The EM Questionnaire: Veronica Xu

Veronica Xu

University of Texas at Austin
MS Accounting

Boston University
BS Accounting and Finance

I found out about Equity Methods at a school career fair. I was an accounting major but had completed an internship in an HR department where people issues ruled the day. Equity Methods seemed like a great combination of HR advisory, accounting, and consulting, which is the perfect combination of my passion and experience. So, I applied through the university.

The things I love the most about Equity Methods are the people and culture. Everyone here is down to earth. I can express my opinion to anyone at any level of the firm without worrying about office politics.

We’re an HR consulting firm and deal with complex accounting policy, especially employee stock compensation. We gather all the necessary data from our clients, build a process, and maintain the process for them in a proper manner for reporting.

To succeed here, you need to be detail oriented, passionate about your job, and not intimidated by challenges. I feel like that last one is really important: Be creative. Find another way to solve a problem, one that you probably won’t find in a textbook.

I would say to those just starting out, be patient and respectful of others. Because sometimes the client’s mindset is different. Think about what the client really needs versus what’s best for us.

What was the most surprising thing about working at Equity Methods?

My job involves a lot of coding, which I thought would be really boring. Not the case. It involves a surprising amount of human interaction and brainstorming, both inside the firm as well as with clients.

What do you think is unique about Equity Methods?

The firm is in a very interesting position. It’s not as big as one of the Big Four, but it’s not a startup either. Equity Methods has been around long enough to have built a good reputation among clients, but it’s still growing quickly.

Do any stories from your time at Equity Methods stick out?

Two or three months into the job, I was put on an extremely complex IPO project. I never thought I could pull it off given my lack of experience and expertise. Luckily, I had all the support I needed—from other associates to the director who worked with me personally. After several weeks of constant changes, I delivered a whole process for our IPO client.

If you had a special guest, what meal would you prepare for them?

I’d probably show them what the Phoenix culinary scene has to offer.

What was the last book you read?

“Educated” by Tara Westover. It’s about a girl whose family is against traditional schooling. She finds a way to break through her family’s misconceptions, go to college, and become a writer.

What did you do during your last vacation?

I like to go on a lot of vacations—small ones and big ones. The last big one was in November. I went to Hawaii with the family. We hopped three islands in seven days, and did all the activities that Hawaii has to offer.

What do you like to do when away from work?

Outdoorsy stuff. Hiking, when it’s not too hot. Boating. If it’s hot, I like to explore shops and restaurants.

Which living person do you admire most?

My dad, who’s an extremely hardworking but very caring man. He’s the most knowledgeable person I’ve known. He finds a way to have the best of both worlds—family and career.

What is the character trait you admire most in people?

Patience. Just because it’s something I aspire to and would love to work on for myself.

What’s your greatest extravagance?

I love to travel as I find it the best way to broaden my horizons and try new things, as well as to know more about yourself and find passion in life.

What is your motto?

I have a tattoo on my back that reads, “The rest is still unwritten.” To me, it means you’re the author of your life and you’re the only one who can decide how the story goes.