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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
365 Reviews
3.4
365 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.  

    Good company, not a lot of opportunity once initial assignment ends

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership is great - a lot of integrity, treat employees extremely well.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get on a project in a role that you want after your initial project ends because GTs pricing structure can't compete with larger firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    GT Associate

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    Current Employee - BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - BAS Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good place to start career. You will learn a lot quickly. Great potential for advancement. Not too big like the big 4 but still big name clients and prestige.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. There is a lack of associates and seniors so associates get thrown to the wolves to fill client demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people at the associate level. Hire the right people out of college. Do what it takes to hang on to good managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    On top of training and overall employee happiness

    Cons

    Too new to know the cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    experience could have been better

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    good people, positive and flexible work environment

    Cons

    little cohesion, vague communication of direction, little advancement opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be so petty - national partner sitting on annual performance evaluation calls to criticize chargeability? really?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Consultant in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Good Pay for the work

    Cons

    Lots of hours and work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on hours for employees

  7.  

    BAS

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    Current Employee - BAS in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - BAS in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great place to launch your career. You can get a lot of exposure to many different fields in a very short amount of time. You have the opportunity to gain broad exposure then specialize in what you like. Exit opportunities are endless.

    Cons

    Management is terrible and upper management is disconnected and could care less about associates and seniors. Associates be prepared to be thrown under the bus and sent to a client by yourself in a field you have no experience in. You can reach out to management but they don't care because they aren't doing the testing. It's a matter of time before the PCAOB cracks a whip here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out all of middle management who makes everyone in the trenches lives awful. Hire the right people, not just bodies. Don't throw new hires to the wolves. Show some interest in the development of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, bad systems

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    I work with very smart people. Good training on areas that interest you. If you get the right coach, you can choose the audits you wish to be involved with.

    Cons

    As an experienced hire, I never felt more unwelcome and undervalued. The integration as well as training for experienced hires is very poor.
    The technology is 10 years behind. A much smaller firm had more efficient systems.
    Sometimes the size of the firm works against it. You are employee #1234 instead of a valued CPA. The size also makes it difficult to provide prompt and efficient customer service.
    Larger audits are required to send a certain amount of work to India!
    Certain members of management can be extremely condescending. Let's remember we're all just dorky accountants and take it down a notch.
    If you're from a small firm, GT is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete overhaul of your technology, from client reacceptance to issuing statements. Give work to interns and first years instead of sending to India. Value your staff. A $1,500 bonus after requiring staff to work 60+ hours a week is unacceptable. Give your staff more of a personal touch.

  9.  

    They are making me submit a review...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton

    Pros

    Great exposure to smart clients and coworkers.

    Cons

    Typical large accounting firm experience. Blind leading the blind, politics, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Awesome experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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