Tampa-based Schellman is the largest CPA firm specializing in attestation and certification services. New hires get extensive informal mentoring and “boot camp” training for certifications. Schellman places an emphasis on volunteering and giving back, and has active affinity groups that promote diversity for women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color.
Schellman is looking for candidates who are motivated to learn and grow. Technical experience, the ability to work independently, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are also desired traits. Career development is a focus of the firm, which provides mentoring, formal training, and clear promotion paths for its people.
While client demands mean work hours can be long and stressful, Schellman goes to great lengths to provides its people with a healthy work/life balance. There are many initiatives in place to make sure people don’t burn out, and vacation policies are very generous. Compensation and benefits are also generous. Salaries and bonuses are near the top of the industry average, and the benefits are extensive and include gym reimbursements, a...
Based in Tampa, Fla., Schellman & Company, LLC is the 55th largest CPA firm in the U.S., as measured by annual revenues. It booked $102 million in revenues in its latest fiscal year. Schellman has over 900 clients, including numerous publicly traded and Fortune 500 companies.
Schellman provides attestation, compliance, and certification services, offering clients information technology and cybersecurity audits and assessments, including SOC examinations, ISO certifications, FedRAMP assessments, PCI assessments, HITRUST assessments, cloud security assessments, penetration testing, and other compliance services.
Founded in 2002 by Chris Schellman, the firm is led by CEO Avani Desai. It and operates out of eight offices and employs more than 350 people.
“We work hard at every level, and I may not be one to benchmark against as I probably spend more time them most, but that requirement is to ensure that I can continually support my practice, team's growth, work/life balance, and innovation. Our culture is one of our greatest assets. We pride ourselves on having a completely open firm, always listening and supporting our team. Our delivery expectations are high, though we embrace the work hard/play hard approach; when team members are on personal leave, it is our priority to have them completely unplug and focus on family, friends, and anything not work related.”
“Client demand for our services remain the lifeblood of our industry and firm. For this reason, there are timing constraints that we have limited control over, as we service clients in various global time zones, which can add to additional working hours during. However, the firm has ensured work/life balance efforts are continuously considered and enhanced. For example, the firm recently adopted a meeting-free Wednesday policy and a no-camera Friday policy to encourage more focus time and reduce meeting fatigue.”
“As with all client service firms, we have to work more than 40 hours to properly service our clients. However, there are opportunities for someone to only work 40 hours here at Schellman. This comes at the cost of no upward mobility. I like that vacation is not unlimited and we are encouraged to use it all by the end of the year.”
“Schellman goes above and beyond in this area. I have seven weeks of PTO including the two weeks off for Christmas and holidays. We also have multiple initiatives in place to prevent burnout.”
“Schellman moves very fast in seeking the right candidates. We also interview candidates to make sure they fit within our culture.”
“The ideal candidate is an individual that would promote the company's people-first culture and embody the four Ps of professionalism (Prepare, Problem-solving, Productive, and Profitable). Client-service and subject matter expertise are major tenants of our professional brand, so individuals with a desire and motivation to learn and improve the client experience are well-positioned for continued growth and success in our firm.”
“Our recruiters are very responsive to candidates. The ideal candidate for Schellman is (historically) one that has two or more years of experience in IT audit. That said, we've started recruiting for associates in our Columbus, Dallas, and Tampa offices, and are seeing success now that we have a formal training capability.”
“With regards to the ideal candidate, it depends on the service line, but we do look for people with deep technical skills (auditing or subject matter area), who are independent workers (able to work on their own with minimal direction), and who can handle a fast pace.”