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Wipfli is a leading accounting firm looking for exceptional candidates with srong technical abilities and teamwork skills. Interns get a lot of training and are given real work to do, and full-time staff get valuable training and can move among various areas of the firm. A healthy work/life balance can be achieved at the firm, and compensation is very competitive.

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Firsthand Findings

Wipfli runs an informal interviewing process; ideally, it is looking for exceptional candidates with good technical abilities who work well in teams and will fit with its firm culture. Internships with the firm are said to be great learning experiences where interns get a lot of training and are given real work to do. Wipfli also provides valuable training for its full-time staff and allows employees to move among various areas of the firm.

Flexible hours are offered to insiders, who say they have a healthy work/life balance in general. However, hours can still be long, particularly during busy season. Compensation is said to be very competitive with other firms of Wipfli’s size, while benefits and perks could be improved. The firm is not all that racially d...

About the Company

Wipfli LLP began in 1930 when Wisconsin native Clarence Wipfli opened an accounting practice in Wausau, Wis., where the firm's headquarters stand to this day. In 1942, John Ullrich became the firm's first managing partner, and the business was rechristened Wipfli Ullrich & Co. a few years later. 

The firm's expansion across the Midwest was propelled by its founders' determination to recruit top talent and provide ongoing training for its employees. Wipfli now has 45 offices in the U.S., two offices in India, and more than 2,400 employees. It's also a member of PKF North America, the North American member of PKF International, one of the world’s 10 largest global accounting networks.

In 2021, Wipfli ranked No. 19 on Accounting Today's Top 100 ...

Employee Reviews


  • “Overall, Wipfli promotes a solid work/life balance, and the hours are definitely less than a Big 4 firm would require you to work early in your career. However, the hour requirements seem to increase drastically once you hit manager (65+ during busy season). The firm culture is great at Wipfli! There is always a firm sports league going on that anyone can get involved in (softball, kickball, etc.). All of the people that I work with are great and that makes it a lot easier to go to work every day. One aspect of the Wipfli lifestyle that I do not like is the rural travel that is involved on some audit clients (this depends on what industry you are working on). Overall, I do not mind traveling, but traveling to rural towns can get old.”
  • “They are very flexible. We are able to work from home if need be, while there are suggested guidelines for when to work, as long as it is getting done, they are flexible about it. Family is a priority and they are very accommodating in that regard.”
  • “The worst aspect for me is the fact that I very rarely meet with clients. I am interested in meeting with our clients to get to know their background and what is going on in their life that may impact what we do for them. The best aspect for me is the flexibility in scheduling. The firm is really understanding about needing time off for appointments and the importance of taking a break from work.”
  • “Wipfli provides a fast track to those that want to excel at a faster pace and also provides flexible working arrangements to accommodate those with family obligations. This spectrum of different tracks for each employee and ‘work at your own pace’ makes this firm a great place to work. This firm makes a career in public accounting with a family a reality and I don’t feel many other firms can honestly say that. A typical workweek in busy season is 55 to 65 hours, and during the summer is 40 to 50 hours a week. Again, this depends on your workload and the track you are on.”
  • “Competitive salary and 401(k). But it would be nice to have more health-oriented benefits and incentives like an on-site shower, gym reimbursements for lower-level employees, etc.”
  • “Overall base salary amount is somewhat low compared to competitors. CPA reimbursement program is great, but the bonus for passing isn’t very comparable to competitors; it would be nice if it were a raise rather than a bonus since it is smaller. The aspect of having to wait a year and a half for my first raise and eligibility for profit sharing is a major negative.”
  • “The health insurance plans are a killer for a young professional. However, the firm is very accommodating when health concerns arise and are always there to support in any way they can. Even though they cannot provide the monetary support, the moral support provided speaks volumes. We used to have a 32-hour rule after tax season, but they took that away. Now you are required to work 40 hours a week all year long and then excessive hours during busy season. It is unfortunate that we don’t get rewarded for all of our hard work during busy season by getting more flexibility during off-season. It doesn't sound like this is the issue in every office, but in our office, we have fewer employees and need coverage Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., so there is not much flexibility. The profit sharing is extremely generous, which is a benefit you don’t remember on a day-to-day basis, but when you check your retirement account, you are very pleased with their generosity.”
  • “Our maternity policy is awful. Two weeks of paid leave are provided, then you exercise all of your PTO and then you go on short-term disability. I would like to see our firm improve this policy to be more comparable with other CPA firms. Also our benefits are not great; I feel like you have to pay a lot out of pocket and it really ends up being a strain in our household, where we are apt to not go to the doctor unless it is completely necessary. I believe a lot of employees use their spouse’s benefit plans. You have a lot of flexibility within our plan as to which doctors you want to use.”
  • “The firm has an above average offering of formal training courses. The firm is also very open to staff moving to different areas of the practice. Management could do a better job of mapping specific career paths to the next level, etc.”
  • “There is plenty of opportunity for advancement in the firm. They also are very supportive of increasing your knowledge through training and additional education. Career development is largely based on experience, which does not reflect the work that the individual is doing. Also, employees are evaluated largely on how many hours they work.”
  • “Expectations are fairly clear and hard work is needed in order to advance. In a smaller office, it is a little harder to advance quickly just because of the fewer number of associates. I am always given new and exciting projects to grow my skill set. I learn something new every day and am constantly encouraged to grow.”
  • “There is very little management involvement, and it appears raises and promotions are not merit-based. The people who start the same are going to get the same promotions and the same raises no matter who works hard and who slacks off. There is no penalty for not getting work done and no incentive to do quality work.”
  • “Think our company does a great job with helping out our community. Our company always takes time out of the year to volunteer at different charities, and we do plenty of fundraisers to donate money to charities.”
  • “There isn’t much diversity that I have seen within the firm, but that could just be that there aren't many candidates with diverse backgrounds. There is a lot of philanthropy, and the firm is always willing to give you time off to participate in volunteer activities, etc.”
  • “Wipfli's Community Day, where all offices close their doors so associates can go out into the communities they live in and give back, is a phenomenal experience.”
  • “Wipfli has specific programs in place to encourage the personal and professional development of female employees. But there does not appear to be a great deal of diversity in regards to minorities.”
  • “I don't worry that my job won’t be here in the first year. The firm's vision for the future is communicated, but it's not always communicated in a way in which we know how that is going to actually happen.”
  • “Outlook seems strong. Morale has taken a hit over the last couple years. Hopefully things start to rebound.”
  • “Employee morale is sometimes low. Feels like a lot of the staff know this is the case, but managers and partners try to not see it/address it.”
  • “The outlook of the future of the firm is positive from my perspective. Management seems to be ambitious and is pursuing continued growth through mergers and acquisitions.”
  • “My internship experience was great. I was able to gain a lot of knowledge about accounting as well as nuances of working in a professional environment. Everyone was always very willing to help, and I enjoyed the openness and friendliness of the office.”
  • “It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was part of the team and was treated like a real associate. I was able to perform real work on tax returns and not just filing and copying. I was never afraid to ask questions because everyone was willing to be helpful and make the time to teach you.”
  • “Great opportunity to understand what a busy season is like in pubic accounting. Great pay and tremendous culture made the transition very easy from being a college student. The learning curve is tremendous, and I have only heard good things from others about the internship experience at this firm.”
  • “The internship was a great experience. I received ample training, about two to three weeks. Additional, there is a lot of informal training (i.e. on the job or project). I received a great mix of tax and audit work that allowed me to know what direction I wanted my career to go. I was able to work with and interact with clients. The people and teams I worked with from Wipfli were always helpful and understood I may be seeing things for the first time.”

