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Plante Moran Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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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. 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Assurance In-charge (audit senior) - metro Detroit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance In-charge in Clinton Township, MI
    Former Employee - Assurance In-charge in Clinton Township, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good place for new CPA's to start their career, regardless of whether they want to stay in public accounting long-term or not

    -Work with smart, hard-working, and friendly people for the most part

    -Training and skills development is emphasized through formal training seminars and on-the-job training; you really learn a lot in your first few years and are constantly being challenged. As an in-charge, the supervisory and project ownership skills you learn are invaluable, as it is rare to get that type of responsibility anywhere else so early in your career

    -Great internship program in which interns are treated like first-year staff and given a level of responsibility and independence to complete tasks on their own, with strong support/training from fellow staff and in-charges

    -If and when you leave the firm, Plante Moran is recognized as one of the best accounting firms in Michigan and the Midwest in general, so numerous opportunities exist to individuals leaving the firm, especially those with in-charge/manager experience (get that in-charge experience if you can before leaving). I can't speak to the reputation outside the Midwest though.

    Cons

    -The firm primarily works with privately held businesses that have calendar year ends. Therefore, the opportunity to work on commercial/for-profit engagements in various industries year-round is limited. These engagements primarily occur during busy season from January through April, as well as November and December for interim/pre-audit fieldwork (so about 6 months total in commercial/for-profit work per year). The remainder of the year is typically spent working on government, not-for-profit, school district, college, and employee benefit plan engagements, among other non-commercial industries. If you don't feel comfortable having half your year spent on those types of engagements, then I would strongly recommend looking elsewhere.

    -If you get stuck with a buddy and/or team partner that is not very concerned with your career development, engagement schedule, or just you in general, it can be detrimental to your long-term potential with the firm. Unfortunately there is not much you can do with that one, as it is very difficult to change either during your time at the firm.

    -Networking within your office and other offices in the region you are in is very important. As scheduling becomes very political the higher up you go, it is important to have in-charges/managers/partners that know you and will vouch for you on their engagements when staffing decisions are made. Connected individuals get full schedules. Don’t let people fool you, everyone knows why certain people are stuck in the office for weeks on end with nothing to do, and it’s typically not because they aren’t capable of doing the job right.

    -If you screw up in any way at the firm (late project, difficulty with a client, poor relationship with an in-charge/manager, etc.) and it makes it into your performance review, it is incredibly difficult to come back from, especially the higher you move up. Plante Moran does not have room for people who make mistakes, and you will get a black mark on your record that makes it difficult for further advancement at the firm. It could also impact your engagement schedule (word spreads quick for people who slip up).

    -Compensation/benefits could be improved, especially with the low 401(k) match that is currently offered by the firm. Also, staff and in-charges are not eligible for performance bonuses until their third year with the firm, which is ridiculous. First-year staff should be immediately bonus-eligible, even if it is a reduced bonus until the third year full-time.

    Advice to Management

    -Need to make it easier for audit/tax staff/in-charges to explore other service groups in the firm if they are interested in doing so, without punishing them or making them look bad in the group they are currently in for considering those other opportunities

    -Stop black-listing people who make a mistake once in a while. The perfectionist culture Plante Moran has is a double-edged sword, and although many benefits arise out of that culture, there are also many issues that come with it.

    -Get rid of the politics involved in engagement staffing decisions! Give everyone a fair chance when making those types of decisions, and consider all staff for any given engagement.

    -Make all full-time staff bonus-eligible upon their hire date.

    -The biggest mistake Plante Moran makes as a firm is letting great people get away for the wrong reasons, including some I’ve mentioned previously (black-listing, schedule issues, in wrong role/service group, etc.). Plante Moran will continue to have a brain drain from the firm if this continues, and there is a lot of bad blood out there from former employees who were not treated the right way on their way out.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Watch Out for HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent firm if you want to focus on middle market.

    Cons

    Can't compete with the big firms, although they try. HR is a cancer - have run out so many with the gossiping, back-biting and bullying. They are supposed to promote the culture, not kill it.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE investigate the questionable behavior of the HR team. Don't lose touch with what differentiates Plante Moran from other firms.


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  5. "Audit Senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, follows the Golden Rule

    Cons

    Obvious busy season hours, potential for a lot of travel


  6. Helpful (5)

    "consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good, recognizable brand among companies that will contract with Plante.

    Cons

    Plante is VERY selective with hiring, almost cult-like. Diversity and inclusion is zero, therefore innovative thought does not exist in their pool of sameness.

    Advice to Management

    Consider corporate social responsibility to the community you serve ....improve and measure hiring practices.


  7. "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


  8. "Audit In-Charge"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit In-charge in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Audit In-charge in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and great people, and open door policy. Great place to start career.

    Cons

    Clients are smaller, not real opportunity to audit a public company. Compensation not great for the amount of hours.

    Advice to Management

    Have more transparency in compensation and bonus structure.


  9. "I Love It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in Southfield, MI

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

    Pros

    I think that there is a lot of interaction with other people and i like that

    Cons

    i have a high job title but i still work in a small office compared to my old one was twice the size

    Plante Moran Response

    Sep 16, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    We feel that a collaborative culture is extremely important, and are glad that you have been able to experience that at the Firm!


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Mediocre in Michigan; low pay; poor exit ops"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time

    Pros

    Take it if the only offer you get.
    Some mediocre middle management and partners.

    Cons

    As a first year, your pay is on par with Big 4. It falls further behind each year. It is typically $30k less by the time you reach manager. Exit ops are mediocre in MI, poor in OH & IL, and horrible in all other states. Consider switching to Big 4 ASAP if you start work here. Work life balance is slightly better than Big 4 during busy season but slightly worse than Big 4 off-season. Public accounting (audit and tax) are such that under 10% of ppl enjoy their jobs. Even if you love your job, it can get depressing since few of your colleagues will. Also, it is becoming more compliance oriented, so it doesn't set you up for a front office job (only back office exit ops).

    Advice to Management

    This firm has serious downsides compared to Big 4. Management hypes up the firm like a cult even though the work is uninspiring and most ppl dislike their jobs.


  11. "Audit Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture and commitment to staff development. Work with very intelligent professionals. Opportunities to work see different types of engagements. Hours during busy season are not as bad as other public accounting firms. The partners are very hands on and really contribute to the professional development. Competitive pay coming out of college

    Cons

    Regional public accounting firm. Limited service line offerings, however, it appears the firm is expanding to other offerings.


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