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Pros
  • work life balance, interesting work, fun group (in 28 reviews)

  • Great people and cultural experience (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • But a better work culture than some of the Big 4 (in 32 reviews)

  • long hours, lack of flexibility (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Grant Thornton is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy access to senior management, talented coworkers, industry leaders in some areas, fairly good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bonuses are not great, salaries are lower than the big four


  2. "Serious and professional culture which expects a lot from their employees, but compensates accordingly."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent Managers
    - Allowed telecommuting
    - Good compensation

    Cons

    - High expectations for billable hours
    - Lots of additional, mandatory tasks on top of billable hours
    - Career advancement is a single linear track

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good environment with smart and helpful colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Private firm
    -Good benefits
    -Small compared to BAH, Deloitte, etc..
    -Easy to talk to senior management
    -Very quick IT support and finance services

    Cons

    -No standardization of deliverable materials
    -Won't pay for parking at home office
    -Won't pay for parking on client site
    -No Downtown DC home office

    Advice to Management

    -Please pay for parking at home office and at client site. It's not cool that we have to pay money to go into the office.


  4. "Good Learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Audit Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in McLean, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned alot good start to get into public accounting. The firm as a whole doesn't quite have the resources that the BIG 4 have but it is a friendly and comfortable work environment with good experience on interesting clients.

    Cons

    Performance feed back tends to get back to you relatively late in the game hurting your ability to fix your mistakes and issues in the work place.

    Advice to Management

    Make your performance feedback especially in the internship program more timely and effective. So that interns may be able to actually address the issues they have in the work place.


  5. "A company with a great mix of people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) There are some really great people at this company - motivated, smart and dynamic
    2) The GT culture is hard to beat - social events include sporting events, many happy hours, picnics...
    3) You can request tickets in the Verizon Center box for multiple events
    4) All hands meetings at the country club are always nice

    Cons

    1) The company is growing fast and cutting back on some of the small things - happy hours etc.
    2) The annual performance review process is not fair to all and the real goals are not given to you up front - it's kind of hard to meet or exceed goals you never knew about. Same goes for getting promoted - nothing is spelled out up front.

    Advice to Management

    Please revisit the annual performance review process.


  6. "Overall, a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Good salaries
    - Friendly leadership
    - Ample training and learning opportunities
    - You can create your own path to success

    Cons

    - Anuual re-orgs are the norm
    - GPS is being forced to integrate more with the accounting side of the firm, including financially
    - Annual performance review process is too cumbersome for everyone involved

    Advice to Management

    - Scrap the "coach" role because although it is nice in theory, it is minimal value-added.
    - What the heck is GPS 2.0? Better change management, please.


  7. "Less hours than big four but less prestige"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Corporate Culture
    Extremely Friendly People
    Constant Review Process After EVERY Engagement
    Good Feedback
    Less Hours than Big 4

    Cons

    Slight lower salary than Big 4
    Less Prestige

    Advice to Management

    Work on the Prestige. Really Sell the Marketing

  8. "excellent place to work so i highly recommend. great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent place to work so i highly recommend. great work life balance

    Cons

    Long busy season hours. Lay offs recently

    Advice to Management

    excellent place to work so i highly recommend. great work life balance


  9. "Public services consulting overall good experience and managers fair, experienced and promote development."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The public services line of business was flourishing with new business from various government entities. I was barely on the bench for the time I worked there. The employees exemplified professionalism and competence. Overall GT provided an overall good working environment and a very productive team environment. Managers are very fair and promote leadership at all levels. Benefits are very comprehensive and comparable to other large companies.

    Cons

    It was fairly difficult to move between the public services and accounting business lines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting hands off approach to allow your team to advance.


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