Crowe Horwath

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Crowe Horwath Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
228 Reviews
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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
  • 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.  

    It Audit

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Environment, people, work life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    Pay, training could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NY tax office not a good place

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

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Crowe Horwath is a wonderful national firm. National communication is excellent. The training is pretty good. Decent work life balance for public accounting.

    Cons

    This is for the NY tax department only
    -High turnover
    -Tax partners are verbally abusive
    -Tax partners play favorites
    -Men move up much faster than women
    -NO fun
    -Partners and most managers are mean, rude, condescending, and generally unfriendly
    -Not treated with respect
    -Work load not properly managed so everything is a fire drill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Partners need serious training in how to manage a practice and how to treat other with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad office culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    exposure to many different types of clients, good pay for beginning public accountants, hours are comparable to other public accounting firms, but may be slightly less

    Cons

    office culture in new york is not good, bad work life balance, management is not good at communicating and is generally unkind, management plays favorites which is unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    partners and managers need an attitude adjustment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Compliance Professional in New York, NY

    I worked at Crowe Horwath as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Unless, your working with the direct partner its hard to get notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    notice the little people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very bad culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Depending on which business unit you work in, you'll have completely difference experiences. For the most part they are really trying to make it better there, but the partners need to take a more active role in making it a better place to work. There are some really good people there who are smart and willing to work hard.

    Cons

    The local partners should take responsibility for the discontentment of the staff. Unfortunately, everyone sticks their head in the sand to coddle the rainmakers, who in turn, poison the atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture there in certain business units is downright toxic. There is an effort being made currently to improve this, but it may be too little, too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is higher than average for associates in public accounting for the first two years.

    Cons

    Management is really, really, really bad. Both the partners and managers play favorites, lots of office politics, and they do not treat their employees well for being a regional public accounting firm. They should treat their employees extra well because their is a high risk staff will leave and go to Big 4.

    My advice to college students thinking about Crowe: DO NOT SIGN HERE. If you are in the NYC office, you will have to inevitably move to Big 4 sooner or later (the entire office just did it after this busy season). It is very difficult to find strong opportunities from working with Crowe, they are not well known, they do not have prestigious clientele, and the partners are not at the same level as Big 4 partners. Get in with a Big 4 firm, take a bit of a pay cut your first few years, but it will pay dividends in the long term. This is not a good environment to learn or grow as a professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think partners/management would listen anyways, but I would recommend taking some time to align your strategy and voice that to your employees. Also, take a look at your managers and only hire/promote those that actually know how to teach the staff and know how to audit, rather than just tell them to look at prior year work papers, where the work was done incorrectly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Crowe has a mixture of good team oriented people and others who are out only for themselves.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to prove yourself, support services, friendly environment, telecommute when you need to as long as you don't abuse it

    Cons

    There are many senior people who are in over their head and don't know how to run high growth practices. Unrealistic expectations. They used to be very transparent but not any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your people and the clients will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Culture - Not as advertised...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work - Life Balance
    Revenue Growth

    Cons

    Lack of promotional opportunities
    Lack of client diversification (99% Banking)
    Poor on the job coaching
    Weak culture for a small/mid-size firm
    Compensation is not competitive
    Internal Training/Education programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Horrifyingly Unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Paid Time Off (if you can find time to use it)
    Health Benefits (if you can find time to get to the doctor)
    Mileage Reimbursement (if you can find time to enter your expenses)

    Cons

    No brand recognition in the marketplace- for such a large firm, this fact is mind blowing.

    Executive leadership is clueless as to how to run a successful business. Many partners spend a majority of their time behind their desks, instead of going out and visiting their clients, selling to prospects, and motivating their people.

    The hard working employees that provide boundless value and solid leadership get questioned, fired, and treated like criminals, and the incompetent, the unethical, and the sociopaths are favored and promoted.

    Senior and executive leadership with diabolical egos and limitless greed feebly attempt to manage service lines that they don't understand, trying to force square pegs through round holes, micromanaging/harassing, tying up valuable time by having pointless meetings to talk about having more pointless meetings, demanding people to meet inappropriate and impossible goals; all causing for an inexplicable waste of time, resources, and money. Not only does it cause for waste and a hostile environment, but it also basically forces people into providing atrocious client service, unwittingly tarnishing their professional reputations; all of which is incredibly mentally and emotionally disheartening to those who highly value professionalism and putting their clients first.

    Another issue emanating from this lack of understanding is that profitable, quality, annuity engagements are turned away, while unprofitable, one-off engagements are pursued.

    When senior and executive leadership are approached about these issues, they blame their current people, and fire them without acknowledging or taking any accountability. When one reaches out to other resources within the firm about these issues, they blatantly get swept under the rug; and the issues continue regardless of numerous middle management and staff turnovers, and exit interview testimonies.

    Salaries are below comparable market salaries, and all staff level employees are excluded from the bonus pool. When it comes to raises – be prepared to fight tooth and nail for $30 more per paycheck.

    These problems aren’t just limited to one service line…they exist firm wide. The firm is on the fast track to running itself into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to drop their egos and start pointing their fingers in the mirror. If you are the leader and your team fails, you are the one to blame. Stop sitting at your desks behind your computers obsessing over data that provides no insight into profitability, and over who you're going to fire next in an attempt to make it look like you're managing, and start selling, motivating, and leading by positive example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Another audit firm, pretty good people in what can be a miserable industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Auditor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    For IT audit, you get to travel a lot, meet new co-workers, and do a lot of work.

    Cons

    You can feel like a small fish in a big pond, and get lost because you can sometimes don't get enough instruction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should create a better training experience more slowly and make sure you get involved more slowly instead of being thrown into an audit career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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