Why KWC?

Commonly Asked Questions From Prospective Team Members

 

How many people work at KWC?
How long have you been in business?
What about compensation and benefits?
What client industries do you serve?
How am I assigned to clients? Do you select the industries or type of work I focus on or do I get to choose?
What are the regular and busy season hours?
How long will it take to become a principal? What is required?
Do I need 150 credit hours to start?
Should I have a CPA license?
What training and professional development programs do you have?
How many principals does KWC have in relation to other staff?
Are there Firm social events?

How many people work at KWC?

KWC currently has more than 70 employees.
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How long have you been in business?

The Firm was founded in 1983.
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What about compensation and benefits?

KWC compensates staff at very competitive rates and provides a wide array of benefits including:

  • 401(k) Plan (traditional and Roth components with employer match)
  • Cafeteria Plan (pre-tax payroll deferrals for medical reimbursement and dependent care)
  • Insurance (life, health, dental, vision and disability)
  • Tuition assistance
  • Paid membership dues to professional and civic organizations
  • Paid time off (sick/vacation/holidays)
  • Paid time off for taking the CPA examination
  • Paid time off for CPA examination study (one day per section)
  • Paid time off for up to eight hours per year to participate in a civic or charitable activity
  • Bonus for passing the CPA exam
  • Employee referral bonus program
  • Free parking
  • Kitchen stocked with free drinks
  • Healthy snacks provided during tax season
  • Business casual dress
  • Health club subsidy

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What client industries do you serve?

Our clients are drawn from industries prevalent in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, including professional service firms, nonprofit organizations, government contractors, real estate and construction companies, health care providers and technology firms.
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How am I assigned to clients? Do you select the industries or type of work I focus on or do I get to choose?

Less experienced professionals usually function as generalists working in both tax and accounting and auditing (“A&A”) across several industries. Over time if they develop an interest in specializing in a particular discipline or working with certain types of clients, we will accommodate their wishes through the job scheduling process.  Experienced professionals already specialized in tax or A&A are typically hired to work on engagements in those areas.

We employ a service team approach, whereby professionals work with the same clients in successive years. Our professionals and clients alike find long-term relationships more rewarding.
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What are the regular and busy season hours?

During the busy season of mid-January to April 15, accountants are required to work 55 to 60 hours per week. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the typical work week is 32 hours and the office closes at 1 p.m. each Friday. The remainder of the year, full-time employees commit to work 40 hours per week.
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How long will it take to become a principal? What is required?

Using a regular career progression and excellent performance as an example, the opportunity to become a principal could be offered in 10 to 12 years.

KWC views the firm leadership group as a team, each with individual strengths so that the whole is a solid group of professionals who complement each other well.  We seek principals who are well-rounded, forward thinking professionals with sound client service skills, combined with certain specific skills such as technical expertise and/or business development. Principals often commit a portion of their time in the management of the firm and in growing the business.
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Do I need 150 credit hours to start?

No. Our tuition reimbursement program can be utilized to cover the costs of going back to school for additional courses or to obtain an advanced degree. The Firm will reimburse employees a percentage of the tuition cost for approved career-related graduate and undergraduate courses. Reimbursements are made upon completion of each course with a grade of B or better.
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Should I have a CPA license?

We provide an environment that strongly encourages our professionals to pass the exam sooner, rather than later. Incentives include an award/bonus and reimbursement on the base examination cost upon passing the examination. The firm pays for one day of study per section, plus the time spent sitting for the examination.
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What training and professional development programs do you have?

Each year, we provide approximately 50 to 60 hours of focused training and development. Training and development programs include:

  • New-hire orientation
  • Off-site and in-house continuing professional education
  • Webinars and other software training
  • Active mentoring program designed to assist employees with their career development and to provide support and guidance for staff throughout their career at the firm as well as an informal communication channel for employees
  • Periodic staff meetings
  • Participation in firm initiatives
  • Opportunities to hear industry specialists speak on various topics
  • Periodic performance reviews throughout the year as well as semi-annual formal evaluations

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How many principals does KWC have in relation to other staff?

Our ratio of principals to staff currently is about 1 to 6, resulting in a more horizontal organization structure rather than a traditional pyramid structure. Having a smaller ratio of employees to principals translates to more time that principals are available to meet with professionals for training, mentoring and professional development.
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Are there Firm social events?

The firm’s social committee organizes firm-sponsored events throughout the year to give you a chance to interact and become better acquainted. Activities include holiday parties, picnics, sporting events, as well as various charity-related events that afford staff and principals the opportunity to give back to the community.
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