Crowe Horwath Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Crowe Horwath CEO Chuck Allen
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Pros
  • A good work life balance is generally attainable (in 15 reviews)

  • Great people who live by the firm's values and truly care about colleagues and clients (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Could be more supportive of remote working opportunties to further promote a culture of work/life balance consistently throughout the firm (in 33 reviews)

  • Senior Management - Some Good, Some Really Bad (in 12 reviews)

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  1. People!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Crowe are what set them apart. Being an employee at Crowe doesn't make you feel like a number. You feel respected and appreciated as a peer.

    Cons

    Long hours, travel, and tight deadlines are a common occurrence. Also, the technology at the firm is a bit behind but efforts are being made to catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining quality employees. When turnover occurs management should make a better attempt at understanding why the individual is leaving.


  2. Senior Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance; Fair-pay to start; Flexibility; Good in certain industries; Entrepreneurial (you will need to do EVERYTHING on your own (Take charge of your career, but don't expect too much assistance/guidance along the way)

    Cons

    Old-school, conservative culture; not much innovation; stuck in 1960's Midwest culture (things move like molasses), industry follower; lack of middle management (either old partners or new 1-2 year recent grads); Good place to start your career, but don't expect to too much support from your team/firm if you are a real go-getter.

    Advice to Management

    Consider incentive alignment to stop losing good people, and avoid complacency; reduce useless admin staff and assign admins to specific groups.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A mixed bag

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

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people A lot of very smart and well-meaning people Wide variety of types of work and industries to learn about In most ways, trusted and treated like an adult. Can work from anywhere. Lots of flexibility (though that probably depends on which group you're in). Lots of growth - healthy financially Great healthcare insurance

    Cons

    Penny pinchers - would rather save a few bucks than see the long-term investment advantages. Mean well but once in a while do stupid stuff like not allowing access to certain websites, including gmail. Too much work and very high expectations and not enough resources - need more people, more face time/travel - keep getting promises things will improve but they get crazier and more hectic every year. Burned out. Run by middle-aged conservative white guys who run the firm too conservatively and cautiously.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be penny-wise & pound-foolish. Stop with the work/life balance propaganda - nobody believes it because it's just not true. The bureaucracy is out of control: need to streamline. It takes forever to get anything done You seriously need more diverse employees. Leadership is almost completely middle-aged white guys in dark suits.


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  5. Worked as an intern for a summer and was given reign to explore different technology projects.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Performance Intern AT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Performance Intern AT in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great personal growth and development, good team support, friendly environment, good company perks and events

    Cons

    Younger staff that could be less experienced, spread out work force throughout the nation could bring difficulties

    Advice to Management

    Everything is rather well run with a good company environment and atmosphere.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Crowe is an excellent place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked at Crowe for more than 8 years and have had many growth opportunities and am well paid. I enjoy the culture and have access to top leadership via communication channels.

    Cons

    The challenge is that it is a growing organization that was founded in South Bend Indiana. Crowe wants to be a large company, but struggles with the thinking from when all personnel worked in the same office. It is a double edged sword. Crowe is not trying to be the big 4, yet wants to play and grow to a bigger middle market. Much like having growing pains, it is finding challenge with the processes and consistency across the organization when many offices want to run like small businesses. To be a large player one has to have a consistent business model.

    Advice to Management

    My only advice is to really examine where leadership wants to go. Crowe will get there as there are really talented people. But, much like other industries, it will be challenges to keep the new hirers engaged and not have a revolving door. Crowe as an organization really needs to learn how to bridge gaps with the new, younger staff, with those that have been at Crowe for some time. Crowe needs to find a way to stop their talent from walking out the door.


  7. Snr Audit

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -good place to start your career -learning -work-life balance better than big 4

    Cons

    -none, its a non big 4 public accounting firm...but it's still a public accounting firm

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. It was ok

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience with many different clients

    Cons

    Bad office culture. Not very social

    Advice to Management

    Make company culture a priority


  9. What you'd expect from public accounting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quickly move up, many learning & growth opportunities, provide some travel benefits, allow you to develop and explore a market niche, allow relocation.

    Cons

    Work-life balance pressures based on lack-there-of from managers and senior management, mandatory trainings are typically a year behind where many people are currently performing at, wages and bonuses aren't stellar but comparable to other accounting firms.


  10. Software Engineer II

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional environment that encourages employees to advance in the company and improve their career. Supportive environment and the workforce is generally competitive

    Cons

    Even though leadership has employee work-life balance as a priority, the overall culture is professional and competitive which might not be a great fit for someone who's too laid back and only cares about making a living

    Advice to Management

    Management is always looking for ways to change it to the better and have multiple measures to gauge employees' level of engagement. Keep doing that.


  11. Great people, lacking in professional development.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Performance Government Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Performance Government Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with, great environment.

    Cons

    Placement in the organization is key to professional development. Most partners and senior managers are focused on their own career goals and don't take time to develop lower staff. There are some wonderful partners that work with staff on career goals and development, but if you don't get one of those, stay a couple years and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Talk regularly with your staff/senior staff about career topics. Not just once a year for annual reviews.



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