Crowe Horwath

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Overall a good firm, but suffers from the old school Accounting Mentality

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Current Employee - Senior Staff in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Senior Staff in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Crowe Horwath

Pros

Awesome Office Culture - many people are friends outside of work
Career Path is Clearly defined
Access to client facing work very early in your career
Very competent middle management who does a great job of making you feel valued
Friendly, collaborative environment. A lot of highly knowlegeable people who all work very well in teams. This is a key emphasis in their interview process.
Benefits are pretty good, including 4 weeks PTO from day 1.

Cons

Compensation is on the low end. It's back loaded compensation model, where you need to make it to Senior Manager or Partner to really make it worth your while monitarily. Staff and Senior Staff are paid under market value.
Communication of the leadership team of company strategy and initiatives is poor, but they do understand it's an issue and are working on it.
Not a lot of local clients, but again, they understand it's an issue and it's currently the central issue they know they need to fix.
They put ownership on the individual to meet a rather agressive chargeable hours goal, which is most often not within the individuals control. A byproduct of this is that there currently is no incentive to come in under budget on projects, which can become a core problem when the majority of the projects are fixed bid (as they are on the IT consulting side).
You have to sell to be a partner. That's great if you have great leaders who can also sell, but what can often happen is you get someone in a leadership position who has poor leadership qualities just because they are good in sales.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fix the compensation issue of your senior staff level people. These are the people doing most of the work, and when you have below average pay the only people you're going to be able to retain are below average workers. You're most likely losing more than you're saving with high turnover and people development costs than what your saving with below market compensation. Not sure if this is true in the accounting world, but it definitely is in the IT world. Just look at this site if you want to see what your competitors are paying.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if the economy is strong. Otherwise, keep your head on a swivel.

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Crowe Horwath

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Friendly management.
    Paid professional certification training.

    Cons

    Unrealistic goal setting.
    Client hoarding.
    Over-zealous in cutting staff in tough economic times.
    Serious senior management issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A firm is only as good as the talent it attracts and retains. Doing blanket layoffs of 100+ people at a time has seriously damaged the public face of the company and restricted their ability to attract the best talent out of college. Do everything you can in the future to protect your staff and management level employees, not just the executives and partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad company after all.

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    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
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