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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
291 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience. Firm has moved up market and is struggling to find its culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Highly professional work environment, dedicated professionals committed to professional excellence. Commitment at the top to honesty and integrity.

    Cons

    Huge staff turnover at the senior to manager level. Strategic decisions appear to be short sighted and harmful to esprit de corps in order to increase the value of equity units. Inconsistent culture across offices and business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff development is critical and appears to be lacking

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Hours are not nearly as long as the Big 4 hours.

    Cons

    Clients and name of company are not as recognized as the Big 4's.

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    Great name recognition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Grant Thornton has a great reputation in the business community, which is a great plus to have on your resume. You will have the opportunity to work with brilliant and driven people.

    Cons

    A strong con is their software and programs. Their audit methodology is based on an international approach and retrofitted for PCAOB and AICPA standards. For instance, they recently introduced the concept of significant risks to staff. Their audit methodology eventually gets to the same results, but their approach will seem circular if you have previous audit experience.

    From a technological perspective, they seem to be a few years behind small and medium size firms. For instance, second monitors were recently adopted for audit staff. Additionally, they are not trying to be a paperless office yet. Putting aside the environment, who wants to carry around paper files? One of their desired behaviors is collaboration, but how do you accomplish this when the paper file is in another state?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not a bad place to start one's career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Exposure to clients in a variety of industries. Fast learning curve.

    Cons

    Sweat shop. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong Firm in Vision

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Work Culture and lot of learning opportunities!!!

    Cons

    I have joined recently so yet to find one

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Continuing Education and Strategy Learning

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    Current Employee - Quality Control  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company offers a program to help all staff advance their career goals.

    Cons

    Education program is more focused on higher level employees, manager and above. It is much too difficult to get promoted within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the educational program so people are growing from day 1, no matter their title. Train coaches on how to coach so people can grow and meet those career goals. People will want to stay with a firm who they can see, are supporting their growth within the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at GT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - work/life balance

    Cons

    - limited exposure
    - fewer growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - develop leadership skills
    - retain talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Manager audit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High hours of training provided
    Great overall experience to progress your career in finance and accounting career

    Cons

    No workl ife balance lots of travel especially in south east. Carolina office was just focused on getting chargeable hours but their realization was not profitable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Grant Thorton has offered a robust learning environment.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Grant Thornton has a robust learning platform as well as annual trainings.

    Cons

    Low salary and not enough management interaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research industry average salaries yearly and offer compensation based on the research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its okay

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Grant Thornton as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    work like balance (in public accounting standards)

    Cons

    "mentor program" needs improvement, assign people who actually want job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    select "buddies, coaches, and mentors" who actually want to help and see interns succeed, not to just do it for the title because they feel like they have to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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