Our Culture

At Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc. we offer our employees an atmosphere where they can work hard, play hard and have access to a full range of opportunities right from the start.

Our firm fosters a team-based environment where you can feel comfortable and motivated to let your true personality and talents shine. We understand experience and training are not the only important components of a career.  We believe we have the right elements to help you hit the ground running for a successful future.

What it’s like

We offer our team members a warm, friendly work environment with challenging work projects motivated by imagination and enthusiasm.  Our shareholders want team members to feel comfortable to share their ideas and opinions. Our team members have shared with us that their work-life balance is critically important to them.

What you can expect

Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc.’s award-winning success is based on our collective commitment to our most valued asset—our professional team.

We strive to provide a fulfilling career experience for each member by aligning career development, continuing education and mentoring, a progressive work environment, strong financial benefits and community involvement. Through highly innovative people, policies and procedures, our employees enjoy a daily balance between a fun, fast-paced work atmosphere and a high level of professional career development.

How we are different

We truly are the career alternative to large accounting organizations, including the Big Four Firms, and to locally-owned firms who do not have the breadth of resources available. Through our alliance with McGladrey we have extensive resources and expertise of their entire firm. This allows us to serve the larger companies and means our professionals can attend McGladrey Alliance training programs


Anchorage offers a playground of opportunity and adventure is right in your backyard. Whether you like to ski, hike, climb, fish, or just listen to music, there is something for everyone with many different social activities and musical venues in the area.

Flex Fridays

To help our team take advantage of the beauty around us, our firm offers flex days on Fridays in the summer. We want to give everyone at the firm an opportunity to experience all Anchorage has to offer.

From the office it’s only…

Two hours to beautiful glaciers (20 mile Explorer, Byron, Exit and Matanuska Glaciers)
Sixty miles to great fishing (Russian River, Bird Creek, and the Kenai River)
Ten minutes to go fishing on your lunch break (Ship Creek, downtown Anchorage)

Nearby Adventures Await

Living in Anchorage, you are within reach of a variety of well-known historical and national parks.  If you love to hike or ski, you’ll love it here.  Anchorage is in close proximity to award-winning parks including Chugach State Park and Denali National Park and Reserve. You may also want to visit Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, located in the heart of Anchorage.  As a resident of Alaska, be prepred to experience the adventures of a lifetime.

Arts & Culture

Numerous cultural activities are held throughout the year. Downtown Anchorage hosts a First Friday Art Walk each month and Music in the Park during the summer. Winter festivities unique to Anchorage include the Iditarod and Fur Rendezvous. Broadway makes its way to Anchorage often and music festivals are frequently held in the area.

Of course, that’s not all.  The following includes some other activities you may enjoy:

For more activities visit: www.anchorage.net/events

Daylight & Darkness

Alaska does experience more darkness during the winter months than most states, which is why the people in Anchorage really do have more fun at night! On the shortest day of the year, December 21, Anchorage has a little more than five hours of daylight. On the other hand, during summer solstice on June 21, Anchorage experiences nearly 20 hours of daylight.

Top Ten Cool Facts about Mikunda, Cottrell & Co.

  1. Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc. audits more government entities than any other firm in Alaska.
  2. Staff members are known to fish for salmon during their lunch break.
  3. Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc. is the largest locally owned Certified Public Accounting firm in Alaska.
  4. The Firm sponsors dress down Fridays, and Flex Fridays in the summer.
  5. In 2011 Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc. began participation in the Adopt-A Highway program.
  6. Cheese bagels are the most popular during Wednesday’s bagel days.
  7. Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc.’s audit department grew by 30% in 2008.
  8. The firm sponsors employee coed soccer, coed softball and mens basketball teams.
  9. The firm supports numerous community events throughout the year.
  10. Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc.’s Managing Shareholder, Jim Hasle summited Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition, Jim and several staff members have climbed Mount McKinley, the largest
    mountain in North America.

Five Local Fun Facts

  1. There are seven Frisbee golf courses in Alaska.
  2. There is no state income or sales tax in Anchorage.
  3. There are more planes per capita in Alaska than any other state.
  4. Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend provided residents $1,174 for every man, woman and child in 2011.
  5. The Anchorage Mascot, is Seymour the Moose.


2011 Gold Pan Award - Business Excellence Finalist,
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

2011 Small Business of the Year - Alaska State Chamber of Commerce 

2009 Top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For - Best Companies Group,
Accounting Today

2009 Business of the Year Torch Award – Innovative Business Practices,
Better Business Bureau

2009 Corporate 100 Nomination - Alaska Business Monthly

2009 & 2008 Success By 6 – Work/Family Nomination, United Way

Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 Award – Tracy Hartung & Laura Edmondson,
Alaska Journal of Commerce