McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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McGladrey LLP Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is significantly better than what you will get at a Big 4 firm (in 50 reviews)

  • Many opportunities for growth the Big 4 do not have (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is a struggle for most of the year (in 38 reviews)

  • Lots of work, but that is going to be the situation in any public accounting firm (in 19 reviews)

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  1. McGladrey

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to work with upper management and partners. There is plenty of challenging work with enough help from upper management.

    Cons

    -Long hours during busy season (expected) -High turnover which leaves people with extra work


  2. Audit Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance. On the job experience.

    Cons

    Busy Seasons. No company cell phone.


  3. Public Accounting - Audit

    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible, easy work May - December

    Cons

    Busy season, currently lack of managers


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  5. assurance experienced staff - associate level II

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility, people are very nice and approachable. Los Angeles office is in growth mode.

    Cons

    not as aggressive as other firms - training runs like a big 4, not in house developed.


  6. McGladrey Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditing Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Auditing Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture, excellent people, plenty of opportunity to move up and progress if you feel public accounting is your chosen career path.

    Cons

    Busy season hours can be excessive, turnover in the major groups is quite high, compensation not particularly on par with other large accounting firms.

    Advice to Management

    No particular advice for management at this time.


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    Senior Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good co-workers for the most part

    Cons

    comparativey weak compensation, poor management and heavy politics. rating would be a 2.5, so i rounded up and gave them a 3.


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    Turning into a Big 4 - beware

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can out public accounting on your resume

    Cons

    Under market pay Partners who don't value employees Work busy season hours for 6 months out of the year No work life balance high turnover Poor moral


  9. Summer Internship Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consulting Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people, competitive pay. Offices are really nice. Gained a lot of experience in the auditing field.

    Cons

    Not the most structured internship experience. Often had no work to do and would spend my time browsing the internet.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little bit more structure to the program, and assign partners/upper level employees to interns as well


  10. A Middle-Market "Big Four" Feel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Although McGladrey is largest middle-market public accounting firm, the promotion process is much less structured than firms on this size. For example, instead of only getting promoted to senior associate after 2 years, if you express your desire for a promotion and work with your career advisor to accomplish specific goals, you could potentially get the promotion much quicker. Also, McGladrey doesn't limit the amount of each level of employee which they employ, which means you don't have to wait for position to open up in order to be promoted.

    Cons

    McGladrey has been growing tremendously in the past few years, which is fantastic as far as job security is concerned; however, the tremendous growth also means the company is understaffed in its highest growth areas. This severe understaffing in certain groups doesn't seem to be getting better any time soon due to turnover and what seems like no desire to address this issue by partners. This makes busy seasons even worse than those experienced by the Big Four - even though this is a middle-market-focused company - so those seeking a smaller-fiirm feel should no longer come to this firm.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to listen to avoid becoming a "Big Four-esque" company. McGladrey markets itself to potential employees as a middle market public accounting firm, but is quickly moving toward the feel of a Big Four company with respect to the number of busy season hours-per-week, lack of work-life balance, and level of disgruntlement for lower-level staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall everything has been great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Although busy season is something most come to dream, it is actually the period of time that you learn the most

    Cons

    Long hours, balancing the management style of several different people with whom you only work with for a month or so out of the year

    Advice to Management

    None



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