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Introduction

Eide Bailly is one of the 20 largest accounting firms in the U.S. Its interns get quality training, hands-on experience, and access to senior staff members and clients. Its full-time staff have access to an excellent mentoring and career advisory program, and an “Xchange” program that allows them to rotate through different departments and specialties. Recently, the firm created an inclusion and diversity committee to promote D&I within the firm for all minority groups.

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Phoenix, AZ...


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Lisa Fitzgerald- Director of Human Resources...

Firsthand Findings

Eide Bailly is looking for personable, hardworking, and driven candidates with strong communication skills who enjoy accounting and tax preparation. For students, the firm runs a valuable internship program. Interns get quality training and hands-on experience working with clients. They also frequently interact with senior staff members, who are willing to answer questions and assist interns. For its full-time staff, Eide Bailly offers extensive career development opportunities. The firm runs an excellent mentoring and career advisory program in which partners and senior managers council and coach junior staff, answer questions, and explain accounting concepts to them. Through the firm’s Xchange program, Eide Bailly also gives staff the opportunity to rotate through different depa...

About the Company

The 20th largest U.S. accounting firm by annual revenue, Eide Bailly celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. Its roots can be traced to 1917 when John A. Cull opened an accounting business in Fargo, N.D. Cull was the seventh man in North Dakota to become a CPA; he was later joined by Oliver A. Eide. In 1950, Charles Bailly opened a branch office in Fargo for Broeker Hendrickson. Nearly 50 years later, in 1998, Eide and Bailly finally teamed up. Since then, Eide Bailly has grown into a firm with more than 2,500 staff members in over 40 offices across 14 states and Mumbai, India. The firm has $342 million in annual revenues.

Eide Bailly LLP is a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm with diverse talents, industry experience and service specialties. As a member of HLB, Eide Bailly joins a worldwide network ...

