Ryan, LLC

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Ryan, LLC Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
200 Reviews

4.0
200 Reviews
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Ryan, LLC Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan
G. Brint Ryan
172 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Many opportunities for career development, all the tools needed for self-motivated goal oriented professionals

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

    Pros

    Ability to set your own schedule and manage your own work-life balance
    Very successful model in place, all the tools you need to succeed are available

    Cons

    Opportunites to succeed must be sought and created by you - for those that are driven and ready for the challenges, the rewards are immense
    Achieving success is not easy - must be willing to put in extra time and effort at times to succeed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overworked, under paid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Or Above
    Former Employee - Manager Or Above

    Pros

    The concept of MyRyan (work where ever, when ever) is great but poor implementation.

    Cons

    It is not a healthy work environment. Certain departments are very understaffed therefore you have to work very long hours (2 am) to complete your work. Certain departments are still very chauvinistic, creating a hostile work environment towards women. I had very high expectations based on the story Ryan was selling. However, it was a very disappointing experience. HR and upper management are not interested in feedback or receiving concerns regarding the environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk your talk. If you really want to make it a great place to work, be open to all feedback--even feedback that says you aren't doing so well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    There is no work life balance--only work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    The people are very smart, and very good at what they do. Brint Ryan is a visionary and very dynamic.

    Cons

    Their "work/life balance" program, myRyan, does not work. Your work is never done, and many of the leaders don't respect boundaries--no time is sacred--not the middle of the night, not holidays, not weekends....they will call and email you and expect a response.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to tell what is truly an emergency and what isn't. People need time off to disengage from work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working for a company that has great goals, vision and leadership. Poor insurance options and decent compensation.

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Lots of PTO and flexibility. Great office location. Very thoughtful Firm Meetings.

    Cons

    Insurance is really pricey out of pocket. It's been difficult to stay satisfied here when other well known companies offer better insurance and compensation. Ryan wants the Best talent but isn't willing to up the ante.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, and try and dialogue on a friendly level once in a while.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    The use of myRyan is absolutely exceptional. This allows employees to work from any location, without the need to be in the office. Because Ryan is structured as a team environment, the use of myRyan is heavily dependent upon whether your manager wishes to use it for your team. Many teams do not use it often. Depending on which division you are in (sales and use, unclaimed property, etc), there will be opportunities for travel. There is no micro-managing - however, this is dependent upon your team. In my team, there was micro-managing. The firm offers a variety of free courses to further your knowledge via RyanNet.

    Cons

    Because of the use of myRyan, the business is driven by work performed and not hours worked. There have been numerous occasions where my manager would send me e-mails at 2am. Consequently, there is no work-life balance. Your experience at Ryan will be extremely dependent upon whose team you are in. Your success is dependent upon who is you team leader/manager. The benefits at the firm are not that great either: pay, bonus, health insurance. Because Ryan is a specialty tax firm, make sure this is the career you want to be in. The skills you acquire here will not transfer easily to another firm. I believe that unless you are in the Dallas HQ office, you will not enjoy your time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you promote someone to a managerial position, make sure you give them all of the necessary training BEFORE they assume that position. Additionally, re-structure your training program for new hires. the on-boarding process was nonexistent. Lastly, understand your employee morale outside of the Dallas HQ. Don't put so much emphasis on random surveys that you make your employees fill out almost every month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Manager at Ryan

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

    Pros

    Amazing pay structure. Rewards success. Ability to make a lot of money.

    Cons

    Internal hurdles, approvals, etc. take time to get processed. Partner group is over-saturated with "managers" of projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on results. Some of the partners are not client facing and focus on immaterial details. Reliance on mangers to develop issues, market, manage client relationship, etc. without keeping an eye on the bigger picture.

    Room for removal of partners who don't add value but just manage projects or who just ride other partners/managers issues to make their numbers.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great flexibility and work from home policy. Hours can be long at times and short at others. When you have proven yourself, you will have a lot of flexibility to work the way you want. There is the potential to make a high bonuses, but see the noted cons. Overall, I would recommend Ryan to someone who is looking for a good place to work. There are plenty of opportunities for someone new out of college to get some really valuable business experience and have a fun time with the great people that work there.

    Cons

    The experience you have varies significantly depends on the team you are on. The area is very niche and although there are exit opportunities to go to the Big 4 and industry, I would doubt that any of these would compare or compete with some of the great things Ryan offers. Ryan is growing to completely own this industry in an almost scary way. As a CPA with 5 years of experience in a general tax area or general area of accounting you can work almost anywhere. With 5 years of experience at Ryan you will not have this same type of flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a discretionary yearly bonuses that is only loosely based off teams revenue. The way success is measured is sometimes a demotivating factor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Getting better by the week

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Houston, TX

    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
  10.  

    I'm treated as a professional

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

    Pros

    Ryan's efforts in work-life balance is outstanding. In addition, management is willing to listen to employees through town-hall meetings.

    Cons

    No issues with the firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving to improve employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Potential for greatness but stuck at mediocre.

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

    Pros

    lots of work, very philanthropic company, myRyan platform provides opportunities to work outside of the office for some.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, medical benefits are expensive, 401 K benefits are not good, myRyan is not available for all especially in corporate services departments like Finance.

    Pay is very low considering all of the hoops you are required to jump through and how much work there is to do constantly. Systems are slow and outdated plus every step is repeated which takes up a huge amount of time. Ryan raves about work/life balance but doesn't let everyone take advantage of the myRyan work from home platform. I have noticed management is a bit controlling which I believe is why some can't utilize myRyan.

    The company I worked for before Ryan offered 100% matching on 401 K and the medical benefits paid more and covered more. For instance if you sign up for a High Deductible plan, my former employer would deposit $500 for single person, or $1000 for a family into an HSA account to help with the costs and you were responsible for $2700 deductible and after that it was 80/20 until you reached $5500 then everything was paid 100%.

    Would be nice to see Ryan take better care of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are professional, please treat us as such. Most of us would love our jobs if we were given the same opportunities as other Ryan associates. Moral would improve if the above stipulations were met. We all want to be treated fairly and appreciated as well as treated like adults.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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