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Plante Moran Chicago Reviews

Updated June 10, 2017
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Plante Moran Firm Managing Partner Gordon Krater
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance ; family oriented offices ; extensive training (in 23 reviews)

  • I know they are trying to "sell" us on the company, but it still seemed like a great place to work (in 10 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 21 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. "Great People"

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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
    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


  5. "Interviewed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  6. "contract attorney"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. "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!


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Audit In-Charge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "They can do better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit In-charge in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit In-charge in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Work in multiple industries
    - Good clients overall
    - Majority of co-workers are easy to get along with
    - There are some good leaders/mentors in the firm

    Cons

    - Salaries are below market
    - Flexibility is good, but at times, there is so much work, you are working all the time
    - 401k Match is only 2%

    Advice to Management

    It is nice to have received some awards (surveys completed by folks drinking the Koolaid), but don't think there isn't a lot of change that's necessary, especially when considering Compensation.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "quality of work / life and salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    some people, starting salary, internships

    Cons

    "Work life balance" isn't reality. Public Accounting INCLUDING Plante Moran don't offer a work/life balance. The perception is that you work long hours, 60+ hours weekly during tax season, but the truth is that you don't work under 50 hours a week every week. This 50+ hours doesn't include your commute time, so expect to be leaving home by 6 and get home around 7 - all year long. When interviewing, ask about total charge hour goals and then add on 20% for training, conferences, add another 20% for sitting in traffic and commuting to/from clients and then add time for making up the lost charge hours if you happen to take vacation time. Salary is good straight out of college but then the raises are slim and at Plante, incharge and above salary levels are extremely low. Managers below $90,000 while working close to 2,800 hours per year. They will dangle the carrot of partnership and the big money but very few make it to that level. They have pushed out long time Managers and even partners.

    Advice to Management

    To help the accounting industry as a whole, understand the competition for quality staff. Since push to be at client all the time, allow to leave the client at 4:30-5:00 pm every day (allow for commute time especially in Chicagoland where traffic can triple commute time). Don't push for so many engagements to be completed in so few days. Paying incharges/associates/managers so low to help pay the large Partner salary and pension payments to retirees is pathetic. This will allow you to retain quality employees along with making the Public Accounting more interesting. Pension reform guys! (Plante has Pension for Partners and administrative staff only, so when they let you go after 10/15/18 years because you aren't partner "material", you get nothing. Eat you up and spit you out!)
    Much happier working industry and make more money, get a pension and pay less for same health benefits...............


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