There are newer employer reviews for Ryan, LLC
There are newer employer reviews for Ryan, LLC

See Most Recent

Great firm with a cutting edge approach to the workplace...

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

I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Ryan offers an innovate flexible work environment that focuses on results over face time. It truly is innovative because it allows you to avoid taking PTO for common issues that may keep you from working in the office. Instead of using PTO while waiting on the cable guy or repairman, you're able to work from home as the firm provides you with the necessary resources to accomplish most tasks from anywhere.

Another great thing about Ryan, is that it provides a framework in which the employee has control of their our own professional growth. The firm is constantly looking to promote from within, and provides opportunities for employees to change offices or even practices. As the firm continues to grow new practices seem to sprout up every other month.

Cons

A downside to all of the workplace freedom is that there is an unrealistic expectation, at times from management, of being available 24/7. This creates issues with employees burning out from working what feels to them as nonstop.

Advice to Management

Be mindful of people's downtime. Creating an environment of expected 24/7 availability could ruin everything that is great about the firm and its unique approaches to the work/life balance.

reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  1. Horrible work environment - Got out after 2 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great bonus structure but no controls or ways to ensure that discrimination doesn't occur

    Cons

    Bonus structure based on management discretion so bonus can be allocated to favorites even if the other employees didn't charge any time to the project. Part of the annual review is based on the bonuses that managers decide to allocate.

    HR very slow to respond to serious issues and complaints ignored even when proof of managment/employee relationships that affect projects and partiality.

    Expect to go to Dallas for annual meetings where Brint will brag about his million dollar house then turn around and request that all employees donate to his PAC directly out of their paychecks

    Be prepared to attach yourself to a senior manager and hope that they are the favorite of the principal. Principals assign work to favorites and not necessarily the person that needs work or that even brought the project in.

    Make sure you document your work as you can expect managers and above to take credit for your work without any recognization

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be up front about the bonus allocations and ensure that only the employees that worked on the projects should receive a bonus. Additionally, the firm should stick by their policy on relationships and prevent people in relationships or family from reporting directly to each other.

    HR should properly address concerns of employees.

  2. Provides good solid training and education

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ryan is a great place to start your career. They train you very well, and you will certainly know whatever practice area you're hired into very, very well. They also provide wonderful soft skill training classes as well. The work is interesting and ever-changing, which is nice. The benefits are nice and fairly comparable to others in the same sector. The flex environment provides the opportunity to really balance out your professional and personal life as long as you have a manager willing to allow you to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    While there, you will feel like you are preparing yourself for many more opportunities. This is untrue - you will find that unless you are in a specialty tax practice (severance, motor fuels, property, etc.), the daily activities and tasks you become very proficient at are not really especially desirable to anyone other than other consulting firms (unless you plan to be at Ryan for many years). There is no compliance work, no strategic planning, or any other of the many requirements that you will find when/if you start looking to move on from Ryan. Moving from one tax practice to another is difficult and practically unheard of - if you are hired into the Sales and Use Practice, do not expect to be able to easily move to Property Tax or Severance Tax. The bonus structure is biased and unfair. Unless you are on one of the "rockstar" teams (it usually ends up that the same 10-15 teams are making the most revenue each and every year), you will not be making the additional salary that Ryan likes to say that everyone in the firm is making. Also, Ryan has become very slow to promote to a management level (expect it to take 8-10 years). Additionally, the raise cycle is inconsistent and difficult (not the average annual pay increase that is fairly common at other firms). The flex work environment that Ryan has is difficult to navigate at best. As long as you have a manager that is willing to allow you to use it, it's great. However, it can be very frustrating when you are made to feel guilty/punished when taking time off. Not having a set amount of PTO days makes taking vacation near impossible. You will never truly be off, you will be expected to answer emails and phone calls while on vacation regardless. Also, working from home is not as common as they would make it to be - lots of the managers still feel that if you are not in the office, you are not actually working. Expect to be in the office on a consistent basis and expect to put in as many hours as anyone working at the Big Four (expect 50-60+ hours a week).

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to distribute projects to all teams within the firm. Provide additional training (internal or external) so that employees are able to expand their professional development. Allow employees the option to either remain with the current bonus structure or opt for a higher base salary with no (or very little) bonus allocation in order to balance out the inequities. Provide tuition reimbursement options to employees. Bring back having a set number of PTO days (or at least a set minimum that is enforceable) so that employees can actually "unplug" and not feel guilty/looked down upon for taking some personal time.

There are newer employer reviews for Ryan, LLC
There are newer employer reviews for Ryan, LLC

See Most Recent

Work at Ryan, LLC? Share Your Experiences

Ryan, LLC

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.