Staff Accountant – NW Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Our client is growing due to recent acquisitions and organic growth. They looking for a Staff Accountant to work with the Controller, Corporate Accounting Manager, and Division Accounting Manager. This is a HIGH exposure role within a multi-billion dollar international organization!!!!

 

Staff Accountant duties:

Month-end financial reporting

  • Assist in month-end closing procedures including:
    • General Journal entry
    • General Ledger account reconciliations
    • Intercompany statements
    • Fixed Asset management including additions, disposals, and depreciation
    • Bank reconciliations
    • Account roll-forwards and sub-ledger reconciliations
    • Assistance in other aspects of closing of the books and records in accordance with US GAAP
    • Maintain compliance of internal SOX controls
    • Assistance in quarter-end financial reports and schedules

Qualifications

  • Required Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and 3+ years accounting experience.
  • Intermediate to Advanced skills required in MS Excel.
  • Good interpersonal and leadership skills to gather information from and work with multiple levels in the organization.
  • Detail oriented. Customer service mentality!
  • Great communication skills both oral and written.

San Antonio Accounting & Finance Openings!!!

Are you interested in relocating to San Antonio???? Let me know. Here is a list of our HOT openings!!!!

  • Senior Accountant-Sales & Use Tax, Multi state
  • Tax Manager- Federal, State, & International
  • Sr. or Staff Internal Auditor-SOX
  • Sr. Accounting Analyst- (Forecasting for future growth of company but also basic accounting functions)
  • Manufacturing Controller (CPA & Manu required)
  • Project Accountant for a TOP Marketing company (AWESOME OPPORTUNITY!!!!)

dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

san antonio

HOT, HOT OPENINGS!

– Senior Accountant, CPA – Sugar Land

– Tax Accountant – Greenway Plaza

– Financial Reporing Manager / Director – Northwest Houston

– LOE / GL Accountant – Galleria

– Senior Accountant – Katy

– Senior Accountant / Accounting Manager – Greenspoint

– SEC Supervisor – Galleria

– Staff Accountant – Galleria

– International Controller – Downtown

– Senior Auditors – Public Accounting

– Staff Auditor – Galleria

 

Email: dcd@fittsroberts.com

Spanish Speaking CFO needed in Texas! – EMAIL: dcd@fittsroberts.com

We are searching for a Spanish speaking CFO and CPA with manufacturing and prior private equity experience to lead a new portfolio company.

Email: dcd@fittsroberts.com for more details

Corporate Accounting Manager – Galleria – EMAIL: dcd@fittsroberts.com

The corporate accounting manager will effectively manage all general accounting activities for multiple corporate controlled entities under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  The Corporate Accounting Manager is responsible for managing the month-end close process and supervising the corporate accounting staff to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting and analysis.  The position will report to the Assistant Controller and be called on to interact with executive management as needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain policies, procedures and internal controls required to ensure financial statements of corporate companies are prepared timely and in accordance with GAAP.
  • Maintain procedures to ensure expenditures made by corporate departments are identified and properly accrued each month
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls
  • Complete monthly variance analysis of financial statements for all corporate companies
  • Complete monthly departmental analysis reports comparing actual to budget and prior year actuals
  • Supervise month-end close and financial statement preparation process
  • Supervision of accounts payable
  • Evaluate processes and procedures for improvement and develop recommendations for improvements
  • Ensure timely reconciliations to supporting ledgers or documentation of all GL account balances
  • Ensure all bank account balances are properly reconciled on a monthly basis
  • Ensure information required for entries to be made by subsidiaries is accurate and is provided timely
  • Identify profit improvement or cost reduction opportunities at corporate
  • Respond to inquiries made by independent auditors and or Business Compliance department
  • Provide team assessments to executive management
  • Develop relationships with all corporate departments and be responsive to their needs
  • Supervise and review reconciliations for multiple subsidiary accounts to ensure accurate reporting of consolidated financials
  • Manage annual budgeting process for corporate departments and corporate companies

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting; CPA or CPA candidate preferred
  • 5+ years experience, including audit, supervisory and management experience
  • Strong understanding & ability to interpret and apply GAAP
  • Hyperion experience a plus
  • Public company experience a plus
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain productive working relationships with other employees outside of the department
  • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment
  • Consolidation experience a plus
  • Strong skills in use of complex Excel spreadsheets

