What it does: Business advice and accountancy
Staff stats: Around 35,000 globally, over 450 in New Zealand
The good bits: Good work-life balance
The not so good bits: Dealing with demanding workloads
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, while a separate and independent national network, is part of Baker Tilly International. Baker Tilly International is an accountancy and business advisory network comprising nearly 800 offices in 145 territories that was founded in 1988. In 2018, the global network had a total combined fee income of US$3.5 billion (NZ$5.5 billion).
In 1945 Frank Rodway teamed up with Charles Staples, rented a small office on Queen Street, Auckland, and launched the accounting firm Staples and Rodway (later shortened to Staples Rodway). Over the subsequent decades, the firm grew steadily and formed a national network with firms in Christchurch, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Tauranga and Wellington. The firm is best known to the general public for the Staples Tax Guide, which has proved an invaluable resource for many Kiwi business owners.
Staples Rodway has been part of the Baker Tilly International network since 1989 and rebranded as Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in 2019. It offers the following services:
The firm seeks to provide “practical, responsive and business-focused services to a broad range of clients from start-ups to significant businesses across all industry types” and “operate in a lean and efficient manner to provide excellent value”.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway employees are expected to leverage their “in-depth knowledge and connections across local, national and international markets” to help the firm’s clients get the most out of their businesses.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway doesn’t have a local diversity and inclusion policy but adheres to Baker Tilly International’s one. Baker Tilly International recently joined ‘CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion’. This a “collection of business leaders committed to sharing successful diversity and inclusion initiatives”. After joining, Baker Tilly International decided it would focus on gender, ethnicity and age and pledged to do the following:
The Baker Tilly Staples Rodway’s community motto is “people pursuing passions” and the firm’s directors and staff are encouraged to pursue any passions they have for philanthropy. Many of the firm’s more senior staff sit on the boards of charities and community organisations and provide access to free or low-cost accounting services to these organisations.
Staff at the firm’s offices take part in fundraising initiatives such as Pink Ribbon Day, Steptember and Movember. The firm also provides extensive financial support to a wide range of organisations including CanTeen, Life Education Trust, Nurse Maude, Police Managers’ Guild Trust and is the official accounting partner of Tri NZ, which encourages New Zealanders to take part in triathlons.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway offers a three-year grad program. This is designed for those with an accountancy degree (grads are supported to attain CA ANZ or CPA qualifications). Those with business and law qualifications can also apply.
Whatever role they are applying for, the firm aspires to hire individuals who “ love what they do and who have a strong desire to succeed, but who also have some perspective on the bigger picture and leave room in their lives for the other things that matter to them”.
The firm promises grad employees the following:
The firm also assures grads they will be treated as “a valued member of a close-knit team” and get to work directly with big-name clients such as Burger Fuel, Turners Automotive, Beca and Southern Pastures.
Graduates move quickly through salary ranges in their first three years, while completing their professional qualifications.
Baker Tilly International champions a “culture of growth”. Among other things, this means providing challenging and rewarding career centred on life-long learning to staff. Baker Tilly Staples Rodway promises grads “great relationships, great conversations and great futures, setting you up for now, for tomorrow”.
Grads receive networking, team building and national training opportunities as well as ready access to partners and directors. The firm states, “The support our graduates receive really helps kick-starts their career – with the opportunity to move up through the ranks fast.”
Despite being the sixth largest firm in New Zealand, Baker Tilly Staples Rodway still has something of a family business feel. Its corporate culture is friendly and relatively egalitarian with staff at all levels regularly interacting during social events, sporting activities and fundraising drives. While staff are expected to work hard when required, there isn’t the hard-driving, long-hours culture that some professional services firms encourage. If all that sounds attractive to you, you’ll probably be a good fit at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway.
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Are you looking for career progression locally and globally?
Look no further. Baker Tilly Staples Rodway offers both.
At one of New Zealand’s largest business advisory and accountancy firms, you benefit from international opportunities throughout our global network.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has grown to become one of New Zealand’s leading independent accounting networks with offices in Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Christchurch. We believe that this regional diversity is an important part of our culture.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is an independent member of Baker Tilly International with firms in 145 territories. As well as potential opportunities for secondments, these relationships help us to open doors for our people and clients around the world.
You’re not here to make up the numbers. At Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, you’ll be a valued member of a close-knit team.
Graduates work directly with our clients, who include Burger Fuel, Turners Automotive, Beca, Southern Pastures and more. You receive networking, team building and national training opportunities, with the variety of work and competencies needed to make you an expert in your field. The support our graduates receive really helps kick-starts their career – with the opportunity to move up through the ranks fast.
During your 3-year graduate program you build friendships for life, studying with your fellow graduates for CA ANZ or CPA qualifications.
You will be assigned a mentor for one-on-one development, as well as a buddy to help you with day-to-day questions. We have an open-door policy, with access to our Partners and Directors.