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Updated March 27, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 78 reviews)

  • Brand not as strong as big 4 or premier strategy consulting shops (in 82 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Nice office. Decent benefits package including PTO. OK compensation for the most part.

    Cons

    Very political. Management churn. Shortsighted approach to strategic vision and corporate office is a blotted bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Give a greater voice to employees; especially those at the lower levels. Increase the transparency of what is going on in the firm. Offer more autonomy to the local offices and decrease the dictates from home office.


  2. "Boring clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good training and competent management

    Cons

    Casinos are not the most desirable places to work


  3. "Position descriptions need to be updated. Employees need to respect each other."

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    Former Employee - Word Processor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Word Processor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Free fruit in the morning, free beverage for lunch, and free snack in the afternoon.

    Cons

    Employees do not respect the time of other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Note: The Word Processor job description for the Report Production area needs to be updated!
    - The Chicago Grant Thornton office uses Microsoft 2013 products (not 2007).
    - The job description requires typing skills of 65+ words per minute. No typing test was given. The person in this position does not require 65+ words per minute. 35 words per minute would be fine. There is very little typing required.
    - The job description indicates the position is 80% Word Processing and 20% administrative assistance. In reality, the position consists almost entirely of cleaning up financial reports for the audit managers. Reviewing the reports to make sure "$" and "(" are not underlined, making sure the tables look good, completing a spelling and grammar check using Word, and reading the entire report (final proof/format) to check for any major mistakes are the main tasks. During the busy season, this job is extremely busy. The department is understaffed for busy season, especially with two new employees.

    Certain auditors like to come up with 5 or 10 minutes left in the day and ask for work that they indicate needs to be done that day. They are either very rude or not very organized. You have to make sure they do not take advantage of you and your time. I stayed past my time and the lead person in the department told me that if you stay late you have to "eat" the time. (I think "eating" the time would be illegal for hourly employees.) She indicated overtime must be approved 48 hours in advance. I talked to my performance coach/temporary manager (who is located in Wisconsin) and she indicated that you mark the overtime when you complete payroll and she did not mention the 48-hour overtime rule. Hmm!

    Auditors are required to allow 48 hours for final proof/format. Multiple auditors expect a 24-hour turnaround. Management needs to ensure the auditors know and follow the rules for work processing. The Report Production area is without an onsite manager, so the employees are not empowered to say "no" when the auditors are not following the rules.

    I had two trainers. One was good. She was methodical, went step-by-step, and was patient. The other was abrasive and condescending, loud, jumped all over the place when describing processes, and was impatient. If the company wants her to continue in a training role, she needs to be provided with training.

    One coworker would come in each morning and spend 10 to 15 minutes complaining about her ex and her current spouse's ex. She also complained about a prior employee that worked in the department. It is not pleasant working with someone who has a negative attitude nearly every morning.

    Grant Thornton Response

    Mar 17, 2017 – People & Culture

    Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience at Grant Thornton. We are disappointed to hear that this was your experience. We encourage you to reach out to your local HR professional to ... More


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  5. "Grass is not always greener on the other side"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, less stressful than Big 4

    Cons

    Unorganized, management lacks in oversite


  6. "Senior Assoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Small office with good chemistry, more people oriented than larger firms

    Cons

    poor work-life balance, mediocre benefits


  7. "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    benefits are good, some people good to work with

    Cons

    over staffed in many areas


  8. "Administrative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bolingbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bolingbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had a great team of people I worked with at one point.

    Cons

    They made many changes and didn't always have the best managers. They laid off an entire IT department.

    Advice to Management

    Poor!


  9. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    -Nice Office
    -Options for switching groups

    Cons

    -People
    -Compensation
    -Hours
    -Lack of Training and delegation of work


  10. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Advisory in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Advisory in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Competitive salary. Ability to leverage knowledge and skills of a large firm's network and brand. Promotion at the earlier career levels (e.g., Senior Auditor, Manager) is based on skills and experience.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge. Very relationship based at the higher career levels (e.g. Senior Manager, Partner). Promotions at these level are weighted more heavily on internal relationships than skills and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on the Grant Thornton Brand. Recognize and promote individuals who have skills and experience that generate revenue for the firm versus those who are internally "liked" by Senior Leadership.


  11. "reputable company, good for entry into corporate"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for team building, appears that most all employees are dedicated to their job and care about doing quality work, pleasant office setting, diverse work culture, very tech savvy

    Cons

    Position is stationary probably 95% of time, entry assignments can be tedious and at times too complex for time-limited contractors to stand behind work 100% before audit takes place or other parties are penalized if not ultimately accurate.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring more local employees, not immigrants or transplants from other GT offices



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