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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
130 Reviews
3.0
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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.  

    Solid firm...make sure you negotiate up front

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good culture...myopically focused on utilization, so understand that is the most important thing to be considered when performance review/bonus/promotion time comes around

    Cons

    Very difficult to make target utilization rates, bonuses, or salary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate that you value the employees that are client facing and complete day-to-day work and maintain excellent relationships with clients that the firm relies upon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK place for IT workers.

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

    I worked at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent work/life balance

    Cons

    IT staff are an expense for this accounting company, leadership was always looking for ways to reduce staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, very promising, sometimes frustrating

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people that care about what they do.

    Cons

    Partnership... it can challenging working in an environment with so many owners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions that are in alignment with firm strategy, not your own strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    GT Associate

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    • 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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    BAS

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

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