Ryan, LLC

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Ryan, LLC Reviews

Updated 11 November 2014
Updated 11 November 2014
212 Reviews
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212 Reviews
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Ryan, LLC Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, lucrative bonuses if you get on the right team, client services (in 38 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home is a plus, but this also means that you are on call at all times (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Ryan raves about work/life balance but doesn't let everyone take advantage of the myRyan work from home platform (in 8 reviews)

  • The commission/bonus structure isn't for the risk-averse (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mostly good, some very bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to make your mark and increase your knowledge and skills. MyRyan is great if you need a bit of work/life flexibility.

    Bonus plan can be very good if you are in the right practice and on the right engagements.

    Cons

    There are some leaders that should not be allowed to have any staff interaction as they lack leadership, common courtesy, and most basic of interpersonal business skills.

    One leader is even allowed to remain despite numerous harassment incidents at multiple firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house of personalities that drag down reputation. Money isn't everything and it is certainly not enough upon which to risk a great reputation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Freedom to work from home; leadership and management is too centralized in one person/city

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

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The ability to work from home is a plus, but this also means that you are on call at all times. If you're on the right team, then you'll enjoy your time here. There are some very, very smart tax professionals here.

    Cons

    Compensation is far below market. Management is too centralized. The CEO must review and approve nearly all money that leaves the company which slows things down tremendously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company if you like tax

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, lucrative bonuses if you get on the right team, client services

    Cons

    Work is mundane and boring, lots of data entry and invoice pulling

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Find Experience to be Inconsistent but Optimistic About the Potential

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

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ryan is a growing and innovative company in the professional tax services space that provides great service because they are not encumbered by the "Big 4" mentally of billable hours and conflicts between the public and client interest. Ryan is deeply focused on client service and this is evident in the firm's approach through client surveys. Having worked in the Big 4, the Big 4 never dedicated this much care and resources to understanding clients and truly asking for feedback.

    MyRyan is a great program that allows for results-oriented focus and not an hours focus. As long as you are creating value and bringing results, most people do not care where you work.

    If you are willing to develop yourself in a specialty niche, this is definitely the place for you. Ryan's programs and educational focus do allow for people to develop a 'go to market' speciality.

    Cons

    Ryan is on a big acquisition spree but is still headquarters-focused meaning all the other 30+ offices are second fiddle to the Dallas office. With the rapid growth, infrastructure is lagging to the point where it can be frustrating to have assistance with simple things.

    Most Principals earned the position because they had a niche that made some money for the firm. In today's professional tax services environment, most of them have no idea how to introduce other services outside their particular practice area or collaborate with other Principals or managers. In many cases, ideas brought to them are shot down because of ego's or they happy making the money they are making. It can be very frustrating not being a Principal because of the mentality of many Principals.

    Brint Ryan is a true visionary but can't say the same for most of the senior leaders including Principals. This is unfortunate because there are great people that bring awesome ideas each and every day.

    Honestly, I think a significant portion of the Ryan experience is going to be dependent on your service line and particular group, as others have noted. Based on observation and talking with others, it varies considerably and believe this is because Ryan's hiring model does not always take into consideration the emotional intelligence quotient for leading people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless the Principal mentality changes, I see many managers leaving in the coming years because of lack of opportunity or ability to actually own work.

    A $1 billion company with lagging infrastructure is asking for disaster if the right information technology, recruiting and career development support does not exist.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly nice and decent people. Decent benefits and pay. Well run training department.

    Cons

    Unless your a "Principal's Favorite" you can count on struggling for engagements. Attempts to distribute work based on the Team Resume concept doesn't work and Principals are still reluctant to give work to Managers they haven't worked with which makes success in management a crap shoot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job at trying to keep the loyal and dedicated people you have; otherwise, you will continually be searching for new people to refill those spots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent training program, CEO who truly walks the talk,diversified experience to be gained and excellent flex time program in theory.

    Cons

    Say they value experienced hires but then want to mold them into what they already have, people are promoted base on skill sets not managerial skills which creates principals and managers who have great consulting skills but horrible people skills, low pay for teams not in Dallas, need a better way of assigning reviews and the flex time creates a sense of never being off the clock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize just because someone knows policies and procedures and brings in good results does not necessarily mean they will be a good manager. Too many principals and managers truly lack good people skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to get a start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ryan, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules. Work was not charge hour focused but just getting the work done. Not a lot of overtime like other public accounting firms. Team oriented so hopefully you get along with your team.

    Cons

    Relatively small office in LA. If you don't like your team there is a lot of politics to switching teams similar to most places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    work/life balance was great. I got to work from home all the time.

    Cons

    There was not room for growth and the people were not very nice. You didn't feel like you were a part of anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom, flexible work schedule. Worked at home whenever I wanted. Even allowed me to live out-of-state and still excel at my job. Good place to acquire skills to break into a big four firm.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to move up. Especially compared to other companies, there is not a lot of fostering of talent. Little to no client interaction at a low level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same response from superiors regardless of whether engagement level is high or low. Without room to grow (or at least to appearance of room to grow), there isn't a lot of motivation to be ambitious. The firm could be missing out on many rising professionals for this reason. Although maybe that doesn't matter, since the firm has a reputation internally for not promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you want to be in tax, this is the place to be in terms of career development and growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant, Sales and Use Tax in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Ryan, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong management team with good growth potential.

    Cons

    Boring, lots of menial job tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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