McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is significantly better than what you will get at a Big 4 firm (in 50 reviews)

  • Many opportunities for growth the Big 4 do not have (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is a struggle for most of the year (in 38 reviews)

  • Lots of work, but that is going to be the situation in any public accounting firm (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Beware of this place... not a sales-oriented accounting firm

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    First regional sales manager was a very fair and decent person, a pleasure to report to and helped us to try and meet our goals. They are generous with paid time off. Some of the co-workers were very cool people to work with.

    Cons

    There's huge turnover with managers at this firm. We inherited a different sales manager over time and it became painful to report to this person so the team fell apart., it was like watching a train wreck in progress so quite disastrous. There are some managers who don't understand why sales at this accounting firm is important and they refuse to take their blinders off. The marketing dept is a disaster and painful to work with as well.

    Advice to Management

    Certain sales teams needs a new manager. Understand why sales is important and become more sales-oriented.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Stay out of the NY Office if you can

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - being able to work with smaller clients
    - using tax software to prepare returns

    Cons

    - office culture in the NY office is beyond terrible
    - demand you commute to the office on the weekends even if there isn't any work to be assigned
    - no AC during the summer months when told to work on said weekends, stuck using a desk fan
    - Management has little to no personality
    - Management gives you the impression they will work with you and train you but once you are hired and started could care less about you
    - health benefits are the worst i've seen in the industry

    Advice to Management

    The current staff in the NY tax dept now are the main reason why there has been so much attrition. In the few months of my employment I saw multiple managers, supervisors and staff leave because of the culture alone. Does not promote a friendly environment to work in and just makes people want to leave.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good for experience, but not if you want a life.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    You will get a lot of experience of specific industries.

    Cons

    It is a national firm that you can get national exposure, but if you do then you will have no one to support you or be able to advance your career.

    Advice to Management

    Support those that have good work and are involved nationally. Provide actual mentorship for those that are looking for it and try to accept blame for when things happen and not just take the credit for the good.


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  5. This is a "String of Regional Accounting Firms"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consulting Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They have a good infrastructure on national training at Q center, and decent employee benefits, and good exposure to clients at even at Jr levels. If you work hard, manager's are not going to stop you. You then get experience you don't get at Big 4 firms, but obviously with less pay. Your best bet is move to HQ in Chicago, or offices in the South or West where the clients in your Line of Business is growing.

    Cons

    It completely depends on which Line of Business you work in. Some just don't get it, while other businesses work cohesively within.

    Advice to Management

    Continue as is and hope to get lucky winning new business through hard sales efforts.


  6. Helpful (2)

    too much change and not enough strong leaders

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at McGladrey LLP

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

    Pros

    good office location
    free coffee and tea
    vacation policy is good
    people try to honor work and life balance
    the ipad is pretty cool

    Cons

    cheap with money - bonuses and raises, especially junior people
    systems are old and need upgrading
    leaders are afraid to speak up
    too much dead wood hangin around

    Advice to Management

    stick to a plan and go for it


  7. Helpful (3)

    OK if you are on the Accounting side, but less so if in Consulting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at McGladrey LLP

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

    Pros

    I worked with a good team and the benefits were decent. Work - Life balance was, at least in Consulting, doable.

    Cons

    There were a lot of internal politics and posturing. No clear or qualified leadership. No recognition for doing what really mattered - only that which drove artificial goals.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more, engage them, and realize that they are your biggest asset. Then figure who the best leaders are and let them lead.


  8. More good managers are needed.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible workplace. Some directors/managers are knowledgeable and helpful..

    Cons

    Training is poor and you learn on your own mostly. Scheduling of workload is messy and is not based on your level and not really aimed to develop you. Getting the products out ASAP is the first priority.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt needs to motivate staff, fewer changes, fewer layoffs, assess people more fairly based on a job well done.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Directors/Partners are back-stabbers.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP

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

    Pros

    Certain partners are micro-mangers which adds increasing time to budget and reduces profitability for which the managers are held accountable.

    Cons

    Directors/Partners are back-stabbers. They hold frequent lunch meetings to talk disparigingly about subordintes. Fees charged client and related budgets are unacheivable unless you 'eat' time.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by examples.


  10. Helpful (1)

    RSM messed up a good business operation in NY

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP

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

    Pros

    Just to have a job in this economy.

    Cons

    They treat employees poorly. Everyone is leaving - from the most senior people to junior staff. Employee morale is very low. this includes both the Tax and the Audit divisions.

    Advice to Management

    You need to respect and value your employees so that they want to work in this environment.



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