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McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.3 342 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

McGladrey LLP Managing Partner & CEO Joe Adams

Joe Adams

(107 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is significantly better than what you will get at a Big 4 firm(in 44 reviews)

  • While it isn't the Big 4, they pay you a decent amount in salary(in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is a struggle for most of the year(in 34 reviews)

  • I was sent out of town for 4 weeks in a row during busy season(in 32 reviews)

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    Went from GREAT to Good to Get me outta here

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsWith the right management, you can rise quickly if you are willing to work 24/7. Flexibility (work life balance) actually means you get to take a laptop and work from home, too.

    ConsIf you expect to be able to retire from here, be careful. You will be edged out and ignored as you age and burn out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider keeping promises and finding a place for workers who want to retire from your company rather than burn out from not being able to keep up with the ever increasing demands.

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

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    Misleading company. Rarely hire on full-timers.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMost of the people were decent to work with.

    ConsThere is a 5 month probation period, after which you are told you will be hired on (finally receive benefits, etc.). NOT TRUE. Each department seems to decide just when they will actually hire you as a full-time employee. Some departments, actually most departments, wait well into a year, possibly more. I have talked to people from all over the firm. Not one single person has ever told me they were hired on, as they were told they would be, after passing the 5 month probationary period.
    A lot of favoritism is played. It's great when you're in, horrible when you're out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and your ears. There are some great people there that you stream right past every day and don't even acknowledge. I watched one bright, talented person after the next leave and no one bothering to ask why.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad place if you're stupid or lazy.

    Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWhile it isn't the Big 4, they pay you a decent amount in salary. But they will screw you out of everything else annual bonuses, PTO payouts, referral bonuses, promotions, etc. It will also be hard to get busy if you do anything other than simple compliance. They should have stuck with H&R Block.

    ConsFrom top to bottom, the place is full of idiots. It's the least well run place I've ever encountered outside of the government. The have no strategy. They can't execute. The work is simple. Oh, clients hate them. At least 30% of clients I worked for fired us. Local industry connections all said we did bad work and wouldn't hire us again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMeet you obligations. Figure out how to do more than compliance. Don't promote awful people just because they have a Big 4 background. Act like a national firm.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Risk Advisory Services Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsManagement is really good to work with. Open door policy and event outings really make for good working relationships with others in the department, and director's know and communicate with even the newest associates.

    ConsPublic accounting hours are not for everyone. No matter your team, you are going to work long, hard hours. Due to lack of training, poor team dynamic, and unrealistic goals, team's are often frustrated and individual's are not put in an opportunity to succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to cross utilize your employees into other groups. That opportunity was presented to me upon hiring, but was not available once I was in the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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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