Ryan, LLC

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Ryan, LLC Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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4.1 200 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Ryan, LLC Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan

G. Brint Ryan

(172 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to set your own schedule and manage your own work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • The MyRyan program creates a flexible work environment that fits your schedule (in 29 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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    Great place to start.

    Consultant (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementSame 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay for an entry level position

    Sales and Use Tax Consultant (Former Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    Pros- Work/life balance
    - Time-off policies

    Cons- Low salary
    - High turnover rates

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked, under paid

    Manager Or Above (Former Employee)

    ProsThe concept of MyRyan (work where ever, when ever) is great but poor implementation.

    ConsIt is not a healthy work environment. Certain departments are very understaffed therefore you have to work very long hours (2 am) to complete your work. Certain departments are still very chauvinistic, creating a hostile work environment towards women. I had very high expectations based on the story Ryan was selling. However, it was a very disappointing experience. HR and upper management are not interested in feedback or receiving concerns regarding the environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk your talk. If you really want to make it a great place to work, be open to all feedback--even feedback that says you aren't doing so well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There is no work life balance--only work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsThe people are very smart, and very good at what they do. Brint Ryan is a visionary and very dynamic.

    ConsTheir "work/life balance" program, myRyan, does not work. Your work is never done, and many of the leaders don't respect boundaries--no time is sacred--not the middle of the night, not holidays, not weekends....they will call and email you and expect a response.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to tell what is truly an emergency and what isn't. People need time off to disengage from work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsAmazing pay structure. Rewards success. Ability to make a lot of money.

    ConsInternal hurdles, approvals, etc. take time to get processed. Partner group is over-saturated with "managers" of projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on results. Some of the partners are not client facing and focus on immaterial details. Reliance on mangers to develop issues, market, manage client relationship, etc. without keeping an eye on the bigger picture.

    Room for removal of partners who don't add value but just manage projects or who just ride other partners/managers issues to make their numbers.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Consultant

    Consultant (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA (US)

    ProsThe use of myRyan is absolutely exceptional. This allows employees to work from any location, without the need to be in the office. Because Ryan is structured as a team environment, the use of myRyan is heavily dependent upon whether your manager wishes to use it for your team. Many teams do not use it often. Depending on which division you are in (sales and use, unclaimed property, etc), there will be opportunities for travel. There is no micro-managing - however, this is dependent upon your team. In my team, there was micro-managing. The firm offers a variety of free courses to further your knowledge via RyanNet.

    ConsBecause of the use of myRyan, the business is driven by work performed and not hours worked. There have been numerous occasions where my manager would send me e-mails at 2am. Consequently, there is no work-life balance. Your experience at Ryan will be extremely dependent upon whose team you are in. Your success is dependent upon who is you team leader/manager. The benefits at the firm are not that great either: pay, bonus, health insurance. Because Ryan is a specialty tax firm, make sure this is the career you want to be in. The skills you acquire here will not transfer easily to another firm. I believe that unless you are in the Dallas HQ office, you will not enjoy your time here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you promote someone to a managerial position, make sure you give them all of the necessary training BEFORE they assume that position. Additionally, re-structure your training program for new hires. the on-boarding process was nonexistent. Lastly, understand your employee morale outside of the Dallas HQ. Don't put so much emphasis on random surveys that you make your employees fill out almost every month.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall great company to work for

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGreat flexibility and work from home policy. Hours can be long at times and short at others. When you have proven yourself, you will have a lot of flexibility to work the way you want. There is the potential to make a high bonuses, but see the noted cons. Overall, I would recommend Ryan to someone who is looking for a good place to work. There are plenty of opportunities for someone new out of college to get some really valuable business experience and have a fun time with the great people that work there.

    ConsThe experience you have varies significantly depends on the team you are on. The area is very niche and although there are exit opportunities to go to the Big 4 and industry, I would doubt that any of these would compare or compete with some of the great things Ryan offers. Ryan is growing to completely own this industry in an almost scary way. As a CPA with 5 years of experience in a general tax area or general area of accounting you can work almost anywhere. With 5 years of experience at Ryan you will not have this same type of flexibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a discretionary yearly bonuses that is only loosely based off teams revenue. The way success is measured is sometimes a demotivating factor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Getting better by the week

    Senior Associate Consultant (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsThe benefits are amazing! In 2014 my husband's health insurance was so bad we switched to mine. I'm happy to have an employer who cares about the health of their employees!

    ConsPay not consisten with industry/city standards

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I'm treated as a professional

    Ano (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsRyan's efforts in work-life balance is outstanding. In addition, management is willing to listen to employees through town-hall meetings.

    ConsNo issues with the firm

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep striving to improve employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Potential for greatness but stuck at mediocre.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    Proslots of work, very philanthropic company, myRyan platform provides opportunities to work outside of the office for some.

    ConsPay is not great, medical benefits are expensive, 401 K benefits are not good, myRyan is not available for all especially in corporate services departments like Finance.

    Pay is very low considering all of the hoops you are required to jump through and how much work there is to do constantly. Systems are slow and outdated plus every step is repeated which takes up a huge amount of time. Ryan raves about work/life balance but doesn't let everyone take advantage of the myRyan work from home platform. I have noticed management is a bit controlling which I believe is why some can't utilize myRyan.

    The company I worked for before Ryan offered 100% matching on 401 K and the medical benefits paid more and covered more. For instance if you sign up for a High Deductible plan, my former employer would deposit $500 for single person, or $1000 for a family into an HSA account to help with the costs and you were responsible for $2700 deductible and after that it was 80/20 until you reached $5500 then everything was paid 100%.

    Would be nice to see Ryan take better care of their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe are professional, please treat us as such. Most of us would love our jobs if we were given the same opportunities as other Ryan associates. Moral would improve if the above stipulations were met. We all want to be treated fairly and appreciated as well as treated like adults.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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