insurance
- Generous PTO
- Firm-provided STD & LTD insurance
- Firm-provided Life & AD&D insurance
- Voluntary offerings in extended life, AD&D and long-term care
- Tuition assistance ($5,000/year)
- CPA Review Course and sitting fee assistance
- Continuing education
- Conference opportunities, out-of-state
BLS stresses the importance of quality production done efficiently. We also stress a “client first” culture. In order to reward our staff who exceed their expectations, BLS provides a generous Incentive Bonus to those who qualify.
BLS’s Commission Bonus Program is designed to reward staff responsible for bringing new clients into the firm or for expanding services to existing clients. Bonuses range from 2.5% – 5% of receivables for 2 years.
The firm encourages employees to recommend qualified individuals and business contacts for professional and para-professional positions. Employees can receive a cash bonus, up to $12,500, for referring candidates who are ultimately hired and stay with the firm at least 12 months.
While the Directors are helping to train and develop the younger staff, they are equally as committed to the development of the firm. They hold quarterly Board meetings (which include all the Directors and Principals) to discuss firm management, strategic growth and expansion, the firm’s financial position and distribution of profits (which are often shared with the staff in the form of profit sharing and incentive compensation bonuses). BLS Directors choose to have less in their own pockets because they feel that investing in our team and tools is more important for the longevity of the firm.
BLS participates in an annual bench marking report through INSIDE Public Accounting where they gather financial performance through various metrics and rank the nation’s largest public accounting firms. Along with the recognition of being an IPA Top 300 firm, we use this report to benchmark our performance against our peers and identify areas where we excel, but most importantly, identify areas for improvement. The bench marking reports help guide our strategic plan.