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Plante Moran Chicago Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Chicago, IL

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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance ; family oriented offices ; extensive training (in 25 reviews)

  • The coworkers are what make this place a great place to work (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is slightly better than Big 4 during busy season but slightly worse than Big 4 off-season (in 12 reviews)

  • Obvious busy season hours, potential for a lot of travel (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Best company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive management, opportunities to grow for administrative staff, always new learning opportunities, fun and pleasant staff to support!

    Cons

    I can honestly say that there are no downsides from my perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Continue to encourage your staff to be better, and they will! Well done!


  2. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, people, environment. No better place to work

    Cons

    I cannot think of any

  3. "Partner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture, opportunities, fulfilling work, great people.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep this special place going.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Very friendly and inclusive environment. Similarly to the other public accounting firms, staff are under payed."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assurance Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young Co-Workers, Flexibility and Variety of Work. Very fun environment, as young staff engage in happy hours, intramural sports and other events.

    Cons

    As CPA's, staff and managers are under payed. In addition, seniority is based on years of service alone. There is no benefit or punishment for your quality of work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the staff according to their efforts.


  5. "Personal favorite place to work in document review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Contract Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Contract Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Just about everything: flexible scheduling, relaxed atmosphere, honest management, casual dress, etc.

    Cons

    Basically none; what little is annoying need only be rarely dealt with.


  6. "Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are awesome whether they are accountants, marketers, consultants, etc.

    Cons

    Did more tax work than audit


  7. "Interviewed"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time

    Pros

    Very relaxed but informative. Eager to tell you about the company and the opportunities there. Made you feel very comfortable and encouraged questions. They seemed very interested in getting to know you

    Cons

    Was disappointed - no offer

  8. "contract attorney"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and the work space is very comfortable. The support staff is great and so are the recruiters and project managers. They pay the competitive market rate.

    Cons

    Sometimes, they get a little slow and do not have a lot of projects that need staffing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Processor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tax Processor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In my department, the Processing Department, the hours were awesome! I worked from 11am-7pm. The company culture is very welcoming and everyone is nice. Staff was served dinner and breakfast throughout the week. HR also set up complimentary massages for the staff every month.

    Cons

    No cons. I think the company is great!

    Advice to Management

    None, keep doing what you're doing!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Audit In-Charge"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit In-charge in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit In-charge in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When I left, it was not because Plante was a bad place to work. They were a great place to work. I had the pleasure of working in multiple offices, and each one not only had great people to work with, but they had each offered me ample opportunity to succeed. Some other pros are:

    - Flexibility to work in multiple offices. This includes the ability to transfer, as well as the ability to "work" a substantial amount of time in another office (I had spent all of December in another city and was able to work in the local Plante office).
    - Upward mobility in your career, as well as a lot of autonomy over your schedule
    - "March Madness" ping pong tournament during busy season
    - The pay was very competitive for the public accounting industry
    - Involvement in various different parts of the company (audit, tax, recruiting, etc.)
    - Constant feedback on career progress, as well as a lot of training resources.
    - The firm really does invest in your career. This is not only financially through training, but they have a great mentorship/leadership program. There were several times where I felt they were more in touch with my career and career needs than I was.
    - Great reputation in the Midwest, including now in Chicago.

    Cons

    All good things also have downsides. Here are a few:

    - While compensation is competitive, raises are standard, no matter what, your first several years.
    - The actual work itself is not very fulfilling/challenging. This is not a knock on Plante, but more a comment on the industry in general. It is much easier reviewing someone else's work than making it yourself.
    - Compensation is POOR, when compared to the private industry
    - A lot of long hours. This is expected in public accounting, though.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you don't just expand the firm, just "because". You have done a great job in expanding your market share (or just keeping up) in the past. Don't follow what other firms are doing and merge just for size.


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