Plante Moran

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Plante Moran Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
73 Reviews
4.0
73 Reviews
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Plante Moran Firm Managing Partner Gordon Krater
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is highly promoted within the firm which makes work enjoyable (in 13 reviews)

  • Nice offices and flexible hours (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance promoted by PM is only good for your first year when your charge hours are not tracked (in 6 reviews)

  • You must be willing to work long hours, but that is true for any large firm (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Started well. Promises made. Promised broken. Framed for someone else's mistake. Fired.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Audit Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT Audit Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid me a salary for 6 years.

    Cons

    Politics. Lots of it. Backbiting. Lots of it. Lies. Lots of them. Fluff mottos (work like balance...jerk free etc etc). Lots of travel. Reimbursement after you jump through hoops. Middle management is typical of a top heavy company (good ol boys club).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real. Listen to what the employee wants, not what you want to hear. Stop playing games, it's our lives and careers you are messing with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great culture as long as you are not part of Firm Administration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, firm management cares about staff, no micro managers as it's all about the results, challenging work, a lot of exposure to Partners.

    Cons

    There have been an abundance of changes across the HR function over the past couple of years and it's a little scary how many long term high performers have left the department. If you are not part of the "in" HR clique you will be pushed out of the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at your HR department, it seems policies and procedures do not apply to them, and staff see the negative environment within the department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great if you are willing to work hard and fit to their "one size fits all" culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice flexibilty, independence, client-serving values of founding partners. Firm conference very energizing.

    Cons

    If you are different in any way - looks, style, way of thinking, color of skin, speaking patterns - you will be labeled / categorized as a someone who doesn't "fit," forgotten or passed over for client engagements, and eventually, subtly forced out. In these cases, behavior by peers and partners is passive agressive. Happens time and time again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to the behaviors of some of the partners and leaders in the firm, especially those in HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not From Michigan? Good luck...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time

    Pros

    - work with some good people
    - good client base

    Cons

    As voiced in some other reviews, decisions are made from a very centralized management that does not take into consideration that there is actually a world outside of the suburbs of Michigan. The firm likes to promote its "no jerk policy" by shoving it down your throat.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you're not from Michigan, you're not valued!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some nice coworkers and some great clients. Great for first three years of experience but then need to go elsewhere.

    Cons

    When interviewing, they say 2400 average work hours....try 2600 if not more. It's all political favorites and if you are from a merged in firm, you are seen as inadequate as compared to original Michigan p&m hires. Management (all Michigan originals and majority - over 90 percent men) act like Michigan area is the only area that can produce higher thinking individuals. Management transfers in there buddies and they are made equity partners within one year of transfer - even though they don't have a local network or book of business to support partnership......but they are from Michigan. Focus and choice is sold in proposals and Interviews but only a select few get to truly practice focus and choice. High billing rates but low low salary once reach in charge level and up. Save the money to pay partners and dangle the carrot for others who work 2500-2600 hours and receive less than 100grand because they don't make charge hour requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due to the favoritism and horrible salaries, the firm keeps poor performers with less technical abilities and loses the performers who put their clients and the firm ahead of their own best interests. Management follows what the big 4 does but pays like a small community single CPA size firm. Do the analysis so you retain some talent instead of settling for mediocre.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Over rated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran

    Pros

    nice offices to work in
    flexible hours
    its a smaller firm with the resources of a large firm.
    chicagoland is a nice place to live

    Cons

    too competitive for engagements
    managers look to blame staff for anything that goes wrong
    they talk about the golden rule, but when it comes to practicing ethics, they are just another big accounting firm.
    opportunities for advancement are political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is a lot of b.s. at the senior manager level. too many "type A" personalities in the office who are willing to walk over anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great if you're riding on coat tails.

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    Current Employee - Staff in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Staff in Elgin, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran

    Pros

    If you can get on a senior manager's coat tail you'll be promoted faster.
    Nice offices and flexible hours.
    Opportunities to learn a lot of different things much faster than larger accounting practices.

    Cons

    Opportunities are not spread evenly amongst new staff and will delay promotions.
    I had one in-charge brag about getting a DUI and then getting the case dropped - WOW...
    Staff and Managers are in constant competition to put others down for jobs and reviews.
    They laid-off people last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give staff the opportunity to prove themselves before making decisions to fast-track individuals.
    Evenly spread out work.
    Continue to be flexible with work schedules.

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

    Do you enjoy being underpaid? Do you like friendly arrogance? More partners than staff!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plante Moran

    Pros

    Strong reputation in Michigan only.

    Cons

    Very poor pay for tax professionals (20+% lower than smaller and larger firms), certain ignorant partners, unbelievable poor employee relation skills of certain partners. Too many partners, they appear powerless or make themselves out to appear powerless. Clients end up suffering and paying for this in the end. Large turnover of exceptional talent and future talent due to the above factors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of partners so you can pay senior staff and managers a competitive salary. Certain partners unwilling to accept the reality of how underpaid senior staff and managers are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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