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Plante Moran Reviews

Updated June 19, 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)

    "Plante & Moran is a great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plante & Moran is a great place to work because of the people. P&M has a great atmosphere and all levels of staff and partner are more then willing to help staff develop. Additionally, the majority of the engagements are within the chicagoland location so the travel is local unlike the big four. P&M is relatively new to the Chicago area therefore the opportunities to advance are great. There are many different industry groups which staff can work on which helps provide a very well rounded opening to a career in public accounting. The hours are flex time and you can make your own schedule as you progress through the ranks.

    Cons

    The biggest downside of working at Plante & Moran is the benefits package. In looking at other big four and large accounting firms who have a presence in the Chicagoland area P&M is not competitive in the area. The pay is reasonable for a moderately sized accounting firm but the 401(k) match is only 50% up to 2%. The cost of health insurance and options are decent and the Company provides 4 weeks of vacation for staff and 5 weeks for associates. Additionally, the Company is originally from Michigan and has a Michigan mentality in some areas that doesnt quite work for Chicagoland such as mile reimbursement which we do not travel that much but site in traffic quite a bit and it is not reimburseable.

    Advice to Management

    Overall decent job, senior management seems somewhat new in their positions.


  2. "Caring leader upholds firm motto "We Care""

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Auditor in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Plante Moran staff truly are caring and supportive. Work hour flexibility is what sets P&M apart from other employers. You are held accountable for the work that you are responsible for however you are not micro managed.

    Cons

    The healthcare benefits are expensive if you have a family and the 401K matching is only 50% of the first 2%, up to 1% of total compensation. The PTO is very generous and the ability to purchase 2 additonal weeks at a discouny is a big plus.

    Advice to Management

    To stay true to the vision and values of the founding Partners.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Culture is truly a difference maker"

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    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - open culture
    - great people
    - collegiate environment
    - great opportunities
    Just about as good as you get in middle market public

    Cons

    - delayed comp & promotion of superstars relative to performance

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - only caveat is to spend some effort on retaining superstars


  4. "A great place to build relationships and obtain valuable cross-industry knowledge!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Very friendly work environment
    -Competence of Senior Management
    -Upward mobility

    Cons

    -As with other accounting firms, promotions can be very competitive


  5. "Excellent place to start a career!"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Intern in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is an organization that has excellent vision and really cares about their employees. I recommend it very highly to anyone.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to travel a lot during the year and like all accounting firms in the busy season you work longer hours.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job evidenced by the fact that it has made Fortune 500's list of top 100 companies to work for 13 years running!


  6. "Great people, great benefits, great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Healthcare Reimbursement Consultant in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Healthcare Reimbursement Consultant in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros:

    - They treat employees like they are made of gold. Work/life balance & benefits were second to none.

    - Flextime was great. Anytime I wanted to work from home, I could.

    Cons

    Cons:

    - Not a big 4 firm, so the knowledge base and lateral knowledge transfer is sometimes lacking.

    - Doesn't pay as well as big 4, but you do have a much better work/life balance.

    - Some of the people they were promoting to partner right before I left did not embody the P&M values. I hope they evaluate partners on more than how much cash they bring in, and consider employee relation & development skills.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on keeping employees happy and re-evaluate partner selection criteria. Some new partners acted more like used car salesmen than professional accountants and they were losing clients and prestige because of that


  7. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in East Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in East Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I work with great people who are all very talented
    - Relaxed culture with many social activities and a comfortable atmosphere
    - No glass ceiling - Some of the partners are my best friends in the firm and are always up to play basketball, talk sports, etc.
    - Feedback after every assignment and a dedicated team to help you with your career

    Cons

    - Long hours which is standard for this industry
    - High pressure job when it comes to dealing with clients and tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  8. "It really is a GREAT PLACE TO WORK!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager
    Current Employee - Tax Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - This organization does 'Walk the talk' - they say and mean what they believe in
    - Family focused work environment
    - Unique growth opportunities
    - I feel my voice is heard

    Cons

    - Busy season is certainly an abundance of time and pressure, but it we are an accounting firm. The firm does offer specal perks during this time to take the edge off.


  9. "A great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Entry Level Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Entry Level Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and environment in the office is great. They say it's "relatively jerk free" and they mean it - I enjoy all of the people I work with which makes working in accounting much more enjoyable. They really care about their employees and their success.

    Cons

    Busy season - but what accountant wouldn't have busy season?


  10. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - IT Associate in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee focused and results driven.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement for education or certifications.


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