I worked with a recruiter who introduced the job and the firm to me. I was getting burnt out in public accounting and was looking for a change. As an auditor, you don’t really have an opportunity to see how journal entries are made or how financial statements are created. I’d been thinking about wanting to see more of a full picture, do more analytical work, and handle the actual GL process. I interviewed at other places, but I remember coming into SIG and really wanting this job. I liked how the role was presented and that I’d have the chance to fully own entities from start-to-finish. I didn’t feel like I could do that in public accounting, so knowing I’d have that ownership was a comfort and a relief.
SIG is what you make of it. The firm is expanding and our team is paving new paths. If you show the interest to succeed in your role, the opportunities to grow are endless. You know that’s happening because you’re taking on more responsibility, doing more difficult projects/entities than when you started, and thinking about things in a completely different way than you were even six months ago. My role naturally progressed over the years and I’ve seen my hard work pay off.
I recently became a mom and didn’t know how the transition back to work would be, but I’m happy to say that it’s been going really well. It’s not easy juggling everything, but both my job and my family are so important to me. I love the onsite services at SIG, especially the car repair and maintenance. Anything to save myself time after work is great because I want to get home to my son. SIG is great about that – when you’re here, you’re here. When you’re home, you can focus your energy there. It means a lot to me that I’ve been able to be a mom and have a great career.
No day is really typical - which I love. My days vary based on where we are in the month or even the year. In the first few days of the month, I’m helping other accountants with any issues that come up with month-end close, or working on project-based tasks. Mid-month, after the entities are done, I switch to a straight review role, because financials and reports are due to regulatory agencies within certain deadlines. I have meetings intermixed for whatever projects I’m working on and I’m always collaborating with different groups to resolve issues. A lot of my job is working to improve things that are not operating as best they could. We also have our financial statement audits going on for many months of the year. They require a lot of work from everyone on our team to make sure that our deadlines are met.
My husband and I got married in this amazing 16th century villa in Italy – it was like a fairytale. I wouldn’t have been able to do that, and travel for 2.5 weeks throughout Europe for my honeymoon, without the extra week of vacation granted by SIG in the year you get married.
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