Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Grant Thornton Stephen Chipman
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Pros
  • 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. Pros and Cons

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Partners are available to project teams

    Cons

    Certain partners lack pedigree and customer service focus


  2. Associate

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

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

    Pros

    Great family oriented workplace with high quality work!

    Cons

    Can get stuck on bad clients with limited ability to break away from them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but be attentive of negative feedback.


  3. Executive Level

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Park, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Accounting and Audit staff are robust and hardowrking

    Cons

    Advisory business lacks direction, pockets of excellence but gaps in knowledge base

    Advice to Management

    evaluate executive management team


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    Director

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

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

    Pros

    Open ended platform, high degree of collaboration between advisory, tax and audit teams, lot's of potential for growth of the firm if the right leadership and approach is provided.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, rampant lack of polish and professionalism, No 360 degree feedback allowing some partners and directors to display poor behavior, lack of HR process and threatening behavior from partners

    Advice to Management

    Introduce 360 degree feedback at the earliest and develop a more professional environment.


  6. Senior Audit Associate

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

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

    Pros

    GT is a good company to work for

    Cons

    GT has long working hours when it is busy season

    Advice to Management

    GT continue to prioritize its people as its core of the business


  7. Continued Learning Experience for me there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people to work with, knowledgable staff, ability to work from home on a regular basis, very flexible work hours

    Cons

    no opportunity to get a full time position


  8. Audit Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are nice and very easy to get along with.

    Cons

    it depends on what engagement you are assigned on. Sometimes working hrs are crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people well.


  9. You're better off at the Big 4

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

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, bagel Fridays, free snacks

    Cons

    Staffing arrangements are luck of the draw. Possible busy season year round since the company is always understaffed. Completely no work/life balance. Outdated software. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Staff engagements properly - there's no need for people to work busy season year round.


  10. A company that is continuing to grow and change.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture
    Good work environment
    Management recognizes talent and will recognize those who put the effort
    Employees are awarded for performance
    Competitive salaries

    Cons

    Like all public accounting firms - the firm is always understaffed during busy season
    Engagement budgeted hours can be difficult to work with
    Lack of technical training on complex accounting area
    Engagements may not always staffed appropriately (with the right technical skills or the right amount of people)
    Work life balance is difficult - especially for those performing well as they are constantly being staff on multiple jobs

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain a competitive salary (including raises and bonuses)
    Continue to recognize and reward the employees who provide the most talent
    Continue to provide ongoing perks as they currently exist and improve on work life balance by hiring more prior to the peak season


  11. Good Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Audit in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Audit in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Culture is friendly and people focused. They do a lot to make sure there employees are happy, at least in the New York Office. Flexible to meet people's needs and great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Clients are smaller and not the same prestige as a Big 4 Firm. Long hours during busy season but that's to be expected in busy season and you can still get "FLEX hours during the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the business or seek merger with other mid tier firm like BDO or McGladrey.



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