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Crowe Horwath Chicago Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Crowe Horwath Chief Executive Officer James L. Powers
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Pros
  • Great leadership, awesome work/life balance (in 53 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 57 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 (1)

    "Is everybody really so "nice"?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Okay place to start career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * catered lunch
    * opportunity to work with other groups

    Cons

    * Office gossip
    * mandatory weekends

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to the rank and file staff


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Negative"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Business in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They allow the ability to work from home

    Cons

    They will give ridiculous tasks.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Start, Not Great to Stay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Just a stepping stone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great. Clients were good and had a lot of exposure to them. It's a good paycheck for starting out of school.

    Cons

    A lot of bad people. Tons of politics. pay is below average for hours that are above average. They don't listen to the people actually doing the work i.e. new computer system is garbage and if you say something bad about it you get yelled at. Mangers and partners are useless resources for anything. Seemed more focused on dress policy that actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Need more transparency, need to pay people what they are worth and stop running it like a tiny firm


  8. "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.


  9. "Great firm for recent grads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pay / Raise (if any) / Bonus are terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, 401K, clean

    Cons

    The Review process and Pay rate/raise/bonus are very low if at all for Internal Client Facing Employees. Upper Management is clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Take better Care of your internal Client Facing Employees


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