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Whitley Penn Reviews

Updated July 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Best firm in Dallas!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard culture! Throughout my career I have always felt like I could trust the Partners. They are very approachable and have always done everything in their power to help when I needed it. The Partners are always very honest about how the firm is doing, even in times where the economy was not doing well. If I ever left, it would be for an industry position, because there is no better firm around.

    Cons

    We do have high expectations of work ethic and integrity, which some people may find intimidating. We are also very growth and business development focused, which is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the staff and seniors know that your door is always open.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fast growing firm that provides an opportunity for professionals to make an impact at a young age"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whitley Penn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun and energetic managers and partners to work with
    huge growth potential
    great salary with bonuses every six months, hard to beat comp at any other CPA firm in DFW
    got to work on a large variety of clients and some interesting consulting engagements
    have a lot of SEC clients
    Free firm trip every two years for you and your spouse
    great partner track for those that want a long term career in public accounting

    Cons

    It's public accounting so there can be some stress around deadlines
    High expectations
    You have to be self motivated and willing to work extra hours when needed to get projects down, but the hours aren't anything crazy like big 4

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to keep the great culture you have while also experiencing tremendous growth.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great firm that offers advancement to all in a family oriented culture. The partners are involved in all aspects of my career and always willing to help, even during the busiest times of the year. What I really like is the investment they make in their staff as they prepare them for the next level in becoming true business advisors.

    Cons

    The deadlines are just a part of the business. But that comes with any firm in public accounting. What makes the deadlines manageable is the culture the firm has created, which is one for all and all for one. Its nice to know you are not alone.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the little things, like staff appreciation, casual Fridays, impromptu lunches and dinners and most of all just saying "Thank You"............this is probably the biggest reward we could ever receive, so don't stop.


  4. "Great firm!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time

    Pros

    The firm truly has the employees' professional progression as a high priority. Partners and managers have an open door policy, creating opportunities for staff and seniors to collaborate with management on various items in an inviting atmosphere.

    Cons

    No major cons with the firm.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm continues to grow rapidly, strive to keep the great firm culture alive.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Forensic accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forensic Accountant in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Forensic Accountant in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whitley Penn (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team oriented, friendly, helpful, kind

    Cons

    Nothing can be thought of at this time.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Overall A Great Firm!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time

    Pros

    Huge opportunities for growth and working on a variety of clients. There are opportunities for exposure to a huge variety of industries and types of audits. Overall, the firm has pretty good benefits. I feel very appreciated and listened to. The potential for you to become a leader in the firm is great, you just have to make it known.

    Cons

    Some managers can have unrealistic expectations and provide insufficient guidance to meet those expectations; however, this has not been the norm in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Offer paid family leave for new parents, this is becoming an industry norm, don't become outdated and fall behind by not offering this benefit. Also, consider available staffing before bidding on too many jobs.


  7. "WP Audit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company culture, relatively flexible work schedule as long as you complete your tasks. If you're going to stay in public accounting, this is a great firm to do it at.

    Cons

    There's no maternity leave and some of the managers are difficult to work with in certain industry segments.

    Advice to Management

    Implement policies that place value on the employee over the bottom line. Policies and benefits aimed purely at retention and being competitive for hiring/recruiting are thinly veiled bribes that still do not show appreciation for the busy season hours & demanding clients.

  8. "Great experience to start a career in Public Accounting!"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whitley Penn full-time

    Pros

    Many chances to get to know fellow auditors within the company and around the city. Partners easily accessible for questions and/or guidance. Senior Auditors seem to want to see you do well (most).

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a bit straining at times depending on where you are reporting to week by week. Some times reviews can be a bit slow and all come in at once, which can be overwhelming and can limit your time to improve.


  9. "Good!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Caring partners and managers.

    Cons

    Not enough training, especially for new hires

    Advice to Management

    Train these public sector staff better!


  10. "Good Middle Market Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong upward mobility opportunities, unique culture

    Cons

    Work life balance could be improved.


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