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McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Better work life balance than the Big 4 firms (in 74 reviews)

  • When I worked in Big 4 Tax I was expected in the office all day (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Just the work life balance during busy season, but that's expected in this line of work (in 57 reviews)

  • Busy season hours are like any other accounting firm (in 72 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work - Baltimore"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Assurance Services. Great client base. Knowledgeable and accessible partners. Invested a lot in employees. Great culture. Let you be in charge of your career path and gave you tools to get there. Comp was reasonable. Great for someone looking to really kick-start their career in P/A or finance/accounting.

    Cons

    Like all those in P.A - long hours and some grunt work with clients. Not as transparent as they should have been with comp and reviews - but that just may be the industry.

    Advice to Management

    The Baltimore office should be standard of what the organization should be across the nation. Great leadership, valued employees and truly cared about their clients.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "RSM McGladrey can be an excellent training ground."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to gain exposure to a variety of clients, resulting in experience in many levels of complexity. The downsides of RSM results in an appreciation for management that values staff and their clients. After a couple of years of gaining all the experience one can digest, working incredibly long hours, having no life outside of the office, and being devalued and demoralized, one can join a different firm which will undoubtedly provide them with better compensation, improved environment, and an appreciation for a management who values their contributions and efforts.

    Cons

    Senior management that makes derrogatory and demoralizing comments about staff to other staff members. Employee confidential information being released in common areas inappropriately without any purpose other than to offend and create dissention. Staff consumption of alcoholic beverages during busy season from 5 pm through 3-4 more hours of tax preparation, including pop machines that dispense beer. High turn over rate resulting in remaining staff over worked and producing less than a quality product.

    Advice to Management

    The Seattle EU senior management seems to be oblivious to their problems. They have had feedback on numerous occasions. They hire management consultants and haven't figured out that the attitudes do not start at the bottom and work their way up. The probems here do start at the top. Management leads by example - unfortunately it is not a good example.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "RSM McGladrey - Beware"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consulting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In a tough economy... it is a pay check.

    Cons

    RSM McGladrey is an organization that lacks any vision. The organization is highly reactive to current conditions, management fads, and monthly financial metrics. The partner group is generally lackluster and each partner tightly controls his/her fifedom. The is little knowledge sharing among professiionals in the same practice area and individual employee fortunes are often tied to how well they can kiss up.

    Advice to Management

    RSM McGladrey has truly lost its focus. After spending more the 7 years with the company, I now realize that it is an organization in a slow, steady decline. The firm should be broken up so that regional offices that have decent cleints can survive while the those offices with a poor client base can close. Finally, anyone that thinks RSM McGadrey is a "national firm" is kidding themselves. The is very little cooperation between offices or economic units. Instead, each office is force to develop its own expertise which can vary dramatically from office to office. Overall, senior management should try their skills in another line of work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place to work for"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, good technical resources.

    Cons

    Worst pay of any other firm whether big four or small firm. No perks. Management does not care what employees think, very bottom line driven, high turn over, management always tries to delay notifying employees of their annual increase and bonuses and promotion to delay paying the increased pay as much as possible, decisions are made in June and are effective in october. Most poeple who work here are miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Consider aligning compensation with the rest of the market.. Even in this economy, any other job would pay more than M&P. Work on trying to reduce the turnover as this affects the firms reputation, to do so, management has to listen to employees to find out why everyone is unhappy,


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not a very nice place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro I've encountered was the flexibility to work remotely if you are unable to make it to the office/client.

    Cons

    Where do I begin... I will start with communication, which is practically non-existent at the firm even though it is emphasized greatly - employees find out about changes at the last minute (if at all). Leading by the example, the group leaders as well as engagement team management is also very bad, as essential information regarding staffing is dissimilated poorly (such as employees leaving, staff moved to other engagements/staff availability, client communication to managers and/or directors is not forwarded to staff timely, etc). There does not seem to be clear structure of what needs to be done, affecting performance.
    There is also no clear understanding as to what one is expected to do or what was done badly, until it’s time for the year end evaluations. Again, there is no communication between managers and staff. It felt as if this is done on purpose, just to cover all basis in case decision makers decide to reward based on favoritism, rather than performance (favoritism is another issue, but hey that seems to be the case in many firms/companies). Employees are not rewarded for a job well done or going above and beyond; errors are magnified and staff is penalized for errors often caused by miscommunication.
    Firm seems to be very big on hiring staff for the busy season and then lay off in April-may. Training is mostly on the job, and it involves management NOT devoting sufficient time to teach - basically one is left alone with problems and there don’t seem to be anyone who can guide in the process.

    Advice to Management

    Communication & Employee recognition/retention


  6. "like working in a sweatshop"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Prairie, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Prairie, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very good about balancing work and outside life

    Cons

    too much work for one individual....expectations too high to be achieved.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Work/Life Balance? LOL"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good salary if you don't think of it in terms of an hourly wage
    - Young Environment is nice

    Cons

    - Hours are a joke (very very very long + weekends)
    - No one takes time to teach you anything
    - High turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to use the audit software, its not 1975 anymore. How can we expect to learn when the managers have no idea how to use computers?

  8. Helpful (8)

    "poor experience, and getting worse nearly every day"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Semi valuable public accounting experience.
    Can free coffee/soda be considered an actual pro?
    At least I still receive a paycheck.

    Cons

    Company is CHEAP.
    Morale couldn't possibly be much lower.
    Turnover is very high.
    Unable to provide quality services to clients due to a lack of sufficiently skilled resources.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to provide world class services, you need to recruit, pay and retain world class employees. Due to low morale and high turnover, the best people have already left and the remaining employees are struggling to conduct the daily fire drills.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Overall Just Not A Good Place To Work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay at McGladrey is similar to other firms in the area based on other offers I received and classmates I have talked to who work at other firms in the area. McGladrey also gave out a signing bonus.

    Cons

    The people, plain and simple. Management really does not treat staff as professionals. Instead, we are treated as second-class citizens. We are switched from job to job without talking to us to see if we have prior commitments. Travel does not matter as we are scheduled overnight without much warning. There is also a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Start communicating with the staff or there will not be any staff left as we are all leaving. McGladrey claims to have a work-life balance. I have not seen it so management should start letting this happen or stop claiming to have a work-life balance program.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I expected based on my recruitment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Associate in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a nation firm so there is some name recognition. It is a job so you do get paid.

    Cons

    They do not seem to follow the stated track for promotions. If you are a brown-noser, you can climb the ladder here. If you just dig in and do good work, do not expect to be rewarded for it. There has been a lot of turnover recently and to combat it, they bring in people from outside firms/industry who are behind the legacy McGladrey employees however get paid more.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the hard-working employees fairly. Especially those who start out with you and stay with you. Give some training to managers and above on how to communicate better as well.


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