Staff Bio

Mafer FreemanCPA

  • Position
  • Senior Associate
  • Since
  • 2016
  • Alma Mater
  • University of Washington
  • Specialties
  • Financial StatementsNonprofitTax

Big Four No More

As someone who was born and raised in a different country – Mexico – I’ve always been interested in travel and working internationally. I like to witness diversity and experience other perspectives and individuals who have a background that’s different than my own. That’s what I thought a Big 4 public accounting firm could provide me.

I never thought I would work in public accounting. But once I discovered it, I knew I wanted to work for a Big 4 firm. I loved the prestige that a large firm could offer, and it had everything I was initially looking for – a career path to the top, a chance to work internationally and competitive compensation.

But, just two years into my Big 4 professional career, I learned so much about myself. While I was getting the opportunity to work with an international client, I was working an exhausting schedule with meetings at 5 am and 10 pm with a full day of work in between. I was working on one client and one client only. Not only that, but this client was so large that I had just a very small piece of the pie. I never got to see the bigger picture or understand the client on a broader level. I knew I was developing valuable skill sets and gaining important professional experience, but sometimes I wondered – at what cost?

I learned that I valued both personal and professional relationships most and was missing this connection. My transition to a regional firm like LG has provided me the opportunity to work on a variety of clients and build personal relationships with them. I also have flexibility in my work schedule and a work-life balance that meets my needs. For me, Larson Gross is just right – allowing me to closely connect with clients and colleagues that broaden my perspective and teach me something new each day.

“ For me, Larson Gross is just right – allowing me to closely connect with clients and colleagues that broaden my perspective and teach me something new each day. ”