Employee Reviews


  • “I think the compensation is very good when you take into consideration the work load other firms place on their staff. The benefits are very thorough—good health insurance, a profit sharing plan that doesn't require a match, fitness reimbursement, and lots of flexibility with remote working and hours.”
  • “Compensation is very fair. Employees are evaluated based on value brought to the firm and clients. There is no 401(k) match, but there is profit-sharing for employees who stay for the medium to long term.”
  • “The salaries that Eide Bailly offers are competitive with the industry, especially considering that we are not required to work nearly as many hours as what some of the bigger firms require. The firm's insurance and 401(k) are both great benefits. vacation policy is very generous. They also take care of us, especially during busy seasons, by providing meals throughout the week and on weekends (this was pre-Covid; things look a little different now). We also have a ‘Dress for Your Day’ policy, so if you don’t have any client interaction on a particular day, then you can wear jeans or more casual but still professional clothing to the office (this was pre-Covid also).”
  • “The best aspect is that our benefit package and perks are very extensive. Eide Bailly offers something that covers every aspect of wellness. The worst aspect is that I feel our compensation is not competitive and that we pay below market average.”
  • “The firm is very invested in training new staff and interns and making sure they have the information that they need to be successful. In the same way, the staff are always willing to help with any questions that new staff and interns have. The firm’s promotion policies and schedules are fair, and it’s easy to work your way up in the company if you put in hard work and do a good job. Eide Bailly is also very flexible if people aren’t satisfied with the position they’re in and want to try out something else within the firm. I've heard it said many times before that we'd rather keep a good employee and have them move to another department or position within the firm than to have them leave the firm altogether.”
  • “Unquestionably Eide Bailly's greatest development opportunity lies in the willingness and availability of partners and senior managers to mentor and answer questions. It’s so much more helpful to have someone explain how elements of a tax return work together, all the various planning opportunities, and their mental approach for considering each one. Most formal trainings present facts and slides, which are helpful, but having someone with 35 years of experience explain to you their thought process and share their knowledge is invaluable. I think this really sets EB apart from other firms.”
  • “The best part of our firm's career development program is our career advisors. I really enjoy sitting down with my manager three times a year to discuss the bigger things—not my day-to-day work but my long-term goals, what’s going well, and where my challenge areas are. It’s been so beneficial in my career journey to have someone talk through all that with me. The worst aspect are promotions—because our team is smaller, it can be difficult to move up into a manager role.”
  • “The firm has given me a lot of flexibility to work in the departments or city I want to work in. They do internal internships called ‘Xchanges’ that give current employees the opportunity to work in another department or specialty for a period of time, so that they can learn more, or even find out if they want to move departments. The downside is that not all offices have the same culture. The initial office I worked in was great, but then I worked in a different one that did not have the same culture I was used to.”
  • “The firm had actually already been introspective with regards to inclusion and diversity prior to all the events of 2020, and had created inclusion and diversity committees and trainings to help educate and push that message to every employee and to our communities.”
  • “Our firm promotes corporate responsibility in all its forms. We have office and departmental volunteer days. We are allotted time each year that we can use for personal volunteer activities, and the firm offers matching donations up to a certain amount each year where they will match donations that you make to qualified charities. We also have a program that focuses on women in the workplace, retaining women as they move up in their careers, and the challenges they face and what we can do within the firm to remedy those things.”
  • “For some partners, this seems to be a ‘check the box’ type of activity, but most of the partners seem to truly care about our responsibility we have to each other, our communities, and our world and/or truly understand the benefits to our business of embracing those responsibilities. No one has the bandwidth to be ‘all-in’ on all issues, but the vast majority of our leadership are committed, and that impacts the type of people we attract and the opportunities our staff have.”
  • “Our firm has an inclusion and diversity council, and offers programs such as book studies to help spread overall diversity awareness and efforts. Each office has their own philanthropy committee that identifies local efforts and community involvement so that it’s tailored to have an impact where we live and work. The firm offers charitable contribution matches and offers volunteer time bank to be used in lieu of using PTO to volunteer within the community.”
  • “The leadership at Eide Bailly have been very candid and clear about the state of the firm, especially through the pandemic. We have annual updates so everyone always knows the financial status of the firm. During the pandemic, no employees experienced pay cuts, there were very minimum furloughs, promotions were still implemented on a normal schedule, and pay raises were delayed a couple of months but were still received. The partners of the firm took most of the hit in their pay for lost revenue during the pandemic, which is admirable that they didn't want to push that burden down onto the staff. And that hit was not as bad as some other firms experienced, and things are quickly returning to normal.”
  • “Eide Bally has financially recovered from the pandemic. It remains to be seen what the impact will be as lockdowns continue, in varying degrees, throughout our footprint. Eide Bailly is well suited to a remote working environment, but we are dependent on our client's financial health to maintain our own. Our biggest limiting factor is the ability to attract and hire enough talent—across our various business lines—to serve the demand for our services. As a large firm that has grown up serving primarily rural markets, it has been a challenge to get our name out to all the places talent is.”
  • “I feel like business outlook during and after the pandemic is great and the bottom line will be better than last year, but I feel nothing is being contributed to employees for our long hours and stress this past year. They cut some programs while we seem to be having a great year financially, which stings.”
  • “Since our firm was positioned so strongly with our tech approach and practices, we were able to work remotely due to the global pandemic and continue to serve clients. We continue to work on improving current practices and are working towards shared firm goals in the coming years.”
  • “Eide Bailly is a great place to be an intern. The staff are very helpful and always willing to answer questions and lend a hand. The partners and managers make it a point to be available and build relationships with the interns. They’re also willing to work with students on scheduling to figure out how best to fit work into their class schedules, while still having time to study and have personal lives. The firm has a great culture, and it is a very fun place to work as well.”
  • “Best aspects were the number of different clients and industries that I was able to work on during the internship. The people really cared about me as a person, and partners I didn’t work with knew my name and cared enough to ask about my life, hobbies, and passions."
  • “A lot of hands-on learning and working with clients. EB is also very considerate of your school work, and schedules you accordingly."
  • “My internship was a great learning experience. My superiors were always willing to help, and they helped me feel welcome. They trained me sufficiently as well.”

Wellness Efforts

  • “Over the years the firm has offered a variety of initiatives to address both physical and mental health for the staff such as wellness equipment reimbursements, employee assistance programs, health screenings, Teledoc, exercise challenges, etc.’
  • “The firm has offered counseling for each employee and their household. In my office, the partners and managers are very friendly and easy to talk to about mental health and wellness efforts, and help in any way they can.”
  • “Eide Bailly offers a wellness/lifestyle reimbursement program, nutrition education program, and counseling/wellness service, and all are constantly communicated to employees so that we are aware of the different wellness efforts the firm provides.”
  • “The firm offers a great wellness benefit that reimburses you for various wellness-related expenses (running shoes, gym memberships, Fitbit). They also offer Teledoc, which makes seeing a doctor without missing work very easy.”

