2021 Top Workplaces NYC: ‘Our people come first’ at CBIZ

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With over 100 offices and 4,800 associates in cities across the United States, CBIZ is a leading provider of professional business services to organizations and individual clients. 

Together, CBIZ and MHM are a Top Ten national accounting provider. CBIZ provides accounting and consulting services to small-cap Fortune 500 public companies, private companies and high net worth individuals. MHM provides attest and assurance services to the middle market, including financial statement and employee benefit plan audits. CBIZ and MHM operate as an alternative practice structure working together closely to deliver seamless services to their clients. The firm provides national-caliber expertise combined with highly personalized service delivered at the local level, but the organization’s heart extends far beyond the way it serves its clients. CBIZ has been named one of the top workplaces in New York City for its commitment to the flourishing of its associates and familial-like team.

CBIZ is dedicated to its people and wants them to stick around for the long haul, proving why it is one of the city’s top workplaces. Through the CBIZ Women’s Advantage (CWA) program, the firm focuses on attracting, retaining and advancing talented women within the organization. In addition to hosting in-house training, CBIZ also pays for staff to attend offsite courses that provide continuing professional education credits to help them achieve their personal and career goals. For associates that haven’t taken the CPA exam, CBIZ offers discounted review courses and a monetary incentive for passing the exam. 

“Our people come first,” says Jeffrey Gluck, Senior Managing Director. “I like to think of our office not only as a team, but as a family. We care about the wellbeing of our associates. We come together to support each other in both good and challenging times, and everyone has the confidence to ask for help when they need it.”

In addition to its great culture, CBIZ’s associates stay with the organization because of the career growth opportunities and the inclusive, familial working environment. Gluck started at the firm in 1992, and has been working his way up the ranks ever since. The organization has an open-door policy ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and creating a collaborative, close-knit team.

Although CBIZ’s New York team has worked remotely for the past 14 months, its leaders implemented programs to keep the team motivated and connected while they are apart.

“We launched what we called the ‘QuaranTimes,’” Gluck said, which was created to help the team stay connected while apart during the early days of the pandemic. Every week, different team members wrote editorial-style pieces sharing momentous occasions, , activities they were doing with their families and how they were adjusting to their new work surrounding in their home offices.

“We really stuck together while working apart,” said Elite Rubin, Director of Marketing at CBIZ.

CBIZ’s New York office also created a “buddy system” according to Gluck. “We encouraged senior leadership to call or video chat with staff, not about work, but life. It became a touchpoint and showed associates that we’re here for you.” This check-in system also made new hires during the pandemic feel welcome, making it easy for them to acclimate themselves as a member of CBIZ’s New York family.

Giving back is a fundamental component of CBIZ’s core values as well, and the firm exceeded its traditional philanthropic efforts throughout the pandemic. In 2020, CBIZ hosted their annual Food Drive virtually, and surpassed their 20,000-pound food goal, totaling over 38,000 meals. CBIZ also initiated a virtual fundraising campaign during the pandemic, raising funds to benefit Dress for Success, and working with GlamourGals to distribute #MyDearFriend notes to isolated seniors nationwide.

“There’s nothing better for a work-life balance than finding the right way to pay it forward,” said Gluck. “We care about our people and take pride in their ability to give back.”  .

All of these factors go into making CBIZ one of the City’s best places to work. CBIZ can provide top-tier professional business services to companies and clients across the nation because of its connected team, and the collaborative working environment behind the scenes. 

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