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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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Pros
  • Much better work life balance than big 4 firms (in 169 reviews)

  • Great people that promote mutual learning (in 81 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 106 reviews)

  • Career advancement internally is challenging at accounting firms but great opportunities exist by switching between Big 4 firms (in 96 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Why Didn't I Find GT Sooner?!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This firm has exceed all my expectations. I came from a Banking background to the Consulting world and am amazed at the cultural differences. This is a lean, entrepreneurial firm where they value their staff as the true engines of growth that we are. Actions speak louder than words and GT gets it.

    Cons

    It is a fast-paced culture that rewards entrepreneurial drive. This is not a place for followers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your focus on the quality of life initiatives that you have in place and the staff will continue to support you


  2. "Great place to grow your career"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, great teams to work on, flexibility, pay, good benefits

    Cons

    FTO time policy isn't really a win like they make it sound, you take the same amount off in the aggregate

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to people in the firm and be open to change

  3. "Manager advisory IT"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, pays well, laid back culture

    Cons

    Travel, stress, senior management too focused on bottom line

    Advice to Management

    Spread the work out more, top talent takes on the bulk of challenging clients


  4. "Senior"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Management, small teams, able to take on a lot, able to learned alot, easy to receive advice from upper management.

    Cons

    long hours, inexperienced associates, hard to change industries, need to better allocate staff.

    Advice to Management

    need to fit staff better to industry


  5. "Audit Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, training, and recruiting people.

    Cons

    long hours, very somber work atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    be willing to be family friendly to all levels, not just managers and partners.


  6. "Poor Management Style"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel job offers flexibility and independent work

    Cons

    Projects were retained in regions where it is obtained instead of being shared with proficient consultants nationwide.

    Advice to Management

    0


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be fooled"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be chill; can't say for how much longer that will be. Cons will explain.

    Can be used to further your career in and outside of public accounting

    there are tons of good people to work with

    Cons

    1. Project tempo has turned this job from a seasonally busy to an always busy work atmosphere at least from the audit side. It would be one thing if this actually decreased the hours worked during busy season, but it doesn't. It really doesn't. Also this isn't big four, so there are tons of year end audits not taking place on 12/31.

    2. A lot of turnover has the firm understaffed, and there is no communication from the top about owning up as to why. They lost a lot of people because they didn't want to pay the market rate. And now, they are trying to make the staff who are considering leaving feel bad about looking out for themselves. Of course the seniors and staff are, they realized the Company wasn't.
    *Would like to add a lot of the staff that remains isn't exactly top-notch talent. That's because the staff that left was largely overworked, and the staff that remains wasn't asked to carry heavy work burdens. Not all of them are bad, (some are truly great), but most are untested/ below average.

    3. bonuses and raises were non-existent across the board fueling the major con #2 above. The firm is heavy manager up, but really hurting for experienced staff

    In short, if you're actually good at your job, they'll burn you out, won't pay up, and then complain when you want to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop skirting around the compensation.

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, they are more flexible than other big four firms and provides same incentives.

    Cons

    They have lower salaries than the big four firms

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with their staff more.


  9. "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Not much honestly, mediocre company without good leadership

    Cons

    -Lack of experience in consulting areas they claim to be proficient in
    -Cheap partners, low pay, no perks

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  10. "BRS RAS Senior Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Work 40hrs/week on a non-busy season. Co-workers are friends, easy to get along with.

    Cons

    50-80hrs/week on a busy season. Have some tough clients, so you need to be able to go toe-to-toe with them professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a better compensation package for employees. There's too much disparity in salaries.


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