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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 great people great balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Excellent culture with flexibility to work on various projects

    Cons

    Additional requirements tied to your performance outside of your normal engagment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the firm grows consider a business development division designated to work on proposals

    Recommends
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    Overall, a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    - Good salaries
    - Friendly leadership
    - Ample training and learning opportunities
    - You can create your own path to success

    Cons

    - Anuual re-orgs are the norm
    - GPS is being forced to integrate more with the accounting side of the firm, including financially
    - Annual performance review process is too cumbersome for everyone involved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Scrap the "coach" role because although it is nice in theory, it is minimal value-added.
    - What the heck is GPS 2.0? Better change management, please.

    Recommends
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    Less hours than big four but less prestige

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    Former Employee - Assurance Intern  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Great Corporate Culture
    Extremely Friendly People
    Constant Review Process After EVERY Engagement
    Good Feedback
    Less Hours than Big 4

    Cons

    Slight lower salary than Big 4
    Less Prestige

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the Prestige. Really Sell the Marketing

    Recommends
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    Excelent opportunities; smart interesting colleagues who challenge you; great culture and environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Great team and supportive enivornment, lower turnover in the consulting group, motivated Consultants and Sr. Consultants, exceptional younger managers and leaders.

    Cons

    Sr. Leadership is somewhat out of touch with the staff and the clients- the success is driven by the excellence of the middle leadership, the staff, and the partners.

    Director level is a position only within the consulting group which severly hampers growth, and is the largest turnover factor for experienced Sr. Consultants, Managers, and Sr. managers and many at the Director level provide very little leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Director level is a position which hampers growth and many at this level provide very little leadership; goals and success for Directors is very poorly defined (they can get credit for everything sold and executed beneath them)- so it is difficult to actually hold them responsible- therefore many directors do not contribute as much as most Sr. managers.

    Recommends
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    excellent place to work so i highly recommend. great work life balance

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    excellent place to work so i highly recommend. great work life balance

    Cons

    Long busy season hours. Lay offs recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent place to work so i highly recommend. great work life balance

    Recommends
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    Create your own path at GT

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay more respect to your team

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bermuda triangle of consulting firms

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Public services consulting overall good experience and managers fair, experienced and promote development.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    The public services line of business was flourishing with new business from various government entities. I was barely on the bench for the time I worked there. The employees exemplified professionalism and competence. Overall GT provided an overall good working environment and a very productive team environment. Managers are very fair and promote leadership at all levels. Benefits are very comprehensive and comparable to other large companies.

    Cons

    It was fairly difficult to move between the public services and accounting business lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting hands off approach to allow your team to advance.

    Recommends
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