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I worked at Grant Thornton International (More than a year)
Company name looks good on resume (but not as good as a Big 4 firm) Because the clients are smaller, the OT is not as bad as with Big 4 As an Associate you can quickly get direct exposure to clients because the teams are relatively small Occasionally they have fun events - ie. basketball games, bowling nights, etc.
No flexibility or control of your schedule. As an Associate you stay at the engagement until you are dismissed by your senior- and you never know when that will be. It could be 5PM or 10PM... there is no warning ahead of time. Makes it difficult to have a life outside of work and plan things when you don't know what your schedule is. There is no care for your health or well being. I worked on an engagement where we stayed at the client's office after they had turned off the lights and air conditioning. Pay is significantly lower than with other public accounting firms. High turnover (from the time I interned to the time I started full-time, none of the seniors I had during the internship were still there.) You are expected to stay at the office from 8.30AM-5.30PM even when unassigned- meaning you have no work to do, you just have to be there "in case something comes up", which feels like a waste of time.
Advice to Management
Value your employees' time. Let associates review their seniors/managers instead of just the other way around.