Whitley Penn Reviews

Updated 7 September, 2014
Updated 7 September, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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    • 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 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great!

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

    I worked at Whitley Penn full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, very friendly staff

    Cons

    Busy season can get hectic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was okay, nothing more, nothing less

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

    I worked at Whitley Penn as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation $25/hr for a tax intern + $2k sign on bonus
    Great location
    Fun events outside of work
    Open door policy with management
    The Seniors and the staff were great.

    Cons

    No overtime allowed for interns but the workload was that of 60 hours a week.
    The managers were not approachable at all.
    The training was similar to the feeling you get when you quickly pull a bandaid off, something of a painful whirlwind.
    The worst part of the internship was management. Their review process was very very unprofessional and that a lone is one of my greatest disappointments with WP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that your employees are getting timely and complete feedback. Do not wait until it's too late to advise them on ways to improve themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best firm in Dallas!

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I ever worked for

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

    I have been working at Whitley Penn

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Whitley Penn

    Pros

    I can't think of one.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of appreciation and respect towards their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace that management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

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

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

    I worked at Whitley Penn

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends

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