Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Corporate Controller in Nashville:
"Don't Get Old."
Do not let your company ignore you at annual review time just because they think you are 'too old' to find another job. Not all raises are merit based. The cost of living can eat away rapidly at what was previously a generous compensation package.
Corporate Controller in Las Vegas:
Just because you have reached a higher level in your career does not assure you know everything in your field. Listen; to everyone; your reports, higher ups, the janitor, everyone has something to teach you. Most importantly, listen to yourself... You may find flaws that need correcting.
Corporate Controller in Houston:
"How difficult cost accounting is."
You are going to have to self-educate in many areas of finance and accounting.
Corporate Controller in Kahului:
"Corporate Controller as a Career Path."
The job entails office work and can be somewhat dry and monotonous. It is definitely a grind with non-stop deadlines. A CPA credential is often times desired and an accounting degree is a must.
Corporate Controller in Carrollton:
"Work Smarter not Harder."
Don't be afraid to delegate. Hold people responsible for their assigned duties. Be fair in your evaluations and work ethic. Reward only when rewards are due. Make it your priority to know your employees so you can communicate to them in an effective manner.
Corporate Controller in Phoenix:
"It's a Good Living but you won't get rich."
Try to work for a large, publicly traded company and keep up to date with your networking.
Corporate Controller in Springboro:
"Audit Or Tax?"
Public accounting pushes one or the other. Try your best to get experience in both areas for well balance knowledge. Accounting helps you do your job, Tax helps you keep your boss and owners happy.