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McGladrey LLP Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.2 29 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

McGladrey LLP Managing Partner & CEO Joe Adams

Joe Adams

(7 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is significantly better than what you will get at a Big 4 firm(in 44 reviews)

  • While it isn't the Big 4, they pay you a decent amount in salary(in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is a struggle for most of the year(in 34 reviews)

  • I was sent out of town for 4 weeks in a row during busy season(in 32 reviews)

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    No job stability

    Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome of the training was good. Some of the assignments were interesting.

    ConsPlace is a revolving door. Even if you are making the company money, they will eventually send you on your way. If you are not one of the mid-west inner circle, eventually you will be gone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind work somewhere else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a very nice place to work!

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe only pro I've encountered was the flexibility to work remotely if you are unable to make it to the office/client.

    ConsWhere do I begin... I will start with communication, which is practically non-existent at the firm even though it is emphasized greatly - employees find out about changes at the last minute (if at all). Leading by the example, the group leaders as well as engagement team management is also very bad, as essential information regarding staffing is dissimilated poorly (such as employees leaving, staff moved to other engagements/staff availability, client communication to managers and/or directors is not forwarded to staff timely, etc). There does not seem to be clear structure of what needs to be done, affecting performance.
    There is also no clear understanding as to what one is expected to do or what was done badly, until it’s time for the year end evaluations. Again, there is no communication between managers and staff. It felt as if this is done on purpose, just to cover all basis in case decision makers decide to reward based on favoritism, rather than performance (favoritism is another issue, but hey that seems to be the case in many firms/companies). Employees are not rewarded for a job well done or going above and beyond; errors are magnified and staff is penalized for errors often caused by miscommunication.
    Firm seems to be very big on hiring staff for the busy season and then lay off in April-may. Training is mostly on the job, and it involves management NOT devoting sufficient time to teach - basically one is left alone with problems and there don’t seem to be anyone who can guide in the process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication & Employee recognition/retention

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a "String of Regional Accounting Firms"

    Consulting Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThey have a good infrastructure on national training at Q center, and decent employee benefits, and good exposure to clients at even at Jr levels. If you work hard, manager's are not going to stop you. You then get experience you don't get at Big 4 firms, but obviously with less pay. Your best bet is move to HQ in Chicago, or offices in the South or West where the clients in your Line of Business is growing.

    ConsIt completely depends on which Line of Business you work in. Some just don't get it, while other businesses work cohesively within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue as is and hope to get lucky winning new business through hard sales efforts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    too much change and not enough strong leaders

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgood office location
    free coffee and tea
    vacation policy is good
    people try to honor work and life balance
    the ipad is pretty cool

    Conscheap with money - bonuses and raises, especially junior people
    systems are old and need upgrading
    leaders are afraid to speak up
    too much dead wood hangin around

    Advice to Senior Managementstick to a plan and go for it

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK if you are on the Accounting side, but less so if in Consulting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI worked with a good team and the benefits were decent. Work - Life balance was, at least in Consulting, doable.

    ConsThere were a lot of internal politics and posturing. No clear or qualified leadership. No recognition for doing what really mattered - only that which drove artificial goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees more, engage them, and realize that they are your biggest asset. Then figure who the best leaders are and let them lead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    More good managers are needed.

    Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFlexible workplace. Some directors/managers are knowledgeable and helpful..

    ConsTraining is poor and you learn on your own mostly. Scheduling of workload is messy and is not based on your level and not really aimed to develop you. Getting the products out ASAP is the first priority.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMgmt needs to motivate staff, fewer changes, fewer layoffs, assess people more fairly based on a job well done.

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    Directors/Partners are back-stabbers.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCertain partners are micro-mangers which adds increasing time to budget and reduces profitability for which the managers are held accountable.

    ConsDirectors/Partners are back-stabbers. They hold frequent lunch meetings to talk disparigingly about subordintes. Fees charged client and related budgets are unacheivable unless you 'eat' time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead by examples.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RSM messed up a good business operation in NY

    Tax Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsJust to have a job in this economy.

    ConsThey treat employees poorly. Everyone is leaving - from the most senior people to junior staff. Employee morale is very low. this includes both the Tax and the Audit divisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to respect and value your employees so that they want to work in this environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    they could be so much better

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDepending on level, if you have proven you're good there is a certain amount of autonomy. The company has good learning tools and the technical aspects of national announcements are quite good and enable one to have a working knowledge of new pronouncements easily. From a technical standpoint they try to get things right.

    ConsDepending on the partner and your level there may be a certain amount of work done without a clear reason or end goal. There is constant pressure to stay within unrealistic budgets driven by low fees demanded by clients to stay with McGladrey. There is pressure to be a rainmaker. Once management has decided you will not go further they lose touch because you're only machinery & eqpt. to them

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management - especially in NY

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    Good

    Audit Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNice place to gain knowledge if you are a hard worker.

    ConsGrowth can become challenging when you move up the ladder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe clear in terms of expectations with high performers. Otherwise chances may be to lose good employees. Reward them who deserves the best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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