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Crowe Horwath Chicago Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great leadership, awesome work/life balance (in 52 reviews)

  • Great people who truly believe in firm values, good work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • It is nice experience but the work life balance could be better (in 56 reviews)

  • There will be long hours at times and there will be stressful days (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Leader Risk Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forensic and Risk Services Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Forensic and Risk Services Leader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm has a working mechanism to foster Learning, growth and development. Crowe also has a solid reputation to allow staff the latitude to try new approaches of doing things.

    Cons

    The pay is slightly below what other big accounting and consulting players are forking out. There is also very slow upward mobility and most staff branch out to attain career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Remuneration of consultant should be reviewed regularly and bench-marked against other consulting giants. Also ways should be sort to increase upward mobility of career of young consultants.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Over-employment of new-hires and insufficient client work leading to lay-offs despite being a good performer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to work remotely is great when you need to change things up in your life. It's nice working in a tight nit group that specializes in the IT area - it makes you feel like a critical part of the firm. Always learning something new everyday and, if necessary, colleagues are there to explain something if you're not familiar with it.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between project leads and rest of team, occasionally. Often times there is a lack of clients and you will be put on the bench without work, forcing you to work on internal projects. Often times someone might have a problem with something you're doing and not communicate it with you, which can come back and bite you.

    Advice to Management

    The firm needs to stop looking at numbers of chargeable versus non-chargeable hours and making lay off decisions based on that especially if the employee constantly asks for work but none is given to them and the non-chargeable work they work on is actually going to provide chargeable value in the future. Management needs to stop caring only about its bottom line and get to know its new-hires and see how they work or else hiring/firing decisions happen and either too many people get hired leading to lay-offs later on or lay-offs happen and critical members of the firm are asked to leave. Thus, there is not much job stability with Crowe when starting.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Start, Not Great to Stay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started out of college in 2013; have progressed from Staff to Senior Staff Consultant
    -Quick promotion schedule
    -Management is actively changing firm culture for the better
    -Collaborative, supportive environment
    -Very career-driven schedules; you make your own career and have all the support you'll ever need to move forward
    -Commitment to work/life balance; rarely are consultants asked to work over 60 hours a week

    Cons

    -Firm still has vestiges of accounting/tax background in culture; not as innovative or flexible as a true tech/consulting firm should be
    -Compensation is on the lower end; despite non-monetary perks, firm cannot continue to grow and thrive without adequately paying their employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people.


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  5. "Audit Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Audit/Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Audit/Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crowe Horwath as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great firm. Great work life balance. Good people. Awesome experience.

    Cons

    none there are no cons

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


  6. "Great firm for recent grads"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Continued exposure to upper level management
    Challenging, varied, and interesting clients and projects
    Fantastic learning experience to grow/build your career

    Cons

    Salary is below market average
    Work-life balance: high stress and potentially very long hours for continued periods of time

    Advice to Management

    Always keep hiring new staff to build career opportunities. Make competitive salary offers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great alternative to the Big Four"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Risk Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Risk Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement, traveling (if you life to travel), very collaborative environment, pay is competitive compared to other big four accounting firms for Staff roles,

    Cons

    The turnover is high just like most accounting firms so their aren't a lot of managers. Crowe mainly serves the financial services industry so expect receive little to no experience in non-financial industries (manufacturing, technology, government, etc.)


  8. "Still Evaluating"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Only been here a year. Still evaluating, but so far I am very happy with my career choice. The partner I work for has been supportive and available.

    Cons

    I have run into a couple of Crowe-bots that are arrogant idiots, but I expected that. Nothing systemic to report at this point, but again, I have only been here around a year or so. I find that it takes a couple of years to fully get to know your environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  9. "Recruiting Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mobility Program - Work from home when needed and Business Casual 'Light' dress code.
    Direct access to Partners and Senior Management who are very approachable.
    No hurdles to promotion (ex: do not need to be in role for certain # of years and employees are very collaborative).

    Cons

    Consultants are usually travelling about 20-30% overnight, but well below industry standard.
    If transitioning from Industry to Consulting, compensation might not be aligned due to lack of consulting experience, but career will exponentially grow.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management truly makes it feel as if they were your co-workers vs management which makes it a terrific environment. The only advice would be to provide opportunities for teams to let loose (discretionary funds / spot bonus).


  10. "M&A"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work - grew professionally - travel was awesome

    Cons

    Run by accountants and it shows..... not flexible


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with at this Firm. . Benefits, 401K, PTO comparable to other firms.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to gain new opportunities - not enough advancement for those who are non-client facing.


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