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Crowe Horwath Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
53 Reviews
3.9
53 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • However, I think the work-life balance is probably better than it would be somewhere else where the pay would be better (in 33 reviews)

  • Horrible work/life balance under the Crowe Horwath senior management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crowe is an excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior in audit

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, management, balance, benefits, people

    Cons

    Pay, bonus, evaluation process, compensation program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the high performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Snr Audit

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was ok

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    Good experience with many different clients

    Cons

    Bad office culture. Not very social

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make company culture a priority

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I have had a good experience with them so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - IT Auditor in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Intern - IT Auditor in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good solid company with strong values. Good first job for a college student.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season but that is to be expected with any public accounting company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation would be nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    What you'd expect from public accounting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Public Accounting Is Not For Everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Pros

    Younger employee base, Fast-paced deadline and client driven environment, opportunity for advancement of job title

    Cons

    Focus is on the chargeable hour rather than client service, you can basically kiss your social life goodbye. The reason there is an opportunity for advancement is due to the turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Public Accounting is a client service industry. Shift focus from the chargeable hour and "realization" to a client service view.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Engineer II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Strong Company

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Excellent Benefits and compensation. Strong Company.

    Cons

    Interviews and follow up can take well over 4 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generate a more efficient and streamlined hiring process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, lacking in professional development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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