Crowe Horwath

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Crowe Horwath Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
220 Reviews

3.5
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Political Landmine.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are very competitive, as is PTO. Employees are given all of the technology necessary to do their jobs well.

    Cons

    Very political - advancement, raises, and bonuses are directly tied to if you are part of the "club" vs. your abilities and contributions. Lack of direction at the Divisional Leadership level leads to dissatisfied employees, but those who speak up with ideas to streamline or improve processes are targeted and labeled as difficult. Make no mistake, these folks end up with their jobs being "eliminated" rather than anything productive being done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top leadership needs to get involved, find out what is going on culturally at the lower and mid-levles and make these "rogue" Divisional Leaders accountable for improvements and keeping A players challenged. Stop accepting the culture of mediocrity, as this could be a good firm if the culture is rehabilitated.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    It Audit

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    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Audit Staff in New York, NY

    Pros

    Environment, people, work life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    Pay, training could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Typical hours of a public accounting firm.

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    Current Employee - Staff Auditor
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor

    Pros

    Lots of different engagements with smaller teams to learn a lot more.

    Cons

    Long hours on some engagements and a lack of industry focus at the lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make your underlings as happy as possible by finding them work they want to do as opposed to just throwing them around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I worked with Crowe earlier in my life and it was an experience that impacted me for my future

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Associate in South Bend, IN

    Pros

    The best reason for working with Crowe Horwath is the idea of togetherness and security.

    Cons

    Although, I was let go, I would considering reemployment with Crowe because of their work ethics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider I have completed my bachelor degree and I would be a great asset to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL

    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
  7.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting, I learned a lot.

    Cons

    It was not very organized.

  8.  

    Great place to work as an intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    On my second day as an intern, I already had several dates set up to travel to clients. I was impressed! They talked on day one about not being a "glorified stapler" as an intern, but they really kept their promise. I gained a lot of valuable experience and got a good feel for what everyday life would be like full-time.

    Cons

    Not a big 4 firm, so not many locations throughout the country.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crowe Horwath...probably not for you

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    It's a job. Some upward mobility depending whose good side you get on

    Cons

    They have a set of core values that they don't standby

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and live up to your values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do Big 4 work without the Big 4 prestige

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    Former Employee - Senior Assurance Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Assurance Associate

    Pros

    Tries to work with people who have families and require flexibility. Co-workers were great! Felt like we were all in the weeds together and could empathize with each other.

    Cons

    Typical public accounting firm with long hours and extensive travel. Staff and seniors continuously overworked. Sometimes difficult to find a 'convenient time' to take vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on travel with better staffing.

  11.  

    Occasionally long hours, but great people and benefits

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    Current Employee - Tax Intern  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    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

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