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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
296 Reviews
3.2
296 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Meaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and my team tries to be proactive about a work/life balance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed (in 22 reviews)

  • Less competitive in terms of brand name in comparison to Big 4 audit firm (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    All the headaches of Big4... None of the perks. Not the "small firm" environment they claim to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Pay is commensurate with Big4 until you make partner. Still have decent sized clients to work on and learn.

    Cons

    Where do I start? This company spends so much time telling you its not the big4, and then when you look around, it's all you see. Web portals, tons of admin, forms for everything, crappy billing system. The people who do stay there long term are the typical Type A accounting geek who works thousands of hours and loves to tell you all about it.

    Where they are not big4-like is their propensity to lay people off. I saw more layoffs in one year in GT- Boston than I saw in 8 years in the big4. Hell I even saw partners get the boot. They will leave a skeleton crew on engagements and expect you to grin and bear it.

    The firm did not seem to care about the little things that keep employees happy. For instance, the staff do not get free cellphone service like at the Big4. Staff do not get to take a floater if they have to work labor day. They block access to music sites. Public accounting sucks, and depriving people of these little things all snowball into more discontent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In an industry that only gets worse every year, they do absolutely nothing to be competitive and retain talent. I get it, we're all replaceable, especially in a job like public accounting. But if you pretend to care about employee retention, maybe you'll actually retain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Trying to compete with bigger consulting firms.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People working in this firm are nice and helpful

    Cons

    It is a big mix of everything the company is trying to do work where they have no expertise. They think by hiring a few employees with certain skills gives them the ability to compete with bigger consulting firms, the clients and employees pay for this mistake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very Competitive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Most of the team is very capable

    Cons

    Very demanding, moving to an up or out culture

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed - great opportunities at times but disappointing overall experience because of firm turmoil.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work, good enough benefits.

    Cons

    Petty, incompetent management; those who know and do the least are rewarded the most. The Firm suffers from Big Four envy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent during my time there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    People, human resources and benefits.

    Cons

    Coaching process is non-existent & pay is sub-par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started off great, but culture really fell off in recent times (past 3 years)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Great Clients, and opportunity to form great relationships with clients
    - Opportunity for significant client experience
    - Exposure to commercial, Not-for-profit, SEC, and other industries

    Cons

    -Overwork you, and severely underpay (have to do market adjustments every 4 years, which means your working under market for 4 years)
    - dog eat dog culture with no accountability from upper management
    - coaches don't have coachees best interests at heart and only care about their own careers
    - terrible training programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay employees what they deserve - Market value
    - Make training's more effective
    - Revamp firm culture by hiring more employees so current employees aren't miserable.
    - Procedures need to be put in place to ensure upper management (Managers and above) take responsibility and are accountable for work, and not just blame the seniors for everything that goes wrong, and take credit for all that goes right. Same for partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too many problems to fix or deal with/ignore in IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. From an IT standpoint, a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor planning and bad decisions made by senior IT leadership. Slow to act and management behaves as if they have never had a major IT project. They have but clearly they haven't learned from their mistakes. They often hire weak and go for cheap help (which costs them more in the long run).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior IT leadership needs to make a tough decision and

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Audit

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Offers great training opportunities.
    Employees are generally nice and professional

    Cons

    High turnover especially for FY2014 which made it worse for those who decide not to jump ship.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grant Thornton Healthcare Practice "HCAP”

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

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

    Pros

    GT is looking to increase its market penetration and brand awareness on the consulting/advisory side. This provides opportunities to contribute toward business development initiatives and identify new opportunities for services. The firm’s culture is pleasant and collaborative, it has a high focus on organic growth. Colleagues for the most part are intelligent and driven.

    Cons

    Within HCAP (healthcare advisory), a team of about 40 consultants, leadership seems a bit lost. The group does not have a strategic plan or direction to compete against larger firms. Salary is market competitive but bonuses are on the low end due to the overall financial performance of the firm. Human resource support for consulting basics like travel booking, time logging, corporate cards, and cell phone is very poor. The structure for submitting career goals, fostering individual development ,and granting promotions is loose to non-existent. Turnover for the practice has been high which negates their aggressive hiring strategy. If you are looking at GT coming from the Big Four or a boutique consultancy, reevaluate your decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a business strategy
    Firm up your internal capabilities to support consultants
    Refine structure for setting goals and personnel development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating clients as well as frustrating internal leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There used to be good reason to work here, such as bright people and opportunities on cool projects. But the industry is changing, and Grant Thornton is having a hard time adapting their structure and service delivery model. The company is skimping on everything and pinching pennies, and there is no incentive to grow the firm's capabilities since there is so much pressure on being billable.

    Cons

    The company wants to submit proposals for anything and everything, which means that we make submissions that aren't our strength, so a lot of time is wasted on preparing losing proposals. Also, I am being kept on a project that has not expanded my skills or challenged me in over a year, only to remain billable. Perhaps it doesn't matter, since there are no projects with availability to move to anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your staff and nurture their career development, rather than just pressuring them to stay on a project only to be billable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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