Ryan, LLC

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Ryan, LLC Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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4.1 200 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Ryan, LLC CEO and Managing Principal G. Brint Ryan

G. Brint Ryan

(172 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to set your own schedule and manage your own work-life balance(in 37 reviews)

  • The MyRyan program creates a flexible work environment that fits your schedule(in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Ryan raves about work/life balance but doesn't let everyone take advantage of the myRyan work from home platform(in 8 reviews)

  • The commission/bonus structure isn't for the risk-averse(in 9 reviews)

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    Be weary if you are in a corporate support position

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGlobal tax firm known for finding significant client savings

    ConsLimited work life balance, managers are not trusted to make business decisions, people are seen as a commodity. Senior leadership has no respect for corporate staff and treats them like "overhead".

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe support staff work very hard, but need more resources to do their job. Stop treating people as though they can be replaced!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern perspective

    Intern (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat flexibility! Even as an intern I was given quite a bit of flexibility throughout my internship. The bonus structure also makes the company quite competitive from the typical CPA firms. They also offer terrific training if you lack skills in programs such as excel and access. Their technical training wasn't very effective in my opinion however. I did accept a full time offer with the company. I do believe this is a great place to start a career if you don't want to do the whole big 4 thing while still doing taxes yet not spending countless hours doing tax returns. You get the opportunity to do a variety of tasks at Ryan which was nice.

    ConsAlthough the bonus structure is great it takes a good deal of time before you see these bonuses. And as much as I hate to admit, your happiness at Ryan ultimately depends on what team you end up on. Not all managers are created equal and not all managers embrace the flexibility of myRyan. Thankfully, I had a wonderful manager but it is still a drawback of working there. I also couldn't stand how the company micromanages every little detail and requires multiple approvals for even the smallest things. I understand the company wants to effectively allocate their resources but some of these internal procedures are inefficient when you have to wait on management and ownership approval on certain things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe flexibility is great but not all managers embrace this. Make sure all managers are following the blueprint set out by the CEO. Also I think at the current rate of growth with the company that some of the internal processes need to change to be more efficient. I also think interns should be entitled to bonuses for their work they contribute to projects as well. Interns are treated the same as first year consultants so I believe the work they spend on projects should be rewarded. Also I think the hourly pay rate needs to be closer to the CPA competitors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Internal processes are choking the company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company is very customer centered and will do what is right by the customer. They also do a good public service by trying to limit tax burdens.

    ConsGenerally speaking, mistakes are not tolerated well. When a mistake happens, the reaction is to create an internal process to make sure that the same/similar mistake does not happen again. The result is a mountain of interal processes and policies that take away decision-making ability. It also results in resources being mis-allocated to managing internal process instead of working on the business. The Chief of Staff spends most of her time creating this internal bureaucracy -- she also implements ineffective HR programs just for the sake of trying to win workplace awards (rather than HR programs that acutally help the business).

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo through internal processes/policies one a time and strike the ones that don't help the business.

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    Ok Place to Start Your Career

    Consultant (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsCan set your own work hours if your manager approves. Flexible vacation time

    ConsYou are expected to work until the job is done, which can vary depending on the project. You do not get a set amount of PTO. You can utilize "myryan" if your manager approves it. Apparently not too many managers approve it because no one is working from home. Basically if you don't have an emergency you will be in the office. Expect to be overworked and overwhelmed.

    Bonuses are few in between and expect to be work for a year and a half before you will see a bonus. Depending on your projects bonuses may not be too rewarding and not every project will get you a bonus. Most likely there will be several dead end projects.

    There is no training aside from the one week technical training that is irrelevant. Other than that hopefully someone on your team is good at helping you learn the job. Don't expect a warm welcome because majority of people will not even speak. The atmosphere can be strange. A lot of people are walking around pretending to be satisfied but are not happy with their current position. People are consistently quitting or getting fired, especially around promotion time. There is a lot of turnover, expect to have a newly staffed office every year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCheck in with employees before they leave the firm. Make sure employees are knowledgeable about the bonus structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Plenty of freedom, not much money.

    Consultant, Property Tax (Current Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsLots of freedom in your work/life balance. Easy to work from home. Work is not monotonous and gives plenty of opportunity to network.

