Career FAQs

Q: I have the 150 units needed to sit for the CPA exam, but I need to sign up for a review course. Does Lindquist offer any CPA review courses for its staff?

A: We offer, and will pay for, a CPA review course through Becker, which offers classes live and online—you may choose the option that works best for you. In addition, if you pass all four sections of the exam during your first year of employment at Lindquist, you’ll receive a $2,500 bonus.


Q: I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and am not planning to take the CPA exam for another five years or so. Can I apply for Compliance Staff Auditor positions?

A: Yes, you are welcome to apply for a Compliance Staff Auditor position. 


Q: What’s your policy on the 150-hour requirement? 

A: While exceptions are considered, we generally require that you meet all the requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam as outlined by the governing State Board of Accountancy (for the Certified Audit Department).


Q: Do you have to be a CPA to apply for jobs at Lindquist? 

A: No, you do not have to be a CPA to apply for jobs at Lindquist.  We have two main career paths:

  • Certified Audit, which requires that you are eligible to sit for the CPA exam for an entry-level position. 
  • Payroll Compliance, which does not require a CPA license or accounting background.  We require a bachelor’s degree or higher and a good work ethic. We have an excellent training program for our entry-level compliance positions.

Q: What do you look for in a candidate? 

A: We look for a bachelor’s or higher degree. Certified Audit candidates should have the required hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. You should also have good communication and computer skills and a positive work ethic. Work experience showing success at a prior job is a plus.


Q: How many people are you hiring? 

A: Opportunities vary by location and depend on our needs. Generally, both Certified and Compliance positions become available on a regular basis in our San Ramon, Orange and Seattle offices. Opportunities in our Portland and Chicago locations are considered on an as-needed basis. 


Q: What is busy season like at your firm? 

A: We make every effort to maintain a good work/life balance. Our busy seasons do require additional work hours, but nowhere near the levels of the large firms. During our main busy season, which is January 15 through April 10, Certified Audit staff can expect to work nine hours a day Monday through Friday and five hours a day on Saturday, for a total of 50 hours per week. During our second busy season, which is August through October, we work a nine-hour day, Monday through Friday, for a 45-hour week. 

Some weeks you may need to work additional hours, and some weeks fewer hours.

Lindquist pays overtime, which many firms don't do.  


Q: What’s my growth potential and how does Lindquist help me meet that potential? 

A: We believe that when you come to work for us, you have an opportunity to make a career here. We have individuals at the firm who started off as staff and are now partners.

We believe in developing individuals by providing both company in-house training programs and outside resources, such as Toastmasters and Becker. Another example: To better prepare several of our new partners for a leadership role, we recently enrolled them in a rigorous professional development program used by executives at leading high-tech companies. In addition to formal training, individuals at the firm grow by being given greater responsibility as they gain experience on the job.

Lindquist provides you the opportunity to gain experience rapidly, which is a key to advancing your career.   


Q: How stable is the firm? I’ve faced downsizing and layoffs before.

A: In 2015, we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Our partners are dedicated to being leaders in the employee benefit plan, labor and not-for-profit sectors, and our growth has been steady. Just in the last decade, we’ve opened three offices. We are very confident in the stability and future of Lindquist.


Q: What types of benefits does the firm offer?

A: For regular full-time employees, we offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package, which includes health, life, dental and long-term disability insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan and a cafeteria section 125 plan that allow you to save for your retirement, defer taxes, and pay for certain medical and child care expenses with pre-tax dollars. We also provide our staff with paid vacation, sick days, paid holidays and personal days. 

For professional development, and to meet the annual educational requirements for your CPA license, we provide 40 to 80 hours of professional development annually. 

Please contact our Human Resources Manager for complete details on each of these benefits.    


Q: When do health benefits start?

A: Regular full-time employees are eligible to participate in the benefit plan on the first of the month following one month of employment. For example, if your hire date is June 3, your eligibility date is August 1. If your hire date is June 1, your eligibility date would be July 1.


Q: I’m relocating from out of state. How do I obtain my state licensure?

A: We will work with you individually, customizing arrangements for the office to which you are relocating, to fulfill the necessary licensure requirements.

