I saw SIG on LinkedIn. I was ready to move out of public accounting, and the description of the role sounded exactly like what I wanted to do. When I went to SIG’s website, it seemed like a fun culture with a down to earth and laid back environment. When I came in for an interview, it felt even more like that. In public, I supported financial services clients who had a lot of trading companies, so once I interviewed at SIG it seemed right up my alley.
Work/life balance. I wanted a company that was more flexible, closer to home, and that didn’t require as much travel. I’m treated like a professional here, and I’ve seen the balance I was looking for. If I need to come in late or leave early, I’m able to manage or shift my schedule in a way that still ensures my work is completed on time. And I’ve got time to do things after work while having my nights and weekends free. Requesting time off isn’t difficult and it’s great to know that I’ll be able to take some extra time off when I get married because of the benefit that SIG provides.
I felt like the interview process was very helpful. SIG seemed like a place where I’d have guidance when I need it, or someone to talk to when things come up. Professionally, it was a role that aligned with what I wanted to pursue in accounting. Here I saw the opportunity to own my entities end to end, whereas previously I did not have that exposure. Personally, I had just started my family at the time I interviewed and was able to talk to team members about their work/life balance; they were really open to answering my questions.
I really like that I get to manage my own work. There’s not a lot of micromanaging here. You’re responsible for your own GLs and running their monthly close processes. From a business standpoint, SIG also offers classes to help you build your knowledge and skills. All of this has made me more accountable in managing my career growth.
Completing an audit was very fulfilling for me. I had never been on this side of an audit before, so I was really proud of completing a whole financial statement. Since then I’ve been given a lot more entities, which has shown me that as I perform well, I’m able to take on more.
With the entities I manage, I’m busy during the first 10 business days of the month compiling various reports (accruals, management fees, inner company amongst ourselves) relating to the close of the prior month. We do the GLs monthly and it all goes into the end of year report. At the end of this past year, I got six new entities, so I’m still learning those. Some are brand new and while small, have a lot of activity. I’ve been looking back on previous month-end closes and using them as a guide, as well as talking to team members about questions I might have.
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