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm is usually pretty quick to respond if they are interested in hiring you after your interview. Everyone that I have talked to was called within one or two days; I was called the same night and given an informal offer. Being yourself is really important because the firm is really big on culture, and they want to make sure they hire people whose personalities will fit in here, so if you are too serious during your interview they may view that as a bad thing and not present an offer.”
  • “Wipfli always looks for people who stand out and who have a personality that we think will fit into our culture. We are always looking for new people who want to bring new ideas and clients to the table. Wipfli will usually do a phone screen after resumes are received and then set up interviews. If the first interview does well, we set a tour of the office and a lunch to talk to the candidate and finish with a second interview before an offer is given out.”
  • “We have a very informal interview process in my office and stress people’s willingness to be a team player. We want excellent people who want to push themselves, but our team is the most important thing. It doesn’t help us if we have a really strong individual who can’t get along with the team.”
  • “Most of our hiring happens in the fall when we recruit interns for our spring tax season. We are very aggressive in our approach as other firms are also out seeking the best candidates. We do our interviews and usually try to call the candidates back within two days. We have found that the longer we wait, the more likely it is that our top candidates will already have accepted offers with competing firms. We use behavioral based interview questions. As a jobseeker, come prepared to talk about real life examples that fit the questions. Prepare ahead of time and maybe even bring an outline with you. It is best to be prepared. We look for exceptional candidates that will be able to handle the technical aspects of the job, but more importantly, we look for people who will fit with our culture. At the end of the day, our culture is what sets us apart from our competitors, and we need to continue to seek individuals who also value the same things as us. It will result in a more pleasant work environment and less turnover.”

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