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Grant Thornton Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
278 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Meaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and my team tries to be proactive about a work/life balance (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed (in 22 reviews)

  • Less competitive in terms of brand name in comparison to Big 4 audit firm (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience, ability to learn on a wide range of subjects, lack of competence in upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FVS  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - FVS in New York, NY

    Pros

    The group services the entire country which allows you to get experience and exposure to a wide range of business valuations, financial products, and other types of valuations. The staff level employees are very down to earth and keep if fun. The summers are laid back and gives you some great work life balance.

    Cons

    The compensation is average and the promotion/raise system is definitely flawed as the quality of your work may not be reflected (premium is given to "face time"). Leadership needs to spend less time on nitpicking non material issues in the work product and more time bringing in quality clients and work. During "busy season" some managers and higher have no respect for your personal life. Expect to work till midnight and later regularly and on the weekends often (see above for discussion on the summer). Being understaffed has caused management to make some unfavorable hires at the manger level that have caused more problems than solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Going forward I would recommend that upper management look to promote from within and reward the hardworking employees that have developed over the last several years. Hiring managers from the outside (especially the incompetent ones) undermines and discourages the staff. You have some great people at the associate and senior level who are more than capable of taking the next step and performing ten times better than the recent outside hires. If you are going to hire from the outside I would recommend that the staff gets some input as they are the ones who have to work directly with them. Additionally, the small things make big differences. Every once in a while step out and let it be known that you appreciate the hard work of the staff (in person). It seems small but believe me it would make a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started off great, but culture really fell off in recent times (past 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Great Clients, and opportunity to form great relationships with clients
    - Opportunity for significant client experience
    - Exposure to commercial, Not-for-profit, SEC, and other industries

    Cons

    -Overwork you, and severely underpay (have to do market adjustments every 4 years, which means your working under market for 4 years)
    - dog eat dog culture with no accountability from upper management
    - coaches don't have coachees best interests at heart and only care about their own careers
    - terrible training programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay employees what they deserve - Market value
    - Make training's more effective
    - Revamp firm culture by hiring more employees so current employees aren't miserable.
    - Procedures need to be put in place to ensure upper management (Managers and above) take responsibility and are accountable for work, and not just blame the seniors for everything that goes wrong, and take credit for all that goes right. Same for partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible! They hire Seniors for busy season -> TEMPORARILY and not telling them so.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    oh, ok. They bring cookies, pizza, cupcakes, and the like most Fridays.

    Cons

    Audit managers are just the ones that please Partners.
    Audit managers are so unprofessional and mistreat Seniors according to their interest. If they feel threatened, Audit managers attack Seniors and nobody (HHRR or Partners) evaluate or stop any reported situation.
    They make you work 16 hours per day, including weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no case. Management are just interested in their interest $$$ and not in their HUMAN team.
    Clients have not noticed that Grant Thornton bring no real value added to their service.
    Any other Firm (within the 100 CPA Firms list) would do same or better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warning: Stay away from this firm, unless you're really desperate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Free snacks, water, coffee, tea and bagels on Friday. Some nice people below partner level. Air conditioning in the summer.

    Cons

    Poorly run firm. Laid off a bunch of people recently. Definitely No Instinct for Growth at this place. Look elsewhere to advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit telling us that the firm is doing great when you're cutting employees left and right. We can see right through the lies!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has its ups and downs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    I have been exposed to industries/clients that provide learning experience and unusual/challenging situations and/or transactions

    Cons

    Hours and currently manpower. The firm does not have ample amount of manpower at the moment. In as much as management is trying to hire, it is so close to busy season that it takes a lot of time to train the new hires while on field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain your valuable team members before they feel so overwhelmed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible

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

    Pros

    Good starting point for training and resources

    Cons

    no way to move up quickly, very beauacratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the stick out of your ass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Would not work there again. Ever. Nor recommend anyone I know

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Friendly staff, and good location

    Cons

    Upper management, very low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making fake promises to your staff. Also, don't compare yourself to Big 4 if you can't train/treat/pay your employees like Big 4 does

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good job, not very demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    The people are good, hours aren't stressful, flexible, work/life balance is very good

    Cons

    The work is dull and not challenging, compensation is poor in comparison to other firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Family friendly supportive environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consulting in New York, NY

    Pros

    supportive workplace environment, highly professional

    Cons

    pay could be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with the supportive environment, training, cut back and unnecessary expenses like large management conference breakfasts in hotels in nyc, and pay a little more, but overall great place to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Not bad

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of excellence
    There are some great people
    There are some great offices

    Cons

    Not the brightest of the bunch
    Management can be aloof and rather nasty
    They hire based on resume

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more human and warm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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