Great conversations

Our graduates and interns aren't just a number in a universe of number crunchers, but valued members of a close-knit team.

Getting to know your colleagues is important to us. Around the country we hold social events including Friday night catch ups, lock-out lunches, quiz and movies nights. All of this creates an environment that supports your personal and professional growth.

Lauren Bennett

2019 Business Advisory Services Intern in Auckland, University of Otago

When looking at Summer internship opportunities, Baker Tilly Staples Rodway stood out to me as it is a reputable firm with a fun, energetic culture and a young, forward-thinking team. I started my internship in the Business Advisory Services division in November of 2019. I applied for the Business Advisory Services team (BAS) as I wanted to take on a new challenge by working for a professional services firm, whilst gaining some experience in client advisory.

Coming into the firm I felt extremely welcomed by the friendly team and was buddied up with a Graduate. The buddy system at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway was great as, I found that I had a lot of learning support and I was never too light on work.

My internship was an amazing opportunity to apply my university knowledge and gain a first-hand understanding of New Zealand business. It was a refreshing change of pace from university and I felt engaged and challenged by the variety of work I was given. I felt inspired and excited to learn each day and for my future career.

In the Business Advisory Services team, I was given the opportunity to work with large clients, challenge my problem solving, communication and accounting skills, whilst being surrounded by like-minded, hardworking people.

During my Summer internship, there were Football and Touch teams to join and a lot of social events to attend, such as Friday drinks and the annual Christmas party. At Baker Tilly Staples Rodway there is an underlying culture of positivity, encouragement and inclusivity, which I believe sets the firm apart from other larger companies.

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Darshana Govender

2019 Audit Intern in Auckland, AUT

I began my time with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway as an intern towards the end of November 2019. When choosing a firm to complete my work experience, I was focused on finding an organisation that is not only leading within its industry but one that values the contributions of its employees and cares for its community. Upon starting at the firm, I found that it fitted this description perfectly.

In the beginning, I realised that the difference between work and university life is substantial. But the staff at the firm were always eager to help, understanding and experienced which made the transition a lot easier. You have the opportunity to build relationships within your department through various team building activities and you get the opportunity to interact with colleagues across other departments. The firm is continuously growing which allows for growth not only relating to the organisation but also provides its employees with the opportunity to grow within the firm and gain experience to the necessary skills to develop professionally which is important for self-motivation and overall employee satisfaction.

As an intern we were assigned to tasks that exposed us to real life working conditions of an auditor. We got to experience first-hand what it would be like interacting and working with clients on actual audits. The insight we gained while working on the job is invaluable. The most interesting part for me was that I had the opportunity to apply my theoretical knowledge, studied at university, into practice which gave me a better understanding of the industry.

Overall, I am grateful for my internship opportunity with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and the experience I have gained. I am excited to see how my career will progress within the firm as a graduate next year.

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Andrea Crasta

2019 Audit Intern in Auckland, University of Auckland

My summer internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway was truly rewarding because it challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. The transition from being a university student to working within the Audit team was a steep learning curve, but the entire team were always willing to help and answer any questions I had. They took the time to ensure I understood each task and the reason behind why it was carried out. 

When choosing a firm, I was looking for one which provided an environment to assist its employees to build their skills and encourage success overall. After starting at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, I soon realised that it matched my expectations and these criteria. 

As an intern, I got the opportunity to work with multiple teams on different engagements and went on a client visit by the second week. The in-depth training provided made me feel more comfortable and confident while interacting with clients. 

The company culture at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is very inclusive and focused on caring for its employees. This is demonstrated by the importance placed on ensuring the balance between work and life is met. This is achieved through the wide range of activities offered by the Social Club (Christmas Party), sports teams and office lunches on Fridays to get to know your team. 

I have genuinely enjoyed my internship experience and learned a lot working alongside an excellent team. I am excited to see what my future with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway will bring.

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Marco Zarate

2019 Business Advisory Services Intern in Auckland, University of Auckland

My summer internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been an enjoyable and educational experience. While I’ve only been here for 4 weeks, I’ve already been able to work across a range of different clients and industries which always keeps work exciting.

I chose Baker Tilly Staples Rodway because I wanted to intern at a firm that promoted a healthy work-balance and provided a friendly work environment.

I’ve found the culture at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway to be one of the biggest highlights of my internship so far. Everyone is friendly and approachable, making it easier to get to know everyone and settle into the team. There are also a range of opportunities to get to know everyone from the firm such the end of year function, regular social club events, and social sports teams such as football and touch.

My internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has also shown me what a career in business advisory involves, and how the content that I learn at university can be applied to real-world scenarios. I have also had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of clients and jobs, which helps make every day different and ensured that I was always learning something new. While there is a steep learning curve at the start, you can always rely on the people around you to support and guide you when necessary. You are given a graduate buddy to help guide you on day-to-day basis and a senior who helps ensure that you’re getting the most out of your internship.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time interning at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun and interesting internship.

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Aiden Widdows

2019 Tax Intern in Auckland, University of Auckland

My summer internship experience at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway provided me with the perfect insight on what it was like to be full-time professional. As a conjoint student, I was searching for a role that would help me in deciding the right career path, but also, I wanted to be able to enjoy the environment I was part of. I am glad to say that Baker Tilly Staples Rodway far exceeded my expectations on both counts.

During my summer internship I was placed in the tax team as this was an area I had studied at university that intrigued me. Even as an intern I was given the same type of work that a grad would get, which means I was constantly learning something new. To help me with this I was given a buddy, however, I always felt like I could go and ask anyone if I was ever unsure about something.

For me personally, firm culture is one of if not the most important thing about where I work. I feel that this is where Baker Tilly Staples Rodway separates themselves from the other professional services firms as I have noticed how inclusive everybody is towards everyone and how much everybody encourages each other to be themselves and bring their own personality to the workplace.

One of the best things about Baker Tilly Staples Rodway was the number of events that were put on and how welcome we were made to feel at all of them. Highlights included organised events like the Christmas party and weekly sporting events (touch and football), but also other casual events like weekly lunches and regular after-work drinks on a Friday.

Overall, my summer internship with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is something I am incredibly grateful to have done as I feel that they strike the perfect balance between the work side of things and creating an environment that you feel proud to be a part of.

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Sanjana Vasudevan

Audit Graduate 2019 in Hawkes Bay, Eastern Institute of Technology

I started my career at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in February 2019 and the very first day was a memorable one. I was reminded of the hard work and effort put in to get here and it felt wonderful. I heard about Baker Tilly Staples Rodway as a student at EIT, Hawkes Bay, and what caught my attention was the opportunity to work in a great company that believes in an open and transparent work culture, imparting knowledge, professional ethics, team building, career growth and global exposure.

I joined as an Audit Graduate and was assigned a buddy, who acts as a mentor and helped me settle into the new environment. This one-on-one mentoring is extremely helpful for a new recruit to guide them through the initial teething period. The buddy also serves as an informal advisor in understanding the unique work culture at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway enabling me to adapt quickly and easily here. From the beginning, I was assigned to work on client files giving me on-the-job training and a wonderful learning experience. Each day, I have added to my repertoire of knowledge and improved my skill set. In this, I have received the full support and encouragement of my colleagues and team members. This helps motivate me to perform better and excel in my assignments.

Hailing from another country and brought up in a different cultural milieu, the transition is never easy. But with the support and guidance of my colleagues, I have smoothly adapted to the environment and feel a sense of belonging. This is one of the reasons I consider Baker Tilly Staples Rodway as the place to work at. Overall, I have had an amazing experience at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and I look forward to the growth with my career here.

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Rachel Fechney

2019 Business Advisory Services Graduate in Christchurch, University of Canterbury

I started working at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway as a business advisory graduate. From my first interview with the firm I felt welcomed by the team and excited to start my career with them.

I have been able to work on a variety of jobs and tasks under the business advisory umbrella across several industries. This has given me an opportunity to be constantly challenged, learning and developing professionally.

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway are very supportive of the transition from studying to work. You are assigned a buddy who is alongside you throughout this process. Baker Tilly Staples Rodway have regular trainings to further your professional development and acknowledge the need for employees to have a work-life balance. The national training events allow you to network and connect with others who are at similar stages in their careers and get to know your peers and the firm on a more personal level.

I have enjoyed my first year with the firm and look forward to furthering my career with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway.

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Klaus Nielsen

2019 Business Advisory Services Graduate in Christchurch, University of Canterbury

I joined the business advisory team Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Christchurch in June 2018 and have really enjoyed my experience as a graduate. The transition from university study to working full time in an accounting firm is quite a steep learning curve but Baker Tilly Staples Rodway made learning as smooth as possible. This is due to everyone always being willing to help: you from the buddy you are assigned when you first start to the directors whose doors are always open and welcome any questions you may have. There is also ongoing support for achieving your professional qualification (CA/CPA) with people who have been through the process and others who are currently working towards their professional qualification as well.

So far in my time here I have experienced a wide variety of work from completion of financial statements and tax returns to meeting and interacting with clients. I did not expect to be completing some of the work I did within the first 6 months, but this was made possible by having a great amount of support and guidance from everyone at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway.

