Plante Moran Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is highly promoted within the firm which makes work enjoyable (in 13 reviews)

  • Nice offices and flexible hours (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • When you attempt to regain your work/life balance they'll fire you (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours which is standard for this industry (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Vice President of an Affiliate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Plante Moran (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for. Very little politics. Truly is Jerk-free.

    Cons

    Its a little quirky here and there, and the office layouts are not modern in all offices. Chicago and Detroit is amazing. Other offices need to catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes too conservative, which works, but I worry about not taking risks long-term.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Audit In-Charge

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The firm has fair compensation, flex time, and generous number of vacation days. Another note worthy item is the performance review process. The partners take a lot of time to ensure that each staff member is getting everything they want out of their career.

    Cons

    Overall there isn't a lot to complain about. As a CPA there is an expectation that you will work longer hours from January to April and that is case at Plante Moran as it is at any other CPA firm. Health insurance benefits are expensive for a family.

    Advice to Management

    Management does an excellent job. From the firm managing partner, to the partners in each office, They all seem to care about the staff and ensure everyone is getting the opportunities they hoped for.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. You work with some of the nicest and smartest people in business. Chance to travel and be challenged/pushed if you are up for it

    Cons

    Pay is not in agreement with the work/hours you put in. Firm does not invest in younger staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to pay younger staff more to retain good employees.


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  5. Room for Improvement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assurance Staff in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pretty generous PTO time, nice offices, free food on occasion, company outings, overall pretty good communication of important news.

    Cons

    * Base pay is low compared to competition, and there's no bonus eligibility for 3 years for audit and tax staff * Bonuses are low (4-8% for most positions) * Path to promotion is long and filled with a lot of politics. Pay is also not competitive once you get to the management level. Some managers only make $80K and yet they may work 2700 hours a year. * Every single person who is not an administrative assistant is required to work 2,400 hours a year or more. The average employer outside of public accounting requires 2,080 hours a year. So you'll basically work an extra 320 hours or more per year for no extra compensation. They do not take this into consideration at all when making offers or establishing pay rates. * Benefits are not great, and especially costly if you want to enroll a spouse or children. The 401k match is lower than any other firm I've worked for. * As so many others have stated, it can be very old-fashioned with a great deal of politics and it is absolutely not jerk-free. * HR team is not trustworthy in the least; do not share personal information with them unless it is an absolute emergency. * The reviews people write that say the company is great with no cons were most likely bribed by someone in HR or at the Partner level to write a review. Seriously - who thinks it's beneficial to submit a review that has no substance whatsoever? ("Pros- everything; Cons - Nothing). Ok, riiiight. * They try to sell the firm as a great alternative to the Big 4 by saying that you'll work less hours, and this is not true at all. You will basically work the same hours, and travel just as much, for less money.

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely need to re-evaluate base salaries at all levels as well as bonus targets. Stop selling the firm as a place where people will work less hours than the Big 4, that is absolutely not true. Hire some consultants to get rid of all the politics, red tape, and old-fashioned policies that don't apply in the year 2015. Clean house in some departments where the same people have been in their roles for 20+ years and they don't know how business works outside of Plante Moran.


  6. Plante Moran

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plante Moran

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and wonderful culture.

    Cons

    no downsides at this time

    Advice to Management

    None currently


  7. So many opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time

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

    Pros

    * Hard work pays off * Many mentors both formal and informal * Many female leaders * Opportunities to change your path if you want (offices / industries / audit/ tax ....) * Very flexible (more for senior levels) * People care (truly)

    Cons

    * The business is very busy during certain months - - it is just the way it is. But then you can enjoy the slower times

    Advice to Management

    Keep salaries competitive


  8. Public Accounting is not for everyone

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior/In-Charge Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior/In-Charge Auditor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Variety of clients, reimbursement policy, CPE internal, support system of coworkers, Cake day, Open office layout, Concrete timely review process, PTO is used only if you do not work an entire day. AKA I can work 4 hours non-chargeable and not use any PTO. Project based work load, if you do not have a project come in late leave early with little or no harassment from management.

    Cons

    Bonus eligible after working for 3 years, In office lunch catered more to Tax staff than Audit staff during busy season, sometimes receive unrealistic budget goal from senior management. Long hours during busy season, If you have a project you are expected to do what it takes to finish on time on budget

    Advice to Management

    Base budgets off past performance, have more generous food options during busy season, treat audit staff and tax staff equally and fairly


  9. Helpful (2)

    They can do better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit In-charge in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit In-charge in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility - Work in multiple industries - Good clients overall - Majority of co-workers are easy to get along with - There are some good leaders/mentors in the firm

    Cons

    - Salaries are below market - Flexibility is good, but at times, there is so much work, you are working all the time - 401k Match is only 2%

    Advice to Management

    It is nice to have received some awards (surveys completed by folks drinking the Koolaid), but don't think there isn't a lot of change that's necessary, especially when considering Compensation.


  10. Helpful (2)

    In many ways they practice what they preach

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time

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

    Pros

    The people that work there are generally pretty darn good hard working people. The experience is fantastic (i.e. it is a great stepping stone.) The "We care" motto is largely true.

    Cons

    The "We care" motto is in some ways not entirely true. They talk about work/life balance, and promised a certain amount of work 50-60 hours during busy season and never more than 40 in the summer. But when things got busy, I worked more than a couple weekends in the summer. Also, their "reward" for good work is more work. Which is actually good in a way.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up, but keep up the good work otherwise. You will continue to lose good talent unless you LISTEN to the gripes of your young talent. They will leave you and go somewhere else otherwise. (As I did).


  11. Great Company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit In-charge
    Current Employee - Audit In-charge

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time

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

    Pros

    -Everyone is friendly (jerk free) Seriously, a lot of companies may claim this but this is the only place that I have worked that this is actually true -Great benefits (health care and vacation time - 4 weeks to start + an additional 2 weeks available for purchase) -Boundless opportunities for advancement -17 consecutive years on Fortunes "Best Companies to work for" -I love this place but can't stand living somewhere that has brutal winters otherwise I would stay for the rest of my career -Transfer-ability within the company - Auditing, tax, HR, consulting, IT, Real estate, etc. -No micromanagement -You are truly in charge of your career path -Multiple industries to work in, from not-for-profit to M& to healthcare and more

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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