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Grant Thornton Charlotte Reviews

Updated September 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Strong focus on work-life balance" (in 199 reviews)

  • "Great people and great working environment" (in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor Work Life Balance And Low Perks" (in 126 reviews)

  • "Long hours and not great benefits" (in 128 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Audit Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great people to work with, everyone is inclusive and friendly.
    -The work/life balance is good. Hours are busy, but manageable. Our Flex Time Off policy gives us unlimited time off as long as we are maintaining certain percentage of chargeable hours, which is not hard to do.
    -Great culture. GT has really stressed culture in recent years. We strive for Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Responsibility, and Respect.
    -We are a mid-tier firm, so we are working with large clients on a regular basis. However, we are still able to have a "small firm feel" when it comes to working with small teams.
    -Opportunities. Endless opportunities at Grant Thornton. You have flexibility to transition into different service lines within the firm. Recruiters are also constantly trying to hire you into industry positions. Even in your current position, you have the freedom to choose the industry you're interested in (financial services, real-estate, etc.).
    -Flexibility. As you move up in the firm, you have more freedom to choose the hours you work. Some people like to come in early and leave early, others come in late and stay late, most work the normal 9 to 5 during off peak times.
    -Growth. GT is a growing firm. We are really trying to differentiate ourselves from the other mid-tier firms through our marketing campaign. This gives us access to better clients and better brand recognition.

    Cons

    -It is public accounting, so obviously hours are long (55-70 hours during busy season, 35-50 during off-peak times)
    -Travel. I am fortunate and only travel about 25% or less, but I know people who are on the road a lot.

    Grant Thornton Response

    Sep 7, 2018 – People & Culture

    Thank you for taking the time to post your review! So happy to hear you are able to use our flexibility policies to enjoy work life balance. Our people are awesome too, and it sounds like we are... More


  2. "Good place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand well respected in the industry

    Cons

    Limited or selective opportunities for growth

  3. "Great place to start out!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They really value professional development and there is always help available when you're just getting started. Great place for a person just graduating from college to start!

    Cons

    Not quite as much name recognition as the Big 4, but GT is a significantly better place to grow and the brand is still great!


  4. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, love the benefits, good working environment and culture

    Cons

    I have not encountered any issues to date.

    Advice to Management

    Create a centralized business technology department


  5. "Great corporate culture; people-first focus"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - RAS in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - RAS in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GT consistently shows in all offices I've experienced that they put people first. This means their people, as well as the people at the client. They want you to grow in your career. It's incredible the level of access to upper management/ partnership you have compared to other public accounting firms.

    Cons

    If you are travel adverse then you are more than likely to be disappointed in the time on the road. The hours required and demand from the client can be overwhelming at times.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Operations and Knowledge Manager, Strategic Federal Tax Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training was excellent. The people were dedicated and truly understood customer service. The culture was engaging and the work was challenging. I had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people during my stint there and made several lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Technology lacked the robustness to support the needs of the organization. The move to outsource aspects of technology maintenance and Knowledge Management was difficult. It caused a disconnect that required more work than anticipated.

    Advice to Management

    Enrich the technology to better support the employees. Acquire software that is scalable versus relying on home grown programs that is outdated.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Grant Thornton - Reality is very different from the sales pitch"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aware that there is a need to change the environment/culture so training is a big part of the organization.

    Cons

    People are very separated and there is a huge mindset from leaders that is very different from the training given to change the culture.

    The organization was misleading about the role and work done in the FS group. Doesn't seem the organization has the maturity in the industry to really grow as they want to outside of the Accounting/Audit/BAS groups.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect and develop clear expectations of roles and work you for people you hire. Remove the "we hire your friends" mentality and monitor the types of incentives that promote unfavorable behaviors that separate and devalue employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Grant Thornton is a great place to build a long term career if you're interested in both professional services or general business. Career paths for the external client-serving roles are clearly defined; however, if you need a change of pace or are interested in internal roles there are also lots of options in a variety of areas (e.g. HR, Finance, Operations, etc.). Pay and benefits are on par or above industry in general and the leadership of the firm clearly cares about their employees.

    Cons

    For external client-serving personnel, like in any professional services firm, there are trade-off with work / life balance due to work hours / travel requirements. However, these may or may not be "cons" depending on your career desires.


  9. "Growth Opportunities!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a new associate, I was looking for a firm with great opportunities for growth while also receiving personalized career development and mentorship. I've found that and more at Grant Thornton. It has been the perfect firm to start my career with as I've been presented with many leadership opportunities very early on.

    Cons

    Although the firm was room for growth in diversity, it's clear this is a strategic priority of leadership and the culture of the firm is very inclusion.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great access to higher management
    Amazing culture environment within the office
    Plenty of variety regarding type of work
    Friendly coworkers makes going to work fun

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season that puts a strain on work/life balance
    Work projects can sometimes be stressful and unpredictable

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing everything you do! Everyone appreciates the open door policy and the opportunity to work with higher level individuals across service lines and locations


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