    ConsSalaries are way too low compared to other tax consulting firms, regardless of the fact that the CEO brags about being better than the Big 4.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet salaries to attract talent away from the other tax consulting firms rather than paying large finder bonuses for recruiting people from those firms. That makes me feel like you value people fro other companies more than your own employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company to work for!

    Business Development (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat people, my Ryan is a great way to balance your work and life.

    ConsCan't think of anything at the moment :)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing to improve the work culture and moral!

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

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    In a rut for entire career

    Team Leader (Current Employee)

    ProsThe workplace flexibility is incredible. I can work whenever and wherever I want. I just need to focus on completing my work.

    ConsAn absolute vacation is out of the question. Managers are always on call. Additionally, employees are placed in a practice area with little ability to learn new areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a system for employees to cross train and learn different practice areas. Additionally, give employees resources for covering work when on vacation.

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

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    Great

    Tax Consultant (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe pay is great and management embraces myRyan

    ConsWorking in teams can be a hassle sometimes

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace myRyan

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

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    Honest Review of Consultant Position in Dallas

    Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsPotential to make decent amount of money
    Average starting salary
    Attached to Galleria Mall
    Gave me a chance being my first job out of college
    Got Merit based raise within first 6 months

    ConsLack of training: 1 week orientation (Snorefest) and 1 week technical skills where they do not teach anything you actually need to learn

    SUT is all out of Access Databases that run incredibly slow and constantly crash and lose your work

    Felt I could never telecommute

    Worked 50 hrs a week every week and was made to feel guilty if I left before 6pm or asked for time off

    SUT review consists of looking at hundreds of invoices per day and doing data entry

    Benefits are absolutely terrible 25% 401k match (comes 9 months after year end) with terrible high cost poor return fund choices

    Expensive but poor quality health insurance

    Was expected to be available Mon-Fri 7am-7pm and expected to work on weekends

    Incredibly high work load on my team that never ended

    Bonuses could be good but minimum 16 months after you start before see first bonus

    Work is not mentally stimulating at all a trained monkey could do most of the work

    Oh and the great reviews come from people HR hand selects to send evaluations too. They only pick people that absolutely love it to review company. The 95% of depressed drones never get the email to review the company online or take internal surveys.

    Brint Ryan is a arrogant self righteous man that has little man syndrome

    I got the heck out of here as fast as I could. Word of advice do not work here and if ryan the only job offer you have make sure it is not in the dallas office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would never work in this industry again because of Ryan.

    I have switched into an Financial Analyst role. Things I have learned since then:
    I make 20% more than I did with salary + bonus at Ryan working 40 hrs/week
    current company 100% subsidizes my healthcare and provides better insurance
    I get 100% match on 401k offerings matched immediately and a full range of funds
    Coworkers are not depressed drones
    Have work life balance
    Have mentally stimulating work and quicker opportunities for advancement

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

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    Decent firm, Slightly Bizarre Culture

    Tax Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsSenior management is very involved and genuinely seems interested in employee's success. If you're on a good team it can be rewarding. Really depends on your team.

    MyRyan is good if your manager embraces it.

    ConsI found the culture to be very bizarre. The firm is obsessed with winning (seemingly meaningless) awards and people speak of Brint Ryan as if he is God. I'd get a constant barrage of e-mails asking me to fill out surveys for random awards and make contributions to the (quite conservative) Ryan Political Action Committee. Perhaps it is because I came from a very large firm, but the culture just was too weird for me.

    Aside from the culture, the only other cons I can think of is that your success really depends on your team and the review/compensation process could be better. If you're on a crappy team, it's not fun. Not all managers are equal and not all managers embrace MyRyan.
    Additionally, the review process is not entirely logical and can hamper your advancement and compensation until the next year. As an aside on compensation, I found Ryan's base salaries to be below market, but there is a high bonus potential. I left the firm for a very comparable position at a comparable firm with significantly higher base pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore consistency in managers/training. Ease up on the awards and other random stuff and let people work. Who cares if Ryan places 3rd in Sheboygan Wisconsin's Best Places to work list? Let employees focus on clients and driving revenue and stop flooding inboxes with this stuff. Base salaries more in line with the market will attract better young talent, not these meaningless awards. It's not like the firm is competing in Forbes or Fortune or anything.

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

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