Grant Thornton International

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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good (in 17 reviews)

  • Fewer hours and less stress than big 4 (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of investment, weak infrastructure compared to Big 4 (in 25 reviews)

  • If you're expecting great work life balance, public accounting is never the way to go (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Grant Thornton- a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    great clients. interesting work. lots of smart people. The compensation is good. The management doesn't waste money, so bonuses tend to be pretty good. The office locations are great. The atmosphere can't be beat. Sometimes Partners take us out for lavish dinners which can be really fun. I'd say that overall the morale of the employees is high.

    Cons

    Some of the partners are condescending and arrogant. but there are some that are great. There can definately definately be some late nights. I've pulled many of all nighters. but not too many, it's totally bearable. For some people, the politics of the place can be a downer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should continue to encourage staff to get involved in marketing activities so that they feel they have a part in the growth of the the business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    GT has many of the advantages of a large company with the feel of a small firm.

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Grant Thornton really has maintained a small organization feel in a large company. At GT, if you have ambition you can really excel. Associates and seniors work directly with directors and partners and can move up quickly as a result.

    Cons

    Very focused on charge hours to the point where learning and development are sacrificed. The staff is not giving the time to complete pre-requisite training and are expected to do that after hours. Cheap to a fault. They are more than willing to let employees leave rather than compensate them appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the long-term development of staff. It will pay off much more than a few extra charge hours a year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work Work Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Pay was comparable to the Big 4 but the metro area is very short staffed so you will be put on anything they need you for and will basically work busy season hours year round

    Cons

    A ton of travel, very long hours even during "off" season. No respect, senior management are arrogant and do not care to help others learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower level staff should be able to rate their seniors/coaches, etc for ratings and reviews to be more fair since it is not

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Great benefits
    -Flexibility, especially if you need to work from home or if need to take time off

    Cons

    -Pay---after doing some research you are vastly underpaid. You can easily make 15-20% more elsewhere. Even when doing your research and trying to approach a discussion on salary, you are dismissed.
    -Job can be repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should remember to value its employees by simply showing their gratitude (thank yous) and remember to compensate them accordingly, especially if you want them to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of Office Politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Better hours than big 4, good variety of clients

    Cons

    Too much travel, long hours during busy season. management vocally promotes the need to be fully chargable, but then fails to deliver clients and work...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More telecommuting options whenever possible, there is no need to spend 10+hour days all week at the office or client sites

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    GT - There's a Reason You're Only Tier 2

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Because grant thornton has small to mid-size clients all of the staff do more work than they have to and as a result, learn a lot on a day-to-day basis. The staff are really friendly and are the kind of people you can go to lunch with or even dinner with and feel like they are part of your family.

    Cons

    Managers and senior managers are incompetant. Raises and promotions are not contingent upon performance but rather who you know. There is a lot of dead weight in the office and senior management does nothing about it but to condone it. Lots of unneccessary office politics caused by sernior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-evaluate the organizational structure and what contributions each employee has made and recognize accordingly; stop giving in to office politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good firm, nice people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 International

    Pros

    flat organization structure and less hierarchical, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Not enough co-ordination between the different service lines to pursue opportunities
    training and internal infrastructure/controls need improvement (compared to Big 4 firms)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm needs to truly adopt a culture of "work/life" balance
    Management needs to provide clear guidance related to career progression

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Solid, Mid-tier Public Accounting Firm

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

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Great real world experience in public accounting. If you show you are competent you will be given a great deal of responsiblity early in your career. Most of the people are good to work with and there is usually a great deal of camaraderie among the staff and senior associates. During the summer there are summer hours which is much like what many government agencies use. If you work an additional hour each day you can leave at 1pm on every Friday or you have the option to work the additional hour each day for 9 days and take every other Friday off. You also get a good amount of vacation days to start, 20 days.

    Cons

    The hours are very long especially during "busy season", which runs from January until April. If you get assigned to a pension plan audit your summer can be very much just like busy season as well. The pay is not that great as compared to the private sector and the bonuses are minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have more industry specific training for associates.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Enter Carefully

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

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    There are good smart people there, working as Associates, Senior Managers, Partners and those trying to become Partners. Hard-working and diligent, for the most part.

    Cons

    Only if you are Partner track, as an Accountant. Many try, but, many that are worthy are passed over. And, non-accountants have a notorious turnover problem. So, those who stay are working incredibly hard... and salary
    rewards are not forthcoming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want and don't ignore the #1 revenue producing office is NY, reduce the friction with the NY office and respect the hard-working non-accountant staff and those trying to become Partners (reduce the "inner clique" and old boy network issues)... competitiveness between GT and the BIG 4 and RSM McGladrey should be going on, not internal fighting and competitiveness. Perhaps that is how GT has slipped downward in the rankings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Grant Thornton LLP: great people, but experiencing growing pains.

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    The people are very kind and open. Everyone at the company is extremely approachable, from the top of the triangle to the bottom. Many people want to help and will go out of their way to help you with advice, knowledge, or just anything you can think of. It's a very comfortable environment to work in.

    Cons

    The company has grown tremendously over the past 5-9 years, and a result from this is major growing pains with standards across the US offices and especially across international offices. The company is doing many things now to address these issues, but it seems like it will be a long process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would tell them to do more things to praise employees when they do well instead of some managers that only point out when you fail or do poorly. Constructive criticism could be delivered in a better way and in a more useful way. It would also be nice if the company took more ownership in its employees' careers instead of constantly reminding us that we control our own career path (read: go get any training you need on your own).

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