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Updated June 1, 2017
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Pros
  • CohnReznick has a great work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Busy season hours are far less demanding than Big 4 but with more diversified experience (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Busy Season Hours are a bit intense due to under staffing at the time (in 51 reviews)

  • No Work-life Balance; No procedures on expectations; Poor management with little guidance (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Experience and Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - National Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CohnReznick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I recently joined CR in February and have had an amazing time! The staff and management have made it a priority to put my needs first and I am constantly excited to go to work everyday! Switching to this company was one of the best decisions I've made thus far in my career. Everyone has an open-door policy and it makes getting the job done fun and enjoyable!

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  2. "CohnReznick Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CohnReznick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with

    Cons

    too much segregation between offices and groups.

    Advice to Management

    continue with one firm/firm first (including Advisory)

  3. "Tax Associate, 1 year in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CohnReznick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great work/life balance (outside of tax season)
    -Employee benefits that come with working for a large national firm
    -"Young" culture; lots of opportunities to play sports, get involved with event planning, community service, etc.
    -Provide CPA study resources to employees

    Cons

    -No 401(k) match
    -Antiquated expense-reimbursement process that could take weeks to get reimbursed
    -As with any public accounting firm, you're going to work longer hours than all of your non-CPA friends


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Incredibly high turnover for a reason."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CohnReznick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Young group, good place to make friends if you move somewhere new out of college. Happy hour/events. amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Bad upper management. No accountability on jobs. Partners don't know what their staff are doing, which allow managers to throw lower tiered workers under the bus when it comes to any job shortcomings. Even if there is another partner vouching for a staff's work, if they're not the team you're on, you're going to ultimately get screwed from a raise or getting credit for doing a good job. Workload is never fair. Some people work non-stop where others won't get any work before management doesn't think they're good enough. The pay is also very low in comparison to other firms. There is no matching for the 401k (it's at the discretion of management). No bonuses are paid. The hours are really brutal in tax season. Even if you don't have a lot of work it is frowned upon if you're not there at least 12 hours a day. It's all for show.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do a better job at holding onto staff and you'll have a better chance creating managers. Try to listen to employees more. Partners should try and care about more than just their own bottom line.


  5. "Human Resources"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with great talent, tools and resources. Definitely an opportunity to work with top notch HR professionals. National Director of Talent Acquisition is phenomenal and HR Director is highly regarded and leads a strong team. Partners are accessible and play an active role in the hiring process.

    Cons

    Continue to work on "one firm culture." Enhance recruiting tools and more implementation of D&I training.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiters are your eyes and ears for market trends and your competition. In many ways, they're revenue generators.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good people to work with & great intentions from leadership, but employees often seem disheartened"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CohnReznick full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with genuinely care about both their staff and client relationships. Partners & managers are always helping out staff & getting them involved with the clients. They are very flexible and work with you if you have specific schedule needs -- they also offer a good amount of paid time off.

    When I expressed an interest in doing other things I was always given the opportunity. If you approach people with good ideas, they do listen. There was open communication across the board. The environment is professional but informal.

    Long tax season hours are unavoidable, but they try their best to make it less painful -- there's a lot of free food and they've tried things like giving folks a Saturday off. They're also pretty lenient at other times of the year to make up for it.

    Cons

    Everyone is so busy that there's little time or energy left to focus on making things better. Committees are thrown together but go nowhere. It was much nicer as a small firm but has become very process-heavy and bureaucratic in the last few years. Also, the Bethesda office is a sea of gray cubicles; very drab & sterile looking (though I hear other offices are quite nice).

    In the administrative/executive assistant role, there aren't many opportunities for advancement (but I think that's to be expected as there are far fewer higher-level administrative positions and the promotion ladder is focused on the CPAs). Exceptionally performing admins have gone on to do other things, but that's not the norm.

    There is definitely the attitude that an admin's time is not as valuable because it's all about billable time, so as bad as they are figuring out more efficient ways of doing billable work, they're even worse alleviating admin work, because it just isn't a priority.

    Advice to Management

    Given the amount of time we spend sitting in that office, you should really spruce the place up! Surroundings make an impact on productivity and happiness and it would be a worthy investment.

    One of the more frustrating things I encountered post-merger was dealing with ill-considered procedures being set in place. It's a good idea to standardize things -- but a better idea to design those new procedures in a way that doesn't clog up the whole system.

    Focus should be on working smarter, not longer! Encourage your employees to examine their jobs and propose ideas on how to make things better for themselves.


  7. "Full time associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CohnReznick (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are nice and actually care about you

    Cons

    Scheduling could be improved. Could have 401(k) matching and other benefits.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CohnReznick (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Provides a lot of PTO, lots of collaboration with other CPA's

    Cons

    too many hours, lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and take their thoughts in consideration. Don't always push your agenda


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Job review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CohnReznick (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, friendly, good project opportunity

    Cons

    Low salary, low or no bonus

    Advice to Management

    Na


  10. Helpful (7)

    "It's Public Accounting.... but"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CohnReznick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly good people
    Better than commuting into DC
    Pretty good resources
    Balance between big and small firm feel

    Cons

    Recruiters will brag about work-life balance at CohnReznick. That is a lie. It's public accounting at the 10th largest such firm in the country. You will work 60-70+ hours a week during busy times and around client deadlines.

    Health benefits are terrible. Dental even worse.
    You will be underpaid here - the pay is significantly lower than other, similar firms
    Staffing issues galore due to mass exoduses, probably due to the above
    Mixed messages and unclear visions/expectations galore
    Terrible office/team favoritism - worse than normal amounts

    Advice to Management

    Stop your recruiters from lying to college kids about work-life balance.
    Have a clear, unified set of expectations and career development
    Get better benefits and compensation - bring them up to industry standards for large accounting firms

    Curtail favoritism - you are losing a lot of very talented individuals who are leaving for better pay and less headaches, while the favorites barely work at all and are slave drivers, then pass on un-reviewed work to partners, and make those under them clear the partner comments.


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