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Crowe Horwath 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)

  • Some times there can be long hours (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (11)

    "Large Firm Resources and Benefits Without the Large Firm Culture Issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wearing Jeans Every Day is awesome.

    Working from home or remotely whenever I want allows a lot of flexibility for traveling with my family for extended periods of time or working from home whenever I need to wait on a repair person to show up.

    Leadership at this firm is progressive and very focused on changing to meet the needs of the current work force. There is a strong belief that growth and future success of the firm is heavily tied to the development and retention of employees. This includes making difficult hiring and firing decisions so that people that have an obviously negative effect on team members are not tolerated. Many firms pay lip service to this idea, but fall short when busy season hits and they are desperate for people who can get the work done. I have witnessed this in my past while working in Big 4 as well as another national firm. The "no jerks" policy at Crowe sometimes means sacrifice in the short term to handle the work while waiting for the right person to be hired, but in the long term there is much less turnover. At a firm as large as Crowe this policy isn't always perfectly adhered to in every single group, but it is working in a majority of groups and very common in every office I have visited.

    Leaders are very focused on giving people a plan for the future. As soon as I joined Crowe I knew what my 3 year, 5 year and 10 year career plan was and what I needed to do to achieve the stated plan. It's the first firm I've worked for where the partners have focused in on making sure I have a well developed plan to grow and make partner down the road. The firm structure encourages partners to create the next generation of partners because it has a very positive impact on the existing partners.

    Cons

    Crowe expects their professionals to heavily focus on an industry and become experts in that field. You can't be passive about your work and just showing up to get the work done isn't enough in the long term. This means doing research, writing articles, joining industry trade groups, spending time networking, and a lot of extra work outside the normal chargeable projects. Sometimes the bar seems to be set very high and can be overwhelming at times, but there is a lot of support to help reach the set goals. The downside is that not everyone finds a long term position in the firm and those that don't show consistent growth are sometimes counseled out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some training focused on better leverage of responsibility. There are several partners who have this mastered, but there are a few who still struggle with turning over more and more responsibility each year. Getting even more partners on board with the concept of greater leverage will free up their time to focus more on leadership, growing the firm and creating the next generation of partners. There are some partners getting caught overly focusing on project details instead of training the next generation to handle those details which results in them getting so busy there's no time to focus on the long term goals.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company and believes in investing in technology."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is public accounting, so a lot of these companies are about the same, but they do make you feel appreciated.

    Cons

    You have good managers and some not so great ones, but that is something you would see anywhere.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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  5. "Tax Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning of many varieties of companies.

    Cons

    Very busy, not easy to find personal time.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility with employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Negative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant Staff in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, awesome work/life balance

    Cons

    Parts of the job can be boring but that's true with any job


  8. "Leader Risk Services"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Services Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Financial Services Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    1. Best Salary in the Indian Market.
    2. Good Management

    Cons

    I think we should continue with this environment only
    Large work responsibility, and learning curve


  10. "Amazing company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Crowe truly cares about their employees. Through amazing benefits, flexible work life balance, ample vacation/sick time, career advancement opportunities, etc. Crowe is the place to be!

    Cons

    Honestly have no cons to share.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and your employees will continue to be loyal!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Start, Not Great to Stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


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