McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated July 13, 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. Helpful (1)

    Right team for the right growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Senior Associate in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Consulting Senior Associate in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to create your own role and your own productivity. Work confidently with support from a large number of SME's and overall incredible pool of knowledge.

    Cons

    Proposal process has a lot of reviewers. At times the number of people reviewing a new project before the proposal reaches the customer or potential customer, is often counter productive.

    Advice to Management

    Management will vary. I've been fortunate to deal with a great and passionate management team.


  2. Great people, stable income, stable career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Very flexible work options.

    Cons

    National has to make all decisions HR related, though there are local HR reps - they can't help on most HR related matters. No dinner allowance for working overtime, very traditional values - cheap in compensating employees for their work.


  3. Great Benefits & High Turnover

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Fountain Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Fountain Valley, CA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training and ability to travel

    Cons

    High turnover and not enough people to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Seek best in your employees


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  5. Overworked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good bond created with starting class

    Cons

    Management takes on too many Clients with too few people to staff the jobs. Seniors especially get overworked with impractical demands for hours and schedules that are way too busy. Work life balance does not exist. Work IS life at McG.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Understaffed; too many hours (plus many weekends); unhealthy lifestyle

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Working with younger demographics. Our miles can be expensed for the long drives to our clients. Free lunch when working on Saturdays at the office during busy season (but only during busy season).

    Cons

    No sick days. Long hours of sitting (weight gain, back problems, etc.). Unrealistic deadlines. Under-budgeted engagements. Understaffed teams. We are expected to eat our billable hours when posting our time sheets. Cell phones are not subsidized even though we use our personal mobile devices for client and team communication. The managers and partners are out of touch with associates and seniors. People think working 65 hours a week is a normal life. We are unable to get enough sleep as well as find the time to exercise while working so much. More notably, we don't have enough leisure outside of the work site for us to pursue other educative interests. I feel as if many public accounting professionals are ignorant about subjects external to their work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Distribute the work accordingly. Grant us more PTO days. Pay us overtime. Realize that we have families. Know that we want to learn, read, innovate in other areas outside of work/accounting.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced, mid size clients, great professional development, flexibility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional/Personal growth, various industries, mid size clients

    Cons

    all cons with public accounting

    Advice to Management

    higher bonuses


  8. People are friendly

    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a good size firm

    Cons

    The brand is not well known


  9. Learned a lot but was confused a lot

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Irvine, CA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on learning on all different kinds of tax returns partnerships, corporate, individual

    Cons

    poor training, associates often left confused and frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Need more hands on training during the first year, especially for those straight out of school with no experience.


  10. Senior in Audit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior In Audit in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior In Audit in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McGladrey has really amazing people. Work hard play hard type of people.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than industry standards. No appreciation for hard work. Unrealistic budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Start making realistic budgets that your team can achieve without eating their time.


  11. Good company but comp is low and promotions are limited.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements Variety of assignment Good culture

    Cons

    Comp has been an issue for the past several years. My first year we didn't even get rasies or bonuses. Promotions are limited High attrition and poor morale in the Irvine office on the tax side.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward employees better for their hard work and efforts Review/realign leadership in Irvine Pay more attention or morale and why it may be low



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