On February 8, 2012, a representative and a recent alumnus from the firm Feeley & Driscoll recently spoke to the Accounting Association about their firm, its culture, and its opportunities. Feeley & Driscoll is a regional mid-sized firm that actively recruits at Stonehill, and therefore it was useful for students to hear what it is like to work there. What distinguishes the firm from the “Big Four” and other regional firms is that all of its growth as a company has been organic. This has allowed it to maintain its strategy and its culture since it began. Another distinguishing factor is that its employees act as business consultants to the client, stressing relationships. In accordance with this, the auditing, tax, and consulting functions are intertwined for its privately-held clients. This is unique from most other accounting firms, who strongly separate these functions.
Patrick O’Halloran, class of 2013, spoke to the students about his experiences as a staff II employee. At Feeley & Driscoll, he enjoys that he gets a wide variety of experience doing both auditing and tax, as well as the fact that he frequently interacts with partners and knows almost everyone at the firm. Patrick stated that his biggest challenge on the job was interacting with the client, as it can often be difficult to get the information required for an audit in a timely manner. Overall, he enjoys working at the firm and hopes to gain more experience on clients from different industries.