McGladrey LLP Reviews | Glassdoor

McGladrey LLP is now known as RSM. Effective Oct. 26, 2015, McGladrey united with fellow members of our global network under the common brand name RSM. RSM US LLP is the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with more than 8,000 people in 80 offices nationwide.

McGladrey LLP Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Better work life balance than the Big 4 firms (in 75 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Applications Manager - CRM in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Applications Manager - CRM in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are very support of work life balance. They offer great flex working conditions (working from home/remote). The leadership truly believes in you and wants you to grow within the company. They offer a career path and work with you to achieve those goals. I have been here 1.5 years and have no desire to be anywhere else!

    Cons

    Training is a bit lack luster and although we are a national firm, there are definitely different standards between regions which makes things a challenge at time. To advance in your career it is not always clear exactly the steps you need to take to get there.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be a little more clear on the career path. The Career Paths outlined are clear, but it appears to be very subjective on if you "meet" the criteria to go to the next level. When bringing in new employees, try to pair them up with someone in their field and in their region to help "show them the ropes"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Too Much Emphasis On Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - L1 Service Desk in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - L1 Service Desk in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The IT department has some amazing talent, and the bar is set high as far as providing quality service and support. Good resources are made available and are utlitized very well. It's a nice place to get relevant IT experience in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. All in all, I recommend it for the experience and growth potential.

    Cons

    Way too much emphasis is put on culture. Popularity trumps skills. The upper levels of IT seem to have more mature employees that focus on true teamwork. Below that, however, all it takes is a couple of bad apples to ruin an otherwise positive experience for potential full-time highly-skilled IT employees. You can work as hard as you can, and bring all the skill in the world to the table, but that won't matter if you're not appreciated for petty reasons. The working environment is quite hostile while masquerading as a positive team effort. There is a definite inner circle of people who tend to treat others outside their circle very unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Gather feedback from employees, and investigate the working environment. You'll discover it's not what it's portrayed to be. You're losing a lot of great talent, and soon to lose more if conditions don't change. It's been said that "it's not what you know, it's who you know", but it's also "it's not what you know, it's what you strive to know" as well.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "RSM is a great company with many opportunities. However, work life balance is not a significant priority for management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology. Great opportunities to work with some quality people. Great client interaction. Co-workers have gotten great job opportunities in industry.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not a priority. Flexible schedules, PTO, etc. tend to not solve this problem. Busy seasons are inevitable, but it is strange that we are rewarded with 40 hour weeks afterward.

    Advice to Management

    Retention of skill at some offices ha been very poor, jeopardizing our client relationships and the effectiveness and efficiency of our internal firms. The company unfortunately follows the public accounting stereotype of working young people to death instead of investing in them to make life long careers. We shouldn't have to "leave public accounting" to find work life balance.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tax review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere, relaxed culture

    Cons

    Small office, lack of opportunity for advancement and specialization. The office is open concept as that the cubical space is low walls and it can get loud and can be distracting. It can be hard to concentrate


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wide array of clients to work on, fun people to work with, flexibility increases as you move up

    Cons

    Work is stressful, hard to please multiple superiors all at once

    Advice to Management

    Do more to retain talent if possible and be a little more transparent


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Tax Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and staff level people. Good flexibility during slow times of year.

    Cons

    Poor management and compensation compared to other firms. Management does not stay on top of clients for information so projects constantly get slammed at the last minute and creates more stress and hours.

    Advice to Management

    Force clients to stick to a timeline or stop accommodating those who cannot stick to a schedule.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Opportunity to travel
    -Good focus on developing employees
    -Above average benefits

    Cons

    -Average pay
    -401K match is low

    Advice to Management

    Pay could be better when compared to bigger firms (BDO, Grant Thornton) especially in smaller cities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many of the people in the firm were nice and friendly and I feel like i have forged some connections with people i actually plan on staying in touch with

    Cons

    Long hours, sense of someone judging you constantly, inability to break into the inner sphere of popularity and cliques that existed in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Worker morale needs to be improved, there needs to be a better sense of identity as to why I would prefer working in a second tier accounting firm rather than the Big 4 if the hours are the same, the pay is less or the same, and the prestige/luster of the name is not there.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Needs some work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture is great and it is nice having people your age at work. Have made many friends.

    Cons

    Focus is on getting work done and can be unequally weighted on performance. Some strong good workers have left due to the promotion of others who are unable to communicate and manage others.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more focus on teaching staff and rewarding those who put in the effort to support the next generation coming up. Those who do not do this, should not be rewarded, even if they themselves are technically strong.


  11. "It was great learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Hempstead, NY
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Hempstead, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGladrey LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot to gain from various coworkers to help enhance your expertise to gain exposure

    Cons

    There was no cons as of thus far. Salary could've been better


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