Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Chairman & CEO Tim Christen
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Pros
  • work life balance is ok for a cpa company (in 7 reviews)

  • I have met some great people here (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, similar to any other public accounting firm (in 8 reviews)

  • Forget work/life balance; if you aren't emailing at 10:00 PM or later you are considered lazy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Needs improvement

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The partners are very involved and hands on. Great atmosphere at a high level.

    Cons

    Administration team is terrible-HR especially. The knows how to break their own rules and are very two face.


  2. Assurance Associate

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    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best part about being employed at a growing company is the opportunity for growth and development. Work always found its way to those who performed well.

    Cons

    The downside to working for a growing company is the lack of reward and compensation. When you delivery the desired results you should be compensated accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Send a consistent message and show your people that they are more than just a resource.


  3. Stay away of BT NYC business unit!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice PTO, CPA exam reimbursment

    Cons

    inadequate management, unrealistic budgets, lack of common sense


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Eh.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have met some great people here. The hours weren't too bad.

    Cons

    Management seems to win terrible projects. They low-ball everything to get the client. If you're not familiar with how professional service works, your bonus is based on realization (google it). If you get a on project with a bad budget, the odds of you going over budget are high. That will lead to a lot of stress. There just seems to be no culture at Chicago office. Everyone is gone most of the time. It can get lonely. If you have experience, I feel that you can do better than Baker Tilly.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic with budgeting, or don't hold people accountable to a unrealistic expectation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Don't make any mistakes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company provide food most of the days during busy season to keep you in and working.

    Cons

    Making the smallest mistake will jeopardize your job immediately. Work/Life balance in non-existent during busy season.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees that would be a great contributiont to company and understand that small mistakes will be made. As long as the mistakes does not jeopardize company-client relationship.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Glad I found a different job

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Madison, WI

    I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with some wonderful people at the firm. They taught me a lot about accounting. Great social environment

    Cons

    Small clients, felt like I was doing bookkeeping half the time, pressure to meet charge budget, I felt bad even charging time to my clients

    Advice to Management

    Increase emphasis on quality instead of cutting corners to meet a budget


  8. Helpful (1)

    It is like working at a frat house. The original good o boys club. If you are a female accountant make another choice!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perks are great and the so is the money.

    Cons

    Work place environment is a law suit waiting to happen. The younger male employees are just following the partners lead.

    Advice to Management

    Look why no good female recruits stay long.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Many challenging projects. Some good people. Surprisingly high turnover.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with people from different teams. Fairly easy to get your work on display to senior management. There are a few awesome people. Generous PTO and fair pay.

    Cons

    People are very clicky and our office is not very social. Definitely have to adhere to strict preferences of your manager or managers, and it definitely isn't an atmosphere based on independent thinking and creativity. Practices towards towards social media are antiquated and stifling--doesn't have a FB presence, and blocks FB in the office. Mentoring program is a good idea but not structured well. Surprisingly high turnover. In the past 6 months, at least 9 senior level people left. Also, not very transparent or consistent messaging when people do leave--sometimes there are announcements sometimes not. I'm alao convinced that they need to retrain the performance counselors, as I've witnessed inconsistent approaches to feedback. Culture can definitely definitely be described as stuffy and political--a winning combination.

    Advice to Management

    Take a more progressive approach to social media. Also, inspire creativity, dont stifle it. Need to coach performance counselors on how to give positive and negative opinions of their subordinate's work. Both criticism and praise are important to growth and development. Provide transparent communication to employees.


  10. Helpful (5)

    50% turnover in our office in the past 2 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They understand a work life balance. They have a fair pay scale. Competitive Benefits Base level staff are very nice

    Cons

    Senior Management and Partners are out of touch. Poor communication throughout the company. Not much concern on keeping talented staff on board.

    Advice to Management

    In the past 2 years we have lost 50% of our offices employees. Many people start out at our office and leave after 1-2 years. Senior management and Partners are very tough on employees, and many people feel like they are walking on eggshells.


  11. Helpful (4)

    This is an honest review (I left on my own, on good terms, for a better position) - I harbor no hard feelings towards BT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Responsibility levels are high at a low lever -Access to Managers/Senior Managers is easy to achieve -Decent PTO -Travel for training

    Cons

    -Partners get paid - no one else does (Salaries way below market for the amount of hours worked) -Marathon hours during busy season - constant talk of shifting work to non-busy season times is never followed up with results -Highly political atmosphere - unless you are kissing up - you aren't getting promoted early -No bonus package below Manager - long hours are rarely rewarded -Managers and above micro-manage your jobs -Poor training -No CPA bonus package

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn that they need to take care of their people. The constant talk and buzz of bonuses, increased compensation, more PTO, more flexibility, etc can only go on if you meet expectations. I would also encourage a Partner/Senior Manager relationship management course in how to talk to people. Maybe Tim Christen can teach the course. I spoke more words to him during my employment than most Partners I worked with. You have created a toxic working culture and I would discourage anyone from working at Baker Tilly.



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