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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Poor Work Life Balance And Low Perks" (in 121 reviews)

  • "Long hours and not great benefits" (in 121 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "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. "Promotion based on performance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leaders, specifically at the local level . Partners show deep involvement in developing future leaders. Worked at 2 firms prior to GT and firm shows actual commitment in terms of $$ and time to driving an improving culture.

    Cons

    Growing firm experiencing bureaucracy challenges. Taking the step from a $500M firm in the early 2000s to a global $5B+ firm today. While the quality of the work output has seen huge growth, certain back office processes need streamlined.

  3. "Senior Auditor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Florida, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and growth opportunities. In general, people get promoted every year. Time off is generous.

    Cons

    Audit season hours are long. Engagement budgets are often too aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Management should spend more time developing realistic engagement budgets.


  4. "About Grant Thornton"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance and friendly culture

    Cons

    Still growing as a firm


  5. "Status Go"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Firm - lots of opportunities for secondment, department transfer, work in other regions.
    LA office has great people - a lot of them have left since the end of last year

    Cons

    The firm claims to be people first but keeps overhiring and firing. If you are an intern about to start or a new associate, be prepared for half of your class to be fired after 1-2 years. Round tables are cut throat and the smallest mistake, or if scheduling don't assign you enough could be the reason you get fired.
    All of the partners in the LA office vocally do not agree with the strategy of the firm, in particular disagree with decisions made by the west region region audit partner in charge. There is a clear struggle between partners who are powerless against senior management. It is so dysfunctional when it comes to pricing strategy and other decisions that influence market presence.
    Those who are left are overworked even after busy season has ended but everyone is hanging on for retention bonuses and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on marketing spending and invest in your people and software.
    Focus on the future not the bottom line - extend vision of the firm beyond the next three months.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good, growing, changing company. Both good and bad projects."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GT as a whole has a great culture.. but each office/service line has its own which can vary drastically. Flex time off benefit is amazing. Some projects are very cool. The company's smaller size and constant change opens the door for young employees to make an impact.

    Cons

    The constant change & smaller size also has cons - things are simply not as organized and well setup as other top professional firms. There are certain office cultures (Bellevue) that are toxic. The company does a poor job at removing terrible managers which as a result pushes away great talent. Note - all of this is service line specific.

    Advice to Management

    Review the company with the peter principle in mind. Make an effort to improve offices with struggling/toxic cultures by pushing away partners that create that culture... those individuals aren't hard to spot. Also, bet on yourself & take the risk of not accepting crap projects and focus staff on development / targetting strategy projects. Remove partners that can't come to grips with losing revenue short-term in place of capturing better long-term growth.

    Grant Thornton Response

    Jun 1, 2018 – People & Culture

    Thank you for sharing feedback about your experience at Grant Thornton. We focus on offering our employees an environment to communicate openly, while enacting opportunities for our employees to... More


  7. "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible days off, you can work from home and it is located within walking distance to many great cafes and restaurants. Not one of the the Big 4, but well known and respected.

    Cons

    Hours are terrible, cut throat & competitive corporate atmosphere. All the typical problems of large office environments. Frequent lay offs due to the nature of the work.

  8. "Audit associate campus hire"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and work environment, opportunities for advancement and travel both domestically and internationally, committed to culture, flexible time off

    Cons

    Hierarchical like any public accounting firm, long hours during busy season, retirement benefits aren’t as great as other firms might be


  9. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow your personal brand.

    Cons

    Focus is more or image and new work than on current clients. There are some subject matter experts, but most institutional knowledge is overstated.

    Advice to Management

    Work more on quality over quantity. Metrics for promotion focused more on extracurricular activities than contributions to client engagements.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good People for most part. Comp is decent not great.

    Cons

    Busy Season Hrs, "Unlimited" FTO


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