Grant Thornton, LLP
3.2 of 5 216 reviews
www.gt.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Grant Thornton, LLP Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.2 216 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

Grant Thornton, LLP CEO Stephen Chipman

Stephen Chipman

(67 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Ok place to work...

Audit Associate II (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsBetter work life balance than the Big 4.

ConsToo much bureaucracy and politics, but it's hard to escape that when you're in corporate america.

Advice to Senior ManagementReinstate upward feedback for seniors and managers so the staff have the opportunity to express their thoughts on the level of training provided and their experience on engagements overall. A lot of the time the training isn't there and the staff don't get the experience they need going forward in the first year.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overall good experience however, Firm lacks effective culture and strategy not embraced throughout organizations.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFast paced environment with plenty of opportunity for staff development, competitive salary and benefits. Work life balance a challenge given nature of industry and traditional busy season work loads. Moderate travel however can vary depending on office local and industry experience.

ConsFirm very shortsighted, quick to make cuts in heads to improve/manage bottom line. Unwilling to make appropriate investments in key roles in all markets to grow firm. Strategy not embraced at the partner level.

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

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Some good and Some bad

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I have been working at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsAfter being at the Big 4 for many years I wanted to see if working at GT would be any different. There is more exposure to firm leadership which can be good. I have more opportunities to learn many service offerings. Compensation seems fair at my level.

ConsTraining is not nearly as good as what is offered at the Big 4.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Former great firm trying to find itself

ICS (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAbility to work with great people and make a difference within the Firm. Can identify and tackle problems while getting the credit.

ConsChallenge of silos within management present significant challenges to running the business. Different layers and roles stymie progression on any strategy.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet on the same page and move forward.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience for an intern

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Grant Thornton, LLP

ProsYou get a lot of firsthand experience working in various different companies and industry that is great for a college student. There also is a lot of young professionals that relate to you.

ConsNot as a intern, but the associates and senior associates work long hours and are under appreciated especially during tight deadlines.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Instinct for joke....

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than a year

Pros1. You're given huge amounts of responsibility earlier on in your career without training and no structure / support. Long-term development: this is actually a con.

Cons1. Ineffective training. National training is offered twice a year - they rolled this initiative out two years ago - lots of kinks (experienced S3 in same class as a A1) No S3 needs to take a Principles of Consulting class. There are no training around what all employees wanted (specific systems, cyber security)...
2. Low Pay - you are not getting paid the industry average.
3. Not diverse. With exception of Federal Practice, which is diverse (GPS).
4. Office politics exist. People pick favorites based on similarities in personality.
5. High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed.
6. Advice post round tables (performance review discussions about entire groups) is just absurd. They rather you focus on promoting GT in the market at networking events and recruiting events than actually working or learning.
7. They are not respected in the market. Clients took GT as a joke.
8. They don't have tools and resources to be efficient and effective. This is why #7 exists.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't rely on Seniors and Managers to sell work. This is what your only job should be as a Sr. Manager or above, TO WIN WORK.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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2014 review

Consultant (Current Employee)
Alexandria, VA

I have been working at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than 3 years

ProsManagement is understanding when it comes to work life balance. Although a large company, the Public Sector group has a small or mid-size company feel which enables you network and get to know colleagues quickly. Good place for CPA's. Management encourages everyone to pursue certifications and provides opportunities to attain it.

ConsPerformance Review criteria and process makes little sense. Not a good place to be if one wants to grow quickly professionally. Although leadership will not admit, there is very little mobility in choosing your career track, as number of engagements and opportunities are very limited for people within the Public Sector group and of course...the usual politics. The company caters more to folks with CPA backgrounds.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more honest to employees, everyone knows GT is having a down year hence the lack of raises or bonuses or the lack of projects available. The performance review process is a bit of a sham and most employees are aware of this.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Started out great, ended not so great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Grant Thornton, LLP

ProsDepending on the office, can be a fun place to work with some great clients. Benefits are pretty good too.

ConsThe leadership team is a mess. Disconnected from the offices and what is actually going on there. New York was the worst - morale was nonexistent. Couldn't pay me enough to ever go back.

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Not enough to stop from seeing the greener grass

Senior Associate - Transaction Advisory Services (Current Employee)

I have been working at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Firm is taking steps to improve its training opportunities
- Offers more work/life balance than Big 4
- More upward mobility as internal competition not as fierce as Big 4

Cons- Limited interaction with top tier clients
- Compensation lacking vs. the Big 4
- Not as much of a "resume builder"

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to compete with the Big 4, you need a greater focus on retaining top talent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inconclusive conclusions based on my 1 year employment

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Grant Thornton, LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsAbility to relocate to GT offices around the US and world; good culture at the top; more of a family feel than the "Big 4"

Consbenefits are stingy (for instance, no reimbursement of gym/health clubs, low maximum on monthly phone expense); different cultures across different practices/departments that don't always streamline with overall "big GT" vision;

Advice to Senior Managementshore up benefits, expand recruitment beyond University of Illinois, Indiana, and other local schools.

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