Grant Thornton International

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Grant Thornton International Reviews in San Francisco, CA

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    1.Great Benefits
    2. Great Opportunity to learn
    3. Management takes great care of their people

    Cons

    Must be willing to travel and tackle assignments by yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue hire talented personnel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Audit review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    The firm is internationally recognized. By working at GT you are exposed to several different fields in which to advance your career.

    Cons

    The employees are overworked. And although the firm touts itself on having a “work-life” balance, there really is none. If you are willing to put in the 80 hours a week, you might as well go to the Big 4, for name recognition alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect. As employees are overworked, it is no wonder that turnover is so high. Limit the work load.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not On The Same Page

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    People who work here are generally nice and open which includes the partners. The office atmosphere is about as good as it can be for an accounting firm.

    Cons

    Senior leadership appears to be very inexperienced in running a business. They are good accountants but do a poor job transitioning from accountants to business leaders. There's very little forward thinking or even planning. Everything is the bottom line and recognizing actionable steps that a business needs to take to survive in this economic downturn is lacking. Nobody does anything or is not accountable because they would rather do nothing than make a calculated risk to compete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think like a business leader and not an accountant. CEOs and leadership often have to make bold decisions and calculated risks (e.g HP, Yahoo!, Oracle). Show up and be a leader, the staff is looking for our leaders and they aren't showing up. It seems they are waiting for this economic downturn to just pass by doing nothing and think within a few months all will be well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid, growing firm with solid tax and audit services and improving local presence

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, with reasonable job security. Generally collegial environment. Good benefits programs. Management team is improving with continued additions to team.

    Cons

    Local practice still developing its local reputation - improving steadily but still has work to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus should be on competitive recruiting and salaries

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    You'll get on the job experience, and a great deal to digest on how not to run a business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible environment, opportunities to get involved. Less beaurocracy than the big 4 for the most part.

    Cons

    Local leadership is making things up as they go along, save for a few newer partners who have a different level of training, education and experience. If it weren't for the younger partners, SF would be in dire straits. Senior management is missing the boat on how to manage people, and across practice borders, essentially isolating the practice from the region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage your people. Follow the guiding principles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Grant Thornton is a mixed bag

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Work/life balance and competitive salaries. GT in general has talented people who are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    Limited growth, both professionally and career wise. In the large markets (e.g. New York, Chicago, San Francisco), GT's consulting practice (e.g. litigation, valuation, etc.) suffers from lack of recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people, and be more intentional about creating opportunities for them to grow, similar to the Big 4.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be skeptical about the recruiting hype. Working at GT in SF is stressful and all-encompassing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    The company provides excellent training for new employees. Before you set foot inside of a client's office, you will receive 80+ hours of training on auditing procedures and use of GT's proprietary software applications. The work is varied in that you will rotate from client to client, work on different aspects of auditing, and be placed with different groups of GT employees. At the end of the day, you will learn a lot about accounting.

    Cons

    If you do not intern at Grant Thornton before beginning work there, you are at an immediate cultural/social disadvantage. Assignments to good teams and good clients are based just as much on cliques as on ability and job performance. The former interns have a strong immediate advantage of having interacted socially with many of their future in-charge accountant and managers. Also, every minute of every day that you are assigned to a client, you are being watched and evaluated. Team leaders and Managers lock-on to any mistake or momentary lapse of judgment or learning curve issues and these issues will almost certainly end up on your review at the end of the project. The other downside is the capricious nature of scheduling and work hours. There is NO WAY WHATSOEVER to plan your personal life around your work schedule. You will be wrapping up at the end of a long Friday and the in-charge accountant will casually say 'by the way, we will need you to work all day tomorrow and Sunday as well.' Say goodbye to your friends, kiss your significant other and your kids and tell them 'See you in 2-3 years when I stop working at GT.'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The gravy train days of public accounting are over. Specifically, to the Sr. Management of the SF office of Grant Thornton, treat your employees more like human beings rather than interchangeable billable-hour machines or they will continue to walk out the door and find less stressful, higher paying accounting jobs with much better hours. Fix your employee evaluation and review process because it distorts and exaggerates small mistakes. Gather more bottom-up feedback about your Managers. Some of them look good to clients and partners because they get the job done. However, they complete this task and stay on budget by over-working and burning out some of your better auditors.

    Doesn't Recommend

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