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Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton
3.6
610 reviews
Grant Thornton Ratings
3.6
Average rating of 610 reviews on Indeed
3.3Work-Life Balance
3.5Pay & Benefits
3.4Job Security & Advancement
3.3Management
3.5Culture
Headquarters
200 King St. West Toronto, ON Canada
Employees
1,001 to 5,000
Revenue
$100M to $500M (USD)
Industry
Consulting and Business Services

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 Average SalarySalary Range
6 salaries reported
$74,333
per year
$37,000-$112,000
1 salary reported
$70,000
per year
$35,000-$105,000
2 salaries reported
$68,350
per year
$34,000-$103,000
1 salary reported
$60,000
per year
$30,000-$90,000
5 salaries reported
$48,000
per year
$24,000-$72,000
Salary Satisfaction
61%
Of the employees are satisfied about their pay
Based on 483 reviews
Benefits
Health Care
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
401k
Paid Time Off
Stock Options
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Overall Reviews at Grant Thornton

2.0
Tax Advisor | Poland, ME | Aug 11, 2015
Cover Letter
Dear Recruiter, As my enclosed résumé explains most of my professional career I have worked in Grant Thornton (GT) in Poland. I specialized in due diligence projects for Polish and international clients. The purpose of those projects was to identify and provide independent and reliable information on the Entity covered by due diligence at the request of potential investor including: identification and assessment of risks and irregularities as well as indicating key information which allows the Investor(s) to make rational acquisition decision. I was responsible for: evaluation of market and competi-tive standing of the Entity, assessment of long-term financial plans of audited Entity, evaluation of correctness of val-uation of assets and liabilities, determination of financial result as well as identification and evaluation of essential economic events having impact on economic and financial standing of audited entity. Due diligence projects in which I participated as a team member or a leading person consist of two parts: business/finance portion and taxation part. Because of that it was necessary for me to gain broad knowledge concerning Polish, European, and International tax laws. Almost 7-year experience has given me advanced knowledge in terms of accounting, tax issues, financial analysis and accounting management. During my work I conducted due diligence of various entities, including: companies listed on the stock exchange and entities being part of international
5.0
Office Administrator | Bristol, CT | Jul 9, 2019
Productive, fast phased and enjoyable
My last firm is a leading tax, audit and financial advisory firm in UK. My typical day as an office admin assistant start with System log in, checking of emails, responding to queries and work requests. I was responsible for Schedule meetings, arrange conferences for my team (Tax). Other duties include drafting of contracts, follow-up client take on, distributing office post, filing and scanning of documents, faxing, letter typing, running tax compliance progress reports, franking of outgoing posts, retrieving documents from external storage etc. In our office I was responsible for maintaining the office supplies inventory by checking stock and ordering new supplies as needed. I have also helped my clients to book their travel and Hotel booking. I was able to achieve all my goals set by my mangers and consistently received positive feedbacks. During my tenure in Grant Thornton there have been several changes to operational processes, software applications and equipment. But dealing with technical and application issues were the hardest part of my job especially when working under tight deadlines. But every changes and up-gradations lead to increased efficiency in the long term. I have gained considerable experience in written and oral communication. I have also become an expert in several office applications, database and research tools additional to MS office. On several occasions in recognition of my performance and extra effort to complete urgent tasks, I had received
3.0
Executive Administrative Assistant | Minneapolis, MN | Mar 22, 2018
Administrative professionals proceed with caution
Please note that I write only from an administrative professional's standpoint. Started out as a great place to work, great supervisor and good people to work with. Challenging, but fair and flexible. A few years ago Grant Thornton started on a new "culture journey" and that sounded great--inclusion, positive thinking, and the like. Turns out it was all rhetoric, because since then the culture has gone downhill. HR is now called "People & Culture," a definite misnomer. National keeps making major changes with no regard to the effect they have on those who actually do the work at the ground level. I realize that this is a business, but I no longer feel like a valued member of a team, now I'm just a number on their books. Administrative professionals have been quitting left and right in the last few years; the company will not replace them, which leaves those of us still left scrambling to keep up. We've been told that partners are being pressured to get out and sell, while simultaneously being given more and more administrative work to track those sales, etc. Yet recently one of our administrative positions was actually eliminated. We're told this all comes from national and not this office directly, and that they don't anticipate any more "rightsizing" (which is what they're calling it instead of downsizing), but the administrative management here didn't even see this coming. I no longer feel appreciated, or any job security here.
