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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
367 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Meaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • After being at the Big 4 for many years I wanted to see if working at GT would be any different (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed (in 28 reviews)

  • Less competitive in terms of brand name in comparison to Big 4 audit firm (in 26 reviews)

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    Senior Tax Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    If you currently work within the NYC / NJ offices you should approach HR ASAP and demand a salary increase. They are counter offering Tax Seniors $100K + so they don't leave....

    Cons

    Although the firm has a new multi-million dollar office in NYC the culture and professional environment is toxic. New leadership is a disaster. Their FS Tax Practice has been decimated with the recent loss of a Top 29 yr. Tax Partner in addition to the loss of several top Directors, Senior Managers, Managers, Seniors and Staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There was nothing wrong with the leadership that was in place and now new leadership is a disaster!! Get out while you can!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Senior associate BAS

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    Former Employee - Senior BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office is located in middle of mid town Atlanta.

    (Just trying meet 20 word minimum criteria for this section)

    Cons

    BAS management has no clue how to run an organization- Upper Management is non responsive to anyone under Manager title.
    Keep loosing existing projects and failing to win new work.
    They have incompetent directors trying to manage several large projects
    Talent team is useless in finding associates projects (oh did I mention upper management aren't responsive, good luck trying to find projects?

    ...You get the picture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First learn to make connections with your new hires. Second bring in competent leaders who are able to sell and retain work

    For any more advises, GT will need to cut me a PO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people and accommodating work-life balance, but unrealistic utilization goals and little advancement opportunity

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good office culture, people get along
    good work-life balance, flexibility on schedules and time-off

    Cons

    Unrealistic utilization targets
    no realistic opportunities for promotion
    no meaningful career development
    low salary, few bonuses
    management opposes telework

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    GT is not a good place for IT professionals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good health care benefits.

    Cons

    I worked in advisory services for a little over a year. It was honestly the worst type of work I've ever done. I was on mostly IT audit projects. I swear to you, a high schooler could do this work. It's painfully boring. On top of that, but you're stuck at the client site working with possibly the most boring people on the face of the planet. You'll be incredibly annoyed by your co-workers who love audit (and you have NO CLUE why they do), or you'll be dragged down by those who absolutely despise the work, or you'll be depressed by those who have just kind of rolled over and do the awful work and have no exit strategy.

    Promotions are hard to get. Yeah, you can get to manager if you do your job, but don't expect to make partner or anything like that. Few do. Also, the pay is not great at GT.

    One thing partners love to do is talk about the interesting work that's in the pipeline that they're selling. I wanted to get in on ERP implementations. In the 1.5 years that I was there, not one implementation happened.

    If you don't jive well with the BAS culture, expect that to show up in your review. One of the managers did not get along well with me. She knew I didn't enjoy the work and really despised me for that. If you're fortunate enough to be hooked up with a manager and a few senior associates that you work well with, then you'll have a decent time at GT. I was not. So I had to leave.

    My advice to those looking at GT:

    If you're a CPA or a CFA, then I guess doing some time at GT could be good. If you're an engineer, do not go to GT. They'll stick you on terrible audit work. You can make way more money and be way happier elsewhere.

    Also, know that you'll have to get a certification at some point before you're promoted past Senior Associate. Certifications take time, and once you get one, you're kind of labeled as an auditor. That's why I left quickly. I did not want to be pigeon holed into that kind of work. So just know, at some point you'll need a CPA, CFA, CISA, or something like that, and once you get said cert, you're pretty much stuck in compliance type work for the most part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For some reason, BAS keeps hiring more technical applicants, but then give them audit work. I honestly have no clue why. And I have no clue why an engineer would take on a role like that. BAS likes to sell the consulting type work when you're interviewing, but ultimately audit is GT's bread and butter. Audit is reoccurring revenue, and consulting is not.

    I recommend breaking GT consulting into its own business unit. Then, I probably would have interviewed with that, and not with BAS. Perhaps then I'd still be an employee at GT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Hired as a senior with 10 years experience/treated like dirt

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    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good training and CPE opportunities to maintain CPA license. Great learning experience for staff right out of college.

    Cons

    Experienced CPA hire who came from a smaller firm for a chance to enhance my career. Management and recruiters were very misleading about travel during interview process. Terrible work/life balance. Worked 2 straight busy seasons for NFP clients and Public clients for year end. Not a great environment for someone who likes to spend time with family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees like they are disposable from staff to management levels. Be honest and up front in interview process about travel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid GT at all Cost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    gain a lot of exposure early on in your career, however there is no proper training that is given

    Cons

    management is awful, the culture sucks, people are FAKE, and unwilling to help, no proper training, try really hard to be like the Big 4, but they just don't have the resources, overworked and underpaid, work life balance is non-existent, i cant wait to leave!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide proper training, hire more staff, get bigger better clients, increase the diversity!!

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

    Good for a short sting on a resume.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Strong brand, flashy conferences, fair compensation.

    Cons

    Difficult to efficiently provide quality service to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement upward evaluations to make partners accountable for improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible! They hire Seniors for busy season -> TEMPORARILY and not telling them so.

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    oh, ok. They bring cookies, pizza, cupcakes, and the like most Fridays.

    Cons

    Audit managers are just the ones that please Partners.
    Audit managers are so unprofessional and mistreat Seniors according to their interest. If they feel threatened, Audit managers attack Seniors and nobody (HHRR or Partners) evaluate or stop any reported situation.
    They make you work 16 hours per day, including weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no case. Management are just interested in their interest $$$ and not in their HUMAN team.
    Clients have not noticed that Grant Thornton bring no real value added to their service.
    Any other Firm (within the 100 CPA Firms list) would do same or better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company does not follow their policies even at their corporate office.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I attended their Christmas cocktail party with appetizers. I only had to work one day while I was on vacation.

    Cons

    Overall office moral was very low and the image they paint of being a close caring company couldn't be further from the truth. Overworked staff were given very little credit. There is no collaboration among co-workers, departments or offices which in the end leads to poor work product and offerings for the client. Everyone is overly concerned with the number of billable hours and will not share as financial issues are causing rumors of layoffs. Additionally, Grant Thornton lacks technology and software that would make them more efficient and more accurate in their results. I was not even given a monitor upon arriving, but a kind co-worker "borrowed" it from the technology room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of fighting one another for revenue, work together and recognize the talents that all members of Grant Thornton have to offer to a client. And when known directors cause staff issues try to remedy the problem from the top down not constantly replace from below.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warning: Stay away from this firm, unless you're really desperate.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks, water, coffee, tea and bagels on Friday. Some nice people below partner level. Air conditioning in the summer.

    Cons

    Poorly run firm. Laid off a bunch of people recently. Definitely No Instinct for Growth at this place. Look elsewhere to advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit telling us that the firm is doing great when you're cutting employees left and right. We can see right through the lies!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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