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Updated December 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance (some times) good coworkers (in 30 reviews)

  • Great work environment, you can learn really quickly from great professionals (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • too much overtime, less work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • You work (and probably learn) as much as on a Big 4 but you don't get as much salary or recognition on your CV (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "auditor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton International full-time

    Pros

    more responsibility, got more exposure into different fields

    Cons

    too much overtime, less work life balance

    Advice to Management

    reason for excessive overtime is need more resources,


  2. "Incredibly Pleasant Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - GTIL Support in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - GTIL Support in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to prove yourself as a strong worker, it's a beautiful office in the Loop, there are many friendly co-workers to meet, and BRGs (Business Resource Groups) to facilitate.

    Cons

    IT is kind of a mess, and the lines between GTI and GT US can blur for many individuals.

  3. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work is appreciated and recognized

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  4. "Associate Adviser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good support for career progression

    Cons

    Fee focused. Referral opportunities get lost


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance (some times) good coworkers

    Cons

    Hours during peak seasons
    Unfair peer feedback

    Advice to Management

    More Upward feedback


  6. "My first year"

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

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

    Pros

    People & Culture, Work experience (variety of industries and working on every part of an audit) and opportunities to bring your strengths to the office (recruiting, community service, culture & diversity, etc.) Also, the buddy/coach system helps a lot with long term career growth as you have 2 people to go to for advice on how to further your career. Despite the lengthy Cons & Advice sections, I could not be more happy with my choice in firms. Ultimately in the accounting field you will have lots of work and long hours, it's just how much can you tolerate or even enjoy those hours while you're there. I, personally, love my peers and enjoy being able to be myself at work; someone who is passionate about community service, diversity in the workplace and sharing about how great this firm is.

    Cons

    FTO plan is great in theory but tough in application. PTO (accrual format) feels more like you've earned the time off, while FTO feels like you're taking time from the firm. Also, short term/immediate performance feedback (& expectations) is completely dependent on your senior in-charge (so either non-existent or really great depending on the individual). There is also a lack of workload balance at each level; high achievers are given more work and low achievers are left unassigned.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the new ratings scale (essentially 1-3) is inefficient as the over achievers have less incentive to continue to push themselves harder than their peers, which leads to the bigger issue. The workload balance (mentioned in the cons section) results in two negative effects: high achievers get burned out and low achievers don't get the opportunity to improve. The job budget focus leads to seniors wanting only the best on their engagements, so often they do extra work themselves instead of adding hours with someone they believe is inefficient. Not sure the specific remedy to this but it's an observation that I believe needs to be addressed to improve turnover going forward


  7. "Promotes within company. Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Grant Thornton International full-time

    Pros

    Promotes from within; good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be long hours during busy season.

  8. "Audit Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International full-time

    Pros

    People
    Opportunities
    International Company
    Exposure to different clients

    Cons

    Need to provide time for on the job training


  9. "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton International full-time

    Pros

    Great values! Strong and compassionate leaders.

    Cons

    long hours, lack of flexibility


  10. "Director of Technology"

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    Former Employee - Director of Technology in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Director of Technology in Miami Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with a multicultural viewpoint as people are distributed around the world. Those below the leader are very open minded people and willing to work with everyone. Leadership simply do not care.

    Cons

    The company is in the process of disbanding the leadership organization that manages all firms. Working at GTIL is bad at this time. The US firm does not see value in IT and has unsuccessfully outsourced IT.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what successful outsourcing looks like. A multitude of case studies are available that show how to do this successfully. Outsourcing "everything" is seldom successful.


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