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Crowe Horwath Chicago Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance; great learning/ training experiences; great mentoring program (in 62 reviews)

  • Great people and work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance becomes tough if you want to maintain highest performance ratings (in 70 reviews)

  • Long hours of working and toxic office politics (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience. I love working here."

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    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote in, lax dress code, supportive managers, cool CEO, given a good variety of projects, they care about me and my career goals

    Cons

    The only con I can think of comes along with any job in public accounting. The hours are long sometimes.


  2. "Sucky Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great 401K options and contributions
    2. Smaller firm than most professional services firms with a more tangible atmosphere.

    Cons

    1. Felt like a scam with the project workload and how they bill.
    2. Small time corporate culture that is unprofessional and depending on who you work with- sleazy.
    3. They're so strapped for resources that you have to use your personal credit card to travel- there's no corporate card program. That should be your first sign to avoid.
    4. Not much name recognition in the market and it shows.

    Don't waste your time going here to work. If you get recruiter attention about this firm-move on.

    Advice to Management

    Get real.

  3. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Opportunities for Growth.

    Cons

    Job performance expectations are sometimes unclear.

    Advice to Management

    More time and effort developing your senior staff so that they are ready to be good managers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best Places to Work yet other managers untrusting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, won best places to work

    Cons

    Unprofessional departments - after two years, found an HR rep temperamental, too "open" communication for employees that were liked (gave out confidential to others), dishonest, untrusting, etc.

    Great place to work but I would double check upper management info from certain managers and above for objective information. As many companies, sometimes it is department dependent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eyes on guard regarding gossip and clicks from certain departments including HR. As long as employees stay on the good side of some of the clicks, you will be good.


  5. "Independent review"

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    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Time management, pressure absorbing capacity increase,

    Cons

    Management should consider that the staff is also human being, extensive pressure, torture cell

    Advice to Management

    Listen and understand your staff and practical issues.


  6. "Crowe Senior Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Crowe has an amazing career focus initiative, great people, great added perks like mobility, casual dress, and many social events.

    Cons

    Work Life balance becomes tough if you want to maintain highest performance ratings.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Is everybody really so "nice"?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-intentioned, energetic top management. Flexible and relaxed in some ways: when and where one works is up to you (assuming you're a responsible adult), and jeans can be worn in the office. Benefits are great. Perhaps this is the same everywhere, but people's Crowe experiences vary widely and seem to depend almost entirely on what group they're in and who their performance manager is.

    Cons

    Firm organization is overly complex, and a lot of time is spent (i.e., wasted) figuring out how to negotiate the bureaucratic labyrinth, follow procedures correctly, and who has real power and who doesn't. Too many people operate solely from personal self-interest rather than the interest of their department or the firm as a whole. If your performance manager is irrational, it doesn't matter what the reality is; the performance manager's perception becomes the truth on which other decisions are based. The firm is packed with strait-laced employees who think similarly and often aren't the most well-educated or open-minded folks in the world. Passive-aggressiveness is rampant, obviously part of the "nice" Midwestern culture. Too many people are afraid to say what they mean and mean what they say, for fear of not being considered nice--which leads to a lot of talking behind each other's back, which isn't nice at all and leads to low morale. Despite lip service, there's very little leeway for taking risks or making mistakes. People talk behind each other's backs all the time, and inaccurate information is often believed by others.

    Advice to Management

    Crowe is an incredibly stressful place, at least for those in non-client-facing groups. (1) Need greater diversity--not just more women higher in the organization and more minorities in general, but also diversity in backgrounds, working styles, thought processes, and personalities. There's pressure to be the same as everyone else. (2) There need to be checks and balances/reality checks on the people in performance management positions who have no idea how to communicate and manage people effectively; their biased or irrational their perceptions become the unquestioned reality actions are based on--which is of course unfair to those being managed. Lots of "pets" is bad for morale. (3) The organization needs to be simplified and clarified--it's a giant mishmash that results in a lot of wasted time. (4) Non-client-facing groups are important to the firm, too. They need to be treated like first-class citizens and have the resources necessary to meet the sometimes ridiculous expectations of partners who don't understand what they're asking for. Everyone is expected to do everything at once, no matter what the nominal project priorities are. (5) Too much emphasis on the quantifiable; intangible benefits such as quality, knowledge, and skills aren't valued as they should be.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Performance consultany"

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    Current Employee - Performance Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Performance Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k match
    ability to wear jeans in the office
    ability to work remote

    Cons

    Little to no work life balance
    improperly managed projects
    project management that doesn't look out for their employees- they will sacrifice their own co-worker get ahead
    Losing vacation time every year
    significant overtime required with no additional compensation

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. If you have a great benefits package, then allow employees to utilize it. Do not tell employees to make sure their computers are with them on vacation, which never truly allows them to take a break.
    All employees in consulting understand that overtime will be required, but significant over time over an extended period of time should be recognized.


  9. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Leader Risk Services"

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    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.


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