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Crowe Horwath Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Better work/life balance than expected (in 57 reviews)

  • Great people and work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance becomes tough if you want to maintain highest performance ratings (in 63 reviews)

  • Long hours, poor bonus and salary (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Independent review"

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


  2. "Nice firm, rough implementation and adoption"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Manager
    Current Employee - Audit Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible Schedule
    -Young Environment
    -Wide variety of clients

    Cons

    -Partners in local office may not share same vision at Firm-wide
    -Does not test out functionality of new IT systems when released
    -Extremely stressful
    -Training materials occasionally are not up to date

    Advice to Management

    -Take one more "run through" before implementing a new system
    -Ensure all partners adopt the firm-wide mentality, methodologies and goals

  3. "Crowe could be better and be great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    The firm has many name-brand clients and lots of opportunity. I was in the Federal Tax group. The firm is trying to act, look, and operate like a Big 4 "with a heart". The staff are in general treated fairly well, especially when they are new. The firm is trying to attract high-quality candidates and make a lot of positive promises, some of which hold true. I think their heart is in the right place. Salaries appear to be at or slightly above market at most levels.

    Cons

    Depending on the office and your immediate superiors, this could be a good or very bad place to work. Management goals are inconsistent and managers and partners fight for resources. The management infrastructure is there, but execution is only mediocre. The firm is always trying new management methods, styles, etc., but with only so-so results.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is audit-focused and doesn't seem to understand the tax business. Office-level management is cold. I suggest management warm things up and not treat employees as cogs in a wheel.


  4. "Crowe Senior Developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were good and work where you want policy was nice.

    Cons

    Terrible management, training and integration for experienced hires.


  6. "Risk Assurance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Management
    Current Employee - Risk Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you immediately work with are fantastic

    Cons

    Executive partners, who decide your career, don't even look at your performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Have the people that are actually working with you decide your career path, promotions, and salary adjustments.


  7. "Great environment, low pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work policy
    Great career development
    Good benefits
    Cutting-edge technology
    Great people

    Cons

    Developer machines not powerful enough
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees or lose them

  8. "Staff Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Work from home 3-4 times a month

    Cons

    Lots of travel and long weeks

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any at this time


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Consider Opportunity Cost"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits- Great 401K options, a good time off policy (should you actually have time to go on vacation), and if you travel a great deal they offer some benefits to offset your sacrifice. To get you away from a larger firm-they will offer more money. They won't offer it at first, but ask for a signing bonus, and they’ll pay it.

    Work Environment- an interesting client portfolio. They do tax/accounting and advisory services for government and mid-size companies (think small cap stocks). This makes for clients that aren't as bureaucratic and many times the value of your work is felt by the C-suite and is immediately realizable by the client.

    People/Training- talented people and partnership is small which has it's advantages/disadvantages. Their slogan is “the unique alternative to the Big Four”. That means they sell to clients that usually can’t afford the prices that Big Four firms charge for professional services. From an advancement perspective it also means there’s not as many people there trying to make partner.

    Technology- their homegrown technology packages are simple and easy to use. The company intranet is built off a SharePoint and if you need to research for projects you have lots of periodicals at your disposal. It’s not a big enough firm to where Technology is a strategic lever for them in selling to clients- so don’t think that you will have fancy software packages at your disposal.

    Processes-it’s a small firm, so they’re simple and usually the part of the company you work in has some best practices to learn and execute. You can be creative/entrepreneurial about how you process work and get things done faster here.

    Cons

    People/Training- From a people variety standpoint-you won’t find it. You’re stuck with the people in your part of the practice so better hope you like them. Chance are you’ll be too busy executing your project to branch out and meet others. You’ll meet more interesting people at a larger firm. Training and development is something mentioned-but it’s non-existent. There’s not much of an apprenticeship/mentor culture.

    Processes-If you travel a lot they do NOT provide you a corporate credit card. Inevitably you will have to pay your credit card bills before you get reimbursed for what you spent on the road. Inconvenient.

    Overall-An opinion but, if you have a good standing and promising future at a larger and more eminent firm- it’s not advisable to leave that behind to join Crowe Horwath. Like many opportunities that pop up in Professional Services-they’ll offer you more money and they offer a smaller organization to where you can be a bigger fish in a smaller pond. It’s better if you have deeper experience working in a smaller firm and to know that you can handle and enjoy it before giving Crowe Horwath a try. If you work in a backoffice type of job it might be a different. But if it’s a client facing job: You have little to no resources, you are the team, and there’s not much margin for error or learning. Carefully consider your options and be aware of the scale of the part of their practice that you are applying for.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the hiring manager tells the truth about expectations at this firm when interviewing a candidate. Maybe there’s a way to redo the business model where projects are staffed at a reasonable team size, on a realistic budget, and can be completed in a realistic timeframe.


  10. "Crowe Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crowe Horwath full-time

    Pros

    Great people and work-life balance. Awesome benefits

    Cons

    Lots of travel and limited reward for high achievement

    Advice to Management

    strengthen employee rewards program


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