2011 Best places to work: Freed Maxick Battaglia
This Buffalo-based company (with offices in Batavia and Rochester) lists among its specialties audit, tax, enterprise risk, and other consulting services to closely-held businesses, SEC companies, governmental, and nonprofit entities. It maintains an active presence in all social media, one of a select few accounting firms to do so. In addition to caring for its clientele, it serves as a guardian of sorts for its employees, one of the reasons it was named a “Best Place To Work” by Quantum Research.
Ronald J. Soluri, Sr., managing director of Freed Maxick Battaglia, states that “Another specialty of our firm is to provide a healthy work/life balance for our employees and encourage them to succeed both personally and professionally with community involvement and professional development activities. We provide many benefits to our employees including an established career path, a local corporate culture with extended resources to service clients nationally and globally, and the ability to build your own practice, specialty, or niche business.”
One indication of the firm’s commitment to helping employees from the beginning is their establishment of a website that guides prospective employees through the steps of identifying a place at the company and soliciting a position: www.freedmaxickcareers.com.
Soluri also notes that FMB takes its role in WNY seriously: “We have continually supported the communities of Western New York and beyond, and highly encourage our employees to get involved in the organizations they are passionate about. We will always be supportive of community groups and not-for-profit organizations, and strive to continually find new ways to help them reach their goals. We had a great deal of success with our digital Facebook billboard community campaign in 2010–2011, and hope to maintain great relationships with Western New York, and continually stay creative in the ways we can help support the region.”
Soluri finds great benefit in community outreach: “Whether it be through our involvement with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Buffalo Niagara 360 young professionals program, an innovative use of technology, dedicating employee volunteer hours, or supporting special events, we enjoy our involvement with the community and find that it opens up our employees to a network of new people and new ideas,” he says.
And so the 260 employees of Freed Maxick Battaglia (170 of them in Buffalo) continue to thrive in a propitious working environment, ensuring continuity of product and service for a company founded on much more than the bottom line.
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