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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
348 Reviews
3.4
348 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The longer you work there, the better it is.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Public Service Practice - Healthcare Practice

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    stressful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Great Resume builder, Job improves at manager level

    Cons

    Low pay, Most managers and partners are unappreciative

  6.  

    The job is tough and stressful but provides meaningful experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate II in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Tax Associate II in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Ok benefits and pay; you can get almost any job-related experience you want if you prove yourself and ask for it; they're starting to treat their employees better than in the past.

    Cons

    The hours are terrible during busy season but I think that is an industry thing; S.FL tax practice is under-staffed in the lower levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Long Hours, chaotic atmosphere,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist

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

    Pros

    You can have as much responsibility as you care to take on, from an early stage. Opportunity to advance quickly. Bright, hard-working colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard to get real time off or away. Partners have no spines -- are so risk averse they tend to be squirrel-y and not have difficult conversations early on; instead are more likely to get rid of people with little explanation or passive-aggressively make their lives so miserable that they quit. Hierarchical structure means top-level is often out of touch with those further down the food chain. Travel was insane - was only supposed to be minimal, ended up a road warrior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding behind process, titles and risk management.

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

    GT go for it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Great starting location and great people

    Cons

    can be pigeon holded if not careful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    People Oriented

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment from the Partners to Associate I.
    Work is hard, but fun.
    You will be exposed to more experiences with clients at GT than at a BIG 4 firm. You will gain experience faster than the big 4

    Cons

    Salary is better at a Big 4.
    No parking for audit, only employees that are always at the office. I had to pay 10 dollars each time I went to the office for parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Match the salary for Associates so you can reduce the amount of people that leave for the BIG 4.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great. Very supportive

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great and there is a lot of industry specialization. People are exposed to differnt industries early and then can pick 2-3 years in.

    Cons

    Industry specialization early has a flip side in that to navigate a change later on becomes more difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SALT Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - SALT Associate in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Smaller firm where one has the ability to work with many different members of leadership

    Cons

    Easily can be pigeon holed in to service line you may not be fond of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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