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Updated February 22, 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 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, flexible hours, fantastic management.

    Cons

    The amount of hours worked. A 42 hour week was considered 'slow'.


  2. "Tax Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance ; family oriented offices ; extensive training

    Cons

    Hours, pay is low for amount of work.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  6. "Auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great flexibility and work life balance

    Cons

    None - this a great place to work!


  7. "Audit Senior"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid holidays, PTO and free food.

    The people I met over the years were amazing.

    Cons

    Office manager is extremely passive aggressive, shows a TON of favoritism and thinks she is gods gift to the world.

    Love the people in health care and audit, they truly cared.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new office manager ... that's the main reason why I and many others left.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Project attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice folks, comfortable work environment

    Cons

    Compensation is stuck, no cost of living or skills based increases.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Room with a view"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time, Good office view for staff, If you are hardworking, willing to put in hours when called upon,

    Cons

    depending in your industry you could be understaffed and most of the work falls on the In-charge to complete

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain In-Charges. Provide clearer paths to manager



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