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Grant Thornton Ireland Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  1. "Outstanding! Long hours (to be expected in public accounting), but the firm was top-notch!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people. They were some of the brightest, kindest and most talented people I could have ever hoped to worked with. They taught me so much, and really made the long hours bearable. I consider many my friends (not just networking contacts) even after leaving.

    Cons

    When I was there, they may have been a bit understaffed at the Associate/Senior Associate level, but this was also not long after the 2008-2009 general economic implosion. I think most firms were cautious about they're hiring during the subsequent couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing -- a part of me wishes I was still there!


  2. "Absolutely awful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Money and pto is not bad.

    Cons

    It only matters who you know and who you brown nose. they do not appreciate your hard work, dedication and knowledge that you bring to work. Management does not care who does what, they just care about the job getting done and they get a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    please appreciate your employees or they will all go away.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A steady paycheck or a source of income.

    Cons

    Grant Thornton is not what I would consider on the same level as the Big 4. If you do your research, they have tons of lawsuits brought against them. Also, they are really sneaky in extending a job offer, in the end they would lowball you. They also have the most intrusive background check, you almost feel like you are running for public office. In the end, they do not have respect for your privacy and it's really not worth it in the end to work for a company with a bad reputation like Grant Thornton.


  4. "Experience is great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experience and the people. There is always work to do. The CPE is very easy to get.

    Cons

    Each office operates as if it is a different firm. The tools are the same from office to office but office structure, scheduling, and annual reviews are done differently.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Extreme hours and travel time. If you break it down to an hourly rate, its probably less than $15."

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Public accounting experience is always key

    Cons

    Not as prestigious as Big 4
    Too many hours for the meager pay
    Public accounting is the stealer of souls

    Advice to Management

    You made it this far, might as well keep screwing the little man.


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy interview process, completely behavioral.

    Cons

    GPS barely invests in new hires, don't drink the cool-aid! You won't learn anything and working at GT is pretty much an industry joke unless you work in accounting. They mostly do staff aug and accounting for their Federal/gov clients. RUN if you want to do anything in human capital!

    Advice to Management

    Train your new hires and get some decent contracts. Also, work on mentoring programs as they are only talk.


  7. "Hard not to kill yourself"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Advisory Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Advisory Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to alot of companies; hifi sounding resume

    Cons

    work sucks, incentive sucks, people are dry, your brain slowly melts away

    Advice to Management

    Make your goals and company realistic. Grant Thornton prides itself on "empowering our people" except in the field you are in you don't need innovative people you need drones. Embrace that.

  8. "Worked for the competitors, Grant Thornton has been the best place to really land"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People. Can't say enough about how nice people are in the Chicago office. I've worked at other big public accounting firms, and the people here are really what make this firm different. I can't speak for the other offices, but the Chicago office has been really great so far.

    Cons

    None of far that I would consider note-worthy compared to its competitors


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Grant Thornton Healthcare Practice HCAP"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    GT is looking to increase its market penetration and brand awareness on the consulting/advisory side. This provides opportunities to contribute toward business development initiatives and identify new opportunities for services. The firm’s culture is pleasant and collaborative, it has a high focus on organic growth. Colleagues for the most part are intelligent and driven.

    Cons

    Within HCAP (healthcare advisory), a team of about 40 consultants, leadership seems a bit lost. The group does not have a strategic plan or direction to compete against larger firms. Salary is market competitive but bonuses are on the low end due to the overall financial performance of the firm. Human resource support for consulting basics like travel booking, time logging, corporate cards, and cell phone is very poor. The structure for submitting career goals, fostering individual development ,and granting promotions is loose to non-existent. Turnover for the practice has been high which negates their aggressive hiring strategy. If you are looking at GT coming from the Big Four or a boutique consultancy, reevaluate your decision.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a business strategy
    Firm up your internal capabilities to support consultants
    Refine structure for setting goals and personnel development


  10. "Winter Auditor Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Grant Thornton is a great firm

    Cons

    I think it still needs more diversity


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