Ryan, LLC Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
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Ryan, LLC Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan
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  1. The flexibility and innovation at Ryan, LLC are un-paralleled.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good upside potential if you can connect with the right Principals

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    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Solid opportunity to make $$$ if you can connect to the right Principals and BD's.
    -There is great freedom and flexibility of schedule with the highly touted MyRyan program (you will love reading the daily emails from HR about another award the program just won).
    -You can come and go as you please.
    -Growth leads to opportunity if you are willing to put in the time and travel. If you desire to spend as little time at home as possible this is the place to do it.
    -There are many good people here you just need to have the luck to land in a spot where you can work with them.

    Cons

    -Ego
    -Ego
    -Did I mention ego? Ryan is a place led by management that loves to pat themselves on the back. Some Principals have the management skills of a buffalo. Their inability to connect with normal people is astounding. Condescension and selfishness rules their day. Not all are like this but the ones that are ruin it for everyone.
    -Lousy base salary.
    -Incessant reporting/forecasting and meetings about reporting/forecasting take away the Entrepreneurial atmosphere that led to the growth of the company. When you struggle connecting with people, you manage the numbers. They love to manage the numbers. It truly is the only thing that matters.
    -The post on here that recommends that Ryan should hire "more people like me" says all that needs to be said about the company. If you believe the world revolves around you, then you may find a home here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Far be it from me to give advice. No one can fault the growth that the firm has seen over it's 20+ year history. The path ahead gets tougher as the road to $1B is a tougher stretch than the road to $400MM was. You will need to manage more than numbers to get there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Say 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 ManagementAdvice

    Realize 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. If you want to be in tax, this is the place to be in terms of career development and growth.

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    Former Employee - Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong management team with good growth potential.

    Cons

    Boring, lots of menial job tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Okay for an entry level position

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    Former Employee - Sales and Use Tax Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales and Use Tax Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Work/life balance
    - Time-off policies

    Cons

    - Low salary
    - High turnover rates

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Getting better by the week

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 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!

    Cons

    Pay not consisten with industry/city standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Ok Place to Start Your Career

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Check in with employees before they leave the firm. Make sure employees are knowledgeable about the bonus structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 Years and Still Going

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Provides good solid training and education

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ryan 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Good experience with Ryan

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No over time paid for salary employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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