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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the process for reviewing my application?

Once your application has been received, the talent acquisition team will review your skills and experience and compare them with the position requirements for which you have applied. You will be contacted if you are selected for consideration. From application through interview and offer, we strive to complete the process in two weeks or less.

Do you require references or letters of recommendation?

Blue requires reference contact information, which are checked by our background check vendor during the interview process.


When do my benefits start?

Benefits start on the first of the month following 30 days of employment. Managers (and up) are eligible for healthcare benefits on Day 1.

How many holidays does the firm observe?

We observe seven holidays, one floating holiday chosen by Blue, and one flex holiday chosen by the employee.


What do my first 30 days look like?

After orientation, you will get to know your coach and your team. Your coach will review your role/specific job responsibilities and start to dive into some of the technology platforms used for your position. Your coach will continue your onboarding during the first 30 days with additional training, assignments and follow-up during 1-on-1 meetings.

Do you require references or letters of recommendation?

Blue requires reference contact information, which are checked by our background check vendor during the interview process.

What is included during orientation?

The two-day orientation introduces you to Blue, your role and your team. Our talent development specialist will serve as your guide. You will learn more about Blue — our history, our values and our mission — and the initiatives that make Blue such a great place to work. You will have time with IT, human resources and office leadership to round out your orientation.

What do I need for orientation?

You don’t need anything for orientation. We will provide everything for you.

Experienced Hires

What are the perks of a mid-size firm?

A mid-size public accounting firm will allow for far more opportunities for one-on-one interaction between employees and partners, which will allow you to grow faster in the public accounting industry. You will experience and create a far deeper personal connection between you and your employer. These opportunities will provide you with a far closer connection to a company’s mission, vision, values and culture.

What does my career path look like?

Growing your career in public accounting is truly what you make of it. At Blue, starting at an intern level, you can move into a full-time position in a niche of your choice and grow your career into a senior, manager, or even on a director path with the support of Blue’s learning and development growth programs. Your future at Blue is truly up to you! 

Where can I learn more about opportunities with Blue and how should I apply?

Click on the specific state and location you’re interested in and then click apply! 

What is the process for reviewing my application?

Once your application has been received, the talent acquisition team will review your skills and experience and compare them with the position requirements for which you have applied. You will be contacted if you are selected for consideration.

Campus Recruiting

Why should I intern at Blue instead of a Big 4 firm?

As a Blue & Co. intern, you can expect to contribute to the success of our team right away. Due to the small to mid-size feel, you will have a meaningful experience as you participate with our client service teams, working on the same tasks as a new staff accountant. You are introduced to many real-life settings and have the opportunity of working alongside tenured professionals. They continually check in to make sure you understand the why behind what we are doing for our clients. You will be mentored and receive timely feedback. Our interns learn and grow from the collaborative relationships they form with coworkers, our leadership teams, and client business owners. 

How often does an internship lead to a full-time offer?

Overall, our goal at Blue is to help you grow! The purpose of our internship program is to provide students with a meaningful internship experience in public accounting that will lead to the start of their career. 

Can I intern while I am taking classes like a part-time position?

Yes. At Blue, we provide flexibility surrounding your school schedule. We understand academics are the foundation of your future within public accounting. 

What is the Jumpstart Summer Leadership Program all about?

It’s a great opportunity to make connections, learn more, and launch your career in public accounting. Jumpstart Summer Leadership Event is designed to give you a taste of the world of public accounting and financial consulting and help you prepare for a successful career. As a participant, you will expand on your leadership skills through networking, fun activities, and informational presentations. You will also gain insight into our company culture.

Can I rotate through tax and audit during an internship?

Absolutely! Your internship is what you make of it. If you express interest in wanting to learn more about other areas in public accounting, we are here to provide you with an internship experience focusing on all different niches and teams. 

I don’t have an accounting degree. What opportunities would I have with Blue?

Other opportunities with Blue include marketing, data analytics, bookkeeping, finance, and IT.

Where does Blue actively recruit?

Blue actively recruits at the following schools:

  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University
  • Ball State University
  • University of Dayton
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  •  Xavier
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Butler University
  • Bellarmine University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Indiana State University
  • Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Murray State
  • Marian University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University
We are always looking for additional colleges and universities that might be a good fit. If you know of a job fair in your area that might be a good fit, contact us at recruiting@blueandco.com

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

How many female leaders are in your organization?

There are currently 13 female directors, and two serve as director-in-charge. Women make up 50% of our firm. Throughout the firm, there are many other females in leadership roles, such as coaches, leading niche market teams and practice committees. One of the perks of working for Blue is if you have a passion for leading others, Blue has the tools and resources to help you pave your way for a successful leadership role.

Talent Development Programs

Does Blue pay for my CPA exam?

The firm will fund 100% of the cost of your CPA preparation course upfront. We have a negotiated arrangement with Becker. Blue will also reimburse exam sitting fees. 
Should an employee leave before completing the review course, they will be expected to reimburse Blue for 100% of the cost. Should the employee leave after completing the course but before passing the CPA exam, they will be expected to reimburse Blue for 50% of the cost of the prep course. Proof of completing the course is required.

Does Blue offer a bonus for passing all four parts of the CPA exam?

Yes! If you pass all four parts of the CPA exam prior to your three-year anniversary with the firm, you will receive a bonus of $2,000. If you pass all four parts of your CPA after your three-year anniversary, you will still receive a bonus of $1,000.

Will Blue pay for my study materials for the CPA?

See above.

Does Blue offer tuition reimbursement?

