Schneider Downs & Co.

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Good environment with generally happy employees.

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Former Intern - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Intern - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Schneider Downs & Co. as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Good learning experience; senior-level employees treated interns well and with respect.

Cons

Work was a bit dull; slow periods mean not much for interns to do.

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    The New Big-4

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co.

    Pros

    SD offers a higher pay for the relative same job as the Big-4. The teams are smaller and tight-knit, and the managers are more open to using alternative procedures and approaches. Senior auditors also get more freedom, but this comes at a cost in other areas.

    Cons

    SD was a large regional firm that boasted a culture different from the Big-4 firms. Over the past 2 years, the things that made SD so appealing to those professionals burnt out on the Big 4 have gone away and been replaced with the iron-fist and politics that make the Big-4 a churn-and-burn sort of experience. This is further complicated by the managers and above not giving ample opportunities to those staff and seniors to get in front of the clients and grow. At least the Big 4 had a "sink or swim" approach to this type of growth.

    The company has decreased some of the holiday activities since the company has grown so much in the past 2 years. And cut out a lot of the "frivolous" (as top mgmt put it) activities that helped grow and create relationships within the company.

    There is also a lack of compliance regarding the entire review and promotional schedule. In my 5 years there, I had one set of reviews that were on schedule and never got the feedback necessary from management until these meetings that were often every 8 months as opposed to the 6 months.

    There is also a strange way the promotions and advancement take place. In some areas where utilization is low, you will see an increased number of promotions, where the areas that boast the most utilization was stagnant in the promotions and advancement aspects of the personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would keep your philosophy in line with what made the company a great place to work - keep away from the politics and iron-fist that the Big-4 use; after all, that is where most of your experienced hires came from to get away from that culture.

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    Best top 5 Regional Firm for Work/Home Balance

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co.

    Pros

    Management is very open to personal and professional issues and concerns no matter what the level of the employee.

    Compensation is above industry average for new and experienced hires.

    Management is very supportive in all the professional development standards and requirements and give the individual the ability to select what they do as long as it is pertinent to their job and responsibilities.

    There is a lot of cross practice exposure and opportunity (external audit, tax, M&A/Due Diligence, internal audit)

    Cons

    Due to the fact it is a smaller CPA firm - advancement can be hindered due to a 'small company mentality'. This is not to say it doesn't happen, but it occurs much slower than at a larger CPA firm (top 10 in nation/worldwide).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see management move to a larger firm mentality. This is no longer a small, regional firm. The company has grown to over 300 employees and has eclipsed two of the big 4 firms in the Pittsburgh Market. Columbus has also been growing at a rapid rate. As the company grows, the clients move from private companies to SEC traded companies and large retail/mfg clients. This involves more travel and subsidiaries which does not lend well to all current practices.

    This applies not only to a more aggressive development/promotion of employees, but also to time/expense reporting. Some of the practices are arcaic and do not add value to the employees, but rather hinder their productivity. As a member who travels more frequently than most, this is one of the main issues with the company in my opinion.

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