Diane Delgado LeMaire| Area Director, Executive Search & Branch Manager | Creative Financial Staffing, a division of Fitts, Roberts CPA Firm | 5718 Westheimer Suite 800 | Houston, TX 77057 | 713-490-6003 | dcd@fittsroberts.com|

Current Openings September 2012

dcd@fittsroberts.com

  • Revenue Accounting Supervisor – Downtown – Oil and Gas – 110K – offshore experience
  • Revenue Accountant (Senior) – Downtown – Oil and Gas – 80K – offshore experience
  • Internal Audit Director – Galleria – 125K+ – need to have presented to Board before
  • Staff Internal Auditor – Galleria – Oil and Gas – 55-60K(ish) – 20% travel (international)
  • Staff Internal Auditor (x2)- Reliant area – 55-60K – 5% travel (domestic)
  • Senior Auditor – Galleria – Manufacturing – 75K – 50% travel (domestic)
  • Healthcare Analyst – Greenway Plaza – Healthcare – 90K – pharmacy experience?
  • Implementation Manager – Greenway Plaza – Healthcare – 90-120K – need project Mgt experience
  • Sr Accountant/Jr Manager – Downtown – Oil and Gas – 95-110K – consolidations, large co experience
  • Gas Plant Accountant – Downtown – 75K – does acct for plant, creates invoices for gas
  • Staff Accountant (x2) – Katy – to 53K – MUST have Accounting Degree
  • Lease Accounting Manager – West – 100K – mix of fixed assets, systems and lease experience
  • Director of Accounting – West – 125K
  • Controller – Southwest – Manufacturing – 110-135K – MUST have standard costing and manu experience
  • Auditor – West – Oil and Gas – 100-110K – Need Oil and Gas experience, JV audits, SOX, E&P
  • Sales Analyst – Greenway Plaza – Healthcare – 50K – 1 year analysis experience, data-mining
  • AP Manager – Downtown – Oil and Gas – 60-70K – Must be degreed, need O&G or oilfield svcs experience
  • Assistant Controller – Construction – West – to 100K – need homebuilding experience
  • Senior Auditor – Downtown – Oil and Gas – 90K – 8-10 yrs, 20% travel
  • Gas Plant Accountant – West – Oil and Gas – 90K
  • Tax Director – West – Consumer Goods – to 140K – Federal and State

 

April Newsletter for Houston Accounting Professionals – dcd@fittsroberts.com

I hope you’re doing well.  I wanted to get back in touch and let you know a little about what’s going on the Houston job market these days. It seems that Houston is doing much better than the data from last year revealed. We actually added 3500 more jobs in 2011 than initially released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At this point Houston has recovered all the jobs lost during the recession. I have also read several articles that reference Houston having more demand for Accountants than any other city in the U.S (check out this article: http://wp.me/puDjI-jX ). I can certainly attest to the fact that Q1 was a very busy quarter for us and Q2 is not slowing down. Not only is Houston doing very well, but our other offices across the nation are also experiencing more jobs and a tighter candidate market.  If you’re considering a move, now’s the time to dust off that old resume and get back in touch. If you’ve got any new updates on your search, I’d love to hear about them!Stay tuned for my next newsletter in June.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/dianedelgadolemaire (I accept all invitations)

Local Statistics:

  • National / Houston Unemployment rate: 8.9% / 7.2%
  • Houston’s recession officially ended in November ’11 when we recouped all lost jobs since the peak in December 2008.  Houston remains the 1st of the nations largest 20 metro areas to emerge.
  • From Feb ’11 to Feb ’12 Houston created 93,400 jobs.  This represents a 3.7% increase.  This ranks 1st in Texas metro areas.
  • Trade records abound – for the 6th consecutive month, the Galveston Customs District reports a record value of $269B
  • Auto sales on the rise – Looks like people are spending money on cars again.  36.8% increase YTD.
  • Foreclosures are down 12.6% YTD
  • Price of Oil: $103.57 (last year $109.57)
  • Oil Rig Count:1979 (last year 1782)
  • Industries hiring:
  • Services, Exploration & Production, Manufacturing, Service Companies, Oil & Gas Field Services. Healthcare & Hospitality
  • Positions in demand:
  • Senior and Staff Accountants, Financial Analysts, Internal Auditors, Public Accounting, Operational Accounting Managers, Treasury, International Ta
  • Industries not hiring or flat: Telecommunications, Government, Real Estate, Financial

