Ryan, LLC Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    The most challenging and stimulating place I've ever worked

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

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Ryan has created a winning meritocracy in tax services. The top performers achieve more than they ever could any where else. Those that aren't top performers go to Big 4.

    Cons

    The worst part of Ryan is listening to those who can't cut it whinning about incentive compensation inequity. Please leave and don't mess it up for the rest of us.

    Advice to Management

    Quit coddling people. You cannot make everyone a top performer. Recognize that and do what needs to be done.


  2. Freedom to work from home; leadership and management is too centralized in one person/city

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

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

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

    Pros

    The ability to work from home is a plus, but this also means that you are on call at all times. If you're on the right team, then you'll enjoy your time here. There are some very, very smart tax professionals here.

    Cons

    Compensation is far below market. Management is too centralized. The CEO must review and approve nearly all money that leaves the company which slows things down tremendously


  3. Helpful (2)

    Relaxed and High Growth Atmosphere

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

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time

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

    Pros

    myRyan - It's up to your team to decide on how they want to utilize it. I could have done 90% of my work at home. All I had to do was keep my team updated. myRyan truly is a 100% guilt-free environment and team productivity did not seem to be negatively affected.

    Growth - Ryan is growing at a tremendous pace. Ryan's services are valued highly by clients. Ryan obviously has a competitive edge in their niche and clients are able to see that. Now is the best time to work for Ryan. Get your foot in the door; you'll climb up the ladder in no time.

    Training - Training (at the Dallas office) met or exceeded my expectations. In addition to the required training, Ryan offers MANY opportunities throughout the year to take optional courses (in-house, web, and subsidized outside training) to develop your skills.

    Cons

    Work can get monotonous. Base compensation is subpar.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be a disconnect between HQ (Dallas) and other locations. Ryan's Dallas office is where you want to be. Focus on solidifying Ryan's brand and offer traditional classroom training in all locations. Some of the training is highly intensive and requires face to face interaction; it is unrealistic to expect non-HQ staff to absorb the same material via a WebEX stream.


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  5. Great Experience

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

    I worked at Ryan, LLC

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

    Pros

    There is a ton of flexibility with hours and working from home. Bonuses can be sizable with successful teams.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of cooperation between teams. Another possible downside is that the overwhelming majority employees are conservative. It isn't really a pro or a con, but it is worth noting.

    Advice to Management

    While having teams compete for business leads to some extremely successful teams, more collaboration might make the company more productive overall.


  6. Love my job!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Baton Rouge, LA

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a great work/home life balance called MyRyan. We can work from home when needed and dont have specified hours. Also, we have a great compensation plan.

    Cons

    Base salary is low but large bonuses make up for the low salary.


  7. Smart people, driven environment, with great application of technology to enable work/life balance

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are on a team that has the support or is managed by the more tenured leadership, this can be a great company with many great experiences for a young professional.

    Cons

    As the company has grown, it has become difficult to move up, and politics plays a big role in upper management. Many of the large accounts are managed by partners that have been at the firm for a long time, and get paid a significant amount of money based upon the work of others, and very little of their own effort.


  8. Amazing flexibility!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility that allows you to achieve results without a focus on hours in the office. Working from home is easy and encouraged.

    Cons

    Due to out of office work environment, newer employees may have a difficult time learning, adjusting, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Create stronger development and training programs that assist new employees with a transition to Ryan. Otherwise, you will lose new employees that feel lost.


  9. Good company if you like tax

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

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, lucrative bonuses if you get on the right team, client services

    Cons

    Work is mundane and boring, lots of data entry and invoice pulling


  10. Too political

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

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's good for a person right out of school because you learn a good deal about the consulting side of the tax business. It's nice for learning audit process, etc. that you will be able to take with you to a better opportunity.

    Cons

    It's incredibly political and if you're not in the Dallas office, you're a nobody. Egos dominate the culture, so much so that you're better off hiding than you are raising your hand to do more work. They make a big deal of their "flexible work place" but in truth, if you take a vacation you will come back to judgmental looks and backhanded comments. Advancement seems to come from beating someone else down far more than from merit or hard work.

    Ryan is also quite fond of lawsuits against clients and against other firms. When you go interview other places, they will be a bit wary of you with that on your resume. It's not the end of the world, because they will also assume you have good industry knowledge. However, just be cognizant of the possibility that someone at a different firm will have had a bad experience with Ryan.

    If you end up on a good team who makes the company alot of money and you get big bonus checks all the time, then it's great (presumably). But if you end up on the other kind of team, which is more likely, your time at Ryan is done before it begins, for all intents and purposes. Really, the most important day at your time with the company is the day they assign you to your team when they hire you. Something you have zero control over. You will be viewed almost instantly as a burden and they will push you out one way or another.

    Advice to Management

    Improve staff retention by incorporating an advancement system that involves more than simple luck.


  11. Find Experience to be Inconsistent but Optimistic About the Potential

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

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Ryan is a growing and innovative company in the professional tax services space that provides great service because they are not encumbered by the "Big 4" mentally of billable hours and conflicts between the public and client interest. Ryan is deeply focused on client service and this is evident in the firm's approach through client surveys. Having worked in the Big 4, the Big 4 never dedicated this much care and resources to understanding clients and truly asking for feedback.

    MyRyan is a great program that allows for results-oriented focus and not an hours focus. As long as you are creating value and bringing results, most people do not care where you work.

    If you are willing to develop yourself in a specialty niche, this is definitely the place for you. Ryan's programs and educational focus do allow for people to develop a 'go to market' speciality.

    Cons

    Ryan is on a big acquisition spree but is still headquarters-focused meaning all the other 30+ offices are second fiddle to the Dallas office. With the rapid growth, infrastructure is lagging to the point where it can be frustrating to have assistance with simple things.

    Most Principals earned the position because they had a niche that made some money for the firm. In today's professional tax services environment, most of them have no idea how to introduce other services outside their particular practice area or collaborate with other Principals or managers. In many cases, ideas brought to them are shot down because of ego's or they happy making the money they are making. It can be very frustrating not being a Principal because of the mentality of many Principals.

    Brint Ryan is a true visionary but can't say the same for most of the senior leaders including Principals. This is unfortunate because there are great people that bring awesome ideas each and every day.

    Honestly, I think a significant portion of the Ryan experience is going to be dependent on your service line and particular group, as others have noted. Based on observation and talking with others, it varies considerably and believe this is because Ryan's hiring model does not always take into consideration the emotional intelligence quotient for leading people.

    Advice to Management

    Unless the Principal mentality changes, I see many managers leaving in the coming years because of lack of opportunity or ability to actually own work.

    A $1 billion company with lagging infrastructure is asking for disaster if the right information technology, recruiting and career development support does not exist.



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