CohnReznick

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CohnReznick Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
105 Reviews
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CohnReznick CO CEO'S Kenneth Baggett & Thomas Marino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Young and casual office during the busy season (in 14 reviews)

  • Just a notch below the Big Four with relatively good work-life balance (compared to the Big Four) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to maintain a good work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • There is no work-life balance even in off-busy season (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Staff II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in New York, NY

    I have been working at CohnReznick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing company with incredibly intelligent, hardworking people.

    Cons

    There are really no cons in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, no career path

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CohnReznick

    Pros

    Gave us food during busy season. Pay was half-way decent. Some of the partners were good people. Decent healthcare program. Good education/development program.

    Cons

    No career path. Unless you are "special" in their minds you are pushed aside. Paid time off wasn't that great. Some partners were a little bit full of themselves and thought they knew the right answer to everything, even outside their field of expertise.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at CohnReznick

    Pros

    Friday jeans day and other jeans days are nice

    Cons

    HR Department is horrible, so unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture needs improved

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Okay place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate
    Former Employee - Audit Associate

    I worked at CohnReznick full-time

    Pros

    -Few very good and helping employees
    -good vacation time
    -jeans days

    Cons

    - poor communication between upper management regarding workload, job assignments
    -training is a joke and expectations are too high
    -your growth depends on how well you lick/get along with partners, managers
    -Variety of clients to work on is limited and if you express an interest in some other type of industry in your evals you never here back after the eval on the status
    -alot of pressure on staff to follow up with seniors and managers instead of them just telling associates what to do
    -was never given a formal technology training, several times ppl would forget to invite you to trainings
    -no one to direct a new employee who might be willing to grow
    -no consistency within the firm on how something is suppose to be done. There are always different versions of seniors, then managers and then partners and an associate has to take care of it which is very impractical..they ask ask to inform them about this but you might go insane if you told them about each thing
    -merging created several changes, uncertainties and alot more work..which was done but not appreciated
    - I felt that some seniors and managers wanted staff to do all the work
    -the perks are good but scrutinized alot by partners..for instance they give $15 during busy season if you work more than 60 hours(provided you buy one item and one drink..can't store) but the bills are literally scrutinized for how much each item was and how much u ate..REALLY!! for a big firm like this where employees work 60-70hrs(giving up their social life) during busy season and spend $15 on lunch which is less than their 1 hour rate is scrutinized for a dumb lunch/dinner..there are instances of ppl being fired for these perks too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be equal, provide growth based on work performance rather then personal equations, improve communication and TRAINING..keep it more organized!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    FIRM LEADERSHIP & CULTURE = HOT MESS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Co-workers are nice for the most part.
    - Most partners are approachable and easy enough to work with.
    - Jeans days.

    Cons

    - Many members of management have NO clue what they are doing. This is especially true of those in departments outside of audit & tax.
    - Unprofessionalism runs rampant.
    - Cannot tell anything to local HR as they are completely unprofessional and have no clue what confidentiality is; the entire office will know anything you tell them within 72 hours.
    - Some managers routinely take credit for other’s work.
    - Dress code is not enforced across the board. Certain people get away with murder in this regard.
    - Salary is low, low, low.
    - In general firm is stingy and cheap
    - Appreciation ... what appreciation?
    - The firm is trying too hard to be one of the Big Four yet they do not offer the benefits, pay, or resume prestige of the Big Four.
    - Since the merge employee morale is in the toilet. Lost many of the great Cohn people just have them replaced with sub-par, yet much cheaper, Reznick people.
    - If you are not seated in certain offices (NY, Bethesda, ATL, LA) you are treated like a nobody.
    - OFFICE POLITICS and cliques!
    - Billable hours are overly emphasized
    - Non-CPAs are treated as third-class citizens.
    - If you do your job well your thanks will be more and more additional work until you are doing two jobs for the pay of one.
    - Too many “warm & fuzzy” meetings. When you have two jobs to do you do not have time for “What color is your parachute” and other personality-based BS.
    - Too many required outings - again who has time?
    - Not respectful of everyone’s time, just certain people’s time.
    - Diversity is a joke, especially in upper management.
    - Much, much more but I don't want to spend all day on this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stick to what you know and do well - middle market.
    - Stop trying to be a bargain-basement Big Four firm
    - Stop being stingy/cheap & implement a bonus program. If you can fly people all over the country for department meetings (isn't this what video conference is for) you can spread some of the wealth to the people in the trenches.
    - Food is not a reward for work well done nor are tchotchkes. We all have enough useless crap! How about something we can use like cash or gift cards or even additional jeans days.
    - Jeans days are a great motivator that cost you NOTHING.
    - Give feedback before review time.
    - Listen to the people doing the work. You are losing your best people because you do not listen.
    - Don't take the suggestions/criticism that departing employees give you as just sour grapes. Some of us would have liked to stay it just became unbearable for us to do so.
    - You really need to earn back employees' trust. No one believes what you say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good firm to start with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Jericho, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Jericho, NY

    I have been working at CohnReznick full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people in the office are good and helpful for the most part.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are terribly long..but thats any public accounting firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less talking about people and more talking to people would solve many issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CohnReznick

    Pros

    Growth potential, great coworkers, very smart people within company willing to help

    Cons

    No mentoring, no quality of life, no appreciation, very low moral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the problems, increase moral

  9.  

    Decent work environment considering it's a public accounting firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The office was fairly spacious and conducive to work. Often there would be lunches and birthday celebrations for the employees and the end of busy season parties were always fun.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis is placed on billable hours and the environment is very political. Not enough support from management and HR does not help the staff. Also, the trainings were not effective. Pay is also lower than industry and they provide no contributions for 401k or retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to your seniors and focus on staff development. Also, start contributing something to employees' 401k.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company culture needs work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at CohnReznick full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Generous benefits package, good people, top 10 public accounting firm

    Cons

    Below-market pay, no professional development offered, office politics have greatly impacted work environment in Advisory group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR should be more hands-on and actually listen to associates and their concerns. Company, as a whole, should invest more into professional development. Also, some managers in the Advisory Group do not know how to lead people and it shows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not big 4 but work like big 4 hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CohnReznick

    Pros

    national firm, more exposure to clients with higher revenue

    Cons

    long hours, pressure, management not helpful

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