Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Meaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • After being at the Big 4 for many years I wanted to see if working at GT would be any different (in 20 reviews)

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

  • Less competitive in terms of brand name in comparison to Big 4 audit firm (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Staff Auditor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton

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

    Pros

    It was a great experience: great people, fair compensation and promotions, good work-life balance relative to the industry

    Cons

    really just the same as most public account jobs, and the name doesn't carry as far as the big when looking for a second job

    Advice to Management

    pay your people more. I know I said compensation is fair but the partners make so much. There's gotta be more to spread around

  2. Great people, challenging work

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Westborough, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities, varied clients, friendly staff.

    Cons

    Getting pigeonholed, budgeting of jobs tends to be very tight.

  3. Continued Learning Experience for me there

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    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

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  5. Audit Manager

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    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.

  6. You're better off at the Big 4

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    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.

  7. Great place to get variety of client experiences

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

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

    Pros

    Work on various industries
    More friendly working environment

    Cons

    Good senior = great busy season. Horrible senior = get lots of alcohol
    Inflexible working schedule in time and commuting

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your associates personally

  8. Executive Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodstock, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodstock, GA

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

    Pros

    it truly is a team atmosphere. I've found everyone to be amicable and helpful

    Cons

    its a cheap company when it comes to paying their administrative staff. Favorites are played and the workload is unjustly distributed.

    Advice to Management

    pay your EAs what they are truly worth based on their individual merit

  9. Good place for work-life balance, but the environment is very political and promotions are slow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance for the large accounting firm tier; good technology resources; benefits are above average, especially the medical insurance plan and pension plan; management is committed to integrity in client relationships

    Cons

    Very political and bureaucratic environment; promotions are slow and based more on tenure at the firm than on merit; compensation is on the low-side; it has a long, tough climb to really compete effectively against the Big 4 firms

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the employee evaluation and promotion system in order to prioritize achievement above tenure at the firm; try to rectify the political and bureaucratic atmosphere

  10. Solid firm

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Grant Thornton

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

    Pros

    Work life balance better than big 4, but still decent engagements. Will work longer hours during busy season, but not nearly as bad as big 4

    Cons

    Lacks the resume weight of big 4, but getting similar work experience

    Advice to Management

    More inter-company relationship building

  11. Overall, a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Education/growth opportunities, interesting engagements, focus on culture, great benefits, most leaders have an 'open-door' policy/easy to get in touch with and personablet, its a good environment to shine/make a difference in

    Cons

    unrealistic "online" expectations amongst (some, not all) leadership (e.g., answering emails during weekend); work/life balance depends on the team you are on (not consistent throughout firm)

    Advice to Management

    Please do not lose focus to allow a work/life balance throughout your staff. Continue to request and act on feedback from staff and peers.

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