Crowe Horwath Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Progressive Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Grand Rapids, MI

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

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

    Pros

    I made some good relationships and learned a lot as well while I worked for Crowe. From my experience, there are some good leaders and partners in the Reg Compliance BU. I would certainly recommend Crowe to any of my friends.

    Cons

    The biggest downside isn't necessarily because of Crowe, but rather consulting in general. There is a lot of traveling involved and that is not necessarily for everyone.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Lost Focus on the Employees

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Crowe attracts great people to work there, so your colleagues are talented, energetic, and dedicated upon hire making it an exciting place to work until the effect of the kool-aid you were given in orientation wears off.

    Cons

    The focus is so bottom line driven in the past few years that the people are again a widget of sorts lacking anything that makes them special to management. Scheduling is like herding cattle and the first 4 people available go despite career choices, travel, or personal impact. If there wasn't so much emphasis given during recruiting and hiring at all levels about the value each person, as an individual makes, this might be status quo...but instead it winds up resembling an infommercial once you have the sub-par product in hand.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what made Crowe the actual "Unique Alternative to the Big Four" - it included a large chunk leadership investing and caring in the people employeed, who then did the same for their clients.

    The decline from being awesomely different has been sad.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Big 4 mentality without the rewards

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits comparable to Big 4. Good learning ground for young staff who want to get their experience and move on.

    Cons

    Very insular and cut-throat environment. Can be hostile at times. Gives lip service to work-life balance. They work their staff to the bone. Vault survey dealing with employee satisfaction gave it a score of 2 out of 10 which placed them #31 out of 50 large firms. Internal survey showed 50%of employees lose sleep over work, compared to 25% over family and 15% over money. Very stressful environment! Managers and above are expected to sell and are held to unreasonable sales goals. Not meeting these goals is a certain death sentence even if you have good performance reviews. Intangibles such as talking the Crowe talk and selling its "values" is what gets you by at the expense of technical ability and client service. Bringing in new clients is rewarded at the expense of retaining existing clients.
    Crowe also gives lip service to cultural diversity. Very conservative Midwestern firm that on the surface promotes diversity by way of different support groups. However, most of the non-minority partners poo-poo the idea of going to a Diversity Day training. There are very few minorities, except for women, in high-level positions. If your sexual preference is different from theirs, you will feel like an outcast and even the support groups could not save your job.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at how your partners and managers are treating their people. People trained to be accounting professionals should not be forced to sell if they feel uncomfortable doing it. There should be greater value placed on technical ability and client service.


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  5. Job review for auditor position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing clients, and the ability to apply your college education.

    Cons

    There are no cons at this company

    Advice to Management

    Always remember that the way upper management acts resonates through the rest of the company, from the top down.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Overall, a good place to work for a developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy. I never have to go into the office. 4 weeks of PTO. I really enjoy the work I am doing. I was a little concerned that there wouldn't be much development work with a consulting company, but I spend the vast majority of my day writing code.

    Cons

    Compensation is a little under market average. This may be a critique of developing software at a consulting company as a whole, but I feel a little disconnected from the larger tech community.


  7. One of best CPA firm out there. Look out big four!!

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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

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

    Pros

    Having a CEO with the vision ours does, motivates the entire organization to operate as the best in class firm they are, aiming to become the #5 CPA firm in the world. You will not find many officers with the enthusiasm and drive this group does.

    Cons

    To be honest... I've been with just about all the large firms. Crowe just doesn't have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Find the best Branding professional possible.


  8. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Clients, work experience, flexibility, benefits

    Cons

    Co indicated it would invest in enhancing its training program


  9. Helpful (1)

    Plateuing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, work environment, variety of clients

    Cons

    Reactive management, slow to integrate new technology, understanding the next generation's need

    Advice to Management

    Need move beyond the old boys club and the Midwestern conservatism. Take a leading role be proactive and not reactive


  10. Helpful (3)

    Challenging technical work, but demanding work/life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager - IT Services
    Current Employee - Manager - IT Services

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easily accessible partners
    New work/challenges with every client
    Good/hard work = recognition with Sr. Leadership
    Quarterly travel bonus

    Cons

    Go-live always trumps holiday
    College-hire training is non-existent
    Client demand drives timeline regardless of feasibility or availability
    Sales team is not connected to delivery, resulting is over-promising

    Advice to Management

    Don't let clients burn through YOUR people. Find meaningful work for new hires to do establish a true mentoring program to bring newbies up to speed. Don't make overworked individuals take time to tell you they are overworked.


  11. My experience at Crowe has been nothing short of great! They take care of their people!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Great Coworkers and Management
    -Well Compensated
    -Good Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    -Health benefits are slightly expensive, but good coverage.



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