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

  • People are good pros of big 4 without cons of (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • But a better work culture than some of the Big 4 (in 31 reviews)

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

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  1. "Excelent opportunities; smart interesting colleagues who challenge you; great culture and environment."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and supportive enivornment, lower turnover in the consulting group, motivated Consultants and Sr. Consultants, exceptional younger managers and leaders.

    Cons

    Sr. Leadership is somewhat out of touch with the staff and the clients- the success is driven by the excellence of the middle leadership, the staff, and the partners.

    Director level is a position only within the consulting group which severly hampers growth, and is the largest turnover factor for experienced Sr. Consultants, Managers, and Sr. managers and many at the Director level provide very little leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Director level is a position which hampers growth and many at this level provide very little leadership; goals and success for Directors is very poorly defined (they can get credit for everything sold and executed beneath them)- so it is difficult to actually hold them responsible- therefore many directors do not contribute as much as most Sr. managers.


  2. "Grant Thornton great people great balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent culture with flexibility to work on various projects

    Cons

    Additional requirements tied to your performance outside of your normal engagment

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows consider a business development division designated to work on proposals


  3. "Small federal consulting firm with big firm backing"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, good work life balance, reasonable perks, good career ladder with expectations clearly laid out.

    Cons

    standardized practices not fully developed, parking isn't paid for (at home office or client site), annual performance review is not as comprehensive as other firms

    Advice to Management

    pay for parking!


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Overall, a good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Good Learning experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good environment with smart and helpful colleagues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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