Crowe Horwath Reviews

Updated August 24, 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. Great People and a Good Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the people I worked with, great camaraderie. Managers were very knowledgeable and willing to help, which made this job a great learning experience. Partners were motivated to get things done, not a lot of push back on your audit work provided your documentation was good. Travel wasn't too bad (2 months a year) in my group. Good visibility of executive staff - you feel engaged at all levels of the organization. Lots of opportunities for growth - flexibility to move into new areas as you advance your career. You could spend your whole career here if you so desired.

    Cons

    High staff turnover, as is typical with audit. Quality of engagement staffing was hit or miss. Company was somewhat understaffed when I left meaning teams were always shifting and you were working with new, unfamiliar people from different offices a lot. Local clients are all over Chicagoland, which made for some long commutes on engagements in North Chicago or other outlying suburbs. Hours can get long, as is typical of public accounting.


  2. Good audit firm to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Lots of experience - smaller audit teams allowed for more interaction with client and full scope involvement with audit than one more often gets working for the Big 4 firms where audit teams are large. Also get access to more clients, rather than one or two. Similar starting salary and benefits as other accounting firms.

    Cons

    It seemed that pay overtime did not keep up with market and fluctuated significantly between individuals at same level. Note that many of the cons here are the same as any other audit firm - you're going to work a lot and be under a lot of stress, but it's worth it depending on you goals.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Too Good to be True!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crowe Horwath as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is close to perfect. Staff and upper level employees are eager to help and assist. There is actually opportunity to advance in the company, its actually encouraged! There is never a dull moment when working with Crowe.

    Cons

    There are not any cons to working with Crowe that I can think of at this time. If you do not like to travel, this is definitely not the company you should be pursuing for full time employment.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to keep up the good work! Management always had me motivated to keep doing my best in the work that needed to be completed.


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  5. People!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Finally Found a Career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is fully invested in their culture and the employees. The company really takes its time to ensure that each employee fully understands Crowe's vision. I am grateful I get to finally have a company that believes and lives its values.

    Cons

    None. After such a long search, I finally found home.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to advance the One Crowe Vision.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Senior Associate

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    A mixed bag

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    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.


  9. .....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to work in Chicago or Oak Brook.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Factory-like atmoshphere where focus is on low-;level tasks & extreme work hours. Hard word is rewarded with an additinional workload.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Really a "Great Alternative to the Big 4"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Competitive compensation in comparison to the Big 4. 2) Respected name within the industry. 3) Congenial and helpful employees. 4) Good benefits and work life balance. 5) Open door policy with managers and partners.

    Cons

    The only downside is the fact that incoming associates and staff have no say in the departments that they are placed in which can increase the chances of being "pigeonholed".

    Advice to Management

    Give income staff more choices in terms of department placement.


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

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



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