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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Grass Wasn't Greener!

The Irvine, CA office of McGladrey couldn’t be happier knowing that one of their esteemed former colleagues will be returning to their ranks today. No, it's not Superman, the Man of Steel you see here in the picture (he still prefers to be a free agent), but rather, Dale Divers, SALT Tax Professional!

Dale, a graduate of CSU Long Beach, and who obtained his MST from CSU Fullerton, has made the decision to return to McGladrey after previously having worked for PwC prior to his first stint with McGladrey, and having left a few years ago to work for Grant Thornton.

Dale is an avid traveler. His next exciting stop is the McGladrey tax department in Irvine, CA fulfilling the role of a SALT Tax Director. I had the opportunity to sit down with the self proclaimed road warrior to talk about what brought him back to McGladrey.

Q. What attracted you to return to McGladrey vs. seeking an opportunity with competitor firms?
Having worked at McGladrey from 2003 to 2007, I have a good understanding of the Firm’s expectations and of my role, and I anticipate a very short transition period to get up to speed and engaged with professionals and clients.

Q. Having worked for Pricewaterhouse and Grant Thornton, what do you believe separates McGladrey from them.

. McGladrey is solidly positioned in the middle market – other firms are making valiant efforts to go “upstream”, focusing on serving larger clients that are unhappy with the Big Four.

Q. How do you see McGladrey supporting you in your professional goals?
A. McGladrey was very supportive of my professional goals during my first tour with the Firm. In 2007, I left with the mistaken impression that the “grass was greener” elsewhere. Since that really wasn’t the case, I’m excited about returning to McGladrey and getting back to serving the middle-market clients that have, in my mind, all the interesting and fun SALT issues.

Q. What advice would you give an audit/tax professional who’s considering making a move to McGladrey?
Having left McGladrey for another opportunity, and now returning after 3 years at a competitor, it’s clear to me that McGladrey is much more sincere in their efforts at working with professionals to obtain both interesting client work and professional development opportunities, while also helping professionals maintain that all-important “work-life” balance that is painfully absent at other Firms. If I may pass on some excellent advice I was given years ago – your career is a marathon race, not a 100-yard dash. Keep that in mind when evaluating if that greener grass is really just a camouflaged sprint track.

Dale resides in Buena Park with his wife and sometimes enjoys breaking out his Harley Davidson and riding the open roads of Southern, CA. Dale admits that he greatly enjoys all of the details required in trip planning. Not surprising given attention to detail is a top quality our tax professionals. This summer Dale and his wife were on the road a full 30 days, travelling about 7,500 miles through 21 states, and visiting 29 National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites as well as about 50 other roadside attractions.

If you’d like the opportunity to work alongside someone like Dale, then check out our current openings at We currently have the following needs in our Southern CA offices.

Tax Director - Los Angeles

Tax Senior Associate - Los Angeles

Tax Associate - Los Angeles

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