Accountant I – Houston, Texas – dcd@fittsroberts.com

Qualified candidates should have most of the following:

• 5 Year accounting Program from accredited university (online degrees not preferred), this gives a BBA – Accounting and MS – Accounting
• In lieu of degree above 2-5 years experience in Accounting profession with strong undergrad degree from accredited university
• 1-3 years of Big 4 experience a plus
• CPA Candidate or CPA

BASIC FUNCTION: Provide general accounting support for assigned companies and field accounting operations.

DUTIES:

Reconcile and analyze balance sheet accounts for assigned companies.

Prepare and review monthly journal vouchers for posting to General Ledger.

Review inter-company balances and correct out-of-balance situations.

Clear edits during month end close on a timely basis.

Prepare schedules for the financial reporting group as assigned.

Perform Balance Sheet and Income Statement review for assigned cost centers and companies.

Complete special projects as assigned on a timely basis.

Serve as liaison between field office personnel and Houston Corporate departments.

Adhere to the month end close checklist to ensure all month end procedures are fully completed under the strict time schedule and to document such review on the checklist.

Ensure compliance with the company’s policies and procedures.

Maintain sufficient supporting documentation for all journal vouchers, income statement budget variance reports, MD&A and any other documents to support decision making.

Maintain continuous compliance with the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley

Obtain an understanding of company structures and organizational relationship of companies within regions and assigned companies.

Prepare bank reconciliation of Houston controlled accounts.

Prepare audit schedules as directed. III

Diane Delgado LeMaire | Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Recruiting | Creative Financial Staffing, a division of Fitts, Roberts CPA Firm | 5718 Westheimer Suite 800 | Houston, TX 77057 | 713-260-5238 | dcd@fittsroberts.com  | http://cfstaffing.blogspot.com/| www.dianedelgadolemaire.wordpress.com| www.twitter.com/CPARecruiterHOU| www.linkedin.com/in/dianedelgadolemaire

Spanish Speaking AP Manager – Houston, Texas

Manage the day to day activities of the accounts payable team, up to 5 direct reports.

  • Responsible for vendor and internal inquiries.
  • Perform Payment Runs for multiple entities.
  • Perform in compliance with internal control and SOX requirements.
  • Responsibility over reconciliation of sub ledgers to GL.
  • Perform Cash forecasting
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Associates or Bachelors degree in finance or accounting preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years accounts payable experience in a multinational company required.
  • Minimum 2 years of management experience required.
  • Proven experience with accounts payable processing for remote locations. 
  • Spanish is a must

Please email your resume to dcd@fittsroberts.com

Diane Delgado LeMaire | Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Recruiting | Creative Financial Staffing, a division of Fitts, Roberts CPA Firm | 5718 Westheimer Suite 800 | Houston, TX 77057 | 713-260-5238 | dcd@fittsroberts.com   | http://cfstaffing.blogspot.com /| www.dianedelgadolemaire.wordpress.com| www.twitter.com/CPARecruiterHOU| www.linkedin.com/in/dianedelgadolemaire

International Tax Planning Director, Houston, Texas

 

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for international tax planning relating to tax matters associated with companies projects.
  • Responsible for special tax projects and other tax research and planning as it relates to mergers and acquisitions, greenfield development projects, establishment of new representative offices in foreign jurisdictions, identification of new, country-specific tax initiatives, and other strategic analysis and planning as required.
  • Responsible for the review and filing of tax returns for the holding and service companies.
  • Responsible for the analysis of current and proposed laws as they could potentially impact new and current businesses.
  • Responsible for the successful defense of positions and strategies from tax auditors in the jurisdictions in which Company affiliates operate.
  • Responsible for proactively generating new ideas and supporting due diligence and business development teams; working as member of multi-disciplinary teams on project development and implementation.
  • Responsible for assisting tax team with FAS 109 reporting, transfer pricing, or other departmental projects and initiatives, as needed.
  • Responsible for engaging and directing local country tax advisers as needed.
Essential Job Requirements

