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Grant Thornton International CEO Ed Nusbaum
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good (in 17 reviews)

  • Good training, similar audit approach to big 4, nice people, and plenty exposure to private companies (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • National can limit the types of work/jobs that offices can engage in, but that's typical of any big 4 or national accounting firm (in 25 reviews)

  • Low salaries compare to the long hours of work (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Ad hoc" is the name of the game, in all things...if you like staff aug, this is your place

    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is pretty good. All staff is generally friendly. Great holiday party.

    Cons

    Federal practice tries to figure things out as they go vs. putting together a discernible strategy. Low-end consulting - 99.9% of work is staff aug. "Not invented here" mentality is pervasive. Collaboration feels like an assembly line process - people focus on their respective "part," but don't focus on the overall "machine" being built. Continual "restructuring" of practice leaves feeling of utter confusion, in everything. Career management practices are a joke, and change each year.


  2. Bermuda triangle of consulting firms

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was decent and most of the staff was young and friendly. It was a very social place if you were in the office and not on-site. It's fine if you're just putting a name on your resume before grad school.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for growth, drawn-out and inscrutible promotion process, dead-end engagements, huge turnover. Lots of growing pains--every week it seemed like there was a new "strategy" with some goofy graphic and/or slogan. The whole thing felt staged.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff or they will leave. And for the love of God, stop stealing slogans from the US Army.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Need to stop hiring rejects from Big 4

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Auditor in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Auditor in McLean, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the teams i worked with but the managers were just ignorant and never wanted to help out.

    Cons

    Management was never transpareent and told stories to conceal the truth.

    Advice to Management

    Will never work there again


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  5. Poor to below average

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits, opportunities to bring in new business since it's a relatively small firm

    Cons

    Sub-par performers, poor promotion criteria, below average management

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, be fair, reward strong performers not just based on billable hours


  6. Global Public Sector

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff are friendly and cordial to each other and you virtually always have the ability to work at your home office.

    Cons

    The work is not interesting or rewarding, it is hard to leave a project even after a year or more, and the staff turnover is quite high.

    Advice to Management

    I work in the government practice, which has no synergy at all with the accounting firm. The CEO is not relevant to our work and does not show much respect for it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Create your own path at GT

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    GT offered a very Friendly culture, There were an abundant amount of Networking Opportunities, Lower level staff was very hard-working and appreciative.

    Cons

    Upper Management was not respectful and seemed to have lost the idea of a "team" and cultivating relationships within. MOst managers had a personal agenda that was not engaging to the rest of the team or for the benefit of the client. Raises and promotions were unfair because they were primarily based on utilization and "who you knew", when every manager explained that they were not. Most disappointing, all new and innotvative ideas that "bucked the system" were immediately disregarded.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more respect to your team


  8. Grant Thornton is a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy access to senior management, talented coworkers, industry leaders in some areas, fairly good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bonuses are not great, salaries are lower than the big four


  9. Serious and professional culture which expects a lot from their employees, but compensates accordingly.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent Managers
    - Allowed telecommuting
    - Good compensation

    Cons

    - High expectations for billable hours
    - Lots of additional, mandatory tasks on top of billable hours
    - Career advancement is a single linear track


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good environment with smart and helpful colleagues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Private firm
    -Good benefits
    -Small compared to BAH, Deloitte, etc..
    -Easy to talk to senior management
    -Very quick IT support and finance services

    Cons

    -No standardization of deliverable materials
    -Won't pay for parking at home office
    -Won't pay for parking on client site
    -No Downtown DC home office

    Advice to Management

    -Please pay for parking at home office and at client site. It's not cool that we have to pay money to go into the office.


  11. Good Learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned alot good start to get into public accounting. The firm as a whole doesn't quite have the resources that the BIG 4 have but it is a friendly and comfortable work environment with good experience on interesting clients.

    Cons

    Performance feed back tends to get back to you relatively late in the game hurting your ability to fix your mistakes and issues in the work place.

    Advice to Management

    Make your performance feedback especially in the internship program more timely and effective. So that interns may be able to actually address the issues they have in the work place.



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