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  • Better work life balance than the Big 4 (in 55 reviews)

  • Offers more work/life balance than Big 4 (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed (in 28 reviews)

  • Some of the challenges of working at Grant Thornton is that it requires almost as much work as a big 4 firm without the same pay (in 26 reviews)

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  1. My experience with this company was outstanding.

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    Former Employee - Senior Tax Associate III in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Associate III in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had several personal issues arise right after I was hired by Grant Thornton's tax department in Kansas City, MO. My mother passed away and right after that, I was told I needed immediate back surgery. I missed the majority of tax season due to the aforementioned issues, but I was allowed to record all my time as PTO and continue receiving full paychecks despite the HR manual stating new employees cannot begin using their PTO until after 90 days of employment. Because of my time away from the job, I was told at the end of April that I was not going to receive the manager promotion that I'd been told about during the interview process and that I was being let go so I could deal with my recovery and grief issues. My negative PTO balance was forgiven, my contractual obligations to repay the unamortized portions of the signing bonus and moving allowance I'd been provided were waived and I was kept on the payroll for an entire month with no responsibilities (I wasn't even required to come in to the office but I was allowed to keep my office during that time to look for a job) so I could search for a less demanding position and so that I would qualify for COBRA benefits. I could not have asked to be treated any better.

    Cons

    There were honestly no challenges in working for Grant Thornton. I guess if I had to say something for this category, I would say that having to deal with interns that were being paid hourly instead of on a salaried basis (and therefore were overworking themselves to the point of exhaustion and inability to perform their jobs adequately) was difficult.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I have for management would be concerning the aforementioned negative issue. I would suggest capping the number of hours employees paid on an hourly basis are allowed to work somewhat like the new rules governing medical residents not being allowed to work over 80 hours per week because it compromises patient safety. Having interns exhausted and driving home half asleep will eventually result in somebody getting into a serious accident, and when attorneys start looking for who has the largest pockets, they certainly won't be interested in the interns that are usually college students or their insurance carriers. However, I would be willing to bet they would look at the environment promoted in that person's workplace that allowed them to become that exhausted and drive while being half asleep and then file suit against the firm.


  2. Long work weeks but high performing employees are valued

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    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance is amazing By earning my keep I was able to work a flexible schedule remotely without issue Good work relationships and lots of lasting personal relationships with co-workers Feel like more of a person and less of a number than bigger firms

    Cons

    Long hours Sometimes frustrating having to manage people who don't have the same work ethic Lot of administrative duties (time entry, billing, scheduling, etc.) in addition to professional work At times not a lot of support from management

    Advice to Management

    Be present and willing to help employees rather than letting them figure it out for themselves especially when their plates are already overloaded; recognize those who go above and beyond to make your job easier and do whatever it takes to keep them


  3. Weathering the storm

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    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, have great work life balance, and work with an outstanding group of people that care about your career development and professional growth

    Cons

    Sometimes the work requires a lot of our people and can cause more brain damage than growth and development. This is generally due to poorly managed engagements and clients.

    Advice to Management

    It is difficult to do in service industry but try to back your employees and not just always defaulting to the client is always right.



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