  • A minimum of 8-12 years of international tax experience in major aspects of U.S. international and foreign country corporate tax planning (preferably related to large capital investment projects), including legal entity and contract structuring.  CPA required.
  • Good organizational skills; ability to prioritize workload.
  • Strong analytical and technical tax skills and ability to understand tax law.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
  • International travel, as required.
Preferred Skills and Education

  • JD or MBA
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Mandarin Chinese a plus.

 

Special Job Characteristics

  • Ability to work overtime as required.
  • Ability to understand general accounting systems and to analyze specific entries and related financial reports and their correlation to income tax reporting requirements.
  • Ability to identify problems, recommend alternative solutions, and offer tax planning ideas.
  • Ability to design and organize work papers for the accumulation, presentation and review of tax return information, and the preparation of tax returns.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with tax and accounting personnel.
  • Ability to work as a member of the tax team and demonstrate flexibility to support the team, as needed.

 

Diane Delgado LeMaire | Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Recruiting | Creative Financial Staffing, a division of Fitts, Roberts CPA Firm | 5718 Westheimer Suite 800 | Houston, TX 77057 | 713-260-5238 | dcd@fittsroberts.com  | http://cfstaffing.blogspot.com/| www.dianedelgadolemaire.wordpress.com| www.twitter.com/CPARecruiterHOU| www.linkedin.com/in/dianedelgadolemaire

May 2010 Newsletter – Job Openings and Houston Market Update!

Industry News and Updates

Where do I start???? 2010 has been a very pleasant surprise. Honestly, I did not expect the market to shift so fast. We have had a tremendous amount of clients request Accountants on a permanent and temporary basis. Personally, as a Recruiter, I have had the best start I have every had in 9 years of recruiting!!!! Basically it boils down to companies starting to experience more demand and not having enough resources to get all the work done. Most accounting departments have been running very lean for the past 18 months or so. We are seeing positions at all levels from temporary AR/AR clerks, to Accounting Managers and Financial Analysts. The biggest demand to date has been in Tax (both public accounting and industry). I think we have finally put the worst of times behind us and can look forward to brighter days!

If you ever wonder what I am recruiting for you can always follow my blog at: www.dianedelgadolemaire.wordpress.com.

Please feel free to share this information with friends and colleagues!

Local Statistics:

  • National / Houston Unemployment Rate: 9.9% / 8.5%  (This is increasing, because workers who had given up their job search are returning to the market).
  • Price of Oil / Natural Gas:  Between $80 and $85 (April last year it was $55) / $3.99
  • Oil Rig Count: 1483
  • Industries hiring: Upstream Oil & Gas, CPA Firms, Non Profit, Healthcare, Business Services, Midstream Oil & Gas, Manufacturing
  • Positions in demand: Tax Staff, Tax Senior, Tax Manager (Public & Industry), Controller & CFO (coming back), Internal Audit, Upstream Accounting Positions, Financial Analysts!!!
  • Industries not hiring or flat: Construction, Homebuilding(Starting to see some improvement)

Great Article:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/07/news/economy/jobs_april/index.htm

 

Below is a partial list of our local and national searches:
Local Searches
JIB Accountant
Downtown, 50 to 60K, 10% Bonus Potential

Sales & Use Tax Senior
Downtown, 65 to 85K plus bonus

Senior Auditor (Public Accounting) 
Central Houston, Work Life Balance, Paid Overtime

Assistant Controller (Banking)
Downtown, 90K

Senior Auditor
West Houston, 60%

Senior Auditor 
Northwest Houston, 20% Travel, 70 to 85K

Financial Analyst
Downtown,  Oil & Gas, 1 to 3 year Public Accounting background 

FAS 133 Accountant, CPA
West Houston, 75 to 85K 

Federal & State Tax Accountant
Manager Track, 249 / 1960, 75K

SEC Accountant
Galleria, 75 to 85K, MUST have Big 4 Background

Tax Analyst (Federal, State, FAS 109)
Galleria, 55 to 70K

Assistant Controller
Downtown, 55 to 65K (no more than 3 years experience)  

