Crowe Horwath

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Crowe Horwath Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
215 Reviews
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215 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 32 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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 an 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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7.  

    Crowe has cultivated a great company culture.

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

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

    Pros

    There is general approachability at every level. Crowe gives back to the community. Really has a team atmosphere where each individual has an opportunity to be successful and be rewarded for as much effort as they want to put in.

    Cons

    Could be more supportive of remote working opportunties to further promote a culture of work/life balance consistently throughout the firm. Some business units are more supportive of working from home than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top performers should be paid significantly more via salary and/or bonus than the average. Paying your top performers only slightly more doesn't offer much incentive to work harder and/or stay with the firm. Offer remote working opportunities consistently throughout the firm. If the firm as a whole support it, the job allows for it and the individual has proven they can be trusted, it should be an option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decline in focus on the people

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some truly amazing contributors and leaders at Crowe, in all locations. If you are looking for an environment where you can learn and grow your skills, this is a solid one.

    Cons

    The focus has shifted over the years to be much more bottom line oriented and less on the individuals. The mentality seemed to become a 'we can recruit more' instead of 'retain the strong talent we have', which is saddening considering the focus that once existed on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your strongest asset, especially in a consulting organization where knowledge is your service.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Big 4 Copycat

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

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    It's easy to shine since most of the good talent are gone - either fed up or driven out by the mediocre and highly-insecure management.

    Cons

    The firm has an identity crisis. It brands itself as the "unique alternative to the Big 4" but in reality, it is nothing but a second-rate trying-hard Big 4 copycat. It's sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a partner cleanup and get rid of the partners who compensate for their incompetence through unethical business practices ("buying" of clients, that management turns a blind eye on), and the promotion of mediocre but suck-up personnel (Crowebots). Practice the core values that you supposedly espouse - stop preaching and lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, interesting clients (not-for-profit and higher ed only)

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great environment to learn and grow as a consultant.

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to Partners and other senior level managers is high thus enabling great coaching and training.

    Environment is such that you will be provided more responsibility and accountability as you seek it out. Personal growth is unlimited - - environment is outstanding for you to get as much out as you desire.

    Culture is a huge plus - - core values of care, share, invest and grow and not just taglines, but are lived by the Partner leaders.

    Cons

    As in any consulting environment, commitment to the firm, client and team is needed to succeed. Need to be ready to commit to the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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