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Updated January 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Much better work life balance than big 4 firms (in 171 reviews)

  • Great people that promote mutual learning (in 81 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 107 reviews)

  • Career advancement internally is challenging at accounting firms but great opportunities exist by switching between Big 4 firms (in 98 reviews)

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  1. "Manager advisory IT"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, pays well, laid back culture

    Cons

    Travel, stress, senior management too focused on bottom line

    Advice to Management

    Spread the work out more, top talent takes on the bulk of challenging clients


  2. "Senior"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Management, small teams, able to take on a lot, able to learned alot, easy to receive advice from upper management.

    Cons

    long hours, inexperienced associates, hard to change industries, need to better allocate staff.

    Advice to Management

    need to fit staff better to industry

  3. "Advisory Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great client exposure for an entry level position
    -Solid benefits (unlimited lime off)
    -Good, but varying work-life balance
    -Great access to Partners
    -Clear career trajectory

    Cons

    -Little to no performance-based compensation makes it difficult to remain motivated
    -Lower comp than Big 4 and other consulting companies
    -Experience varies immensely depending on specific group and the managers/partners you work with
    -Workflow varies and can be slow/boring at times

    Advice to Management

    -Create performance incentives
    -Improve staffing efficiency
    -Improve feedback


  4. "BRS RAS Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work 40hrs/week on a non-busy season. Co-workers are friends, easy to get along with.

    Cons

    50-80hrs/week on a busy season. Have some tough clients, so you need to be able to go toe-to-toe with them professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a better compensation package for employees. There's too much disparity in salaries.


  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    health benefits, work-life balance, networking opportunities

    Cons

    lack of promotions, FTO, CPE requirements, bonuses

    Advice to Management

    remove FTO requirements or pay out employees for their unused FTO


  6. "Tax Associate"

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good work-life balance, depending on department (some dept's busy seasons are worse than others)
    Awesome people
    Good benefits
    Fun company socials
    Great culture

    Cons

    Have to play office politics for first 6 months to a year
    Hammers utilization (but that's expected for public accounting)

    Advice to Management

    Wish there was more training, especially on the tech side


  7. "Marketing at GT"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well organized corporate environment, encouraged to define the departments culture. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Way too many levels of advancement, did not allow star employees to "jump" levels even when it makes sense to accelerate top performers.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that stand-out employees need to be advanced quickly, otherwise they will look for opportunities elsewhere.

  8. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities for a new accountant.

    Cons

    Managers were pushing. Had to work overtime sometimes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Firm but Questions About the Future"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people, and organization overall. The modernization aspects and ability to innovate, growing the business through entrepreneurial ideals, are very attractive qualities of this organization. I've always found my team to be approachable, open, and available to provide feedback. The projects are challenging and allow for growth opportunities at all levels. I feel proud to tell people where I work and I'm confident in the growth strategies of the firm. Leadership knows where we provide the most value and target the right companies at the right time.

    While the firm isn't the most diverse, you can actively see the strides and efforts that the organization is making to grow and develop in this area.

    Cons

    It seems to be a trend in most companies, to introduce a major perk for working at the company and then introduce so many hoops to jump through to take advantage of that perk. Sames goes for GT and their flexible time off policy. This is supposed to be a major benefit but there was the introduction of so many extra approval steps that it just ends up being a headache.

    Also, the introduction of external hires at the partner level, who's beliefs and actions aren't congruent with GT's cultural values, threatens the balance of culture that the organization has worked so hard to implement.

    The constant restructuring of the firm reduces overall employee engagement and belief in these changes. Every time this happens, employees lose faith and confidence in their organization's strategies. Also, the politics that happen through those restructuring strategies create division and confusion among the departments.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that any partners introduced into the firm legitimately believe and have practiced similar cultural strategies in past roles.

    Reduce the number of policies and hoops to jump through in order to take advantage of the firm's great FTO policy.

    Stick to one organizational strategy map for longer durations.


  10. "Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and start your career in public accounting. They offer a very challenging work environment.

    Cons

    should be more patience with developing new employees


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