Plante Moran is one of the largest and most highly respected U.S. accounting firms. For more than 20 years, it’s been one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The firm offers interns hands-on experience, networking opportunities with partners, and a “buddy” program. Full-time staff get to rotate through various areas and meet with seniors to speak about career goals. There are dedicated D&I groups for women, Black employees, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans.
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Plante Moran is ideally looking for bright, talented, personable, academically-strong, open-minded, positive self-starters who embody the firm’s “We Care” philosophy, and thus are kind, honest, caring, empathetic, and interested in working collaboratively with others. The firm’s internship program offers students exposure to senior-level staff, clients, and the firm’s culture. Internships with the firm are very valuable experiences that provide insight into the industry and the daily lives of full-time staff members. For its full-time staff, Plante Moran offers extensive career development opportunities, including the flexibility to choose your own career path, access to mentors and sponsors throughout your career, and an outstanding blend of formal training, on-the-job experienti...
About the Company
Now in its 99th year of operation, Plante Moran is one of the 15 largest accounting firms in the U.S., as measured by annual revenues. It’s headquartered in Southfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and has been on a major growth streak in recent years. It’s added several hundred staff members and several dozen partners, as well as combining with Denver-based accounting firm EKS&H in 2018. Today, Plante Moran employs more than 3,500 people in 24 offices. It has domestic offices in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio, and international offices in China, India, Japan, and Mexico.
The firm serves clients in the following areas: audit, tax, consulting, and wealth management. Well known for its team-oriented culture, Plante Moran has been named one of “America’s Best Tax and Accounting Firms” by Forbes, one of the “Best and Bri...
- “The firm encourages balance and has implemented many programs to encourage and support balance. That said, client service can be unpredictable and unplanned hours can accumulate throwing the concept of balance into question. When this happens, the firm provides the tools and encouragement to re-find balance, but this is not always easy and it requires a lot of self-discipline.”
- “Plante Moran cares about the individual that comes to work, not just the output the individual is providing. The best way to summarize this is that they want their staff to be satisfied and enjoy their work so that their work will reflect the same. Healthy competition is a focus, to create and grow staff to be better and better. Learning from the best cooperatively allows much more room to grow.”
- “Best aspect is the ability to have a flexible schedule and ability to work from home or at office depending on your schedule. Most challenging aspect is the hours and difficulty to take vacation knowing the amount of work that will need to be caught up on when you come back.”
- “Public accounting/professional services is a demanding profession, but one that provides incredible opportunities for growth and lifelong learning. Within that context, the firm stresses work/life balance and acknowledges that balance varies from person to person and over the course of time for every individual. I’ve never felt pressured to work more than I was able to do effectively, nor have I ever been pressured to sacrifice something on the personal side due to work-related commitments. On a handful of occasions that I was starting to feel like that balance was problematic, we were able to address it constructively by alleviating work-related responsibilities as needed to find that balance again. Plante Moran not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.”
Getting Hired Here
- “The interview and callback process is very streamlined, and the recruiters for new starts and experienced hires are friendly and relentless in the best possible way. The ideal candidate for Plante Moran is a self-starter who likes to take ownership of their work and produce the best product they can as consistently as possible, and who is genuinely nice and interested in working collaboratively with others.”
- “Interviews are typically done in two rounds. The second round of interviews will have candidates do an interview with a senior manager, a partner, and at least one other individual. The firm is looking for candidates who are academically strong, open-minded, ready to learn, and hardworking. Staff will need to have good communication skills and be able to ask questions when they don't understand something.”
- “Our firm is seeking human beings who care about other human beings. It is very important to our leadership to bring in new staff that already have characteristics that the Plante Moran culture embodies. They want positive, driven individuals, and they definitely are successful in bringing those candidates in. My interview process consisted of two interviews with partners (both of whom I have worked with during my first year). Questions were based around getting to know me as a worker and as a person. I got a call the same day with an offer.”
- “Plante Moran, in general, looks for extremely talented, bright people who embody the firm’s ‘We Care’ philosophy. Not everyone who is talented and bright is kind, honest, caring, and empathetic, on top of having the other skills. This is very important to the firm. Also, we rely heavily on personal referrals. If you’re willing to put yourself on the line and vouch for someone else, that means something to the firm.”