Is BaCo Group Right For You?
BaCo Group offers a very contemporary work environment. We pride ourselves on ‘out of the box’ thinking, both with respect to our clients and our own firm management style. On the professional side, we hire interns and accountants who are pursuing or have completed their CPA. Specific openings are listed below. If you believe your skill-set matches the criteria described, please complete the application below.
Why should you consider a career with the BaCo Group?
Click on the notes below, to find out directly, from members of the team. After you have read what their thoughts are about working here, see what the firm offers in the way of benefits for members of the team.
Ford Baker CPA, Founder
Having started the firm, initially it was named Baker & Company, but internally, we referred to ourselves as BaCo, the name kind of stuck and we moved to the BaCo Group because the identifiable word there is “group” – we developed a team approach to client service, it isn’t just my firm but their career and their job is an integral part of everyone’s life that works here. That team approach sends the message to our clients and each other, that this is a group and we work together.
Recently, I had an opportunity to meet with a CPA who had sold his practice and stayed on after the sale to help with the transition. I mentioned in that conversation that in 2014 I had taken off in July and rode my bicycle from Canada to Mexico, I was out all month long. He asked how I could take off that much time and I replied our goal is that the group will cover for me while I am out, just like I will cover for them when they are out. He said something that really hit home, he said “I can’t take off that long and I sold my practice.”
Adapting that culture was not an automatic process but over time it formed based on what our firm vauled. Helping you be all you were created to be is really limiting that if it is just work, we were created to be a son, a daughter, a spouse, a parent, a friend, an advocate that does more than put debits on the left and credits on the right. It’s important that we provide excellent service to our clients when we are here so they appreciate and understand the need for us to take off when we aren’t. Once our clients become part of this culture, they are really excited about our trips, they know we plan for this to happen and they enjoy being part of a culture that thinks ahead and protects everyone’s downtime.
The world has adapted a 24x7 mentality, and I have had clients state they kind of expect that from us and I simply respond, no matter the size or the consequence, “that will never happen.” Our cell phone numbers are not on our business cards. We are not a call center, we also are a business where every single person and most businesses have the same deadlines, so there are times where we work a lot more, especially around those deadlines. The nice thing about that is that everyone in the world and most every business also has times where we don’t have to meet those deadlines, so we can plan ahead and take advantage of those down times but only if we plan ahead.
Work as a team, disconnect, reconnect and come back refreshed, that’s why BaCo. It not only works for me; it works for the Group.
Kaila Maxey, Senior Tax Advisor - Former Big 4 Staff
From the very beginning, BaCo Group has made me feel welcomed and treated me as a valuable member of the team. I initially started my career at a bigger firm, and while that offered me the opportunity to meet a lot of great people, it was easy to feel like just a number. At BaCo, I have already learned so much in such a short period of time and gotten to see a lot more of how a business actually runs and the impact our role has for them. Even though I wasn’t exactly looking for a job when I saw the opening at Baco, I couldn’t help but feel like I was missing out on an amazing opportunity if I didn’t apply, and I’m so glad I did. BaCo has allowed me to work on a number of different industries doing the work that I am interested in, while still offering the flexibility and family-friendly, caring work environment I was looking for. While the nature of public accounting can get a bad reputation for being stuck at a desk all day, BaCo is constantly focused on health and well-being, even during busy season. I couldn’t be happier to work for a firm that promotes flexibility and value in their people, while still allowing you to be very successful at your career.
The BaCo Group Employee Benefit Package includes
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Fully paid health insurance package
The company offers a fully paid health insurance policy through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. The plan includes a deep network of participating physicians and access to the Baylor Scott & White network of hospitals in the event their services are needed. The company also offers family coverage, a dental plan and an optical plan for each employee to consider enrolling in with pre-tax payroll deductions.
The BaCo Your Time Policy
Frequently employers offer unlimited time off because "you can work from anywhere" which sounds great on the surface but that often turns into no real time off. While the idea you can work from anywhere is very true at the BaCo Group because each employee can log into our hosted server from anywhere, the BaCo Group respects the boundaries of each of their employees and their time off is their time, not the firms. Just because we can work from anywhere doesn't mean you are expected to. What does that mean? It means no lugging a laptop along on vacation or for a weekend with your significant other. It means no text messages, emails and calls to your cell phone. Your time is your time. Your paid time off includes holidays, post busy season days and time off commensurate with your tenure with the firm. We also have a summer reduced hours policywhere members of the team can take off every other Friday, giving each team member the ability to get a summer with an abundance of three day weekends.
If you are wondering how we do that, take a look at any of our business cards and see if they include cell phone numbers. Our voice over IP system is really flexible, we can take calls anywhere but we don't include our cell phone numbers on our cards because that sends a message to the person that has the card that it is okay to call me on my cell if needed. Clients, vendors, etc may not be aware that you are on vacation, or running some personal errands.
