Grant Thornton
3.3 of 5 257 reviews
www.grantthornton.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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3.3 257 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

Grant Thornton CEO Stephen Chipman

Stephen Chipman

(88 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good for a short sting on a resume.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong brand, flashy conferences, fair compensation.

    ConsDifficult to efficiently provide quality service to clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement upward evaluations to make partners accountable for improvement.

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

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

    Audit Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsAudit 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

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

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

    (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

    ConsOverall 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 Senior ManagementInstead 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.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

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

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    Alexandria, VA

    ProsMeaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance.

    ConsNot as prestigious as the Big Four but they love mentioning themselves as part of the "Big 6" because they are number 5 on the spot and do not want to be seen as the last of the biggies. Terrible, high school like corporate culture. Partners like to hide in their owns shells; they stopped having 1:1 meetings for annual salary reviews. When they laid off people after losing a few projects, there wasn't a partner in any of the layoff meetings to give you a thanks for your service no matter how long you had worked there. Partners also do not care that you had a great relationship with the clients; they will push you off a project so that their favorite person who happens to be on the bench can replace you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect because at the end of the day, they are really your biggest assets. Get out of the high school culture.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great national firm, but the Los Angeles and Orange County offices have been and continue to be a mess in terms of con

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood for auditing and sox outsourcing. Limited thought leadership.

    ConsNo national marketing support. No westside business. White male dominated and limited opportunity for diversity. No commitment to people. Stephen Chipman is all talk about building out the Southern Californian office and does nothing to support that claim.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen a West LA Office, educate your partners on managing women and minorities, work on blending former Anderson and career Grant Thornton partners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay and benefits keep eroding

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsSome good people work there

    ConsFirst the tuition assistance program was cut a couple months ago. Then they messed with the 401k. Raises don't cover inflation even if you do a good job. Performance management keeps changing and different bosses have different interpretations. Few people get any bonuses. Company insults employees intelligence by making them aware of "revised" benefits via jargon filled emails. Bottom line is that after 4 years, I made less instead of more. That's not the way it's supposed to work. To add insult to injury, management brags every year about how much money they made. Go to the Big 4, especially E&Y. They will pay you what you are worth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't cut benefits for current employees. if you do, call it what it is and don't cake it in fluff about remaining competitive in the marketplace and industry standards. Please stop cramming your politics down peoples throats because it's really unprofessional.

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

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    Would not work there again. Ever. Nor recommend anyone I know

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFriendly staff, and good location

    ConsUpper management, very low morale

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making fake promises to your staff. Also, don't compare yourself to Big 4 if you can't train/treat/pay your employees like Big 4 does

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

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    Graduates & Experienced Staff Avoid

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsWhile GT cannot offer you what the Big 4 do, they are a resume builder for some.

    ConsMost CPA's who go to work at a public firm will leave and will do so quickly. They work there only to get experience that they will bring to the job they actually want, which is not a public accounting firm. The problem with GT, is that they don't offer the experience that the Big 4 do. If you are going here to get experience with SEC companies, you have a very small chance of getting it, as they either have very little of those clients or cannot keep them long enough for you to get on the engagement. I was hired under the impression I would get that experience, and after working there and not being put on these engagement. I went down a path of never being able to be on those engagement. If you do not already have the experience you cannot get it here. I asked and asked, and I was still not put on those engagement. I will be a manager shortly and I have been told it might be too late to get that now

    Other cons include poor marketing. My clients often poke fun at GT marketing campaigns and materials as they don't even know what to make of it. The name recognition is out there, but often on interviews CFO's and controllers are unaware of GT, thinking we are a large regional firm when in fact we are international. When professionals leave the firm they are often so disenfranchised they won't refer business back to GT.

    As a piece of advice for interested people, if your goal is to get your experience and leave, then go to the Big 4. In 2-3 years, you will get twice the experience as GT. You will get 10 times the name recognition, and you will make a lot more doing it. Just look at job postings. It says Big 4 for a reason. Do yourself a favor and just work there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep back, compare yourself to the market. What do other people say, what does what we are doing say about us.

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

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    ProsEasy to get in, that's pretty much it. Selection process was very fast and easy....

    ConsTerrible work ethics
    Clueless co-workers who'll do anything to climb to the top on your back
    Lack of professionalism across the board....
    Nonexistent brand awareness
    Training is a job
    ETC.....

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company....

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

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