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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 101 reviews)

  • Brand not as strong as big 4 or premier strategy consulting shops (in 95 reviews)

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  1. "Manager Technology Solutions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have Oracle Cloud Projects

    Cons

    Sr. Managers that run projects are not very organized
    Has diversity issues
    There are no vacation days you have to approve when you off with your manager
    No since of culture for new hires

    Advice to Management

    Have organized projects that follow the SDLC
    Have more flexibility on projects
    Ensure your team has more support


  2. "Find another job."

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    Former Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility about where in the company you end up. A decent amount of slack on meeting your billing goals if you're lower down on the totem pole

    Cons

    There are a lot of positions on contracts (I had one once) where you do 1 hour of work a day and then warm your seat for another 7 hours, and bill all of it to the client. Unethical, and unlawful, but every government contractor does it.

    No support on getting onto a new contract if your current one ends (and no one tells you your contract is about to end until a few weeks out). You're left almost entirely to your own devices to find a new contract to work on. You'd better be good at networking, or else you're getting laid off.

    Too many competing goals. Meet the billing reqs (95% of hours), but also attend all these mandatory meetings you can't bill for, and take these 40 hours of classes you can't bill for, and work on all these proposal teams you can't bill for. If you want to get promoted, work on those proposals for an extra 20 hours per week, but make sure you meet your 40 hour billing target, or else you won't get promoted either.

    It's next to impossible to convince management to get you a piece of software unless they're 120% convinced you need it to do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Please, for the love of Pete, get some software program where managers can post their needs for a contract, and Associate and Sr. Associates can see where they could fit. I know they exist; my friends at other smaller contracting companies tell me about theirs.

  3. "Grant Thornton PR"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in San Juan, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, diverse industries experience

    Cons

    Poor Salaries, Excessive workload


  4. "Not the best internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Internship in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton as an intern

    Pros

    People were nice, flexible work hours if it was cleared by your senior.

    Cons

    They limited the intern hours to 40 hours a week with almost no way to have overtime approved since they started sending work out to India. Wouldn't even let me come to a client site when I was unassigned with nothing to do in the office. People get judgey if you don't go out to lunch with them.


  5. "Stay 2-3 years then get out"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Learning experiences.
    Can work from home (sometimes).
    Young workforce.

    Cons

    FTO policy is a scam.
    Client base is filled with companies that lose money or are heading for bankruptcy. I can't remember the last time I worked on client that made money.
    Partners fail to generate good business and build client base.
    Low pay.
    Benefits are well below market.
    Hours aren't as bad as Big 4 hours, but it's still not great for work life balance.


  6. "RCS Admin"

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    Current Employee - RCS Administrative in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - RCS Administrative in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Able to move work schedule slightly.

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement opportunities, low pay, heavy workload.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Slim Down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    The people at this firm are genuinely interesting and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Unrealistic utilization goals for associates and senior associates. Grant Thornton is looking to expand its influence but has drastically over hired and many hires have to wait months to get on a project. Paying employees 65k + to do busy work and not get staffed is a bad business practice.

    Advice to Management

    Don't over hire and leave new associates stranded on the bench for months on end because there aren't enough projects to staff them on.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Confused by their succession track"

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    Former Employee - Experienced Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Experienced Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remote, Opportunity to work on multiple projects, Decent client base, Good benefits, Decent pay, Nice offices, Great training, Expanding market share

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in sales credit, "Boys will be boys" is acceptable by HR, Upper Management lack of involvement in specialty practices, People leave due to inappropriate workplace behavior

    Advice to Management

    Understand where sales come from and who receives credit, Seek out basics to equality in the workplace, Don't tolerate workplace misconduct

    Grant Thornton Response

    Apr 28, 2017 – People & Culture

    We are truly disappointed to hear that this was your experience at Grant Thornton. Grant Thornton embraces all people, regardless of gender, race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation... More


  9. "Good...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people in the firm

    Cons

    Difficult clients where the Partners/Principals will work to make them happy at the expense of GT staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Advisory Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you take advantage of it, the culture is great. They promote a better work-life balance than the Big 4 companies. The flexible time off (FTO), versus PTO at other companies, allowed for the flexibility that some people need in their lives. The senior management is good about not throwing work on your plate last minute.

    Cons

    (1) Annual reviews and promotion process is subjective, your interpersonal skills are more important than your knowledge in the work you do. If people like you, you're good to go. (2) Out of the 10 or so senior management (managers, directors, and above), only one added value to the client and to my own career path. (3) Travel can be inconsistent year to year - anywhere from 20 - 80%. So if you're quoted a travel percentage don't get attached.


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