It's also your cell phone, so adding your business email to it is your call, not ours. Many of our staff have it set up and turn it off and on, at their discretion. That boundary is important to us, it's how we keep our work life balance and different than a lot of firms, ownership here expects you to take time off and unplug. They ask you to make sure email is turned off on your phone and everyone at the office is asked to respect that time. Ownership has your back when you are out because they want the firm to have their back when they are out.
Unique Office Environment
You won't walk into our convenient North Dallas office, located near the corner of the Tollroad and LBJ in Farmers Branch, and think "this is an accountanting firm." We are going to look different because we are different, each full time professional staff person has their own private office and they aren't the traditional private offices you see in a lot of firms, complete with a print of cattle grazing in front of an oil well, they are uniquely yours. The art on the wall includes prints from some of your photos of favorite places you've been, so the feel in your is going to be unique to you. As an accountant, we spend a lot of time in our office, working on tax returns, projecting results and tax consequences or researching the tax impact of a particular transaction. You need a place that allows you to focus but feels comfortable, that's why we have resisted the idea of hoteling. You've heard firms make the comment that real estate is the most expensive part of a firm and therefore they are willing to sacrifice your comfort for their bottom line. We roll up our sleeves, work hard and need a place to do it. We give you a private place to work and then offer some flex environments, including some smaller collaborative work spaces or think tanks as we like to call them, we have a conference room and comfortable break area for firm wide events.
We also have routine energinzing moments, we have gone to the movies in the middle of the afternoon and every monday we bring in lunch and have a staff meeting where we laugh a little and watch old episodes of The Office or Parks and Recreation.
The office is non-smoking and their is an abundance of free, covered parking just outside the door to the office.
Your Health is Important
It's dangerous to be an accountant, we spend a lot of time sitting at our desk, working on a computer. Snacking on something convenient and at times during the year, working some hours to get returns done. Because of that we are more susceptible to things like heart disease, diabetes or just getting obese. The founder of the firm has lost a lot of weight and that process is what made us a firm where the health of our employees and community is important.
We therefore support the American Diabetes Association and are active participants in their annual tour de cure, where we sponsor a rest stop. The City of Farmers Branch also makes their rec center available to people who work in the city and the BaCo Group pays for your membership to the rec center for all full-time employees that want to use it. The rec center includes an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a 60,000 square foot work out facility with a running track, exercise equipment, treadmills, bicycles, basketball and racquetball courts and exercise studios for yoga, Zumba, spin or aerobics that are all included at no additional charge, with your membership.
Have you ever heard of a firm say "our goal is to eliminate overtime in tax season" before? Well you have now, how do we do it? Technology. Instead of an environment where we use technology to be able to work from anywhere at anytime, we are developing a technology that does work behind the scene, gathering transactions and account balances that let us know what's going on in our clients files real time. We combine that with a unique process (patent pending) that automatically converts GAAP financials to a tax basis balance sheet and income statement. That makes the data 24x7. Our clients like the idea that we are going to eliminate surprises, to give them insights into their business and most importantly, get in the huddle with them. So often we show up after the fact and let someone know, far too late, what the tax consequences of the decisions they made are.
Clients always make statements like, "this should be easy" or "why does this have to be so complicated" and we agree that a complicated thing like income taxes should be easier for you to determine and plan for. Our clients are profitable, ethical and therefore understand that they will have to pay taxes, they expect us to help them reduce their taxes and plan for them. Tax prep will still be part of the job, it just won't be as time consuming because we will work hard all year long, preparing the returns and getting questions answered before year end.
Even though the technology is not in final form, it already has proven to be an invaluable tool, which continue to reduce the hours we work. Each staff member is given a work plan before the year, where the hours projected for their projects are lined up for them. Last year, due to these efficiencies, not one member of the team has met their expected hours quota and we think that's a good thing.
Senior / Experienced Accountant
We currently are seeking an experienced senior to join our firm in a full time capacity. The right candidate will be a CPA or working toward that designation and have experience in the preparation of business tax returns including S Corps, Corporations and Partnerships. Our firm has clients with operations across the country, so state and multi-state experience is also a plus. He or she will have strong communications skills and be comfortable stepping into client communications almost immediately.
The firm will work to develop an expanded book of business for the right candidate to grow into and manage, we will use the expertise we have obtained in SEO optimization to develop that book of business so your path to becoming a partner is as smooth as you would like it.
If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to pursue, please complete the application below!
We are currently seeking a Tax Intern to work on multiple engagements and deliver high quality tax planning, consulting, research and tax preparation services to our clients. This position offers training in preparation of federal and state income tax returns for individuals and their businesses, research of tax related issues encountered by clients, prepare research memos, written guidance and other correspondence, as well as, excellent opportunities for advancement.
This candidate must be pursing their Bachelors/Masters Degree with major in Accounting with an emphasis in Taxation and on the path to get their CPA license. This is a part-time position and flexible with school schedules.