MLR

Our Culture

We care for our people

From the beginning, Maxwell Locke & Ritter’s founders — Earl Maxwell, Tom Locke and Mark Ritter — were determined to establish a new kind of CPA firm. Knowing there was a way to practice public accounting that increased employee satisfaction, they focused on founding a unique company culture, where people looked forward to spending their time in the workplace.

This set the stage for our culture today, one that is focused on helping employees reach their potential, while providing exceptional service to clients and the community.

Our firm’s culture creates an exceptionally low turnover rate, which means clients consistently receive experienced advice, and that our employees draw from each others’ experience to work strongly as a team. Our culture is in the best interest of both our people and our clients.

Our Vision

To be a great place to work where our people reach their potential and provide exceptional service to our clients and the community

Our Business

We are Trusted Advisors whose proven expertise and relationships uniquely qualify us to find solutions and add value to our clients

OUR MISSION

To help our people and clients achieve their goals

OUR CORE VALUES

Operating as one firm, collectively working toward common goals

Encouraging open communication

Creating an environment where people are motivated by empowerment

Serving our clients with the highest regard for competency, compassion and courtesy

Committing ourselves and living up to our commitments

Treating everyone with honesty, dignity and respect

Participating actively in the community

No success at work is worth failure at home

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My ML&R Moment

“I knew I made the right decision in joining ML&R after my first firmwide social. Those first few weeks had been filled with opportunities to get to know professionals of all levels at the firm, but during this time I got to meet so many people and really see how everyone enjoyed being a part of this culture and community regardless of the point they were in their careers. As an intern, I not only felt welcomed, but I felt like my skills were valued and I would get help developing my career goals.”

Brytin
Brytin Staab, Audit Intern

“In November, I was working 50+ hours a week, often until 11 p.m. One night my son asked me, ‘Mommy you’re working again?’ and in that moment, I knew I had to make a change. I was working like it was a normal busy season in November and taking time away from him. I wanted to be somewhere that provided me the work-life balance that I desperately needed. ML&R has a reputation of providing that to its people. I knew ML&R would be able to give me my time back so I could spend more time with my kids.”

Mayela
Mayela Limas, Tax Associate

“When I was researching the firm, I came across the firm’s motto, ‘No success at work is worth a failure at home.’ Many companies preach work-life balance, but few make it one of their core values. Through speaking with employees during my interview process, I could tell that this motto is instilled in each and every employee. It was so refreshing to know that ML&R truly cares about its employees on both a professional and personal level.”

Garrison
Garrison Clark, Audit Associate

“I knew I wanted to work at ML&R after my first interview. This feeling was reconfirmed with every new employee that I met during the interview process. I could tell from our brief conversations that every person I spoke with genuinely enjoyed their job and felt that ML&R was invested in both their professional and personal success. It became clear that work-life balance isn’t just a talking point here, but a fundamental part of what makes this firm so successful. I’m excited to be a part of that!”

Nicole
Nicole Owens, Tax Associate

Wellness

We are dedicated to providing a workplace that promotes the health of our employees.  Our Wellness Team provides opportunities for employees to participate together in programs that improve their overall activity-levels, nutrition and mindfulness. Our programs include resources for new moms, discounted and free gym memberships, small group personal training classes, in-house yoga and various monthly activity challenges, outings and speakers.

Testimonials

If you are going to work in public accounting, MLR is far and away the best place to work. The firm’s commitment to family and community is unparalleled.

Creates a culture of inclusiveness where work-life balance is a priority.

Encourages a team environment vs separate departments and individual players.

ML&R is truly committed to their vision – not just in writing but through actions.

Partner group treats employees like family and gives me the support and guidance I need to grow and be successful.

They support me and my passions and want to see me succeed and more importantly – they want to see me happy and thriving in my career.

You’re a human being with a life and interest outside of accounting and they acknowledge that and give you the ability to live your life.

ML&R has a great family environment that overwhelmingly works to make sure every employee is satisfied with their job.

Accolades

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  • 1990’s

    Austin Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs – Firm Special Recognition (1997, 1998)

    Austin Partners in Education Employers Support Parenting Award

    Austin Partners in Education Hall of Fame

    Austin Software Council – The Connector Award

    F.E.M.A.L.E. – Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge Family Friendly Business Award

    Quality Supplier Service Award from Austin White Lime Company

  • 2000’s

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work (2004 – 2009)

    Austin Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes—Employer/Business Leader

    Austin Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs—President’s Award

    Austin Independent School District—Austin Works: Recognition for contributing to the success of students by being a supported employer

    Austin Lyric Opera’s Perfect 10 Award

    Austin Mayor and City Council – Distinguished Service Award

    Austin Under 40 Award 2009 – Awarded to Kyle Parks in the “Business and Entrepreneurship” category

    Ballet Austin Corporate Balletomane Award

    Fund for Childcare Excellence – Family Friendly Business Designation—Gold Award

    Fund for Childcare Excellence – Family Friendly Business Designation—Platinum Award (2001, 2002)

    Profiles in Power and Women of Influence Award 2009 – Awarded to Stuart Vick Smith as an “Industry Standout”

    Quality Supplier Service Award from Austin White Lime Company (2001, 2003, 2008)

    Samaritan Center – Ethics in Business Award

    San Juan Diego Catholic High School Recognition

    Texas Society of CPAs Lone Star Pathfinder Award

  • 2010

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

  • 2011

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Ethics in Business Award from the Samaritan Counseling Center—Business Category

  • 2012

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Austin Chamber of Commerce Greater Austin Business Awards—Community Relations winner in the Medium Division

  • 2013

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms To Work For

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    INSIDE Public Accounting All Star Firms

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

  • 2014

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms To Work For

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 Firms

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

  • 2015

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms To Work For

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 Firms

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

  • 2016

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Firms

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s 200 Fastest Growing Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

  • 2017

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms for Women

    Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100:  Firms to Watch

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Leaders

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

     

  • 2018

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms for Women

    Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100:  Firms to Watch

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Leaders

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

  • 2019

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For: #1 Medium-Sized Company

    Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100:  Firms to Watch

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Leaders

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

    2019 Healthiest Employers of Central Texas

  • 2020

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Firms

    America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firms List by Forbes

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

    Best Workplaces for Commuters 2020 by the National Center for Transit Research

     

     

  • 2021

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Firms

    Best Places for Working Parents by Early Matters Greater Austin

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

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