Response to Anti-Racist Protests and the BLM Movement

  • “Eide Bailly took an active and open stance against the oppressive actions seen across Minnesota and the U.S. from the start. Multiple firm-wide activities have been hosted by the firm's leadership to encourage employees to educate themselves.”
  • “Our firm has created an Inclusion and Diversity committee, with a few different subcommittees, whose goals are all to promote diversity and inclusion within the firm for all minority groups, including people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We have firm updates every month or two, and these have started to include updates from these committees. We also had a full day diversity seminar a few months ago where these issues were addressed, and we all learned how we can better enable ourselves to combat these issues, especially in the workplace.”
  • “Eide Bailly is very white, and the leadership is still predominately male. This has been acknowledged by leadership, and the firm is—and has been—taking specific steps to move toward a more inclusive and diverse work force. First Focus was formed a number of years ago to educate and otherwise address unintended bias. About half of the partners are now women and women have been voted onto the board. Even prior to the attention George Floyd's death brought to the issue of race, the firm began the process of expanding that program to other areas where we need to be more inclusive. We now have someone whose job it is to intentionally look for talent in places more likely to attract a more diverse workforce, and the firm has instituted an inclusion and diversity committee, with many sub committees, that report to the whole of the Eide Bailly workforce at firmwide Zoom meetings on work being done and opportunities to be involved.”
  • “Very responsive. The firm supports anti-racist protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. The firm took a stance on the injustices, and is working to become better with inclusion and diversity.”

Response to Covid-19

  • “Eide Bailly has been great to work for through the pandemic. The firm is willing to work with everyone to make sure they feel safe and have a good work/life balance.”
  • “A swift shift to working remotely was supported by early March. Minimal disruption to overall work product was experienced. Less than 1 percent of employees experienced furloughs, and employees who remained experienced no compensation disruption.”
  • “The firm has stayed in constant communication with staff to update them on the steps they are taking, office closings and reopenings, etc. They also worked with staff to make sure that everyone had the equipment and tools they needed to be able to work remotely. Staff were able to take equipment home from the office if needed, and they offered a reimbursement for equipment that staff had to purchase personally to set up a home office or adjust to the work from home environment.”
  • “On March 16, 2020, firm leadership made the decision to transition all staff to work-from-home status immediately. Our infrastructure, including a very capable IT division, allowed us to do this literally overnight. Our managing partner, Dave Stende, and his management group have worked tirelessly through constant communication (monthly all staff zoom updates, regular email updates, etc.) to keep our staff safe and our clients served. Innovation was a natural by-product of the pandemic, and Eide Bailly will emerge with even better approaches for employee work arrangements and connecting with our clients.”

Why Work Here


Eide Bailly was founded in 1917 and is one of the top 25 CPA and business advisory firms in the nation. We have more than 40 offices across 15 states, and offer a wide variety of tax, audit, and consulting services. Our staff and partners serve many different industries and have the opportunity to specialize in a variety of areas. Our culture is the foundation of who we are, and we encourage our staff members to pursue their interests, both in the office and at home. We are passionate about the clients we serve, the work we do, and especially the fun we have while we do it!

Getting Hired Here


  • “Our firm is involved in career fairs at many universities in our area. We typically do both on-campus and in-office interviews (mostly virtual at the moment, though). We look for candidates who are hardworking and driven, are willing to put in the work it takes to succeed, enjoy accounting and tax preparation, and want to work in an environment with people who want to build relationships with their coworkers and clients.”
  • “The firm is looking for candidates who can make a human connection. Technical skills and a level of competency are required but are easily available in most candidates. The ideal candidate has the ability to succeed at a technical level while also forming relationships with coworkers and clients.”
  • “We are seeking candidates who want to be involved in the firm and the success of our clients. Communication is key, so if an individual is not willing to communicate with us, this tells us they may not be willing to speak with our clients either.”
  • “Pre-Covid-19, applications were done online and a preliminary phone interview was conducted. Then the local office in-person interviews were conducted. Interview applications are responded to in a timely manner and back-and-forth communication occurs until the conclusion of the interview process.”
  • “Why are you interested in public accounting/tax accounting? How do you keep yourself organized? How do you adapt to stressful situations or when things don't go to plan? What role do you typically assume when working on group projects?”
  • “Customer service and public accounting go hand-in-hand. What does customer service mean to you and how do you feel it relates to public accounting? Tell me about a time when you carefully considered your audience before communicating with them. What factors influenced your communication style? Tell me about a time when you went beyond your normal job responsibilities to help on a group project. What was your role? What sets you apart from other candidates? How do you want to see your career develop (two years, five years, beyond)?
  • “Tell me about a time where you had to overcome an obstacle. Tell me about a time where you had to lead a team. Why do you think you would be a good fit for our firm?”
  • “How have you adapted to last-minute changes to a project in school or at work? How do you deal deadlines that are moving?”

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