Crowe Horwath Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Staff Consultant

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance even with high travel requirements for risk personnel. I would definitely recommend it for those looking to gain experience under their belt

    Cons

    It is a rather small firm which requires a lot of travel. It is not a big four firm either.


  2. Senior Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance; Fair-pay to start; Flexibility; Good in certain industries; Entrepreneurial (you will need to do EVERYTHING on your own (Take charge of your career, but don't expect too much assistance/guidance along the way)

    Cons

    Old-school, conservative culture; not much innovation; stuck in 1960's Midwest culture (things move like molasses), industry follower; lack of middle management (either old partners or new 1-2 year recent grads); Good place to start your career, but don't expect to too much support from your team/firm if you are a real go-getter.

    Advice to Management

    Consider incentive alignment to stop losing good people, and avoid complacency; reduce useless admin staff and assign admins to specific groups.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Consultant

    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Firm helps to identify your interests and allows flexibility in pursuing your career i.e. focusing on certain industries or moving between external audit towards business risk.

    Cons

    Hours and work/life balance can be a struggle sometimes.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A mixed bag

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

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

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

    Pros

    Very nice people A lot of very smart and well-meaning people Wide variety of types of work and industries to learn about In most ways, trusted and treated like an adult. Can work from anywhere. Lots of flexibility (though that probably depends on which group you're in). Lots of growth - healthy financially Great healthcare insurance

    Cons

    Penny pinchers - would rather save a few bucks than see the long-term investment advantages. Mean well but once in a while do stupid stuff like not allowing access to certain websites, including gmail. Too much work and very high expectations and not enough resources - need more people, more face time/travel - keep getting promises things will improve but they get crazier and more hectic every year. Burned out. Run by middle-aged conservative white guys who run the firm too conservatively and cautiously.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be penny-wise & pound-foolish. Stop with the work/life balance propaganda - nobody believes it because it's just not true. The bureaucracy is out of control: need to streamline. It takes forever to get anything done You seriously need more diverse employees. Leadership is almost completely middle-aged white guys in dark suits.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good growing company, lots of turnover

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

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

    Pros

    Lots to do, no shortage of work Tons of smart and fun people

    Cons

    All employees are encouraged to overwork themselves, causing lots of turnover, which then can have more senior employees doing the work of entry level employees

    Advice to Management

    Don't push so much over time


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very Disappointing Experience....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant (Performance, RCA) in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant (Performance, RCA) in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible vacation time (3-4 weeks) Decent pay ($60k, staff level w/cpa)

    Cons

    At first glance, Crowe appears to have a culture of care. The people are outwardly friendly, willing to approach and provide small talk but when it comes down to it, however, this is all a mask. The management team backstabs each individual behind closed doors. This company is an example of micromanaging at it's finest, making it toxic to its employees and overall working environment. The company lacks vision, and becomes caught up in the juvenile politics making efficiency a foreign concept. The performance managers and the supervising team fail to confront you with constructive criticism, but rather through cowardly playground antics. Do not work here if you want to be valued for your skill rather than using you as a puzzle piece in their game of simon-says. To be successful at Crowe, you have no choice but to be a yes-man and play their games. Pay close attention to the company culture and beware of the false smiles and promises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging everyone Discard the insincere conversations/smiles Value more independent thought than robotic work Reward skill over tenure on the job


  8. .....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to work in Chicago or Oak Brook.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Factory-like atmoshphere where focus is on low-;level tasks & extreme work hours. Hard word is rewarded with an additinional workload.


  9. Bitter sweet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Tax in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and many great people to work with.

    Cons

    Supervisors have a tendency to avoid conflict by opting not to provide adequate constructive criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for, evaluate, and act on upward feedback from lower level resources regarding their supervisors.


  10. manager

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible re work in Chicago or suburbs

    Cons

    Sweatshop menality; little opportunity for growth/challenge


  11. Helpful (4)

    Really a "Great Alternative to the Big 4"

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

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    1) Competitive compensation in comparison to the Big 4. 2) Respected name within the industry. 3) Congenial and helpful employees. 4) Good benefits and work life balance. 5) Open door policy with managers and partners.

    Cons

    The only downside is the fact that incoming associates and staff have no say in the departments that they are placed in which can increase the chances of being "pigeonholed".

    Advice to Management

    Give income staff more choices in terms of department placement.



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