McGladrey LLP
3.3 of 5 312 reviews
www.mcgladrey.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 4, 2014
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McGladrey LLP Managing Partner & CEO Joe Adams

Joe Adams

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When I first started it was great but when regional concept came in, it was never the same

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Stamford, CT

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

ProsWhen I started the people were great. Opportunities provided and great environment

ConsOnce it became regionalized you only survived working their if you knew the right people and players, became super political.

Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of genuine hard working ICS people left because of your not honest folks who stayed

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This is a "String of Regional Accounting Firms"

Consulting Senior Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsThey 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue as is and hope to get lucky winning new business through hard sales efforts.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The Company is decent with large firm benefits, but the management is deplorable.

Assurance Associate (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsIf you are looking for a large CPA firm and don't want to go to Big 4, you could do a lot worse than McGladrey. The benefits are decent, the office is aesthetically pleasing, and most of the employees are friendly and helpful. Additionally, the firm has tremendous resources available to all employees in order to help them do their job. The firm utilizes a lot of cutting edge technology such as state of the art computer systems, portable 2nd monitors, and iPads.

There is a strong focus on encouraging on the job training and all employees are required to have a minimum number of hours each year. The work-life balance is significantly better than what you will get at a Big 4 firm. The work itself is stimulating, but can get repetitive at times. You will definitely learn a lot about how many different companies operate and really can't beat the training and experience that you are getting. You get to deal face to face with corporate controllers, CFOs, and Vice-Presidents.

Senior management makes a very good effort in trying to make the company a better place to work. They are always working towards improvement of processes and actively solicit feedback from employees on these matters. They really seem to care about how the employees perceive the firm and ways to improve the overall experience.

ConsDespite being the 5th largest CPA firm, it is not as well known as many other smaller firms. The firm is essentially a network firm in that they have achieved their growth through acquisition of smaller firms. The result is that the firm is a giant patchwork of different firms that function under the McGladrey umbrella so each office does business differently.

The hours are long, but they could be made more bearable with some common sense, like a planned dinner break. It is unreasonable to eat lunch at noon and then work till 10pm and then go grab dinner. On one particular job, we ended up going out so late that we barely found a place to eat that wasn't closed for the night.

The 'ivory tower' effect is very noticeable at this firm. As an employee here, you don't feel very appreciated. I could probably count on one hand the amount of times that a manager told anyone 'good job' or 'thank you for your hard work'. 'Please' and 'thank you' are not part of the corporate culture here. Managers receive their own hotel rooms while associates are required to share a room. Associates fetch food and coffee for the managers and team. They promised us an 'end of busy season party' that never happened, even though every other office and CPA firm does this. Quite often, I felt like I was pledging a fraternity, not working for a major public accounting firm.

The management at McGladrey is the single most lacking thing at the company and some of the worst I have seen at any company I've worked for. This includes horribly unprofessional behavior such as not following established rules, excessive profanity, bad mouthing of other employees and offices, and open discussion of human resources issues with other employees, just to name a few. While I have seen this from all the McGladrey offices on some level, it is especially bad in Atlanta. Between a plethora of last minute scheduling changes and poor budgeting and planning, it was nearly impossible to plan your life. When there is work to be done and deadlines to be met, one of the hallmarks of a good manager is to pitch in and help out the team, not blame them for mistakes. At McGladrey, anything that goes wrong is automatically the associates' fault. It is no surprise that because of this the turnover is nearly 100% in the Atlanta office within a 2 year timeframe.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company makes the assumption that a great associate will equal a great manager. In reality, the skills required to be a good manager are very different than the skills required to be an auditor or tax professional. Therefore, the Company needs to invest significant time and training for employees that are promoted to management positions. Even with this training, many people just don't have the right skill set to manage people and should not be in these types of positions. Teach the managers to lead by example and earn the respect of their subordinates. When the work piles up, they should pitch in and work, not retreat to their offices with their doors closed. Lastly, it is great that you ask for input from employees on how to make the company a better place to work, however, if you don't implement any changes, they why are you asking in the first place? Overall, I'd recommend McGladrey as a good place to start your career, but don't stay too long and stay away from the Atlanta office.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Learned a lot but was confused a lot

Tax Associate (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsHands on learning on all different kinds of tax returns partnerships, corporate, individual

Conspoor training, associates often left confused and frustrated.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more hands on training during the first year, especially for those straight out of school with no experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great firm to work for but the their payscales are on the low side.

Tax Senior (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsMost of the people are team oriented and the firm can provide you with opportunities to better your skill set.

ConsThe firm's pay scale is too low and a lot of people leave to find better paying positions. The firm is lacking with respect to handling the mentoring piece of the pie. Although they have just instituted a 'career advisor" review, I doubt it will work in the smaller offices due to overall office "politics".

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to work on the "McGladrey" brand. Potential clients still look at me and say "who is McGladrey". A lot of talent is being lost due to the lack of mentoring from CAs and having such low pay scales in relation to other firms. This will become a big "miss" for the firm in the next 5 - 10 years as the baby-boom generation retires.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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unappreciated

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than 8 years

Prospeople in your peer group worked as teams. Good clients

Conssalary was behind the market. Bonuses were small. Lotsa mixed messages from management.

Advice to Senior Managementneed more genuine leader

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not Different from Big 4

Forensic Accountant (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsI was in the fraud and forensic accounting department. I gained a lot of different experience in many programs and industries. For the most part, the work was interesting.

ConsNo say in where I would be working geographically. Managers tell you you won't be reviewed based on margin but you are, that's all they care about. A lot of competition to get promoted. A lot of unethical behavior which is the culture there. If one word were to sum up the company and the people working there it would be mediocre.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a job that challenges you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too many cooks in the kitchen.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWork life flexibility
Good compensation, but benefits are nothing special since the reorganization
Co-workers were nice people

ConsEach office location is managed differently...no cohesion.
Upper management is not held accountable for properly managing their people and resources, so your odds of being treated fairly and receiving agood performance rating are dependent on how much you kiss up to the upper eschalon. Hard work and exceptional results do not get recognized.

HR is a joke. They do not offer any advocacy to the employees.

Antiquated technology! Tough to be efficient without proper tools in place.

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out a strategy and stick with it! There is a senior leadership team but they do not LeaD because they are trying to accommodate needy partners who dont want to be told what to do..

Stop allowing certain partners to OPT OUT. Every partner should be expected to follow the same set of rules.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Run, don't walk away.

Assurance Associate (Current Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsThe summer is usually pretty relaxed as long as you can stand up for yourself.

ConsI was asked during my interview if I wanted to travel. I said no. I was sent out of town for 4 weeks in a row during busy season. I spoke with all the partners in our office, and each of them said it would not happen again. Well it did. They don't seem to care who you are or what you want, you're just a source of revenue.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees wants and needs!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsFast paced and variety of work. Most co-workers in the KC office are a delight to work with.

ConsIn the KC office, Internal Client Services (administrative) are treated as though we are whipping boys. We are expected to give 100% while we are critized and scolded for riduculous and frivolous matters from the Office Mgr. The culture and treatment of external vs internal client services is so vast it's almost as though we don't work for the same company. The reporting and performance feedback and review system for ICS is skewed. Those we support do not provide reviews that are used to rate our performance. The Career Advisor (mentor) program is a waste of time. A mentor is one that encourages, positively influences, and provides feedback. Unfortunately, in the ICS department in KC this is not the case. Being at the bottom of the barrel is not working for me!

Advice to Senior ManagementBefore you promote a person to a management position, do your due diligence to ensure they have the capacity, qualities, skills and experience to be an influential manager, not an antagonist.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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