McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
359 Reviews
3.6
359 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is significantly better than what you will get at a Big 4 firm (in 45 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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  1.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional, nice colleagues, good salary, great total rewards package, best 401(k) in public accounting.

    Cons

    Office culture did not fit my personal beliefs (very religious and political); profit motivated versus keeping realistic expectations for employees; mandatory Saturdays even if you were already at 55+ or there was nothing to do; minimal work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to unify the firm across regions better... multiple offices within same region all had different procedures and policies for audits. Not as uniform as it should be.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place if you're stupid or lazy.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    While it isn't the Big 4, they pay you a decent amount in salary. But they will screw you out of everything else annual bonuses, PTO payouts, referral bonuses, promotions, etc. It will also be hard to get busy if you do anything other than simple compliance. They should have stuck with H&R Block.

    Cons

    From top to bottom, the place is full of idiots. It's the least well run place I've ever encountered outside of the government. The have no strategy. They can't execute. The work is simple. Oh, clients hate them. At least 30% of clients I worked for fired us. Local industry connections all said we did bad work and wouldn't hire us again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet you obligations. Figure out how to do more than compliance. Don't promote awful people just because they have a Big 4 background. Act like a national firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    it's public accounting...

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great team of people

    Cons

    hard tax seasons (7 days a week from february to april), compensation sucks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A very educational and fulfilling work environment.

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    Former Employee - Tax Intern  in  Duluth, MN
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Duluth, MN

    I worked at McGladrey LLP as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and environment, very structured, and extraordinary focus on the middle market. Staff in the mid-west are very friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Work environment can get very political, spend too much time hiring people based on their personality instead of raw skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Developer role is more sizzle than steak

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    Former Employee - Business Development Director  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The firm has an excellent go-to-market strategy and engagement model with deep expertise in industry segments and practice areas relevant to many industries. The sales and marketing teams work well together bringing the story to the marketplace along with the partners, directors and managers who perform the professional services.

    Cons

    Very high turnover in Boston & Northeast business developer team because (a) they hire by partner/practice leader which limits the portfolio you sell and therefore the money you can make and (b) you don't make much money in sales here. Ask a lot of questions about the mechanics of compensation and the span of your sales territory by geo, by practice areas, by industry, etc. Chances are good that a technology partner will only want you selling his/her stuff and not caring if that deal flow helps you hit your number. The ideal role is in the PEG side of the business where you sell the entire firm's portfolio to PEG and portfolio companies with a lot going on. Ask how many BD with 3 years or less tenure have made their number, ask a lot of questions in every interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put all BD under home office overhead (or at least the Office Managing Partner) and away from partner practice leaders' P&L. The BD is going to market for new clients which means you have to hear what they are interested in buying and then bring in the relevant practice resources. Going to market by specific technology services reduces the firm to a mere reseller and the firm's fees are way too high to compete and win in that model. BD can focus on market share by industry rather than feeding the fiefdom of a partner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Risk Advisory Serv. Associate at McGladrey

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    Former Employee - Risk Advisory Services Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Risk Advisory Services Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is really good to work with. Open door policy and event outings really make for good working relationships with others in the department, and director's know and communicate with even the newest associates.

    Cons

    Public accounting hours are not for everyone. No matter your team, you are going to work long, hard hours. Due to lack of training, poor team dynamic, and unrealistic goals, team's are often frustrated and individual's are not put in an opportunity to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to cross utilize your employees into other groups. That opportunity was presented to me upon hiring, but was not available once I was in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great firm to work for

    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, focus on women's initiatives

    Cons

    Long hours, and at times too many internal processes and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to allow associates the access to have flexible work styles.

  9.  

    The McGladrey Experience

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    Current Employee - Consulting Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consulting Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    McGladrey provides the breadth of experience that a young accountant should want, but still hasa lot of the influence that comes with a big four firm. They provide a great work-life balance, allowing 18 PTO days when you start, and providing flexible week schedules.

    Cons

    Some projects you work on might end up being a bit dull, but usually you end up working on something else soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work - lots of support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great support of management - excellent career oportunities. Good culture. People that are willing to work hard are recognized for their work and accomplishments.

    Cons

    Its public accounting - so like all firms there are long hours at certain times of the year. The good people get "rewarded" with more work. However, those rewards are recognized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Right team for the right growth.

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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