Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Better work life balance than the Big 4 (in 55 reviews)

  • Offers more work/life balance than Big 4 (in 20 reviews)

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

  • Some of the challenges of working at Grant Thornton is that it requires almost as much work as a big 4 firm without the same pay (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Grant Thornton

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people - good benefits - fair salary. Worked for GT for 10+ years and have enjoyed my time with the firm. The team I work with cares about each other and the firm.

    Cons

    Leadership has decided to outsource IT. The desire for an increased profit margin has overridden the firms own stated values of loyalty and respect. IT leadership has not been truthful within the transition process. Morale is at an all time low within the IT department. The service level that employee's have grown accustom to has dropped and will only get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Live the firms values that you preach. Laying off hundreds of people who care about the firm and have worked for many years to help bring the firm to the level it currently enjoys clearly does not project the stated values the firm claims to adhere to.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Don't be fooled by "Culture Journey" window dressing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be the people but most of the good people have moved on as the firm focuses its attention on chasing the Big 4 and maximizing earnings per share for the partners. Interesting projects and clients.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the window dressing of the "Culture Journey" at Grant Thornton. The partners "talk the talk" but don't "walk the walk". Like most professional service firms, billable hours and sales are all that count - understandable - but Grant Thornton used to care about its people too. Now it is all about "enhancing the partner's wealth", which they accomplish by paying less than market, poor benefits, and zero to "joke" bonuses to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back from chasing the Big 4 and take care of your people.


  3. Not a place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing. This company will not survive long.

    Cons

    Was a huge mistake joining them. Looking for a change.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your employees.


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  5. Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grant Thornton (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A few good people spread throughout.

    Cons

    They don't know the meaning of honesty, teamwork, or training.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink EVERYTHING


  6. Customer Service Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bradenton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bradenton, FL

    I worked at Grant Thornton part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to learn, fast paced job

    Cons

    Not enough team work and accountability

    Advice to Management

    Make each employees accountable for thier own work


  7. Drank the kook-aid initially but now burping regrets!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Experienced Manager in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some really awesome people who are very intelligent and talented.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are also airbags hiding behind talent. Those egos will be the constant breaks to the growth potential that GT has in financial services.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic. While you want to hire people for a bench, hire managers who can actually manage. Coaches should not be the managers of people that they coach!!!!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Various positions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    some talented people looking to develop - if someone likes you - opportunity to enter various depts.

    Cons

    Not enough of the pros to go around to all of the people - it often appears to be a popularity contest. Firm has a great deal of potential, but some unacceptable behavior as well.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more and develop them because it is the right thing to do - develop your people because Clients need this and limit turnover


  9. Senior Tax Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Senior associate BAS

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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



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