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Grant Thornton Reviews

Updated November 21, 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. "Experienced audit associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary good work environment the experience is new and different I would suggest starting here out of college. It's a good resume builder.

    Cons

    The promotion raises a significantly less than competitors. The hours very but could be way more than expected depending on the client.


  2. "Losing the charm"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Great potential to build a good culture

    Cons

    Poor pay - Way below even when compared to a mid size audit firm.
    Nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Try to inculcate the culture that you speak of. Put the things in practice.

  3. "Good place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand well respected in the industry

    Cons

    Limited or selective opportunities for growth


  4. "Audit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with young individuals and all who are professional and responsible.

    Cons

    Work life balance & comp


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Tax Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big Four experience with Mid-market feel. Tons of opportunity to seek out what type of industries you want to work in, as well as the types of tax returns you like to work with (i.e. 1120, 1065, 1040, etc).

    Cons

    After a while you can get stuck working on companies or tax return types that you are not interested in. Or in my case, forced to moved to SALT from Federal tax, then 2 years later forced to move back to Federal when one of the former employees came back.

    Advice to Management

    Get away from the old school Arthur Anderson mentality that resonates from top management. Create your own identity. One that top talent will want to come work for either straight out of school or from other firms.

  8. "Business Advisory Experience"

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    Former Intern - Business Advisory Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Business Advisory Intern in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Intern events instead of client on Fridays (all paid)
    Emphasis on company culture

    Cons

    Lack of communication with HR
    Delayed feedback and reviews
    Lack of diversity on projects
    Real differences between what's sold during recruiting, and the actual intern experience

    Advice to Management

    Put an Advisory recruiter in Boston full time


  9. "Senior Manager Audit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is flexibility in schedule with an emphasis on culture and work life balance. The clients are the right size and complexity to provide the right challenges to a growing and experienced professional

    Cons

    At the stage of Senior Manager there does not appear to be a clear path or transparency on projected path to partner. There is uncertainty on whether you will be partner or if you are being exited from the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency on performance status and plans for the future. Actually engage in the process and come to the collective right answer and then communicate that message out, frequently.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Eye -opening experience -The phrase “just an EA” is used far too often."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time

    Pros

    The office is business casual and in a decent location. There is also an opportunity for free training or “refresher” training on certain office software if you are in administrative support. If you are lucky enough to support a service line that values your input and empowers you to do your job, you can count yourself lucky. I got lucky in this regard. Good place to get your “feet wet” for those wanting to jump into the public accounting arena or new to the workforce.

    Cons

    • Office politics (interpersonal skills) & not performance play hand in far too much & input appears to be encouraged to pacify not improve.
    • Culture journey teaches you how to play "office politics" with a smile
    • Processes are unnecessarily complicated & very little guidance is offered.
    • Lack of communication, organizational structure & clear guidelines across all levels causes unnecessary confusion
    • Compensation low for experience; no opportunity for bonuses and extremely low raise percentage if any at all
    • Support staff treated as they should be seen not heard
    *Under utilizes the technology at their fingertips

    Advice to Management

    Ask, listen & digest feedback from those that support you. Their voices can add value. Being told you have a job is a "perk" is not exactly a morale booster. You should also make an attempt to make them feel as if their voice or position is not any less important than an intern, manager or anyone else.

    Grant Thornton Response

    Jun 29, 2017 – People & Culture

    We are disappointed to hear that this was your experience at Grant Thornton. We focus on offering our employees an environment to communicate openly, while enacting opportunities for our employees to... More


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