McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
375 Reviews
3.6
375 Reviews
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McGladrey LLP Managing Partner & CEO Joe Adams
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Pros
  • Work life balance" are three words that get mid size recruiters bark at all time (in 48 reviews)

  • While it isn't the Big 4, they pay you a decent amount in salary (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • or there was nothing to do; minimal work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Quite often, I felt like I was pledging a fraternity, not working for a major public accounting firm (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Understaffed; too many hours (plus many weekends); unhealthy lifestyle

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with younger demographics. Our miles can be expensed for the long drives to our clients. Free lunch when working on Saturdays at the office during busy season (but only during busy season).

    Cons

    No sick days. Long hours of sitting (weight gain, back problems, etc.). Unrealistic deadlines. Under-budgeted engagements. Understaffed teams. We are expected to eat our billable hours when posting our time sheets. Cell phones are not subsidized even though we use our personal mobile devices for client and team communication. The managers and partners are out of touch with associates and seniors. People think working 65 hours a week is a normal life. We are unable to get enough sleep as well as find the time to exercise while working so much. More notably, we don't have enough leisure outside of the work site for us to pursue other educative interests. I feel as if many public accounting professionals are ignorant about subjects external to their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Distribute the work accordingly. Grant us more PTO days. Pay us overtime. Realize that we have families. Know that we want to learn, read, innovate in other areas outside of work/accounting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Admins are treated horribly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice building...depending on the day. Benefits are pretty good for the area I live in. Plenty of work to do.

    Cons

    This is not the place to work if you want to be an admin. Their technology consulting team is a joke. Imagine being in a frat house. Nothing but discussions of beer, women, and nonstop gas passing with a manager whose favorite joke is his number is the number for HR. No management accountability what-so-ever. I've worked in lower paying positions that cared more about their employees. Unrealistic mind reading expectations with no communication as to how this magic trick is supposed to be accomplished. Promotion system is basically worthless. I work in an office where a part time person that rarely comes to work was promoted to office lead. When promotion expectations are set they need to be approved of by the one admin that the whole company seems to be afraid of and if she doesnt like you, well, you're done for. This woman is not even in a leadership position. Career Advisor and Principal argue over what my job duties should be and will not allow overtime but want everything done yesterday. Honestly this comes from everyone. I thought i had applied for a position to assist one person, as it turns out I'm the admin for everyone who calls the office...project managers, bds, consultants from other offices, etc. Admins are the lowest rung on the totem pole and are treated terribly. This was the worst career decision I have made in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. The environment here is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Co-workers are great but management is not

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great. Pay is ok.

    Cons

    Claims to have flexibility but when asked for time to spend with family, manager will not give time off

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Empty promises and poor advancement opportunities

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

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large firm with good resources.

    Cons

    Regardless of how many hours you work, how many new clients you bring in, and how much you develop people your advancement in the firm is dependent on a few people. When it comes time from promotion be ready to explain to 10 people who you have never worked with and have never met you why you should be promoted. It is an "eat what you kill" environment where everyone is out for themselves and they don't take prisoners. As much as they will socialize with you, no one is looking out for you, and they could care less about your advancement. Follow the leader or step our of the way. Awful environment....

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underpaid, Underappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible summer hours allow for a healthy work life balance during the off season as well as the lull before February.

    Cons

    McGladrey will run you to the ground and not compensate you for any of your hardwork, dedication or excellence. They treat their managers the worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    What I imagine an administrative career was like for women in the 1950s

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice building and decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    People, culture and management structure. They treat their administrative staff like 2nd class citizens and empower the so called administrative managers to rule with little education and a ton of ignorance. The managing partners are only interested in themselves and the associates run around acting like under age privileged school children. The HR department is laughable. This is merely the Baltimore office. Who knows what madness lurks in other cities. Two thumbs down. Stay far away from this place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat ALL of your employees with respect.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Chicago, IL

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing at all except getting away with nt doing work

    Cons

    Management is terrible and doesn't have a clue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Davenport, IA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not sure if there are any pros to this company

    Cons

    Company is difficult to work for - changes direction too many times - not enough training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep good employees - stop the revolving door

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    McGladrey Irvine, Tax Department not so good, advised to stay away! Bad management, poor training, high turnover...

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was not with the firm long enough to properly evaluate and determine if anything about this company would have been a pro and positive.

    Cons

    Cons, pretty much everything.....

    Big indicating factor regarding this tax department having problems- high turnover rate. Majority of employees at manager level and below had only worked with the company for 1 1/2 yrs or less.

    1. No new hire training/any training for new hire managers when they start. Somehow the firm expects them to succeed. Only training received consisted of first day firm orientation with the other new hires; here is your computer, here is how you change your passwords, here is how you enter your timesheet, etc. All new hires below the manager level then received 1 week of additional training on the firm tools and processes. Umm hello, the manager is still going to need to know how to utilize these tools, get into, review documents, submit items, etc. How do you expect them to succeed without this knowledge?
    2. New manager hired under false pretence. Hired to be Subchapter C specialist and then given no Subchapter C work. Told by Partner in Charge when not given Sub C work, "Well we all have to wear different hats". Pretty much bait and switch.......
    3. Management fumbled around for weeks trying to determine what clients to assign new manager.
    4. Partner in Charge assigns new hire manager inappropriate navigator/buddy. Navigator/buddy knows nothing about firms BCP/Dott Process the new hire manager needs to utilize for the scheduling of their client assignments. Nav/buddy states they do not utilize those processes/tools in the PCS practice. Nav/buddy quits the firm a few weeks later. New manager assigned a new nav/buddy who is to new to the firm to properly assist with these tools. Partner in Charge not competent enough to realize and assign the most logical person as the navigator/buddy who is the firms experienced home grown manager who had been with the firm 5+ yrs. Once again the firm does not set up the new manager to succeed.
    5. New manager who received no firm training assigned predominantly to firms new/messy clients that require a ton of setup (utilizing the firms systems & process that they received no training on) and where there will be significant write offs due to underbidding/budgeting of new firm engagements. New manager not setup to look like a star or even adequate in this department.
    6. New manager assigned to work for incompetent partner who flat out told new manager, "Don't look for a mentor here, you won't find one in this firm". Some of the first words ever said by this incompetent partner to the new manager were, "We are going to eat it in the shorts on this engagement". How does one look like a super star or even an adequate star on a new firm engagement when you’re just told by the Partner the engagement was severely underbid and we are going to eat it in the shorts? Incompetent Partner then proceeds to throw new manager under the bus on that engagement every chance they got to protect their hide and make the new manager look bad. Incompetent Partner told new manager on more then one occasions that they were not the expert in various areas of tax law and taxation, where new manager had many years of experience and expertise and new more then the supposed experts in the local office regarding those matters. The list of Cons could go on and on....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to train and mentor those you hire at all levels. Don't bring people into the firm under false pretences because you are scrambling to hire someone at the last hour before busy season when you have no clue as the type of industry, or level of person you really need to hire. Also if you only plan on bringing the person in for busy season and then letting them go afterwards, why not be up front in your hiring practices and let them know that is all it is going to be. They may have had other job offers on the table to have chosen from. Unfortunately due to your false pretences they chose poorly and chose your firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No job stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the training was good. Some of the assignments were interesting.

    Cons

    Place is a revolving door. Even if you are making the company money, they will eventually send you on your way. If you are not one of the mid-west inner circle, eventually you will be gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find work somewhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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