Grant Thornton Employee Benefit: Vacation & Paid Time Off | Glassdoor

Grant Thornton Vacation & Paid Time Off

Updated May 25, 2016

134 employees reported this benefit

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Employer Summary

In November 2015, we became the first public accounting firm to offer a flexible time off policy, instead of a predetermined number of paid time off days. Employees no longer need to deplete their PTO bank to take a special trip or to take care of family obligations.

“Our goal is to further enhance our culture of trust, where employees are empowered to manage their own time, which allows them to return to work refreshed, with better ideas and solutions for clients,” says Pamela Harless, chief People & Culture officer.


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Employee Comments

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  • Dec 03, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Boston, Massachusetts

    They have flex time off, a policy where people can take off however much time they need. It is up to their manager and clients.

  • May 15, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Denver, Colorado

    There is an unlimited number of days off; however, it is difficult to utilize these days.

  • Jan 22, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Audit Associate in Albany, New York State

    It is nice to have as many days off as you need, however, not all vacation time gets approved and this system creates an awkward situation where you feel obligated not to take time off.

  • Sep 27, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in New York, New York State

    "Unlimited" time off for every employee - the approval process is a logistical nightmare for everyone. Much longer process of getting your days requested approved.

  • Sep 22, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in New York, New York State

    Unlimited time off but not too many people use this perk.

  • Jun 21, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Audit Senior Associate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    No balance, and can't lose days. Have to work around an approval system, but still great to have.

  • Jun 05, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Executive Assistant in Raleigh, North Carolina

    The PTO/FTO is an unlimited program

  • May 01, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Associate in Alexandria, Virginia

    Grant Thornton has transitioned to FTO. There have been mixed reviews among the employees. Most dislike it and miss their defined days. However, it is a big advantage if your contract permits you to burn at a higher rate and take time off during lulls.

  • Apr 25, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Houston, Texas

    They call it a "Flexible Time Off". Nothing flexible about it. You have to get approval several weeks in advance and justify your the time. Enough paperwork and approvals to make you just say no thanks, I guess I'll work. Top it off, there is no vacation accrual so if you leave there is not vacation payoff. Worst vacation policy I've ever dealt with and I've been in workforce over 20 years. To add insult to it, they say its so you can "bring your whole self to work", which appears to be code for "we own you"

  • Apr 04, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStarEmployee

    The FTO request form requires you to produce a plan for how you will make up the time you have taken. This is not time off, this is time deferred. I preferred having the control of my life, with the FTO policy I am unable to ensure I will ever take a vacation again. Poorly thought out policy, not an incentive to working at this company.


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