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Great people, great benefits, great place to work

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Former Employee - Healthcare Reimbursement Consultant in Southfield, MI
Former Employee - Healthcare Reimbursement Consultant in Southfield, MI

I worked at Plante Moran

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Pros:

- They treat employees like they are made of gold. Work/life balance & benefits were second to none.

- Flextime was great. Anytime I wanted to work from home, I could.

Cons

Cons:

- Not a big 4 firm, so the knowledge base and lateral knowledge transfer is sometimes lacking.

- Doesn't pay as well as big 4, but you do have a much better work/life balance.

- Some of the people they were promoting to partner right before I left did not embody the P&M values. I hope they evaluate partners on more than how much cash they bring in, and consider employee relation & development skills.

Advice to Management

Keep focusing on keeping employees happy and re-evaluate partner selection criteria. Some new partners acted more like used car salesmen than professional accountants and they were losing clients and prestige because of that

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Great place to work.....if you live in Michigan

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Plante Moran

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - It is a mid-size firm that has most of the resources that would be available to a Big 4 firm.
    - Open door policy for most managers/partners
    - The PTO policy is very generous

    Cons

    - No name recognition outside of Michigan, Ohio offices (Cleveland especially) not very well known in business community.
    - Most training materials address Michigan taxes quite heavily, but don't address Ohio, Illinois, and other states where the firm has offices.
    - After a few years you start to feel like a used car salesmen, you need to "sell" projects to clients. It becomes very cuthroat with your peers after a while in order to meet annual sales goals, which can have rediculous thresholds.
    - Benefits are awful, especially if you have children and need insurance.

    Advice to Management

    - Need to practice the culture, not just talk about it. Also, don't talk about it so much, you feel like you get brainwashed into believing it.
    - Stop wasting $ on the annual conference, use that money to invest in benefits instead, or make the 401k match better.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Good experience with client work, however severely underpaid

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran

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

    Pros

    Public Accounting Experience is great - you will learn about tax and accounting. Offices are nice. good amount of vacation days.

    Cons

    The firm is only known in Michigan, no brand recognition in Illinois. Very competetive for engagements, and partners favor certain managers and staff. Most decisions are made in Michigan, so partners are powerless. Many transfers from Michigan to Chicago, who end up transferring back to Michigan. Most things are run out of the Michigan office, so if you live in Chicago, expect to be in the office at 6 am for webinar training.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing your staff and managers in Chicago who have built their Chicago based networks, this will help with growth in Illinois. Spend money on things like raises and bonuses instead of the very expensive annual conferences.

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