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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 92 reviews)

  • Long hours however flexible time off is helpful (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "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"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is a bit better than Big4. It's a fun place to work. Many offices have frozen yogurt machines, ping-pong tables and even pool tables in NYC office. Frank Kurre (NYC OMP) does a wonderful job interacting with EVERY employee. I feel like he knows everyone in the NYC office by name. The parties were great and the technical development I received from my managers was much appreciated.

    Cons

    Its hard to win work and compete against Big 4. Specially with larger engagements. Even though GT is the 5th largest public accounting firm, it lacks the resources that Big 4 firms have. There isn't enough clients to stay fully chargeable in your business line so you have to constantly seek work from other groups.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job with the culture.

  3. "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people; it's almost odd how similar everyone's personality is.
    Upper management is extremely conscious of the business, and it's constantly communicated as far as the staff level on a monthly basis.

    Cons

    Upper management tend to solely focus on the business side and communication of it to the rest of the firm (sometimes less is better), the "pulse of the office" is often not gauged or known by Managing Partners at any one point in time. There is too much emphasis placed on the staff understanding how the business works, yet no one can quite explain the logic in the performance reviews, and how it benefits employees on a personal level.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time boasting about beating budget and exceeding prior period revenues. Continue to push the importance of performance feedback and individual performance on engagements. If you're going to share aspects of the business, include prospective clients, make the employees feel as though they're being included rather than bragged to.


  4. "Fast paced environment with lots of opportunities. High turnover."

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    Former Employee - Manager, Comp & Benefits in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager, Comp & Benefits in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, smart, fun people. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Turnover was a large hindrance. Other business (larger) units drives the company, which creates a lot of extra admin work on managers etc.

    Advice to Management

    Share associates with the smaller business units to help shoulder (& train) the admin load.


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Great place for women to work. 12weeks 100% pay maternity leave and flexible. Unlimited time off. Company well invest in their employees.

    Cons

    Busy season can be hard but it's better than big 4. Sometime you will get pressure to meet high utilization.

    Advice to Management

    Doing great


  6. "Good Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good size; great senior management

    Cons

    While the firm intends to have a great culture, I think that nice culture is more-so found on top with senior level people who try to have it trickle down to staff but it doesn't seem to trickle down the way they expect it to. May be a millennial thing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The growing pains of an expanding firm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, boundless energy, cooperation and collaboration

    Cons

    The disparate systems provides a crazy poor experience - especially when it is largely a DIY approach. I spend more time trying to figure out the system functionality (sales, billing, service agreements, etc.) and enter in the right information than I am with servicing the client.

    Advice to Management

    Invest heavily in an enterprise/integrated system (ERP) and provide onboarding that introduces these applications.

  8. "Good if you want to be a federal consultant"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, good people, very supportive of career growth.

    Cons

    Unreasonable utilization standards at entry level.


  9. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture and client base

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season


  10. "Great place to start out!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They really value professional development and there is always help available when you're just getting started. Great place for a person just graduating from college to start!

    Cons

    Not quite as much name recognition as the Big 4, but GT is a significantly better place to grow and the brand is still great!


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