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Whitley Penn Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "They do not appreciate their employees and the hard work that is required."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of one.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of appreciation and respect towards their employees

    Advice to Management

    Replace that management team


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Worst company I ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Don't listen to their bs if you have a good job stay where you are!

    Cons

    They have nothing positive to say. No time to train expect you to walk in and know how they work. Most have their noses in the air, can't even say good morning. Don't appreciate anything. Use you up and spit you out. So glad to be out of here. HR is awful. The people I work for now are thrilled with my knowledge and never say "I have work but no time to train you".

    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you expect to be treated. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Hope you get a good laugh out of this!

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Superficial Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitley Penn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is fair, professional development is a focus and supported by management. Decent benefits and perks are available as an employee of the firm.

    Cons

    Partners are very superficial and focused on material things. I witnessed a Partner flip up the tie of a manager and then ridicule him because it wasn't a designer name. The culture reminded me very much of high school- if you're not in the popular clique, partners don't give you the time of day. Everything in this firm is focused on business development. If you don't want to be a full time salesman- don't apply here! It's all about how much business you can bring to the firm.

    Advice to Management

    All different types of employees can bring value to a firm- find the value in everyone, not just the "teachers' pets". I'm a CPA with several years of experience and I bolted from your firm after learning the true culture. In this competitive recruiting landscape you can't afford to push good people away because of your superficial culture.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible place- Tax partner is not a good person"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Texas City, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Texas City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Whitley Penn (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay and training. Used to move on to better things

    Cons

    Partner of Tax is vindictive and tries to mold people to conform to her ways. She has succeeded many times thus creating a horrible work environment because everyone talk down to you if you are not in their clique. You get treated horribly unless you do. I watched this happen too many times to too many people and decided to get out. The company itself is great just stay away from the Texas City office.

    Advice to Management

    It's nice to be important BUT it's important to be nice. Stop running that place like a concentration camp.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great if you are in Management, but everyone else is just a number including clients."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whitley Penn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clients -Large firm so there is different expertise for many different kinds of tax issues.
    Employees - Great for career focused individuals right out of college with no responsibilities.

    Cons

    Whether you are a employee or a client you are truly just a number.
    The fees are very high for the work they perform and they might have a senior manager sign the return showing they did the work but really an intern did it.
    Unless you are in upper management your family and time does not matter to them. They will work you to death and get rid of you when they are done. It is extremely long hours and they do not care about your family or your personal needs.
    They have the employees fill out surveys said what a great company they are so they can get another award, but everyone is scared to tell the truth. The have competely differnet rules for every level. Turnover is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about how big the company is and running the lower level employees into the ground. Treat every level the same.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent company that is growing but will have to learn to trust middle managers"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Whitley Penn is a Leading regional tax and accounting firm in North Texas. They have other specilized interests such as litigation support and various financial services.
    Their are some really bright associates and partners working their.
    Their benefits are par for the course. They were paying for employee insurance at one time.
    If you put in the time you can progress in position. Lots of young talent coming on board each year. Seems to be fairly easy to become a senior auditor for example.
    Company paid vacation weekend event every 2nd year. Such as cruises and resorts.
    Friendly atmosphere of people. Attempt at work\life balance is not bad.

    Cons

    Partner ran firm. With that sometimes comes hidden agenda's. Most are dealt with. Firm has grown very fast. Too fast. Last two mergers were completed ok but not ready for another. As any company grows in size, their management philosphy must change and adapt. They have not learned how to do this. Partners are reviewing 2-3 levels down where they have no knowledge of that staff members work ethic. Firm leadership must trust and turn over the managing of the staff to their middle managers. Just your small company trying to grow pains. All can be changed.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your middle managers. Don't try to perform their job. You will benefit by having this heirarchy in place and will be able to grow.
    Stick by your reviews and act upon them accordingly.


  7. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whitley Penn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, very friendly staff

    Cons

    Busy season can get hectic

  8. "Whitley Penn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great firm with nice employees.
    Hard work pays off here.

    Cons

    There's some favoritism between employees and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Make reviews more comprehensive.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overall A Great Firm!"

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    • 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.


  10. "WP Audit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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.


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