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Updated August 4, 2017
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Grant Thornton CEO, Grant Thornton International Edward E. Nusbaum
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  • Work/life balance is of course difficult during the busy times/season (in 92 reviews)

  • Long hours however flexible time off is helpful (in 93 reviews)

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  1. "Grant Thornton"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Development Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Business Development Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Shared enterprise, agile working, great culture, engaged partner team.

    Cons

    Lots to do, and the workload


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice leadership, shocking support"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sacha is an inspiring CEO with some very good ideas.
    The quality of training courses and offsite facilities is incredible.

    Cons

    Every support function is severely underfunded and is not empowered to actually help the business - IT systems feel like they have been configured specifically to slow things down. There are multiple internal communications mechanisms, none of which integrate with one another. People processes are horrendous and the central team have been forbidden from practically helping.
    The entire business is stretched, so everyone is busy all the time, extra hours are the norm, far too much is done last minute and there is a general sense of panic most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Sacha should be more visible - something as simple as an annual roadshow would make such a difference.
    There should be real investment in making internal processes simpler (e.g. using Windows File Explorer instead of an archaic and unusable DMS, allowing PAs and the central HR function to make changes to HR records rather than making busy senior people busier).
    Remove the fictional Associate Director grade - it only serves to add an extra level of hierarchy and arrogance.

  3. "Corporate Tax Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Tax Accountant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate Tax Accountant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly teams, excellent breadth of experience, collaboration.

    Cons

    Nebulous profit share arrangements for staff, lack of feeling of engagement to wider business

    Advice to Management

    Fixed bonus structure, make upward mobility more readily accessible, retain staff


  4. "The worst employer I have ever had hands down"

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    Former Employee - Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Literally none - I couldn't say a good word about them. Even the office is rubbish

    Cons

    Terrible at employee management, poor pay, unfair dismissal then try to sue you for pay you were legally entitled to, ship you off to a client on your own then ignore you for months on end, confirmed my end date with my client and not with me

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't even know where to start with Grant Thornton. They were a terrible employer from the day I joined - I went on my induction about two months into my employment. They shipped me out to a client without any other team around me where I did a contractor role on a salary that was about 10% of what they were earning. When I said I was leaving my PM was just awful to me - completely cut me out of all team activities, he confirmed my leave date with my client without my prior consent meaning I was dismissed before the end of my notice period. To add insult to injury GT then tried to sue me for my last months' salary and even with clear evidence (emails!) where I said I didn't agree to the date they kept trying to pursue me for money they weren't owed. My partner went to work here and got signed off for stress because of how awful his PM was in another line of service so it is not an isolated incident. Avoid at ALL COSTS.


  5. "Mrs Anonymous"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Euston, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Euston, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pretty relaxed environment to work for and the location of their offices are pretty nice. Other than that its your basic Accounting firm

    Cons

    Not the best place to work for as they try to limit your progress by tying you down to a three year contract to qualify with them and they do not compensate you all that well. Not that much of a budget for after work activities.

    Advice to Management

    Try to promote from within and not attract from outside the business. Management should also promote lower level of managemnt to progress without limiting their growth


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stable place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility with working hours and ability to work from home.
    stability in your role

    Cons

    pay review system is not great, you could end up with no bonus and no pay promotion this all depends on the grading system which can be quite unfair.

    depending on your department structure is also not great.

    Advice to Management

    more mangers should attend coaching session on people management as this area is quite poor for most.


  7. "Audit"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance.
    Very similar pay to Big 4 but given more responsibility and treated right.
    Training contract.

    Cons

    Qualifications are tough yet is worth it in the end. Busy season is challenging yet is the norm for audit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

  8. "Audit executive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The managers and team are what I enjoy most about GT and the office environment that it creates. There are a number of career opportunities due to the size of the firm which are also attractive

    Cons

    As much as GT prides itself on not being similar to the big 4 the work load is now becoming similar due to time constraints without the compensation that is provided at the big 4

    Advice to Management

    Reward its people better to ensure there commitment and look at the current initiatives to determine if they are truly beneficial or not see as a cost saving exercise


  9. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance on offer & lots of additional benefits as part of overall salary package. A good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical & no clear sense of how to progress upwards in the organisation. Also no sense of communication between the different teams & work streams under one roof.

    Advice to Management

    Better induction training for new joiners should be made available.


  10. "GIA Team"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    9-5:30 job - you hardly sit late, easy going, flexible, chill out

    Cons

    - not much team environment, Unsupportive management, process orientated old school thinking,


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