Crowe Horwath

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Crowe Horwath Reviews in Oak Brook, IL

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 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.  

    I have had a good experience with them so far.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Auditor in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - IT Auditor in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath as an intern (less than an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Public Accounting Is Not For Everyone

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    • 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.  

    Strong Company

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    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decline in focus on the people

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    • 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Big 4 Copycat

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    • 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
  7.  

    Great environment to learn and grow as a consultant.

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    • 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
  8.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    conservative pay increase policy forces looking elsewhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Pros

    Like 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.

    Cons

    Salary 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Trying to compete with the Big Four, Not anymore

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Staff in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Staff in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Pros

    Learn everyday, compensation, variety of work

    Cons

    Unrealistic budgets, no work/life balance, managers understaffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people especially managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Uninspiring 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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