So You Want to Be a PMer…

by Gordon Krater on September 2, 2014

Over the past year, Plante Moran has received a mind-boggling number of resumes—more than 26,000! As campus recruiting season heats up, I thought I’d take a few minutes and discuss what we look for in Plante Moran staff and how candidates can stand out from the crowd.

First, we look for well-rounded people with strong technical skills who are athletic (not in a physical sense but rather in a comfortable-working-on-a-variety-of-projects sense). We have a culture of mentoring at the firm, so it’s critical that candidates are both coachable and willing to become mentors as their careers evolve. Other key characteristics are possessing a service mentality, effective communication skills, and comfort in working individually and as part of a team.

When it comes to interviewing, we’re interested in the whole person. How hard have candidates worked to get to where they are? What have they had to juggle? Do they have specific examples of accomplishments—not just stating that a particular skill is a strength but demonstrating convincingly instances where that strength was used effectively to solve a problem? And do they have experiences that demonstrate that they’ll fit into our “we-care” culture?

Finally, we look for candidates who are unafraid to ask questions and offer feedback. We have a long-standing motto: “Speak up! If it’s not right, we’ll change it!” We expect everyone at the firm to make suggestions for improvement and ask questions that may cause us to look at day-to-day processes and procedures differently.

Plante Moran offers a wealth of career opportunities. Over the coming year, we’ll continue to search for talented staff in a variety of disciplines: audit, tax, management consulting, wealth management, and specialty areas such as medical device, construction, real estate, and health care. We’re poised for growth and excited to continue to welcome talented staff to our firm.


Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

by Gordon Krater on August 18, 2014

Each year, Plante Moran holds a creativity contest to determine which of our offices came up with the most fun/unique way to raise money or volunteer time for Plante Moran Cares, our firm’s charitable effort.  The winning office receives an additional $5,000 donation to the organization it supports.

The winner this year is East Lansing, home of the “Big Bald Bet.” What’s that, you ask? Brad Virkus, a partner in the office, promised to publicly shave his head if East Lansing could raise $10,000. The office accepted the challenge and raised more than $20,000. Shortly thereafter, Brad was seated in a conference room while his personal friend, MSU Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo, shaved the first stripe off his impressive mane of hair.

While this was definitely the most creative tactic, other offices provided some stiff competition. From silent auctions to an ugly holiday sweater contest to filling a 26-foot moving truck with items for a family of six whose home had burned down, our staff came through, time and again. Together we raised raised more than $110,000 for our Plante Moran Cares initiatives.

This year we’re trying something a little different—we’re encouraging each office to rally around its own specific cause. Staff can nominate charities, and then offices vote for the one they’ll ultimately support. We’re excited to shake things up a little and see what happens when our staff are in the driver’s seat.

What about you? How do you give back to the community at your organization? Are there any fun or creative ideas you’d like to share?



Women in Leadership at Plante Moran (Guest Blog Featuring Sue Perlin)

August 4, 2014

While Gordon is on sabbatical, he has invited Sue Perlin, a partner specializing in serving many of the firm’s significant foundation and cultural institution audit clients, to fill in as a guest blogger. Sue is known for her active involvement in the attraction and retention of women leaders at the firm and is currently leading […]

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Plante Moran’s Firm Conference Is Chockfull of “Little Wows” (Guest Blog Featuring Jim Proppe)

July 21, 2014

While Gordon is on sabbatical, he’s invited Jim Proppe, a member of Plante Moran’s six-person management team, to fill in as a guest blogger. In his role as Group Managing Partner, Jim leads client service, growth, and people development for the firm’s industry-focused practice areas. Each year, we invite our 2,000+ staff (the entire firm!) […]

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Four Uninterrupted Weeks Off. At Plante Moran, We Call That a “Sabbatical.”

July 8, 2014

For more than a decade, the firm has had a sabbatical program that requires all partners to take a mandatory four consecutive weeks’ leave every seven years. Although we have a generous paid-time-off policy at the firm, some partners use it more than others; the sabbatical program requires all partners to disconnect completely so that we may […]

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Can Company Culture Hamper Innovation? We’re Surveying Leaders to Find Out!

June 16, 2014

I once read that the most dangerous phrase in business is, “We’ve always done it that way.” And it’s true. Certainly, there’s comfort in routine, but there’s a reason we’re always trying to challenge people to “step outside of their comfort zones”—because if you’re not changing, you’re stagnating. For the past three years, Plante Moran […]

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Are You Measuring the Right Things?

June 2, 2014

Modern business literature emphasizes the importance of measurements and accountability in business. That’s all well and good—I’d never argue against measuring the right things—but it’s important to be cautious about what we measure. The wrong metrics can drive undesired behaviors just as the right ones can effect positive change. This is often referred to as […]

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Candor Is Kindness

May 19, 2014

Candor Is Kindness Although tax season ended April 15th, the firm is in the midst of another “busy season”: performance management. Over the next month, staff will be evaluating themselves on how successful they’ve been in the past 12 months and setting their goals for the upcoming performance year. They’ll then discuss those performances and […]

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Where in the World is Plante Moran?

May 5, 2014

Today, Plante Moran has offices throughout Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio and in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Part of me feels as though it’s always been this way, yet it was just 10 years ago that our global services team was formed and a group of forward-thinking PMers had the vision to propel […]

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Sorry I Wasn’t Here When You Arrived. Love, Speedy.

April 19, 2014

One of our Marketing team members recently attended the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Conference, held two weeks ago in New Orleans. This annual event teaches, inspires, and connects professionals across industries and functions to strengthen workplace culture. It’s always a feel-good event full of best practices and stories of people and workplaces at their […]

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