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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
315 Reviews
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Pros
  • Meaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance (in 52 reviews)

  • After being at the Big 4 for many years I wanted to see if working at GT would be any different (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed (in 26 reviews)

  • Less competitive in terms of brand name in comparison to Big 4 audit firm (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    GT go for it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Great starting location and great people

    Cons

    can be pigeon holded if not careful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long work weeks but high performing employees are valued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Health insurance is amazing
    By earning my keep I was able to work a flexible schedule remotely without issue
    Good work relationships and lots of lasting personal relationships with co-workers
    Feel like more of a person and less of a number than bigger firms

    Cons

    Long hours
    Sometimes frustrating having to manage people who don't have the same work ethic
    Lot of administrative duties (time entry, billing, scheduling, etc.) in addition to professional work
    At times not a lot of support from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be present and willing to help employees rather than letting them figure it out for themselves especially when their plates are already overloaded; recognize those who go above and beyond to make your job easier and do whatever it takes to keep them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Grant Thornton (GPS) gives a fairly decent work life balance and allows you take on different challenges outside of your normal work. Overall, it is a great place to work with talented people.

    Cons

    Leadership has been changing at GPS and the cultural change that accompanies it is not for the better. We cannot retain some of our top talent, which is frustrating because fantastic people leave every promotion/bonus period. The compensation scheme is uneven with some lower level folks like Sr. Associates making more than managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't follow the big 4, Grant Thornton LLP GPS is (or was) unique in the crowd and it was the culture that kept many of our talented staff around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good firm, hard work, team oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Highly knowledgeable people, collegial environment

    Cons

    same as any of the big accounting/tax firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to reduce adminstrative/bureacratic load

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unsustainable IT workload with little financial compensation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good people who collaborate well.

    Cons

    Unsustainable IT workload with little financial compensation. Systemic problem of inaccurate project estimates, resulting in aggressive deliverables, budget overruns, and solutions being deemed "out-of-scope" in order to meet timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better resource management and more accurate project estimates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Environment

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great group of people and have the ability to work on a number of interesting clients.

    Cons

    The hours which are to be expected in public accounting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, busy season hour is about 55-60 depends on your engagement

    Cons

    lack of quality clients, most of the engagements are pretty small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks and care more about professional growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and experience real-life accounting practices and audit methodologies, but the pay isn't that great compared to the Big4 obviously. The office I work in is awesome, I love the people I work with. The partners understand the struggles we face and try to be fair while also trying to keep the client happy.

    Cons

    Wish it was better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Good firm, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Compensation, raises (i heard some people complaining about them)

  11.  

    Overall Grant Thornton has a lot of oppurtunites for young professionals.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Grant Thornton allows for its employees to challenge themselves and grow as an individual.

    Cons

    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.

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