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Crowe Horwath Oak Brook Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great leadership, awesome work/life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Great people and work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance becomes tough if you want to maintain highest performance ratings (in 60 reviews)

  • There will be long hours at times and there will be stressful days (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Okay place to start career"

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    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Negative"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Just a stepping stone"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good audit firm to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Lots of experience - smaller audit teams allowed for more interaction with client and full scope involvement with audit than one more often gets working for the Big 4 firms where audit teams are large. Also get access to more clients, rather than one or two.
    Similar starting salary and benefits as other accounting firms.

    Cons

    It seemed that pay overtime did not keep up with market and fluctuated significantly between individuals at same level. Note that many of the cons here are the same as any other audit firm - you're going to work a lot and be under a lot of stress, but it's worth it depending on you goals.


  6. "Finally Found a Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is fully invested in their culture and the employees. The company really takes its time to ensure that each employee fully understands Crowe's vision. I am grateful I get to finally have a company that believes and lives its values.

    Cons

    None. After such a long search, I finally found home.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to advance the One Crowe Vision.


  7. "....."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to work in Chicago or Oak Brook.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Factory-like atmoshphere where focus is on low-;level tasks & extreme work hours. Hard word is rewarded with an additinional workload.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior in audit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culture, management, balance, benefits, people

    Cons

    Pay, bonus, evaluation process, compensation program

    Advice to Management

    Reward the high performers


  9. "I have had a good experience with them so far."

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    Current Intern - IT Auditor in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Intern - IT Auditor in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good solid company with strong values. Good first job for a college student.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season but that is to be expected with any public accounting company

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation would be nice.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Public Accounting Is Not For Everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Younger employee base, Fast-paced deadline and client driven environment, opportunity for advancement of job title

    Cons

    Focus is on the chargeable hour rather than client service, you can basically kiss your social life goodbye. The reason there is an opportunity for advancement is due to the turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Public Accounting is a client service industry. Shift focus from the chargeable hour and "realization" to a client service view.


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