McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated August 3, 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. Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Flat level hierarchy leads to more respected employees. Something i have really appreciated. Great work life balance and culture. Flexible bosses

    Cons

    lacking sufficient development and training options, travel can be alot, understaffed at times, projects can be long and strenuous

    Advice to Management

    Continue working with employees. This is highly valued


  2. Helpful (1)

    Audit Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You were able to work on multiple projects

    Cons

    The good staff were overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Bonuses were not inline with the amount of work that was put in ny the staff


  3. Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Davenport, IA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong management, lots of out of work team building, strong community

    Cons

    Some projects seem to be lost in their direction and had a high turnover rate of contractors

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work you're doing as a company, but truly investigate outside contractors before bringing into project, and making sure they will bring something to the table your in-house employees don't already possess


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  5. McGladrey Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditing Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Auditing Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  6. Consulting Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time

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

    Pros

    Great Exposure to technology. Focus on personal growth/technical development. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Long Hours. Personal numbers can sometimes be determined by odd statistics.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on personal growth and less on realization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company Policies but Not for Everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    They have wonderful company policies and compensation overall, for example, generally decent pay, average medical benefits, good other benefits, flexible work options, volunteerism, focus on employees - as a policy.

    Cons

    Whether you really experience the wonderful policies of the Firm depends on exactly who you work for. Essentially some managers are allowed to run departments like unchecked tyrants. And when complaints are brought to HR, they essentially are neutered and cannot aid you in any way other to help you to deal with your situation emotionally. Basically, HR puts the onus back on the employee, who has no control over the situation. One bad policy the firm has is essentially grading employees on the curve. They still use a numbered rating system and everyone is a 3 (out of 1-5) except a couple lucky people in each department. Of course, there are probably plenty of 1s and 2s, but even though I was rated exceptional in two out of three categories, and meeting expectations in the third (category ratings only have 3 levels), I was still rated a 3. When I asked how I could accomplish a rating of 4 or 5, I was given the run around - no answer. And I've worked for the firm for more than 10 years and have earned many a 5 prior to this newer policy. This policy encourages mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Make managers follow firm policy. Otherwise it is just a bunch of hot air and not real for everyone. The "curve" grading system is detrimental to the company. Most successful companies now are even moving away from the numbered "grading" system anyway, and the curve is an awful policy. Your employees will not be encouraged to do a good job. The company wants to be the first choice advisers in the middle market.... to do so, you must have high-achieving employees, not mediocre employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    IT Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP

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

    Pros

    McGladrey has a great culture and employs many people across the US and world. Very flexible and many different departments should you want to change.

    Cons

    I dont have any cons for this company at this time. I have enjoyed everything with this company

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Pros

    McGladrey has a flexible work life schedule. It allows you to have a successful career in accounting and/or consulting while still being able to enjoy life outside of work.

    Cons

    Although compensation is not as great as the likes of the Big 4 accounting firms. It does meet industry standards for a firm that preaches a work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on advancing the careers of those under them in order to better utilize the leverage model that is a vital piece of the service industry.


  10. Manager - Tax

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGladrey LLP

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

    Pros

    Great people who want to make a difference with their clients. Good location downtown. Vacation/personal days are numerous.

    Cons

    LImited client base. Not a wide range of clients. The opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects is limited

    Advice to Management

    Expand the opportunities for employees by providing diverse work opportunities. It's easy to get burned out on compliance or audits.


  11. Be prepared to work LOTS of hours

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate IT Consulting in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate IT Consulting in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, plenty of budget for learning and continuous improvement. Pay is pretty good in our market. Good benefits including health savings account.

    Cons

    The daily focus is on "billable hours" and hitting your charge hour goals. In order to hit the yearly goal realistically you would not be able to take any PTO. Several times I've taken PTO and made up the hours by working extra hours because there is too much work to do and unrealistic deadlines promised to clients. If you want to work 60-70 hours a week consistently, then this is the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on project management and prioritization, don't tell your consultants to "just figure out how to fit it in" when asked for help with project prioritization.



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