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Grant Thornton Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
8 Reviews
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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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    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
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    BAS

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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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    A good place to start a career in public accounting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    You get exposed to a variety of industries and topics early on in your career. There is usually a lot of work available, and you can distinguish yourself from your peers if your willing to step up. The training programs at GT are solid, and there is no shortage of CPE (i.e., quarterly webcasts, annual training at Q Center, etc.). As a new hire, the Firm offers incentives for passing the CPA exam (usually a monetary bonus and paying for CPA Exam prep review material).

    Cons

    Compensation is not consistent with the rest of the market. Employees are typically paid lower than Big Four and the Firm justifies this by saying the hours are not as long as working at Big Four. Additionally, employees are paid less than people working at regional or local firms, but they work more hours. Basically if you work at GT, you will be paid less than Big Four and less than regional and local firms.

    The rewards for being a high performer are not consistent with the work performed. Usually the high performers are constantly utilized, everyone wants to work with them. This results in very little downtime and the work/life balance of these individuals tends to suffer. Additionally, the comp for high performers and average performers has been substantially the same. This raises the question, why go the extra mile if everyone will basically be paid the same (there may be a difference of roughly $3K to $4K for average performers and high performers?

    The message and direction delivered by local office management can be inconsistent year over year. There have also been shifts in the culture of the office over the past few years with the addition of a new Office Managing Partner. It is understandable that management styles may differ but the Firm should take caution when implementing changes that can be perceived as shifting the local office culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of changes to the local office culture. The culture of the firm is a major selling point for most people who work for the firm. Once that starts to change, people begin to re-evaluate their choices.

    Work harder to make compensation more consistent with the rest of the market.

    Work harder to retain your keep employees (i.e., via promotion, comp, time away from work, etc.).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Senior associate BAS

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    Former Employee - Senior BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Office is located in middle of mid town Atlanta.

    (Just trying meet 20 word minimum criteria for this section)

    Cons

    BAS management has no clue how to run an organization- Upper Management is non responsive to anyone under Manager title.
    Keep loosing existing projects and failing to win new work.
    They have incompetent directors trying to manage several large projects
    Talent team is useless in finding associates projects (oh did I mention upper management aren't responsive, good luck trying to find projects?

    ...You get the picture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First learn to make connections with your new hires. Second bring in competent leaders who are able to sell and retain work

    For any more advises, GT will need to cut me a PO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great firm with great opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Multiple areas of work to explore. No pidgeonholing

    Cons

    Advisory needs to be segmented by type of work done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The culture is great, the people are great - everything is great.

    Cons

    None to my knowledge right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great people.
    Competitive Compensation.
    Small Company Feel.

    Cons

    Low commitment to employees from leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great work life balance!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Grant Thornton is extremely flexible with work hours and arrangements, they are very excited about women working for their organization and try to do what they can to promote women in the organization, and have an extremely open door policy about discussing matters with partners.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work isn't what will give you longterm career growth, the name does not hold well in the market place so there is little brand awareness to Grant Thornton, and promotion process is not fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how individuals should be promoted in a fair process so those who go above and beyond are recognized for their work.

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