At Schlenner Wenner & Co. we offer fun, flexible careers that lead to partnership opportunities. Our motto is “working with people, not just numbers”, which is what makes us different from all other accounting firms. As one of the Top 25 Accounting Firms in Minnesota, our focus is on people — our staff, our clients and our community.
Ways that we put people first:
The Firm is committed to accommodating the needs of our employees. In order to accomplish this, the Firm may create working arrangements whereby it can widen its recruitment pool and retain valuable skills of existing employees who want to work full-time but with alternative schedule, while enabling staff to retain career development opportunities. Flex-time is a work schedule which allows employees to work hours that are not within the standard 8:00 am to 5:00 pm range, while maintaining a high level of service to our clients.
Voluntary Time Off
Voluntary Time Off (VTO) allows full-time employees to decrease their time worked and pay without affecting their health benefits or career track. VTO can be taken as a block of time, as X number of hours/days within this time frame or as a reduction in hours to the current work schedule. Staff may choose to do this for one or all pay periods during this time frame. No minimums or maximum of voluntary time off have been set; you may choose the percentage/hours you would like to be decreased. Some great examples of those who have used the program were staff that wanted to travel to Europe for a summer or do the Becker Review’s CPA Review via the Fast Pass route.
Due to our affiliation with RSM US Alliance, we can get the Becker Review Course materials at a significant discount. Our discounted cost is approximately half the original amount for the complete four-part CPA Exam Review course. This benefit is available to our interns and our full-time staff.
The firm also pays for your time off on exam day. Once you have passed the CPA Exam, the firm will reimburse you up to $5,000 for any costs, mileage, hotel expenses that you may have incurred for our full-time staff.
Busy Season Fun
The busy season can be a stressful time here at the Firm so we try to make it as stress free as possible with fun events. Below are some of the activities we do:
- Breakfast or lunch brought in for the employees every Saturday
- Casual Day every Saturday
- Family Bowling Event the Saturday after the Corporate Deadline. All you can eat pizza, drinks and bowling included. Employees’ families are invited as a “thank you” for their support
- Get together on the last day of tax season. Food, beverages, music and fun provided
- Annual “After Busy Season” party held at the last weekend in April for employees and their guest at a fine dining location. Open bar, all you can eat steak and dessert buffet included! Professional entertainment follows and has included comedians, dueling pianos, and hypnotists.
Our Firm newsletter, QuickLooks, is published every month. The newsletter includes a Partner note which provides an update on any open items within the Firm, a listing of upcoming events, employee accolades, a fun biography of a featured employee, and other items of interest and food for thought.
Every month we take time to celebrate the birthdays within the month. We have treats available in our main conference room where employees can visit and enjoy the birthday treats while playing trivia.
The first Saturday in December, we have a private party for our staff and families. Hot cocoa, decorating your own Christmas cookies, watching holiday movies, and making crafts are all part of the festivities. The REAL Santa Claus also shows up to hand out gifts to all the good girls and boys!
Schlenner Wenner & Co. truly believes we are only as successful as the communities we are in. All staff members are highly encouraged to be involved in at least one type of organization that they personally feel strengthens the community. Some of these groups include Forum of Executive Women, Young Professionals United, Sertoma, Junior Achievement, St Cloud Area Chamber and Rotary. Staff members are paid for their volunteer hours.
Schlenner Wenner & Co. has many organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. Below are just a few of our favorites:
We are proud to support the United Way by having 100% of our staff contribute to their Annual Giving Campaign,12 Leaders in Giving (people who give more than $1,000/year), and 6 Young Professionals (people between 18-35 who give $250-$999/year).
The Firm also proudly sponsors The Initiative Foundation’s Outstanding Nonprofit Award, which honors an Initiative Foundation partner that has made a powerful difference in the 14-county service area of Central Minnesota during the past year.
Schlenner Wenner & Co. is an advocate of higher education and encourages others to attain this goal. With this goal in mind, the Firm has set up two scholarships in the St. Cloud area to assist individuals in furthering their education. Scholarships are awarded based on a range of criteria set by the college and the Firm.
Summertime by George! is a free concert and festival put on by the Rotary Club and corporations of St. Cloud at Lake George! The area is transformed into a fun and active place every Wednesday during the summer with free live music from local and regional bands, local vendors, artisans, and a kid's zone for the entire family to enjoy! Schlenner Wenner & Co. has been a stage-level sponsor of this event since its inception.
Health & Wellness
Schlenner Wenner & Co. sponsors employee basketball, softball, bowling and volleyball intramural teams so we have the opportunity to keep fit. We also offer complimentary American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification to any staff interested. We also do an annual 8-week Shape Up Health Challenge for our staff. Participants who complete certain tasks/events have the opportunity to win weekly prizes.
Schlenner Wenner & Co. offers an Adviser Program to all staff to help formalize the expectations that both the Adviser and Advisee have for one another. The program is an opportunity for staff to strengthen professional goals and to give each of our staff members the “inside scoop” on how to be successful at the Firm. We also implement this into staff reviews by allowing the Adviser to give specific feedback into the review process.
Education Assistance and Continuing Professional Education
At Schlenner Wenner & Co. we believe that you are responsible for your career, and that the Firm will help encourage staff members to have a focus or a “niche.” The firm will pay for certification related to the field of your interest. A few examples are Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Fraud Examiner or Certified Specialist in Estate Planning.
The firm also tracks and pays all expenses pertaining to any Certified Professional Education (CPE) needed to maintain your CPA.
Professional Dues and Licenses
Schlenner Wenner & Co. pays all professional dues and licenses for our staff, including AICPA, MNCPA, EA, etc.
Paid Time Off
Schlenner Wenner & Co. offers a great PTO policy. Upon their first day, employees have a balance of 40 hours of PTO. Employees accrue PTO per hour worked. The accrual rate increases after 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years of service.
If an employee is responsible for the Firm’s obtaining a new client, the employee will receive up to 10% of the first two year’s collections.
If an employee refers a professional to the Firm and the referral is hired, the employee may receive between $1,000-$5,000.
Business Casual/Dress for the Day Atmosphere
From January 15th - April 15th, our Dress Code is Business Casual. From April 16th - January 14th, we have a Dress for the Day Policy. We recognize that there may be days where our employees do not have client or other professional commitments and therefore can enjoy dressing more casually while they work. Other days, employees have appointments with clients or have meetings to attend and so they want to look their best. We encourage our employees to Dress for the Day!