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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
329 Reviews
3.4
329 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Awesome experience

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    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart team, dedication to training and development

    Cons

    Long hours, which is just part of public accounting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful team, experience and training. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great firm and culture, but limited training

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    Current Employee - BAS Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - BAS Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture and work-life balance
    People are collaborative and helpful
    Competitive pay
    Open offices

    Cons

    Limited formal and on-job training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing the human capital and invest more in training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Grant Thornton is a great company to start an accounting career with!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    The people and the office culture were definitely the greatest pros I found at GT. Everyone is so easy to get along with and great work-life balance given they offer much flexibility.

    Cons

    They are not as reputable as the Big Four but at the same time they have a wide variety of clients and provide many opportunities and resources to their employees so still great place to work!

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  5.  

    Great place to start your career for accountants, not so much for executive assistants

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic work culture, professional environment, great benefits, great technology. Overall there are many aspects that make GT a wonderful place to work. Very intelligent co-workers, nice work spaces. It feels good working at GT and the work life balance is great. Very nice partners and overall good leadership.

    Cons

    All focus is placed on the development of ECS personnel. There is a lack of interest or effort in developing their ICS people, particularly executive assistants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have made GT a wonderful place to work, please focus on developing your EA's, implement programs for them, more team building and internal networking opportunities for administrative personnel. Add a career continuum for ea's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Grant Thornton Interview Process

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    Current Employee - Business Advisory Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Advisory Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    An excellent place to work, they have a real interest in seeing you advance in your career. Fact it is a midsized firm also means that there's a tighter knit environment for employees. Compensation is also very decent.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be better, not a lot of things wrong with GT.

  7.  

    Rated One of the Best Places to Work

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment (e.g., option to work virtually, flexible hours). Upgrading all offices to include "lounge areas." Very family focused.

    Cons

    Need to be independent and self-starter. Not a lot of established infrastructure (processes, procedures, training). If you need and want structure and direction, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. This is a very successful company. The culture is established.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work, but as usual in public accounting, work/life balance can be hard.

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company gives you the opportunity to get public accounting experience with the potential of working on large clients. They also support your desire for work in a specific field. Several employees have switched to different areas of tax or switched over to audit during the year I have been here, so you can get the experience you desire. There is a friendly environment, and the firm is small enough that you will know most people at the same office and service line as you so if you have a question for someone in another group it's not so uncomfortable. Charge hour goals are lower than big 4 firms.

    Cons

    Though from what I have heard, busy season is worse at big 4 firms, it still can be really tough for young families and the office isn't really geared towards family inclusion. All office events are employee only. Also, though the salary is high in comparison to other public accounting firms, the bonus is significantly lower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the chance to include their families in firm related activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The longer you work there, the better it is.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The company is oriented towards family values and has improved its corporate culture dramatically in recent years. You have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of skill sets that would prove useful.

    Cons

    Some individuals get away with gaming the system and don't really carry their weight, but people like them and that seems to be enough sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Public Service Practice - Healthcare Practice

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, opportunity to get involved with firm activities such as account teams and proposals, reimbursement for professional development certifications such as becoming certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Cons

    Limited options for client work, primarily only DoD clients, work is management based, frustrating for those with masters in public health as the work often does not really utilize these skills, expectations to work long hours and make up for PTO time, client interests are put above the interests of employees professional interests and development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would like to retain employees with professional healthcare degrees such as MPHs, you need to find work where they can utilize these skills, put more emphasis on employee professional interests and development

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start a career...but I would not stay for more than two or three years.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Client mix is great. Lots of opportunities if you are willing to work hard for it. Make sure you are involved with your coach and open about what clients you want to work on.

    Cons

    The pay is not in line for how much you work (speaking for the financial services group). Update your freaking outdated systems - internet explorer six are you kidding me? This corporate card thing is a very bad idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come on partners - take out those check books and pay your hard working people more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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