Senior Analyst
Galleria, 110K, Purchase Price Allocation and Acquisitions / Dispositions / E&P

Non Profit Staff Accountant (2 Openings)
40 to 45K  


Credit & Collections Manager
Southwest Houston, 45 to 50K

Temporary Openings
Part Time Lead Generators
Up to $50 / hour – Weekends mainly

Interim Accounting Manager with Timberline
Pay Rate: $25 / hour

Grant Accountant (Federal Funding)
Pay Rate: $20 / hour

AP / AR Bilingual with MAS 90
Pay rate: $15/ hour

Tax Accountant – Oil & Gas, Houston, Texas

Must be able to independently prepare complex Excel spreadsheets, analyze source documents for book/tax differences, compute tax depletion and depreciation, maintain tax calendars, and maintain schedules of tangible property. Responsible for quarterly state and federal tax estimates. Prepare tax returns for state and federal partnerships, trusts, individual, and S corporation. Must possess a general knowledge of federal and state income, information, and sales and use tax.

BBA in accounting or comparable degree required, with some tax courses preferred. Prefer 5 years work experience in tax accounting, or 3 years with a Big Four firm. Oil & gas tax experience a plus. Should be able to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. CPA candidate preferred.

Diane Delgado LeMaire | Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Recruiting | Creative Financial Staffing, a division of Fitts, Roberts CPA Firm | 5718 Westheimer Suite 800 | Houston, TX 77057 | 713-260-5238 | dcd@fittsroberts.com  | http://cfstaffing.blogspot.com/| www.dianedelgadolemaire.wordpress.com| www.twitter.com/CPARecruiterHOU| www.linkedin.com/in/dianedelgadolemaire

Tax, Tax, Tax – Houston, Texas – Senior, Supervisor, Manager Roles!!!

Our client, a regional CPA Firm, is looking for tax talent!!!!! This firm has less than 20 individual and  5 S-Corp Returns. Do you love corporate tax (Federal, State & Partnership Returns – Oil & Gas, Manufacturing & Distribution). This could be the place for you!!!!!
 
Tax Senior Staff
The Senior Tax Staff works independently and has direct client contact.
Essential duties include:
  • Demonstrates a senior level of technical knowledge in tax matters and related issues
  • Possesses the experience and judgment needed to make decisions in the day-to-day performance of an engagement
  • Demonstrates high level of teamwork with other team members
  • Establishes rapport with client contacts. Performs technical work on complex returns
  • Consults with Supervisor to advise clients about improvements to their systems and procedures
Education and Experience Required: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a Master’s degree with an emphasis in accounting. CPA certification preferred or must be actively pursuing CPA certification by sitting for all scheduled exams. Two to three years of professional level tax experience in public accounting.

Tax Supervisor
The Tax Supervisor has demonstrated technical proficiency in tax matters and the ability to plan and supervise entire engagements.
Essential duties include:
  • Plans and supervises all components of tax engagements of varying complexities
  • Defines complex tax issues, including establishing the facts of the matter, performs or supervises related research and provides conclusions and recommendations based on the needs of the client
  • Mentors team members and writes performance evaluations
  • Develops client relationships as work is performed
  • Learns/understands the client’s business and related issues
  • Chooses practice specialty by industry or other area of focus, as supported by Firm policies
  • Develops prospective client and other professional contacts and relationships beneficial to the Firm
  • Recognizes the need to provide additional services to existing clients by teaming with the other practice areas of the Firm available from other departments
Education and Experience Required: A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a Master’s degree with an emphasis in accounting or an MBA is required. CPA certification is preferred, or must be actively pursuing CPA certification by sitting for all scheduled exams. Four to five years of related experience, preferably in public accounting, with demonstrated progression in complexity of tax engagements and demonstrated leadership abilities.

