Ryan, LLC
4.2 of 5 185 reviews
www.ryan.com Dallas, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 24, 2014
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4.2 185 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Ryan, LLC CEO and Managing Principal G. Brint Ryan

G. Brint Ryan

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Aggressively pursuing tax refunds for clients

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIntelligent people, motivated staff, experts at tax consulting. Company has done nothing but grow for over 21 years.

ConsFast growing company experiencing growth pains. Lots of rules, policies and procedures - some are quite necessary, others are tedious and counterproductive.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more global in your thinking - there's a big world outside of Texas, and people outside of Texas are not always happy to be called on by aggressive Texans. Like the GEICO gekko, try to understand the cultures of people you do business with outside of Texas. And get rid of the "old timers" who have made their contribution, but who have "checked out" and are stifling the folks below them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Come for the Benefits; Leave for the Pay

Consultant (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsRyan is always looking to improve in all areas: for our clients, for our employees, and for our community.

ConsPay is far from competitive unless you are one of the few on really great projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementRyan is often very misrepresented to employees entering the firm. I've heard stories of consultants who are told they will make far more in bonuses in their first year than is realistic. Because of the time it takes to complete a project, the average billing amount and the amount of consultants sharing a bonus pool, it takes quite a few years to build up a steady income of bonuses.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good and Bad...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Ryan, LLC

ProsFast paced and challenging environment. Learn something new everyday.

ConsPay and set in concrete policies related to benchmarks.

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Ryan's myRyan work - life balance approach creates a positiive environment.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Ryan, LLC

ProsmyRyan creates a positive environment.

ConsAdministrative overhead can occasionally become oppressively high.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuality assurance audits should be tailored more specifically to service line.

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if you're not working in dallas, expect small bonuses. if you're working outside of dallas, expect FEWER hours.

Senior Consultant, Sales and Use Tax (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Ryan, LLC

Proswork flexibility is incredible! unlimited vacation.

Consbonus distribution is heavily weighted at the top

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Beware of promises, they are not always based on your work.

Sales and Use Consultant (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Ryan, LLC

ProsIf you are lucky, and get a position on a team with a great client, you will be compensated in HUGE ways. It's not uncommon for consultants to get a 30-50k bonus. However, the majority of the time, you will get bonuses around the 1k mark. If you are fortunate and get average clients, you will likely be promoted quickly. Most managers will submit you for your first promotion after 2 years. Your second promotion is generally at their expense of a great employee, clients, and other employees on their team, so they are a little hesitant to let you move on, but it will happen if you push them enough.

ConsWhile the myRyan culture sound great, beware that most of the managers have not moved past the old mindset. This means that you can work remotely, but you will likely be judged. You will need to make sure that you answer any and all emails within 5 minutes to prove that you are working. This is not the case with ALL managers, but it is the mindset in the Dallas office.

Additionally, the myRyan evaluation is now based primarily on revenue earned. This is basically your bonus. Again, if you get enough average clients, or even one large client, you are set. However, if you are unlucky, or have a manager who plays favorites, you can often end up on the short end of this number. The number is pretty high to meet and will determine your promotion potential, regardless of your knowledge. This is not a huge deal until your team mates get promoted over you, and you are still training them.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management is doing a great job leading this company. If lower managers will focus on managing their employees in a way that boosts moral, then the projects will take care of themselves. Focus on your employees, and they will focus on your clients. Also, money is not the only motivator for employees.

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A good place to work, but it can be a "cult - like" atmosphere where if you don't quite fit in, you won't last long

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Ryan, LLC

ProsI liked the place because of the specialized nature of the work - state & local tax consulting and audit defense, and little else (no tedious, boring compliance work or federal tax), however this is changing somewhat as I believe they plan on getting into federal tax and doing compliance work as well.
Company is good about sending you to state tax conferences, outside courses and uses webinars to learn state and local tax laws.
Bonus plan is really good, where you truly get compensated for the hard work you've done and motivates you to work hard on an engagement.
System of evaluation and feedback is less cumbersome than the Big 4.
Good place to go if you've already gotten good training at a Big 4 firm.

ConsLine level consultants are good about sharing knowledge and helping each other out within their team, but getting support from other teams is difficult and teams don't seem to want to share anything with each other, almost are pitted against each other.
Many times you are just left to your own devices on how to figure something out and your manager doesn't have time to help you with it.
Extremely rigid policies about how to perform client work and other internal matters that don't always make sense and take away from productivity.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less time pushing and training people on all these strict policies about how things are supposed to be done, and more time training people in state tax law, which is what the firm is supposed to be about.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work if tax consulting is you

Consultant (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Ryan, LLC

ProsFlexible time off. If you get under a good manager you have the ability to learn from the best in the tax world. Very good benefits.

ConsIf you have a poor manager it its difficult to like the work. Company is built for management, consultants are the work horses (which is how it is suppose to be) but they are sometimes worked too hard with not enough compensation.

Managament level has many projects to spread profitability risk across many projects. Consultant level may only have 2-3 projects a year that pay off.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer a rotational program where consultants can experience different areas of tax. Make admin bonus come out of manager pool.

Office culture is aweful..people that sit on the same floor as me probably don't know my name. Have more opportunities to get people out of the office for social interaction.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start for new graduates.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Ryan, LLC

ProsWork/life balance. Good state and local tax experience serving major clients. Because its a national firm there are lots of opportunities to network and travel. Good work environment, and team atmosphere. Aggressive corporate leadership who pursue growth and provide opportunities for advancement.

ConsHighly competive environment due to bonus compensation structure which has its pluses and minuses. If you're lucky you will be on a strong team with great leadership, and you will learn plenty about SALT tax, consulting, and managing relationships. If you're unlucky you will get a self involved manager who will be more focused on self preservation than staff development.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior leadership could do a better job developing quality middle managers to reduce staff turnover. Numerous aquisitions and changes in management structure creates conflicting interests among departments.

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Not what it appears to be

Director (Former Employee)

I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time for more than a year

ProsBest in Class service to clients. Strong Marketing. Has all the tools to be a great place to work.

ConsCompany politics and a wild west approach to sales make this a difficult place to work. With such rapid growth into other countries, the philosophies of Ryan H/O to do not transfer to their international branches.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees that leave your company. With such a great product and service the main reason people leave is leadership.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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