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Crowe Horwath Reviews in Oak Brook, IL

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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3.2 19 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Crowe Horwath CEO Chuck Allen

Chuck Allen

(15 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A good work life balance is generally attainable(in 13 reviews)

  • Great people, amazing clients, and the ability to apply your college education(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not as flexible as marketed(in 28 reviews)

  • Horrible work/life balance under the Crowe Horwath senior management(in 11 reviews)

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    Strong Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsGreat atmosphere. Excellent Benefits and compensation. Strong Company.

    ConsInterviews and follow up can take well over 4 months

    Advice to Senior ManagementGenerate a more efficient and streamlined hiring process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decline in focus on the people

    People Services (Former Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsThere 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Big 4 Copycat

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment to learn and grow as a consultant.

    Risk Process (Former Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsAccess 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsPeople are great, smaller company so you're able to get a lot more viability, employees have been around for a long time which definitely says a lot about a company.

    Consinternal systems, to many people involved in all different processes which make it hard to really "own" something

    Advice to Senior Managementspend more money on internal processes, technology, and systems. when people are frustrated by the process, they're frustrated about everything work related.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    conservative pay increase policy forces looking elsewhere

    Manager (Current Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsLike many companies, there a lot of nice folks at Crowe to work with and good opportunities to learn, gain experience and move on to another next happy job. Crowe has invested a decent percentage of capital in technology, so the firm is not in the stone age.

    ConsSalary growth is minimal in good times, training funds are pathetic. Look to self-training otherwise you'll become a relic. Large partnership based organization politics can be frustrating, as well as the salary increases for non-partner employees - which are 1-3% at best. It's a top-to-bottom pyramid, with a very niche group at the top (similar to most other companies I've worked at). If you have an offer letter from another company, they will consider increasing your salary, which forces you to interview, which then makes you have to choose whether or not to move on. Backwards method, which causes really good pros to leave, hiring more college grads, then rinse & repeat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoubtful that any of the partners would look here, or other officers that could make any difference, so no point in elaborating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Trying to compete with the Big Four, Not anymore

    Senior Tax Staff (Former Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsLearn everyday, compensation, variety of work

    ConsUnrealistic budgets, no work/life balance, managers understaffed

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people especially managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a job for awhile, not a career move.

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsSome pockets of good people who really work hard to help clients and each other.

    ConsUninspiring leadership.
    Barely any training.
    HR does things that are very questionable.
    Lip service from HR and programs-du-jour. Comply and go along in order to stay safe.
    Lots of cliques. If you're not from Indianapolis, you're not part of the in crowd.
    The women treat each other horribly. Lots of infighting, gossiping, and back stabbing.
    The people at Crowe think that doing things 40% of the way is great. No focus on excellence, vision, the future, initiative, innovation, or even doing things near-right.
    No accountability except bringing in revenue.
    Supportive technology is barely there.
    Partners tend to micromanage.
    Partners believe the rumors and gossip without question. Make firing decisions based on this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your noses out of your spreadsheets and learn how to lead a business. Stop making decisions based on how much longer you're going to be there before retirement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You will feel frustrated and unappreciated!

    Audit Manager (Current Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsGood health plan. They have a Jeans Day

    ConsWorking for a partnership is very frustrating. Focus is soley on chargable hours and that is it! My advice is work for the big four. You will have the same negative expierience but when you send out your resume you won't have to explain who you work for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour product is your people and service. You can not manage your people and services with spreadsheets. Invest in your people. I know the culture has always been the same.....get the hires in...work them to the bone.....let them leave....start over. Whom ever is left will get promoted and one day be the next leader. YOur firms leadership is based on time served not quality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall good learning environment, somehwhat disappointing pay increase for transition to senior staff

    Senior Staff (Current Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsLearning environment provided by some, teamwork, range of client industries

    Conspay for transition to senior staff seems inadequate, high turnover causes higher demands

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay senior staff more, listen to the needs /tips from the staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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