We have always maintained only two rankings; Partners and Associates. The ratio of these two rankings is significantly low. In our firm, “associate” does not mean “assistant”. This structure allows us to avoid the kind of hierarchical assignment structure that often prevails at more “leveraged” firms. The firm’ s size and structure affords our associates the opportunity to quickly take on meaningful responsibilities which allows them to become highly valued members of small teams working directly with clients and a true team spirit prevails against “bad” competition. We train associates to be complete, well-rounded professionals as opposed to specialists in subparts; in short, we try to develop in each of our associates the skills necessary to become a partner in our firm. Our culture reinforces the respect we feel for our associates by giving them substantial responsibility, close working relationships with partners and clients, and a long-term commitment to their professional development. The result of this unique combination of sophisticated practice, intellectually charged atmosphere and people-oriented culture is a group of associates who are enthusiastic about working at HLB Hellas.
Our relatively small size and unusual partner-to-associate ratio allows each associate the opportunity to work directly with partners in an informal and non-structured atmosphere that encourages hands-on training and the development of close working relationships among professionals of the firm and our clients.
We prize independent thinking and creativity in our Partners and Associates; our relatively small size and unusual structure are designed to create an engaging, high-energy atmosphere in which these traits will develop and flourish.
We provide our staff with the necessary support and technology. In addition to the systems infrastructure in place in the office, we provide each professional with a laptop supporting remote access on a worldwide basis to allow connection to the office and all of our information resources.
In addition to “on the job” training, associates are given the opportunity to follow the training program of the Greek Institute of Certified Public Accountants as an integral part of their professional development. They also learn how to develop a climate of understanding and trust with clients, and eventually how to lead and inspire.