Schneider Downs & Co.

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Updated May 20, 2015
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  1. Overall great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Schneider Downs & Co.

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

    Pros

    Bigger company benefits but you are still treated as a valuable member of the firm. Great people and a great place to learn a lot. Personal development is treated as a big priority.

    Cons

    Area for advancement is somewhat limited, but not if you put in significant time to the firm over the years. Salary can be somewhat limited as well but definitely room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Accountant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Busy seasons are really busy


  3. Not so good.

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

    I worked at Schneider Downs & Co.

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

    Pros

    Nice view from the office. Downtown Columbus. Several parking options available.

    Cons

    Not enough resources available. Benefits are just satisfactory.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Ok experience if you play the game

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

    I worked at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, sometimes you work fewer hours than fellow big four siblings. Offers the client great service (often at expense of employees). In house training is satisfactory. Monetary incentives to pass CPA exam are competitive, although management doesn't really seem to value your passing score on the CPA exam.

    Cons

    expect to follow the cookie cutter fashion of work. Not much innovation. The client base is pretty boring. If you don't play the game, you will get caught in a strong undercurrent of the political culture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Live the cliche of "caring." Don't throw the buddy system at new staff unless you plan to take mentoring seriously. Otherwise, stand out of the way and let your staff spend their time bettering themselves.

    Learn to innovate. Your Saly style of training associates is weak and doesn't leave much room for innovation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, mostly good people, too may hours - no work-life balance. Typical public accounting firm.

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

    I worked at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    You can have some flexibility in your own schedule as you move up within the company - depending on the manager and/or shareholder for which you are working.
    You gain great experience - can work on numerous clients in numerous industries.
    Most of the people here are great to work with & most are family oriented and understanding.
    Great CEO - cares about all his employees.
    Raises are usually excellent.
    You get to work with people around the same age as you & work your way up with them, so you gain a lot of additional friends at work, which makes it more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Although you may get some flexibility, work-life balance is still really hard. It depends on the manager for which you are currently working. You end up working many hours (not just in busy season), including weekends - all while trying to stay "under budget."
    Most of the people here are great to work with; however, there were some manager that only cared about themselves & would do anything to get ahead. It is also very "gossipy" - almost like being back in high school - at this company... and this includes the shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the "gossipy," "cliquey" atmosphere the best you can. It makes some employees very uncomfortable.


  7. Challenging and rewarding work but long hours.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax In-charge in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Tax In-charge in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The work is challenging but there are many resources available from co-workers to online access to various reliable sources. Generally the employees are friendly and easy to work with on projects. Room for advancement if you are a CPA.

    Cons

    The company expects a lot of time from its employees but does not offer incentives for working the long hours. Expect big 4 work environment without the rewards. Small work areas.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees with additional time off after busy season.


  8. Good place to work. Better than most CPA firms.

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

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The company is focused on helping younger staff learn how to perform their tasks.

    Cons

    As you move up the ladder, slotting becomes an issue like it does at most CPA firms. A slot needs to be available for you to move up in the ranks. So, it is not always performance driven.


  9. Audit Senior

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and the raises are excellent. The experience has also been very good. There are also frequent after hours events like happy hours and other firm events. People below the manager level also hang out frequently after work.

    Cons

    The workload is not evenly spread around. The top performers receive similar raises and advancement but are worked much harder. Communication regarding advancement is also not clear, as evidenced by people who were surprised when they were not promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear regarding advancement and if people are on track to reach the next step. Provide this feedback more timely, not at the annual evaluation. Spread the workload around so that the top performers don't get burned out because there is little incentive to be a top performer. Raises and advancement are similar as a mediocre performer compared to a top performer.


  10. Schneider Downs provides what I would expect is a pretty typical public accounting experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co. full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Schneider Downs is they seem to give 8% raises to pretty much everyone in their audit practice. I had heard about it from a person that had been working there for about 5 years and that was what I got when raise time came.

    Cons

    The management group doesn't really seem to care about the distribution of the work load. Which is frustrating. Some people work 40 hour weeks and others work 70 hour weeks. I thought it would even out over the course of the year but it didn't.


  11. The New Big-4

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Schneider Downs & Co.

    Pros

    SD offers a higher pay for the relative same job as the Big-4. The teams are smaller and tight-knit, and the managers are more open to using alternative procedures and approaches. Senior auditors also get more freedom, but this comes at a cost in other areas.

    Cons

    SD was a large regional firm that boasted a culture different from the Big-4 firms. Over the past 2 years, the things that made SD so appealing to those professionals burnt out on the Big 4 have gone away and been replaced with the iron-fist and politics that make the Big-4 a churn-and-burn sort of experience. This is further complicated by the managers and above not giving ample opportunities to those staff and seniors to get in front of the clients and grow. At least the Big 4 had a "sink or swim" approach to this type of growth.

    The company has decreased some of the holiday activities since the company has grown so much in the past 2 years. And cut out a lot of the "frivolous" (as top mgmt put it) activities that helped grow and create relationships within the company.

    There is also a lack of compliance regarding the entire review and promotional schedule. In my 5 years there, I had one set of reviews that were on schedule and never got the feedback necessary from management until these meetings that were often every 8 months as opposed to the 6 months.

    There is also a strange way the promotions and advancement take place. In some areas where utilization is low, you will see an increased number of promotions, where the areas that boast the most utilization was stagnant in the promotions and advancement aspects of the personnel.

    Advice to Management

    I would keep your philosophy in line with what made the company a great place to work - keep away from the politics and iron-fist that the Big-4 use; after all, that is where most of your experienced hires came from to get away from that culture.



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