McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Right team for the right growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. Overworked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Helpful (5)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. 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

  7. Learned a lot but was confused a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Senior in Audit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  10. Great starting place

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very standard systems throughout the company

    Cons

    Too many hours and they don't like overtime for interns

  11. Helpful (3)

    McGladrey Irvine, Tax Department not so good, advised to stay away! Bad management, poor training, high turnover...

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Was not with the firm long enough to properly evaluate and determine if anything about this company would have been a pro and positive.

    Cons

    Cons, pretty much everything.....

    Big indicating factor regarding this tax department having problems- high turnover rate. Majority of employees at manager level and below had only worked with the company for 1 1/2 yrs or less.

    1. No new hire training/any training for new hire managers when they start. Somehow the firm expects them to succeed. Only training received consisted of first day firm orientation with the other new hires; here is your computer, here is how you change your passwords, here is how you enter your timesheet, etc. All new hires below the manager level then received 1 week of additional training on the firm tools and processes. Umm hello, the manager is still going to need to know how to utilize these tools, get into, review documents, submit items, etc. How do you expect them to succeed without this knowledge?
    2. New manager hired under false pretence. Hired to be Subchapter C specialist and then given no Subchapter C work. Told by Partner in Charge when not given Sub C work, "Well we all have to wear different hats". Pretty much bait and switch.......
    3. Management fumbled around for weeks trying to determine what clients to assign new manager.
    4. Partner in Charge assigns new hire manager inappropriate navigator/buddy. Navigator/buddy knows nothing about firms BCP/Dott Process the new hire manager needs to utilize for the scheduling of their client assignments. Nav/buddy states they do not utilize those processes/tools in the PCS practice. Nav/buddy quits the firm a few weeks later. New manager assigned a new nav/buddy who is to new to the firm to properly assist with these tools. Partner in Charge not competent enough to realize and assign the most logical person as the navigator/buddy who is the firms experienced home grown manager who had been with the firm 5+ yrs. Once again the firm does not set up the new manager to succeed.
    5. New manager who received no firm training assigned predominantly to firms new/messy clients that require a ton of setup (utilizing the firms systems & process that they received no training on) and where there will be significant write offs due to underbidding/budgeting of new firm engagements. New manager not setup to look like a star or even adequate in this department.
    6. New manager assigned to work for incompetent partner who flat out told new manager, "Don't look for a mentor here, you won't find one in this firm". Some of the first words ever said by this incompetent partner to the new manager were, "We are going to eat it in the shorts on this engagement". How does one look like a super star or even an adequate star on a new firm engagement when you’re just told by the Partner the engagement was severely underbid and we are going to eat it in the shorts? Incompetent Partner then proceeds to throw new manager under the bus on that engagement every chance they got to protect their hide and make the new manager look bad. Incompetent Partner told new manager on more then one occasions that they were not the expert in various areas of tax law and taxation, where new manager had many years of experience and expertise and new more then the supposed experts in the local office regarding those matters. The list of Cons could go on and on....

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to train and mentor those you hire at all levels. Don't bring people into the firm under false pretences because you are scrambling to hire someone at the last hour before busy season when you have no clue as the type of industry, or level of person you really need to hire. Also if you only plan on bringing the person in for busy season and then letting them go afterwards, why not be up front in your hiring practices and let them know that is all it is going to be. They may have had other job offers on the table to have chosen from. Unfortunately due to your false pretences they chose poorly and chose your firm.

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