Yes, Blue reimburses 50% of tuition costs upon completion of a course, provided the employee earns a B or better. Blue will reimburse the remaining 50% five years after completing the course.

Please note that the nature of the courses are considered and subject to approval.

Does Blue offer an employee referral bonus program?

The firm will pay employees a bonus for referring a friend or colleague to Blue. The amounts vary by position. 50% is paid after 90 days, and the remaining 50% is paid after 18 months, provided both employees are actively employed. The referral bonus is $10,000 for management level, $6,000 for non-management client servicing positions, $2,000 for other part-time or full-time permanent positions, and $1,000 for interns.

Are technical training programs provided by the firm?

Yes. Blue hosts tax and audit training (Levels 1-5) to assist with annual, just-in-time development. These programs are wonderful opportunities to get to know your peers from across the firm. 

There are also several other technical training programs provided throughout the year for tax, audit, and other niche areas. 

Are there any communication/leadership training programs for employees?

Yes, there are several programs within Blue to help employees strengthen these important professional development skills. At Blue, we recognize that being a successful professional requires both technical knowledge, and strong people skills. We provide training in both of these categories for future success.

Please explore our additional FAQs for more information on our award-winning leadership development courses and programs.

As a staff or senior staff, what training is available for me?

In addition to the technical training, there is a program called Bridges for non-managers. 

This program helps individuals understand themselves and others more effectively and opens the door to important leadership foundations. 

This program consists of 10 sessions and takes place over the span of a year. In addition to the skills learned, participants build new relationships across the firm, have fun, and expand their knowledge of Blue. 

When I get promoted to manager, what training is available?

New managers participate in our management program called Pathways. This is an intensive three-day program that is also supported by other resources such as the New Manager Learning Track, Coffee with Coaches, and just-in-time training programs. 

Is there training for managers and senior managers?

Yes. Blue has an advanced leadership program called Building Leaders. This is an 18-month-long leadership program that helps prepare managers to step into a future director role. This program receives rave reviews from participants and was also recognized by HR.com as the best leadership program for mid-size companies in 2014. 


What is the breakdown of leadership at the firm?

Blue has an executive committee composed of three directors, elected on a rotating schedule, who serve a three-year term and work closely with the firm’s managing director. This team works to ensure the firm is making strategic decisions that support the vision of the firm. Additionally, there is a C-Suite team that helps execute the initiatives for the Executive Committee and Managing Director for the entirety of the firm. Each office has a Director-in-Charge who is responsible for managing their respective location.

Does Blue have a mentoring program?

Connect at Blue is a volunteer-based program where senior management can share their knowledge and expertise through the mentorship of staff and young professionals at the firm. 

This program is open to all employees at the firm, regardless of position.

The Blue Foundation & Community Involvement

What is the Blue Foundation?

This Blue Foundation is a charitable foundation to serve as an extension of Blue’s existing philanthropic activities with a principal mission to impact the people and the communities we serve. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The primary mission of the Blue Foundation is to create a major impact on a local level. We’re looking for opportunities that have a direct and tangible impact on communities our Blue & Co. team members participate in or live in. Some examples include — but are not limited to — supporting individuals in the event of a crisis or supporting local organizations our team members are passionate about with in-kind needs.

What organizations does Blue support in the community?

We are advocates at Blue & Co., and we also encourage community service and philanthropy, with a focus on those individuals and organizations in our local communities that need help the most. 

Through the Blue Foundation and various local initiatives at each of our 10 offices, we can give time, talent and treasure to organizations in our local communities that serve the diverse populations we value. 

Examples of organizations we have served include:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys Scouts of America
  • Center of Science and Industry
  • Child Care Network
  • Circle City Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Jackson County
  • Crown Financial Ministries
  • Double Q Foundation
  • Early Learning Indiana
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Greater Louisville Inc
  • Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Home of the Innocents
  • Hospice
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Japan America Society of Greater
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kiwanis Service Club
  • March of Dimes
  • National Council on Planned Giving
  • New Hope Christian Church
  • Ohio Chapter Arthritis Foundation
  • Planned Giving Group of Indiana
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
  • Salvation Army
  • Scott County Community Foundation’s
  • Finance Committee
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Susan G Koman for the Cure, Indianapolis
  • Tri-County Center, Inc.
  • TWIGs of Children’s Hospital
  • United Way
  • Wesley Manor Nursing Home
  • YouthLinks Indiana

Does Blue provide time off to volunteer?

Yes, Blue does offer volunteer service time. The employee would coordinate with their team/coach. The employee does not have to take PTO to volunteer.

Blue's History

What year was Blue founded?

Blue was founded in 1970 by four Indiana University grads who had a passion for serving their clients. They finally decided to operate under the partner with the shortest last name, Ron Blue.

What are Blue’s values?

We are responsive. We are caring. We are advocates.

How many offices does Blue have?

Blue has 10 offices in three states: Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

What industries does Blue service?

Blue touches many businesses but primarily focuses on business in healthcare and commercial industries, such as construction, manufacturing, beverage, and not-for-profit.

What types of services do we offer our clients?

Our top three services are tax, assurance, and reimbursement; however, we also offer consulting, business services and revenue cycle services too.

What is Blue’s current vision?

We will be recognized as the CPA/advisor firm known for providing the best solutions to our clients while we grow to $140 million in net revenue and rank in the Top 50 CPA firms by 2024.

Ready to Work at a Top 60 CPA Firm?

At Blue & Co., you are a person, a valued member of the team and someone we consider family. Let us help you define your career path and provide opportunities where you can make a difference.