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Grant Thornton Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
32 Reviews
3.2
32 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.  

    Fine place to start, hours no where near Big 4

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to start, learn skills

    Cons

    Office politics, looked down upon since not Big 4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the partners play favorites so much

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, very promising, sometimes frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associates

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

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

    Pros

    Great Company to Work for .. People in the firm will guide you yo move up in your role . They are very helpful and down to earth

    Cons

    Sometimes unreasonable Utilization target specially during season . but that understandable from
    tax service engagements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compared to Big 4-5 accounting firm the compensation paid was bit low it would be great if you increase a pay to match with other accounting firm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent during my time there

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

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

    Pros

    People, human resources and benefits.

    Cons

    Coaching process is non-existent & pay is sub-par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Continuing Education and Strategy Learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company offers a program to help all staff advance their career goals.

    Cons

    Education program is more focused on higher level employees, manager and above. It is much too difficult to get promoted within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the educational program so people are growing from day 1, no matter their title. Train coaches on how to coach so people can grow and meet those career goals. People will want to stay with a firm who they can see, are supporting their growth within the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too many problems to fix or deal with/ignore in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. From an IT standpoint, a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor planning and bad decisions made by senior IT leadership. Slow to act and management behaves as if they have never had a major IT project. They have but clearly they haven't learned from their mistakes. They often hire weak and go for cheap help (which costs them more in the long run).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior IT leadership needs to make a tough decision and

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, great people, believed in their employees' success!

    Cons

    None! I don't have anything bad to say!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent team to work with that allows you to grow professionally.

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

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

    Pros

    1. Talented Team
    2. Lot of opportunity to work outside your comfort zone
    3. Work-life balance

    Cons

    1. Opportunity to develop knowledge sharing platform
    2. Training capabilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It would take more than one sentence to describe how great Grant Thornton is.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CARS Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CARS Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great starting pay. Tremendous amounts of career oppurtunites. Everyone is smart. Great culture and learning enviorment

    Cons

    At all postions you are expected to perform at a much higher level, this is a good thing, but at times it can be frustrating when you simply have not had the experience to perform at the desired level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, sell more work. and give the mundane tasks to the interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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