Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
3.7 of 5 72 reviews
www.bakertilly.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Oct 31, 2013
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3.4 9 reviews

                             

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Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Chairman & CEO Tim Christen

Tim Christen

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A good place to work

Senior Accountant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexibility, Wonderful and Talented People, Variety of Experiences

ConsUnderstaffed, Sometimes Disorganized, very weak at middle management level

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement focused too closely on quantitative data like charge hours and not at all on qualitative data like customer satisfaction, SWOT, employee morale, etc.

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

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Exciting

Accounting Assistant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Allowed to work on various different projects, which provides tremendous exposure to employees.
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Opportunities for advancement are plentiful
- Growing firm
- Partners are easily approachable

Cons- Wasn't in the office long enough to experience many
- Structure unorganized at times
- Lack of motivation at times

Advice to Senior Management- Continue to build relationships with younger staff members
- More interaction between senior managers and staff accountants/interns

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Consulting - Role, Project and Opportunity Was Grossly Miss-represented

Consulting Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time for less than a year

ProsEnergetic and positive young consulting team.

ConsThe role and opportunity explained during the recruiting process did not match up with the actual work.. Then after you start, there is little to no communication from senior management. I wish I had turned down the offer and stayed with a large firm because the opportunity was not the current state but the 'wishful' to-be state. Take my advice, if you are an experienced hire and come from a larger company, leadership may fudge the truth so you accept. Be warned because I wish I was..

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest about the current state and not paint the 15 year vision as the current state.

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

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Good company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time for more than a year

Pros- friendly environment
- work/life balance

Cons- poor communication from upper management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great firm

Staff Consultant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time for less than a year

ProsPay is fair.

The workload is fair – busy times are busy, but there is a decent amount of downtime as well.

This may only apply to my team, but the managers are really down to earth and understanding. As a young guy they encourage me to have a life outside of work. I don’t feel chained to my desk – even under a strict deadline. I can go home and work if I needed to get something done.

Advancement from staff to senior is common.

ConsMany consulting clients are Big 4 audit clients – that is to say clients can be a fairly large, public company. You deal with a lot of employees at client sites who look down on the firm as bush league – pretty much because they are Deloitte and Douche alumni. The upside of this is that they are impressed when you deliver a great product.

There isn’t a lot of training. When I started the only training I was required to complete was a independence questionnaire. You’re kind of just thrown into the ocean and expected to swim on an actual project

Advice to Senior ManagementStay out of the news.

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

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Many challenging projects. Some good people. Surprisingly high turnover.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat opportunities to work with people from different teams. Fairly easy to get your work on display to senior management. There are a few awesome people. Generous PTO and fair pay.

ConsPeople are very clicky and our office is not very social. Definitely have to adhere to strict preferences of your manager or managers, and it definitely isn't an atmosphere based on independent thinking and creativity. Practices towards towards social media are antiquated and stifling--doesn't have a FB presence, and blocks FB in the office. Mentoring program is a good idea but not structured well. Surprisingly high turnover. In the past 6 months, at least 9 senior level people left. Also, not very transparent or consistent messaging when people do leave--sometimes there are announcements sometimes not. I'm alao convinced that they need to retrain the performance counselors, as I've witnessed inconsistent approaches to feedback. Culture can definitely definitely be described as stuffy and political--a winning combination.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a more progressive approach to social media. Also, inspire creativity, dont stifle it. Need to coach performance counselors on how to give positive and negative opinions of their subordinate's work. Both criticism and praise are important to growth and development.
Provide transparent communication to employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I finally feel like I am at a company where I can stay put and grow.

Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

ProsThe partner I work with has been very thoughtful in helping me to set goals and achieve them. Early on she fought for a raise for me to thank me for the additional effort I had been putting out. They seem very willing to create an environment that is somewhat autonomous while setting you up for future success. For the first time ever, I feel like I am at a company where they want to invest in me for the long-term, not just bide the time until the next job comes along.

In general the benefits are great. I love the amount of PTO you receive. Considering I am not someone that takes sick leave generally, it is great to have large amounts of time available to me. And, you get to carry over 2 weeks. They really seem to care about their employees and tailor programs which demonstrate that.

ConsSome of the benefits are just so-so. My health insurance, while largely paid by my employer, is a pain to deal with. The hoops you have to jump through in order to get things covered are amazing. I was spoiled by BCBS. Not a big fan of United Health Care.

I think it is hard for some employees to find their way around the company. There are some that are relatively siloed in the offices and if you don't seek out interaction with others, no opportunities are provided for you.

Most learning development is geared towards accountants - it leaves off a large chunk of employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the non-accounting staff. Create opportunities for interaction among staff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fast growing company with plenty of opportunities.

Consultant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Pros- Industry-leading clients
- Challenging, meaningful projects
- Bright people
- Benefits package and paid time off (~5wks)
- Seasoned managers with impressive resumes
- Organic growth (and some acquisition-based growth)

Cons- High turnover within consulting group
- Insular business units (between tax, audit, and consulting)
- Limited brand equity within the U.S.

Advice to Senior Management- Be more transparent, deliberate with strategic vision
- Don't sacrifice strategy/ops projects for ERP system implementations
- Stop changing group names so frequently

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not up to Industry Standards

Accountant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

ProsThe Company has some good people that work at the staff level that make it an okay place to work.

ConsThe Company grew too fast and seems to have got them in trouble. They are trying to do too much. The company is also very top heavy, more managers than staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus more on the clients and not worry so much about growth and compensation for themselves. Have very bright staff but the talent seems to be wasted.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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