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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
362 Reviews
3.4
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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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  1.  

    Grant Thornton provides the environment of the big 4 without the reward

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

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

    Pros

    For the most part the people at the Manager to Associate level are great to work with.

    Cons

    GT can't decide who they want to be. They are pushing a change in culture that preaches that they have a better work environment than the larger Big 4. However, the culture doesn't seem to be any different and it isn't changing anytime soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic and Commit to who you want to be. Decide if you are trying to be the big 4 or if you want to market how we are different. Currently our culture is not different than the big 4 and in many ways it is more toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Actually committed to work life balance. However, the firm is very top heavy and opportunities are extremely limited. So just okay...

    Cons

    No room to advance because the firm is too top heavy. Salary negotiations consist of people threatening to quit because raises are meager, and then partners caving to those demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what the deserve.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good company, not a lot of opportunity once initial assignment ends

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership is great - a lot of integrity, treat employees extremely well.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get on a project in a role that you want after your initial project ends because GTs pricing structure can't compete with larger firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    GT Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good place to start career. You will learn a lot quickly. Great potential for advancement. Not too big like the big 4 but still big name clients and prestige.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. There is a lack of associates and seniors so associates get thrown to the wolves to fill client demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people at the associate level. Hire the right people out of college. Do what it takes to hang on to good managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    On top of training and overall employee happiness

    Cons

    Too new to know the cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Consultant in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Good Pay for the work

    Cons

    Lots of hours and work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on hours for employees

  8.  

    BAS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BAS in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - BAS in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great place to launch your career. You can get a lot of exposure to many different fields in a very short amount of time. You have the opportunity to gain broad exposure then specialize in what you like. Exit opportunities are endless.

    Cons

    Management is terrible and upper management is disconnected and could care less about associates and seniors. Associates be prepared to be thrown under the bus and sent to a client by yourself in a field you have no experience in. You can reach out to management but they don't care because they aren't doing the testing. It's a matter of time before the PCAOB cracks a whip here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out all of middle management who makes everyone in the trenches lives awful. Hire the right people, not just bodies. Don't throw new hires to the wolves. Show some interest in the development of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    They are making me submit a review...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Great exposure to smart clients and coworkers.

    Cons

    Typical large accounting firm experience. Blind leading the blind, politics, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start a career...but I would not stay for more than two or three years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Client mix is great. Lots of opportunities if you are willing to work hard for it. Make sure you are involved with your coach and open about what clients you want to work on.

    Cons

    The pay is not in line for how much you work (speaking for the financial services group). Update your freaking outdated systems - internet explorer six are you kidding me? This corporate card thing is a very bad idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come on partners - take out those check books and pay your hard working people more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long Hours, chaotic atmosphere,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist

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

    Pros

    You can have as much responsibility as you care to take on, from an early stage. Opportunity to advance quickly. Bright, hard-working colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard to get real time off or away. Partners have no spines -- are so risk averse they tend to be squirrel-y and not have difficult conversations early on; instead are more likely to get rid of people with little explanation or passive-aggressively make their lives so miserable that they quit. Hierarchical structure means top-level is often out of touch with those further down the food chain. Travel was insane - was only supposed to be minimal, ended up a road warrior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding behind process, titles and risk management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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