CLA is one of the largest audit, tax, and consulting firms in the U.S. It has offices in more than 120 locations, and its staff are given a lot of responsibility, and access to extensive training and mentors. The culture is collegial and collaborative, and managers have an open-door policy. CLA really helps its people find careers that fit.

Company Stats


Employer Type




5,001-10,000 Employees


Featured Rankings

Most Prestigious Accounting Firms


Major Office Locations

Milwaukee, WI


Employment Contact

Sara Sandbeck, PHR - Director, People Solutions.  612-376-4593

Vault Verdict

CliftonLarsonAllen looks for candidates with strong technical, organizational, and communication skills. The firm has a collegial culture where you're treated as a professional and are helped to progress in your career. Managers have an open-door policy, and staff are given increased responsibility as they advance. Although hours can be long, the firm is flexible with regards to schedules. Training, meanwhile, is thorough, and staff say they are fairly compensated. Informal training through mentor programs are offered, and the firm is poised to continue to grow.

About the Company

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) is one of the largest CPA and consulting firm in the country according to Accounting Today's 2021 Top 100 rankings. The firm is the result of the 2012 merger of Clifton Gunderson and LarsonAllen. Clifton Gunderson was based in Milwaukee; LarsonAllen was based in Minneapolis.

Today, the firm employs more than 7,000 people, and offers clients a wide range of assurance, tax, risk management, advisory, valuation, transaction support, and consulting services. Its industry divisions include agribusiness, cooperatives, dealerships, employee benefit plans, government entities, health care, higher education, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofit, and trucking and transportation. The firm is led by Jen Leary...

Employee Reviews

  • "Wonderful place to work. It's a culture patterned around leadership and noticeably different client service. There is a real effort to help people find the career that fits them."
  • "We have an open-door policy, and every month there are group outings. Communication up and down is outstanding."
  • "My experience has always been good. I truly believe management believes that the people who work here are the best and want to keep them here. People are cared about here."
  • "Public accounting is a demanding profession, especially as you advance and take on additional responsibilities. The flexibility the firm provides allows me to get through the hour demands of the job."
  • "The hours can become an issue from time to time. The firm is open to different kinds of work schedules."

Getting Hired Here

  • "On-campus interviewing is generally used for new staff hires. A second interview is generally completed at an office of the firm. We seek candidates that have excellent technical knowledge, strong organizational skills with the ability to communicate with clients."
  • "We are seeking individuals that want to work at a noticeably different firm that have a passion for impacting and helping solve client needs."

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