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Updated January 8, 2018
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Pros
  • Much better work life balance than big 4 firms (in 171 reviews)

  • Great people that promote mutual learning (in 81 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 107 reviews)

  • Career advancement internally is challenging at accounting firms but great opportunities exist by switching between Big 4 firms (in 98 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to grow your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, great teams to work on, flexibility, pay, good benefits

    Cons

    FTO time policy isn't really a win like they make it sound, you take the same amount off in the aggregate

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to people in the firm and be open to change


  2. "GT is a great Public Accounting firm. GT’s culture is something that makes it different from other company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Tax in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - Tax in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. They genuinely wants to help their interns. GT has a nice rotation program where interns can work in different group and learn about different tax service lines.

    Cons

    I was a summer intern there. I liked pretty much everything. They offer benefits for summer interns too. That was a great experience for me.

  3. "Manager Technology Solutions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have Oracle Cloud Projects

    Cons

    Sr. Managers that run projects are not very organized
    Has diversity issues
    There are no vacation days you have to approve when you off with your manager
    No since of culture for new hires

    Advice to Management

    Have organized projects that follow the SDLC
    Have more flexibility on projects
    Ensure your team has more support


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture: GT takes a very active approach to making sure the culture here is a great experience. I have worked for a few companies with horrible culture. GT goes above and beyond. We have monthly culture meetings, firm wide events, etc. It is almost too much, but it is what makes GT stand out.

    Work load: GT give a nice steady work load. I am rarely bored. On occasion I ask around the office for work, but I am always able to find something substantial to do.

    Experience: I am getting to work on a variety of different projects. I have worked on everything from a tax provision to a NFP project.

    People: most of my co-workers are willing to help and answer questions. There are those who are nonstop irritable but they wont last. All of my managers and partners are team players and team leaders.

    Client contact: I have had substantial client contact within the first 90 days.

    Work/Life balance: Very good. During busy season expect to work a lot. But during slow season, expect to work average hours. GT is good about letting associates with families spend time with them. During my kids baseball season, GT let me come in early so I could leave at 4 to get to my kid's game. They also let a employees work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is not ideal, but the culture and opportunity make up for it.

    FTO Policy: I hear a lot of complaints about the new FTO policy, I don't mind the changes because the FTO policy is still great compared to other companies. But they do make you jump through a ton of hops to get approved.

    Advice to Management

    In the past, GT would let all the employees have the last week of December off as holiday pay, but GT took away the holiday hours for Christmas and makes you track it as FTO days (making it harder to get approved for FTO). I hear a lot of complaints about this. I would advise you revisit this issue, because everyone (from associate to director) is complaining about this.

    Over all GT is a great place to work. The FTO and Pay are not great, but still better than most companies. I love the culture here, and would advice you continue doing as you are.

    Grant Thornton Response

    Jun 12, 2017 – People & Culture

    We’re so glad to hear the many positive things about your experience as an employee at Grant Thornton. It sounds like we are lucky to have you on our team! We value your opinion and will use this... More


  5. "Company Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture Transformation process and exposure to various levels of a project and clients early in your career

    Cons

    Leadership not really living the values


  6. "Senior associate - advisory"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, competitive pay, broad experience. Exposure to variety of clients and industries. Plenty of room for growth assuming you can sell.

    Cons

    Limited brand recognition and therefore limited engagement opportunities. Working predominately with middle market clients with few opportunities to do true consulting work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop the practice and go after the big fish.


  7. "Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good culture, need more work

    Cons

    need more work, obsessed with culture

    Advice to Management

    keep the culture conversations down

  8. "Technology Solutions Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Solutions Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Technology Solutions Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. Company events are fun (formal holiday party, end of busy season baseball games in a suite & happy hours, etc.)

    Cons

    Heavily dependent on Oracle product implementation. Pipeline is exceedingly dry, so enjoy the bench life!

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so many college graduates. The pipeline of projects you have call for experienced professionals!


  9. "If you are going to be in public accounting this is the place to do it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm has created a culture that promotes a fun, open work environment where the individual matters and has the opportunity to pursue their goals inside and outside the firm.

    Cons

    This is public accounting, so you can expect work weeks to exceed the usual 40.

    Grant Thornton Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – People & Culture

    Awesome! It is so wonderful to hear about your positive experience at Grant Thornton. Thank you for your feedback and your enthusiasm. It sounds like we are lucky to have you at our firm!


  10. "Good for Public Accounting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People and Culture, good learning opportunities

    Cons

    compensation and transparency, no incentives to perform well

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain talent you'll need to comp them better and give them incentives to perform well.


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