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway are also very passionate about maintaining a healthy work/life balance. This is exemplified by the EAP services which is available to all staff, this provides confidential external support for any issues you may be having in your work or personal life and would like some support in.

Overall my experience here at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been a very positive one. I am looking forward to continue learning and progressing my career with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway.

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Sofia Andrevski

2019 Business Advisory Services Graduate in Auckland, University of Auckland

I started working at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway as a BAS graduate in early 2019. Right from my interview I knew that this was a place I really wanted to work – it was really refreshing to engage in an open conversation with people who really wanted to get to know me rather than running through the typical interview questions. 

There is so much to learn coming straight out of University and into your first job, but the support graduates are given is incredible and makes the transition much easier. The buddy system was vital to this as it is so important to have someone you can build a closer relationship with and go to whenever you need a helping hand. Additionally, there is a strong collaborative culture where you can go to anyone in the BAS team for guidance.

Within the first 6 months I had the opportunity to do some consulting work out at the offices of one of our clients. This was definitely one of the highlights of my first year and gave me the chance to really get outside of my comfort zone. As part of the 2019 graduate group we also took part in a mentoring programme at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. During our fortnightly visits we helped to guide our mentees through their last year before high school, as well as have a bit of fun!

Overall, I have had a year full of learning and great career opportunities, but ultimately, it has been the people I have met and worked with that has made my first year at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway so amazing.

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A Day in the Life of Lisa Ru

2019 Audit Graduate in Auckland, University of Auckland

The alarm marks the start of the day.

As the CBD is a bit far from home, commuting begins at 7:15am. Lucky for me, our Auckland office and our client’s office are right beside the Britomart train station, so the walk is only 2 mins!

Arrive at work. Nothing better than grabbing a coffee fix to start the day off right. Here in audit, coffee is our best friend. The day starts with checking emails to ensure those received outside business hours are read. This is very important as they can include internal updates, client requests or emails that require urgent responses. 

Start of the working day officially begins. The engagement team meets up and together we walk up Queen Street to Turner’s head office space (our client), where field work happens. Each engagement team usually includes a Graduate, Intermediate, Senior, Manager and Partner. Although not everyone is there every day, there is always someone to answer my questions.

A daily catch up is held to discuss progress and aims for the day. It is a chance to learn about the other areas of the audit as well as increase understanding of the client. A to-do list is created from the morning catch up, and testing begins. Testing involves a range of required work, including generating samples, vouching those samples to supporting documentation, updating narratives and creating walkthroughs. As a graduate, the best thing is working as part of a close-knit team where no question is invalid. Asking questions has become second nature. I have found this to be the most valuable and enjoyable part of work.

A huge part of auditing is interacting with the client. After gathering all my questions, follow up queries and further requests, it’s time to make my way to the client. It is fascinating to learn from corporate professionals and understand their perspective on the business. During the time with the client, I note down the discussion we have and any points that could affect our audit testing. Any potential issues I bring back to discuss with my team.

Time for team lunch! I have the honour of choosing workplace lunches. Another perk of being the graduate! The restaurant is within 5 mins walking distance and lunch never fails to liven the mood. It is the time to really get to know your teammates and talk about things outside of work.

After lunch, I head back to the office to meet with the Manager and Partner for my scheduled development meeting. We go over the progress I’ve made since the last meeting and since starting at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway. We go over any accomplishments and difficulties, as well as general talk about life outside of work. I raise any issues I’ve come across as well as provide my views in working for the company. It always feels good coming out of the meeting knowing what I did well, what I can do to improve and knowing Baker Tilly Staples Rodway will continue to support our growth.

After the development meeting, I roll into a planning meeting. This planning meeting is held prior to field work for another client situated in East Auckland. All engagement team members are included in the meeting from Graduates through to Partners. While the Senior and Manager run the meeting, I take the minutes. In this meeting, background of the client is provided, the testing approach is laid out and we discuss potential issues. I make sure to pay close attention here, as it lays the groundwork for the field work about to happen in the coming weeks.

Once a month, announcements are held over work drinks. This is a firmwide event and is the best time to interact with co-workers. It is a chance to meet up with those who you haven’t seen in a while or to meet new faces. Being one of the newer employees, I like learning about other departments and meeting new people.

As the event ends and everyone begins making their way home, I check my emails one last time. For the next workday to run smoothly, I draft a to-do list noting down any tasks that are yet to be completed.

A few of us head out for a movie night. Graduates, Intermediates, Seniors, everyone is invited! We book seats and choose any movie showing that night. It is a time to relax, clear the head and eat as much popcorn as we want! It’s a night I always look forward to.

Back to the office to pack my things and begin the commute home. Of course, not forgetting to pick up a bubble tea for the road!

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