Tax Manager
The Tax Manager is a CPA with more than seven years of experience, including two years’ experience as a Tax Supervisor. The Manager has responsibility for management of multiple engagements and serves as the primary contact with the client.
The Tax Manager:
  • Supervises and verifies the technical research for multiple complete tax engagements
  • Serves as the primary contact with the client during the engagement; responsible for ensuring quality of work performed and satisfaction of client
  • Reviews the preparation of individual, corporate, partnership, fiduciary and non-profit tax returns
  • Recruits, trains, mentors, motivates and evaluates team members
  • Deepens professional development in an industry and/or other specialty area, as supported by Firm policy
  • Actively participates in the Firm’s marketing program, member of sales team, prepares presentations to prospective clients
  • Actively builds and manages professional contacts through membership in professional and community organizations
  • Works with clients to deepen/strengthen relationship with the entire Firm. Actively seeks opportunities to provide additional services as dictated by the needs of the client
  • Takes an active role in AICPA activities and serves as an instructor in the Firm’s in-house CPE Program
  • Has knowledge of the Firm’s abilities and products and has the ability to provide solutions to clients based on the Firm’s resources
Education and Experience Required: A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a Master’s degree with an emphasis in accounting or an MBA is required. CPA certification is also required. Seven to ten years of related experience, preferably in public accounting, with demonstrated progression in complexity of tax engagements and demonstrated leadership abilities.

Current Job Openings!!!!! Accounting & Finance – Houston, Texas

  • Assistant VP SOX Compliance
  • Audit Manger (Government & Benefits)
  • Tax Director (Multinational Company)
  • Senior Tax Manager (Multinational Company)
  • Tax Accountant (1 to 3 years of corp. tax experience)
  • Tax Manager (FAS 109, Federal & State)
  • Controller, Odessa, Texas
  • Revenue Accountant (7 Openings!!!!!)
  • Gas Plant Accountant
  • Director of Credit & Collections
  • Tenured Bookkeeper
  • Property Accountant
  • Senior Property Accountant
  • Senior Manager Public Accounting (2)
  • Tax Supervisor (Public Accounting)
  • Senior Financial Analyst (Modeling – Energy)
  • Credit Manager
  • Senior Credit Analyst (at least 5 years of experience – large energy company)

Diane Delgado LeMaire | Managing Director, Accounting & Finance Recruiting | Creative Financial Staffing, a division of Fitts, Roberts CPA Firm | 5718 Westheimer Suite 800 | Houston, TX 77057 | 713-260-5238 | dcd@fittsroberts.com  | http://cfstaffing.blogspot.com/| www.dianedelgadolemaire.wordpress.com| www.twitter.com/CPARecruiterHOU| www.linkedin.com/in/dianedelgadolemaire

Great Business Week Article!!!!!

BTW November 4, 2009, 2:06PM EST

BTW

Are Your Employees Just Biding Their Time?
The high unemployment rate has scared working Americans into hanging on to their jobs at all costs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the “quit rate”—the portion of U.S. employees who voluntarily leave their jobs—was just 1.3% in August, about half the rate that prevailed when the BLS began collecting such figures at the end of 2000.

But don’t count on workers’ loyalty to outlast the recession. A survey by benefits consultant Watson Wyatt (WW) found that the “engagement,” or loyalty, of top-performing employees has dropped by 25% over the past year, largely because people who kept their jobs have been soured by layoffs, bonus and benefit cuts, and a halt in promotions. “Employers are really nervous that the minute the job market picks up, all these people that are very disengaged are going to take off,” says Laurie Bienstock, the firm’s national practice director for strategic rewards.

The loyalty that employers enjoy now is “totally cyclical,” agrees Sean Bisceglia, CEO of TalentDrive, which sifts through online résumés. Indeed, many employees are already hunting for other places to work. In a Monster.com (MWW) survey back in May, 79% of jobholders said they had stepped up their search for a new place to work since the recession began.

Employers may not fully grasp what it takes to retain good people. In its latest biannual survey, released in October, temp firm Spherion Staffing Solutions asked about 300 employers and about 2,500 workers to name the top “drivers of retention.” As they did in 2007 and 2005, the bosses listed soft stuff: “management climate” and “supervisor relationship,” for instance. Employees’ top two in all three surveys? Benefits and compensation. And this year, only 27% are “very satisfied” with their pay. Just 37% are equally happy with their benefits.