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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    • Culture & Values
    • 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. Finally Found a Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  3. Senior Associate

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    • 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. .....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Really a "Great Alternative to the Big 4"

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

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

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

    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.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Crowe is an excellent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Senior in audit

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, management, balance, benefits, people

    Cons

    Pay, bonus, evaluation process, compensation program

    Advice to Management

    Reward the high performers


  11. Snr Audit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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



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