Training | Upward Mobility | Work/Life Success | Busy Season | Benefits | Culture

We boldly call ourselves THE FIRM OF CHOICE in Northeast Florida because we strive to be the best that we can be every single day. And it shows.

The LBA Group was the first accounting firm to be listed by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the “Best Places To Work”. We were awarded this honor because our employees said that we deserve it, and in the end, they are the only judges whose opinion truly matters. They are The LBA Group. We believe the consistency of our people drives the high quality service experience we provide to our clients. We know that people do business with people, not just a firm, and those long-term client relationships are always enhanced when a client is able to deal with someone they truly “know” year after year.

We care deeply about retaining our team members and our clients, so we focus on providing opportunities to build real, long-term careers here. In a world where job hopping has become the accepted norm, we seek to provide an experience that builds loyalty and longevity in our people, so that “moving up” is never synonymous with having to “move out.” We achieve our low turnover through maintaining a culture and environment where professionals can continuously grow in their chosen field and feel an integral connection to the success of our firm.

CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND GOAL ACHIEVEMENT are the cornerstones of career success. All employees at The LBA Group have a performance plan and stated goals for their roles in the firm, and they receive ongoing support and feedback on their progress. We have a training curriculum tailored to the specific needs of each position so our people are fully prepared to produce quality work as they reach each new level of expertise. Our voluntary mentoring program is in place so that anyone who wishes to participate can choose a mentor within the firm to help support his or her professional growth with us.

WE PROMOTE YOU to the next level when you are ready, not just if a position comes open, so the only person you compete with to “get ahead” is yourself. Your rate of progress is up to you, and The LBA Group provides all of the coaching, support and tools to help you achieve your desired level of success.

WORK/LIFE BALANCE ISN’T ENOUGH. At The LBA Group, we all want work/life “success,” so we have created an environment that considers and honors the demands of each employee’s personal life. Most people work towards success in their careers so they can achieve success in life as well, in whatever way they choose to define it. To this end, we focus on treating people as responsible professionals, offering flexibility wherever possible, and ensuring that we staff appropriately so no one has to consistently work overtime. And since we’re a regional firm, only minimal, if any, travel is needed.

BUSY SEASON – A NEW APPROACH. Anyone who has been in public accounting will likely tell you that January through April in our industry is traditionally grueling. The simple truth is that a lot of work has to get done in a very compressed period of time. We don’t have a choice about that. So we try to focus on what we do have choices about and make it as efficient and effective and balanced a time as possible. We operate in a paperless, high tech environment, so all client information is at your fingertips. We focus on the real goal, which is to get a quality product out of the door as efficiently as possible, not on an “hours worked” goal, which has traditionally been the approach. Each individual is responsible for doing a quality job and meeting their own project goals. Our staff has the freedom to choose when they are going to work any additional hours that may be required to achieve their busy season goals and to earn bonuses. We do not require our staff to work on Saturdays, though several choose to do so. During our busy season, our staff works an average of 50 to 55 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks. The remainder of the year is a standard 40-hour work week.

BENEFITS AND PERKS at The LBA Group are numerous and continuous. We offer several healthcare options through United Health Care so we have programs to meet each employee’s particular needs ranging from high deductible plans to an HMO.  We also offer affordable and flexible dental insurance through Metlife, a health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account for health and dependent care, and flexible summer schedules. The LBA Group pays for life insurance, short term disability and long term disability for all employees. We offer a 401(k) contribution plan in which we contribute 3% of your salary whether you elect to contribute personally or not. On the “feel good amenities side”, we have fresh food options delivered throughout the year and keep our kitchen stocked with soft drinks and snacks. All employees have paid parking in our attached, covered garage. We also pay client referral fees, employee referral fees, and annual bonuses in addition to offering highly competitive salaries. At The LBA Group, we enjoy 15 days of paid time off plus nine holidays each year. We do an annual retreat with the entire firm, and host various social and networking events throughout the year. Additionally, if you earn your CPA license while working for The LBA Group, we recognize your achievement by giving you an additional 40 hours of paid time off, or the cash equivalent – which ever you prefer.

FAMILY is how we see ourselves and how we feel about each other. Even though we are the largest local accounting, consulting and wealth advisory firm in Jacksonville, the environment has the warmth and friendliness of a much smaller firm. And we all work hard to maintain that close-knit environment in spite of our double digit growth each year, because it is a mainstay value for us.

If it sounds like we think we’re “all that”…well…we do! We are the Firm of Choice.