Grant Thornton International

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176 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good (in 17 reviews)

  • Fewer hours and less stress than big 4 (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of investment, weak infrastructure compared to Big 4 (in 25 reviews)

  • If you're expecting great work life balance, public accounting is never the way to go (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    "Ad hoc" is the name of the game, in all things...if you like staff aug, this is your place

    Current Employee - Manager  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work/life balance is pretty good. All staff is generally friendly. Great holiday party.

    Cons

    Federal practice tries to figure things out as they go vs. putting together a discernible strategy. Low-end consulting - 99.9% of work is staff aug. "Not invented here" mentality is pervasive. Collaboration feels like an assembly line process - people focus on their respective "part," but don't focus on the overall "machine" being built. Continual "restructuring" of practice leaves feeling of utter confusion, in everything. Career management practices are a joke, and change each year.

  2.  

    Grant Thornton is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy access to senior management, talented coworkers, industry leaders in some areas, fairly good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bonuses are not great, salaries are lower than the big four

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Small federal consulting firm with big firm backing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Alexandria, VA (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, good work life balance, reasonable perks, good career ladder with expectations clearly laid out.

    Cons

    standardized practices not fully developed, parking isn't paid for (at home office or client site), annual performance review is not as comprehensive as other firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay for parking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Serious and professional culture which expects a lot from their employees, but compensates accordingly.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Grant Thornton International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Excellent Managers
    - Allowed telecommuting
    - Good compensation

    Cons

    - High expectations for billable hours
    - Lots of additional, mandatory tasks on top of billable hours
    - Career advancement is a single linear track

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good environment with smart and helpful colleagues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    -Private firm
    -Good benefits
    -Small compared to BAH, Deloitte, etc..
    -Easy to talk to senior management
    -Very quick IT support and finance services

    Cons

    -No standardization of deliverable materials
    -Won't pay for parking at home office
    -Won't pay for parking on client site
    -No Downtown DC home office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please pay for parking at home office and at client site. It's not cool that we have to pay money to go into the office.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need to stop hiring rejects from Big 4

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Auditor  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior IT Auditor in McLean, VA (US)

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Loved the teams i worked with but the managers were just ignorant and never wanted to help out.

    Cons

    Management was never transpareent and told stories to conceal the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Will never work there again

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor to below average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits, opportunities to bring in new business since it's a relatively small firm

    Cons

    Sub-par performers, poor promotion criteria, below average management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent, be fair, reward strong performers not just based on billable hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Intern  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in McLean, VA (US)

    I worked at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    Learned alot good start to get into public accounting. The firm as a whole doesn't quite have the resources that the BIG 4 have but it is a friendly and comfortable work environment with good experience on interesting clients.

    Cons

    Performance feed back tends to get back to you relatively late in the game hurting your ability to fix your mistakes and issues in the work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your performance feedback especially in the internship program more timely and effective. So that interns may be able to actually address the issues they have in the work place.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Global Public Sector

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    The staff are friendly and cordial to each other and you virtually always have the ability to work at your home office.

    Cons

    The work is not interesting or rewarding, it is hard to leave a project even after a year or more, and the staff turnover is quite high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I work in the government practice, which has no synergy at all with the accounting firm. The CEO is not relevant to our work and does not show much respect for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A company with a great mix of people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA (US)

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International

    Pros

    1) There are some really great people at this company - motivated, smart and dynamic
    2) The GT culture is hard to beat - social events include sporting events, many happy hours, picnics...
    3) You can request tickets in the Verizon Center box for multiple events
    4) All hands meetings at the country club are always nice

    Cons

    1) The company is growing fast and cutting back on some of the small things - happy hours etc.
    2) The annual performance review process is not fair to all and the real goals are not given to you up front - it's kind of hard to meet or exceed goals you never knew about. Same goes for getting promoted - nothing is spelled out up front.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please revisit the annual performance review process.

    Approves of CEO

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