Ryan, LLC
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www.ryan.com Dallas, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ryan, LLC Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.7 13 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Ryan, LLC CEO and Managing Principal G. Brint Ryan

G. Brint Ryan

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The flexibility and innovation at Ryan, LLC are un-paralleled.

    Senior Consultant, Sales and Use Tax (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsRyan strives to keep their best talent by offering bonuses, outstanding flexibility and dedicated management.

    ConsWe pay for casual Friday, but it goes to charity so it's not too much of a con.

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

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    Houston, TX

    ProsExcellent training program, CEO who truly walks the talk,diversified experience to be gained and excellent flex time program in theory.

    ConsSay they value experienced hires but then want to mold them into what they already have, people are promoted base on skill sets not managerial skills which creates principals and managers who have great consulting skills but horrible people skills, low pay for teams not in Dallas, need a better way of assigning reviews and the flex time creates a sense of never being off the clock.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize just because someone knows policies and procedures and brings in good results does not necessarily mean they will be a good manager. Too many principals and managers truly lack good people skills.

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

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    If you want to be in tax, this is the place to be in terms of career development and growth.

    Consultant, Sales and Use Tax (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsStrong management team with good growth potential.

    ConsBoring, lots of menial job tasks.

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

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    Okay for an entry level position

    Sales and Use Tax Consultant (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros- Work/life balance
    - Time-off policies

    Cons- Low salary
    - High turnover rates

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Getting better by the week

    Senior Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe benefits are amazing! In 2014 my husband's health insurance was so bad we switched to mine. I'm happy to have an employer who cares about the health of their employees!

    ConsPay not consisten with industry/city standards

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

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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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    5 Years and Still Going

    Team Leader (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat opportunities for advancement, great compensation structure, myRyan is a good concept

    ConsmyRyan is a good concept, individual managers (not all)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Provides good solid training and education

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsRyan is a great place to start your career. They train you very well, and you will certainly know whatever practice area you're hired into very, very well. They also provide wonderful soft skill training classes as well. The work is interesting and ever-changing, which is nice. The benefits are nice and fairly comparable to others in the same sector. The flex environment provides the opportunity to really balance out your professional and personal life as long as you have a manager willing to allow you to take advantage of it.

    ConsWhile there, you will feel like you are preparing yourself for many more opportunities. This is untrue - you will find that unless you are in a specialty tax practice (severance, motor fuels, property, etc.), the daily activities and tasks you become very proficient at are not really especially desirable to anyone other than other consulting firms (unless you plan to be at Ryan for many years). There is no compliance work, no strategic planning, or any other of the many requirements that you will find when/if you start looking to move on from Ryan. Moving from one tax practice to another is difficult and practically unheard of - if you are hired into the Sales and Use Practice, do not expect to be able to easily move to Property Tax or Severance Tax. The bonus structure is biased and unfair. Unless you are on one of the "rockstar" teams (it usually ends up that the same 10-15 teams are making the most revenue each and every year), you will not be making the additional salary that Ryan likes to say that everyone in the firm is making. Also, Ryan has become very slow to promote to a management level (expect it to take 8-10 years). Additionally, the raise cycle is inconsistent and difficult (not the average annual pay increase that is fairly common at other firms). The flex work environment that Ryan has is difficult to navigate at best. As long as you have a manager that is willing to allow you to use it, it's great. However, it can be very frustrating when you are made to feel guilty/punished when taking time off. Not having a set amount of PTO days makes taking vacation near impossible. You will never truly be off, you will be expected to answer emails and phone calls while on vacation regardless. Also, working from home is not as common as they would make it to be - lots of the managers still feel that if you are not in the office, you are not actually working. Expect to be in the office on a consistent basis and expect to put in as many hours as anyone working at the Big Four (expect 50-60+ hours a week).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a better way to distribute projects to all teams within the firm. Provide additional training (internal or external) so that employees are able to expand their professional development. Allow employees the option to either remain with the current bonus structure or opt for a higher base salary with no (or very little) bonus allocation in order to balance out the inequities. Provide tuition reimbursement options to employees. Bring back having a set number of PTO days (or at least a set minimum that is enforceable) so that employees can actually "unplug" and not feel guilty/looked down upon for taking some personal time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience with Ryan

    Consultant, Sales and Use Tax (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros1. Lots of opportunities
    2. Flexible time
    3. Good co-workers

    ConsNo over time paid for salary employees.

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

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    A well-rounded exposure to the world of sales and use tax consulting

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsMy manager immediately involved me in the current project my team was working on allowing me to contribute material work even as an intern. I also had the opportunit to utilize MyRyan a couple of time to work from home when needed.

    ConsA few assignments could have been explained more thoroughly

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more detailed instructions to new hires/interns. It may take more time but will pay off in the end when you don't have to make several passes of corrections.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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