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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
348 Reviews
3.4
348 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to work (GT GPS)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Audit Associate
    Current Employee - IT Audit Associate

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Practically everything is great- see below
    -Culture
    -People
    -Clients
    -Benefits
    -Work/Life

    Cons

    -Pay
    There really isnt anything else that's bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay more. These are business professionals, its an investment and risk for us to work another year with an indecent raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Smart co workers
    Team players
    Technical and Leadership Training
    Career Development
    Work Hard - Play Hard vibe

    Cons

    At the end of the day, whatever you do will never be enough, you could've always done more of something. That gets to be a more difficult pill to swallow after spending several years there.

    Due to the levels/project team structure, there's always someone right there and available to replace you. It can be difficult to feel valued for being the individual that you are vs. the role/spot you fill on the team. Trying to stand out in this kind of a crowd/environment can feel defeating and frustrating at times, especially the farther you get into your career at the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing development training that contributed to professional growth. Great mentors. Competitive compensation package. Consulting placement allowed for great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be unchallenging and therefore can underutilize one's skills and talents, however, this depends on work placement rather than Grant Thornton.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start your public accounting career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training resources and growth opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of staff

  6.  

    Grant Thornton

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Services Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Services Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people, growing company, good ooportuinites

    Cons

    Identity crisis, high staff turnover, not Big 4

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career for accountants, not so much for executive assistants

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic work culture, professional environment, great benefits, great technology. Overall there are many aspects that make GT a wonderful place to work. Very intelligent co-workers, nice work spaces. It feels good working at GT and the work life balance is great. Very nice partners and overall good leadership.

    Cons

    All focus is placed on the development of ECS personnel. There is a lack of interest or effort in developing their ICS people, particularly executive assistants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have made GT a wonderful place to work, please focus on developing your EA's, implement programs for them, more team building and internal networking opportunities for administrative personnel. Add a career continuum for ea's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great firm and culture, but limited training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BAS Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - BAS Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work-life balance
    People are collaborative and helpful
    Competitive pay
    Open offices

    Cons

    Limited formal and on-job training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing the human capital and invest more in training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rated One of the Best Places to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment (e.g., option to work virtually, flexible hours). Upgrading all offices to include "lounge areas." Very family focused.

    Cons

    Need to be independent and self-starter. Not a lot of established infrastructure (processes, procedures, training). If you need and want structure and direction, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. This is a very successful company. The culture is established.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, but as usual in public accounting, work/life balance can be hard.

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

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

    Pros

    This company gives you the opportunity to get public accounting experience with the potential of working on large clients. They also support your desire for work in a specific field. Several employees have switched to different areas of tax or switched over to audit during the year I have been here, so you can get the experience you desire. There is a friendly environment, and the firm is small enough that you will know most people at the same office and service line as you so if you have a question for someone in another group it's not so uncomfortable. Charge hour goals are lower than big 4 firms.

    Cons

    Though from what I have heard, busy season is worse at big 4 firms, it still can be really tough for young families and the office isn't really geared towards family inclusion. All office events are employee only. Also, though the salary is high in comparison to other public accounting firms, the bonus is significantly lower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the chance to include their families in firm related activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The longer you work there, the better it is.

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

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

    Pros

    The company is oriented towards family values and has improved its corporate culture dramatically in recent years. You have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of skill sets that would prove useful.

    Cons

    Some individuals get away with gaming the system and don't really carry their weight, but people like them and that seems to be enough sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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