(Female, Age 26) from San Francisco, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Accountant
Salary $57,000
Other Compensation None Set
Company Size (not answered)
Location San Francisco, CA
Years Experience 3 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a company called Model N which is in revenue management for other businesses. I work in the headquarters and we have three other offices in the United States. I would say that we employee about 500 people, more or less.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I work in the accounting department doing anything from distributing payroll to balancing and reconciling billing vouchers. I check the accuracy of data on accounts, post/update transactions as needed.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
vacation time varies, I have sick leave, vision, dental, and general health insurance, retirement plan 401k

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel under compensated right now due to my experience in the field and the fact that the costs of living here are higher.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Of course I work with others – I work in the accounting department. I generally like working with others because the work can be monotonous at times. I like the people I work with and enjoy talking with them, except for my manager probably.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
The manager assigns our work and tells us what we should be doing, how we’re keeping up, and all that. My co-workers and I sometimes share the grunt work which no one wants to do – filing, inputting data – if we don’t have a junior currently doing that.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 4
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 6
The Actual Work: 5

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
submitted resume

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, two interviews with the human resources department, one group and one individual.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
No I can’t remember.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I have prior experience so mostly they told me what to do, not how to do it.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Somewhat, a senior accountant or manager told me what I should do and accustomed me to their software.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Somewhat, a degree got me in the door but beyond the basics, most of the advanced classes I learned from was not helpful.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Accounting is probably the easiest field to get into a company besides sales. Having a degree is essential, and work experience will definitely help. Most people would hire someone with experience than the one without. But since accounting is still in such a large demand, especially in the Bay area, someone looking for an accounting job wouldn’t really have a problem.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
You definitely need to be an organized and a clear thinker. You need to be accurate and make very little mistakes. You need to be able to communicate well with the manager and co-workers so at least average social skills. You’ll definitely be working with the computer and at least some math.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes – people without any experience will feel very lost in this field

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Just apply for a lot of them. There may be slight differences in the salaries they offer but don’t try to chase the biggest pay in the beginning. A good work environment is better than getting a few bucks more if it makes you feel happier and less stressed. Someone nice to train you will make things easier.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Payroll assistant 2 years 45000 Payroll…yeah.
Prior Job 2 staff accountant 2 years 50000 Inputting data, verifying receipts and invoices, etc

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4 San Francisco State University
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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