Q: I have the 150 units needed to sit for the CPA exam, but I need to sign up for a review course. Does Lindquist offer any CPA review courses for its staff?

A: We offer, and will pay for, a CPA review course through Becker, which offers classes live and online—you may choose the option that works best for you. In addition, if you pass all four sections of the exam during your first year of employment at Lindquist, you’ll receive a $2,500 bonus.


Q: I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and am not planning to take the CPA exam for another five years or so. Can I apply for Compliance Staff Auditor positions?

A: Yes, you are welcome to apply for a Compliance Staff Auditor position. 


Q: What’s your policy on the 150-hour requirement? 

A: While exceptions are considered, we generally require that you meet all the requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam as outlined by the governing State Board of Accountancy (for the Certified Audit Department).


Q: Do you have to be a CPA to apply for jobs at Lindquist? 

A: No, you do not have to be a CPA to apply for jobs at Lindquist.  We have two main career paths:

  • Certified Audit, which requires that you are eligible to sit for the CPA exam for an entry-level position. 
  • Payroll Compliance, which does not require a CPA license or accounting background.  We require a bachelor’s degree or higher and a good work ethic. We have an excellent training program for our entry-level compliance positions.

Q: What do you look for in a candidate? 

A: We look for a bachelor’s or higher degree. Certified Audit candidates should have the required hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. You should also have good communication and computer skills and a positive work ethic. Work experience showing success at a prior job is a plus.


Q: How many people are you hiring? 

A: Opportunities vary by location and depend on our needs. Generally, both Certified and Compliance positions become available on a regular basis in our San Ramon, Orange and Seattle offices. Opportunities in our Portland and Chicago locations are considered on an as-needed basis. 


Q: What is busy season like at your firm? 

A: We make every effort to maintain a good work/life balance. Our busy seasons do require additional work hours, but nowhere near the levels of the large firms. During our main busy season, which is January 15 through April 10, Certified Audit staff can expect to work nine hours a day Monday through Friday and five hours a day on Saturday, for a total of 50 hours per week. During our second busy season, which is August through October, we work a nine-hour day, Monday through Friday, for a 45-hour week. 

Some weeks you may need to work additional hours, and some weeks fewer hours.

Lindquist pays overtime, which many firms don't do.  


Q: What’s my growth potential and how does Lindquist help me meet that potential? 

A: We believe that when you come to work for us, you have an opportunity to make a career here. We have individuals at the firm who started off as staff and are now partners.

We believe in developing individuals by providing both company in-house training programs and outside resources, such as Toastmasters and Becker. Another example: To better prepare several of our new partners for a leadership role, we recently enrolled them in a rigorous professional development program used by executives at leading high-tech companies. In addition to formal training, individuals at the firm grow by being given greater responsibility as they gain experience on the job.

Lindquist provides you the opportunity to gain experience rapidly, which is a key to advancing your career.   


Q: How stable is the firm? I’ve faced downsizing and layoffs before.

A: In 2015, we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Our partners are dedicated to being leaders in the employee benefit plan, labor and not-for-profit sectors, and our growth has been steady. Just in the last decade, we’ve opened three offices. We are very confident in the stability and future of Lindquist.


Q: What types of benefits does the firm offer?

A: For regular full-time employees, we offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package, which includes health, life, dental and long-term disability insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan and a cafeteria section 125 plan that allow you to save for your retirement, defer taxes, and pay for certain medical and child care expenses with pre-tax dollars. We also provide our staff with paid vacation, sick days, paid holidays and personal days. 

For professional development, and to meet the annual educational requirements for your CPA license, we provide 40 to 80 hours of professional development annually. 

Please contact our Human Resources Manager for complete details on each of these benefits.    


Q: When do health benefits start?

A: Regular full-time employees are eligible to participate in the benefit plan on the first of the month following one month of employment. For example, if your hire date is June 3, your eligibility date is August 1. If your hire date is June 1, your eligibility date would be July 1.


Q: I’m relocating from out of state. How do I obtain my state licensure?

A: We will work with you individually, customizing arrangements for the office to which you are relocating, to fulfill the necessary licensure requirements.