Grant Thornton

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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
328 Reviews
3.4
328 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Meaningless staff augmentation projects will allow you to have a great work life balance (in 52 reviews)

  • After being at the Big 4 for many years I wanted to see if working at GT would be any different (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover: Work-life balance does not exist if you're consistently short staffed (in 27 reviews)

  • Less competitive in terms of brand name in comparison to Big 4 audit firm (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great name recognition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Grant Thornton has a great reputation in the business community, which is a great plus to have on your resume. You will have the opportunity to work with brilliant and driven people.

    Cons

    A strong con is their software and programs. Their audit methodology is based on an international approach and retrofitted for PCAOB and AICPA standards. For instance, they recently introduced the concept of significant risks to staff. Their audit methodology eventually gets to the same results, but their approach will seem circular if you have previous audit experience.

    From a technological perspective, they seem to be a few years behind small and medium size firms. For instance, second monitors were recently adopted for audit staff. Additionally, they are not trying to be a paperless office yet. Putting aside the environment, who wants to carry around paper files? One of their desired behaviors is collaboration, but how do you accomplish this when the paper file is in another state?

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to start one's career

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    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Exposure to clients in a variety of industries. Fast learning curve.

    Cons

    Sweat shop. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Firm in Vision

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good Work Culture and lot of learning opportunities!!!

    Cons

    I have joined recently so yet to find one

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent during my time there

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People, human resources and benefits.

    Cons

    Coaching process is non-existent & pay is sub-par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

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

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Grant Thornton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern you still receive complete trust from leadership and are exposed to every level of the firm. You can at times come to be treated as a full time associate rather than a typical intern.

    Cons

    The scope of clients could affect the opportunities you find. Compensation does seem to be a little below the rest of market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start after school

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    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. I enjoyed the people that I worked with.

    Cons

    I do not have any negative comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More money

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work-life balance, still growing

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance; generally good people; big enough to have good internal services, small enough to know the leadership

    Cons

    Generally probably not as well known for "thought leadership" as competitors; Less competitive compensation; fewer opportunities to work on big name engagements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to intern and learn.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grant Thornton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to build your career and showcase your skills. The practice is always looking to grow.

    Cons

    There are definitely busy seasons and work varies depending on what part of the year it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, fair salary (have to fight for what you deserve), overworked & under staffed.

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    Current Employee - ICS Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - ICS Manager in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    The people. Most of the partners/principals are great. A lot of good opportunity if you volunteer for work/projects. I fought for & got a great flex schedule.

    Cons

    Salary is fair but I had to fight for each raise. Way overworked due to continual understaffing. Mgmt/partner wouldn't listen until I was burnt out & resigned. I'd go back but I'd draw more clear lines re: workload from the start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff. Upward reviews would provide some helpful insight.

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not perfect, but I love my job

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    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and my team tries to be proactive about a work/life balance. A lot of hands-on experience very early in your career, including meeting with clients.

    Cons

    Understaffed right now so everyone is overworked. The upper management don't always pay attention/listen to what the staff communicates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff. Upstream reviews would be helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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