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Similar to the big 4 but without working as much

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

ProsThere are several advantages to working for Grant Thornton. Firstly, you don't work as much as the big 4. Secondly, you will have more opportunities to grow and learn new things in the first year, probably a lot more then at the big 4. The firm is smaller, and as such, there is more opportunity to interact with partners, and senior management. They also tend to pay entry level people a little better, and you get top quality training, and the ability to work on some large public companies depending on your office. While they aren’t the big 4, they have enough name recognition to be considered reputable on a resume (although don't expect to become CFO of GE).

ConsThey tend to pick up the clients that the big 4 drop, and those clients tend to be more trouble then they are worth. Work isn't divided evenly, and as such, the people who are competent end up working hundreds of more hours then those who are not as competent, and the pay difference between the two is very small (usually within $500-$1000 a year). While your salary is very good when coming out of college, as you progress to the Sr. Associate level, the number of hours worked compared to the pay is just crazy. Currently they appear to be a little too middle manager heavy, and as a result it is becoming harder and harder to make manager, and as such, the good people are leaving, the incompetent ones are being encouraged to leave, and the mediocre stay put because they don't know what else to do. 401k matching is weak, pension is a joke, Dental insurance is too expensive for the coverage that is provided, and partners seem to be more interested in hoarding money for themselves instead of retaining good people. They also seem to be more interested in hiring Big 4 people(who tend to be less competent then some of the top performers that they already have), and paying them more then current employees at the same level instead of giving that money to current top performers. There are a few exceptions to this rule (specifically when they bring in partners from the big 4), however this in turn frustrates current Sr. Managers because it means they have to wait even longer until they get to become partner, which in turn causes the good ones to leave and seek greener pastures. Also, because most people are hired out of college, you have to be careful of gossip and rumors, because they spreads like wildfire and creates a lot of hostility.

Advice to Senior ManagementBase compensation on the amount and quality of work performed instead of paying everyone the same (or at least base bonuses on this). Offer better benefits. Overall the firm is ok, but a decision has to be made, as to whether they want to be a performance based growth firm, or copy the big 4 business model. Right now it seems like they are taking the "Big 4 Light" approach, which works, but like the big 4 you will chase away top quality people, fire the poor performers, and be left with a firm that is mediocre.

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    Great place to work if you're willing to get paid less.

    Tax Senior Associate (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    I worked at Grant Thornton International


    Pros: The people there are willing to help you and see you succeed. They are great to work with, and you're not bogged down with… Cons: You're not paid compared to others in the industry. Since the clients are smaller, you may not see as many issues as… Advice to Senior Management: Pay your employees better. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Decent place to begin an accounting career, well recognized firm that doesn't abuse the employees.

    Audit Senior Associate (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International


    Pros: It is a well recognized international firm that isn't one of the "Big 4", but looked at by potential employers just as well. Overall… Cons: Although they try to really promote the idea of work life balance, it is nothing more then marketing to attract employees. From what I… Advice to Senior Management: Senior management needs to be more open as to where employees can be over the years… More
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