Crowe Horwath

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Crowe Horwath Reviews in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

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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.  

    Occasionally long hours, but great people and benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good people. Nice atmosphere. Culture seems very friendly. Haven't really met anyone I didn't like at Crowe. Nice amenities in the office. Office looks very nice.

    Cons

    Sometimes you might work a bit longer than you like when deadlines approach, probably more if you're working busy season, but as an intern you get overtime pay if you exceed 40 hours. Not a huge deal, seems typical of public accounting. Occasionally you might get stuck with not much to do as a summer intern, but ask around and you'll find something. No PTO as an intern, holidays aren't paid but you get time off, but I can't really complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management does a good job, just continue to listen to employees for suggestions or when they need help. I like that the management encourages a friendly and open atmosphere, so keep that up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    politics will destroy you. don't trust anyone.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    Work/life balance.
    People
    Efforts in trying to create standard procedures
    Try to hire best person for the position.
    Efforts toward diversity are positive.

    Cons

    Structure changing.
    Lack of infrastructure to support growth.
    Leadership does not display leadership qualities.
    Too much work for one person to handle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your people. Keep your word. Don't create a hostile environment where people are scared they'll do something wrong. Step down from your position if you don't want to lead but rather intimidate people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Collaborative environment, good people, but unrealistic expectations at Senior Manager and Manager levels.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    Strong firm values, collaborative environment, diverse cultural workplace, good people, strong and reasonably open communications to the firm, benefit package is balanced and reasonably priced.

    Cons

    Goals for charge hours, portfolio growth and sales are not realistic for Senior Managers if a reasonable work-life balance is to be maintained. People should not have to work 20-25% overtime to keep pace. The bonus structure is weak when compared to other firms and industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to decide if the firm is really going to be a diverse workplace and offer paths for both partner and non-partner goal oriented professionals. There is a perception in at least one service line that the only path is to be a partner and that it's 'up or out'.

    Listen to experienced hires - they bring a lot of good ideas and perspectives from other firms.

    If work-life balance is truly a priority at the firm, then charge hour goals for managers and senior managers need to be re-evaluated. Setting 17xx charge hours as a goal for a manager plus goals for sales plus portfolio growth doesn't make sense when compared to the 1800 goal for staff and seniors. A similar comment goes for senior managers. If the goal isn't realistic or attainable on all fronts, it just sets people up to fail. The sanity check is pretty simple: How many of the current partners at Crowe ever had a 17xx charge hour goal as a manager? Answer = probably none.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Promise a lot but does not deliver.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    The work can be flexible when you are not in the field.

    Cons

    The job is very time consuming and sometimes there is no work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think managers have to help out the incharges more and take more initiation than bossing the employees around.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crowe Horwath Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great culture for the most part. Great vacation package.

    Cons

    Trying to be like the big four while preaching we are the "alternative to the big four"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to recreate the Crowe culture with the Crowe values instead of standing in the shadows of the big four

    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    On the way out...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    1. Some people are great to work with if you find that one person who will develop you otherwise you'll just feel lost....staff actually quit because of this.
    2. Great learning experience, but you will be overworked.
    3. You will great promoted in 2 years no matter how bad you are....unless you're absolutely terrible then you're just screwed. You will be "on probation" through their improvement plan and then "coached" out.

    Cons

    1. The hiring of staff is pathetic and staff nowadays have a low work ethic. They just want to do their 40 and go home, definitely not public accounting material.
    2. Work/life balance is slim to nonexistent depending which group you are in.
    3. Partners talk behind your back and do not even follow HR policies. Certain individuals are very unethical and will tell you to eat hours. Doing so will decrease your chargeability and your shot at a bonus, but they will still get theirs.
    4. Training is inadequate. When a staff goes to the field with just a pen, I think that' a bit problematic.
    5. Travel is absurd and unless you're liked by upper management, they will make you travel non stop.
    6. The pay is absurd. They have an employee placement group within the firm. The salary guide that they create indicates that Crowe is underpaying their employees and do not even meet the pay expectations of a mid size company. In addition, the pay between a staff and a senior is so close that it would be less stressful to be a staff.
    7. See latter part of Pros # 1, 2, and 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain partners are going to burn Crowe to the ground by making all of their employees quit. One particular partner has her name mentioned during exit interviews and nothing has been done yet. If you do not want the employees who get the job done to quit and go elsewhere, you might want to do something about that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad company after all.

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    I think there are a lot of opportunities to grow. Current circumstances are unique. Otherwise, not a bad company after all.

    Cons

    I tend to agree with some of the other postings. Leadership is lacking. While the market is not good overall. There are other similar companies that are thriving. The leadership can do more. Changes to policies are required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the big picture. You are suffering with tunnel vision. Let go off old policies. Be creative. Need more to become a true alternative.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going Downhill Fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    Invovement in community
    Co-Workers
    Good location
    It use to be a fairly decend place to work, they make changes that don't work, but still keep them in place.

    Cons

    The most Frugal place I've ever worked for.
    Total lack of communication.
    Poor salary & benefits
    Careerlink Process is a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so cheap

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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