5.0
Senior Audit Associate | Chicago, IL | Nov 3, 2013
Danny Torres
 Seniored multimillion-dollar manufacturing clients: Planned, executed and concluded audit, mentored and guided new associates and interns; completed audit on time and under budget  Planed, managed and executed Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies including plans requiring 11-k filling  Performed SOX 404 top-down risk assessment to determine strength of internal controls and audit risk  Executed testing for revenue, including cash, contracts, debt, capital assets, operating expenses, inventory and employee compensation  Obtained an understanding of the clients’ businesses, reasons for unexplained or unexpected variances, and communicated findings with audit team and management to determine appropriate accounting treatment  Assisted team that made possible a $10MM debt offering to a multimillion dollar company by reviewing and assessing Private Equity and Clients financial statements  Initiated and arranged meetings with three prospective clients for the firm, compiled client background information for these meetings, and participated in preparation discussions with firm management  Assisted the firm’s forensic practice with investigating a $1MM embezzlement and $500K insurance fraud  To obtained a better understanding of the process of bringing in new clients, assisted the New Client Investigation department perform background investigations on potential new clients and it’s executives
3.0
Senior Tax Associate | Arlington, VA | Jul 7, 2017
Far from being "Big 4"
I would not recommend this place, especially the Rosslyn office. Management is too concerned with their own P/Ls to truly help anyone besides themselves or their immediate teams. Management is never around the office and rarely shows face. Trainings are joke, they never happen and when they do they are useless information. The partners charge time for time not worked then complain to you about overruns to the budget. Utilization is a useless metric that dictates your success and it is something you have absolutely control over. The partners on engagements want you eat hours to make the clients happy but then complain about you not charging enough hours. They are so far from the big 4 its comical in terms of learning and development, prestige, talent and resources. If you want a job were you are expected to teach yourself everything and not have a champion to help you develop, then by all means go here. Oh and the unlimited vacation policy is an absolute joke. You have to fill out this ridiculous form that completely discourages people from taking vacation. The vacation has been approved so far in advance and management pressures you not to take any time off because of the impact to your utilization.
ProsWork life is good, location is great, some smart people
Consunlimited vacation is a JOKE, 401k is meh, people are incompetent, no training
1.0
Senior Business Consultant | New York, NY | Sep 20, 2021
Good Intentions, Bad Execution, Possible Identity Crisis
Everything looks good on the outside: well manicured corporate image, professional and intelligent colleagues, growth oriented and entrepreneurial business model. But on the inside, its riddled with rot and decay. My two years I saw a lot changes both from an organizational stand-point as well as employee turnover. GT was constantly trying to figure out what they were and what they wanted to do and would go through heavy lengths to rename, reorg and qualify their position to clients. They touted their Russell-2000 clientele stronghold but desperately wanted to be in the F500 ranks of other well established consultancies. If they got in the door at said aforementioned clients it was menial, arduous work at best to help establish a long-term relationship. Management was so sale-centric that often times they would be pitching the next thing while the ship was currently going down on their current project, no life raft in sight. I felt as if it was a "sit down and shut-up" environment should you raise any concerns with project dynamics or even mentoring and career growth for that matter.
ProsSnacks and other freebies in the office, pay to get you there (not to keep you)
ConsStaffing Model, Staff-Aug Work Heavy, NO Bonus, Politics and Sleezy corporate nature
5.0
Tax Specialist | Blantyre, NC | Aug 30, 2018
It is a productive and a lovely place to work in as we have a Friday social bar where all employees interact to learn more from each other
A typical day will begins with planning for the day so that at the end of the day I am able to accomplish my goals and make progress on my assignments. I have learnt quiet a lot of things one of which is to build confidence in what I do and always satisfy the customers by giving them what they want without disappointing them. The work place culture is great as there is an open door policy such that if you have you face a pressing issue regarding work you can always go to the managers or partners and gain guidance and each time I have gone there I have always been assisted. The hardest part of the job was when I worked with a client that was bullying the team members despite the team helping the client on this particular assignment. One great thing I learnt was to keep calm and maintain the team work by ensuring I remain focus on completing the deliverable despite the client's bullying attitude. The most enjoyable part of the job is when I was able to save huge moneys for a major client through a 100 % penalty waiver and a reduction on tax charges that the revenue authority raised from an audit that the revenue authority conducted
ProsWe have a lunch allowance
ConsNon at the moment
4.0
Audit Associate | Milwaukee, WI | Jul 7, 2014
Essential position for technical accounting development as well as project management.
At Grant Thornton, I was an audit and assurance associate for nearly two years, and two full busy seasons. I worked on a range of different types of audits, reviews, and compilations for several key industries in the Wisconsin region. Beginning in my second year at Grant, I started to serve as the 'in-charge' accountant for various benefit plan and audit engagements. As the in-charge, I was responsible for the engagement timing, audit documentation, peer review, as well as the financial statement preparation in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The most difficult part of the job was managing several engagements concurrently, however my hard work and determination provided me the platform in which I was able to provide deliverables in a timely manner. I worked on engagements in numerous types of industries such as governmental, manufacturing, insurance, wholesaler, real estate, IT, as well as the non-for-profit sector.
ProsExcellent benefits, strong peer group, audit & accounting training, resources to perform accounting research.
ConsDwindling market in the Wisconsin region
5.0
Audit Intern | Kansas City, MO | Aug 19, 2014
The launch of my public accounting career.
I worked on three separate assurance engagements. One engagement was a full year end audit engagement of a private company to provide assurance to major creditors and equity shareholders due to material changes in the company’s financial structure where I assisted in analyzing, tracing, and vouching several sections of the company’s financial statements. Next, I worked on an engagement where we performed a quarterly review of a public company in accordance with SEC regulations where I performed analytical procedures, primarily by reviewing all financial statements to compare quarterly interim financial information with comparable information in the immediately preceding interim period and year-to-date interim financial information with the corresponding periods in previous years. Finally, I was in charge of performing analytical procedures related to the cash section of an engagement to audit the fiscal year-end financial statements of a public company in accordance with SEC regulations. I also assisted in various benefit plan engagements when I was not specifically assigned to a client site engagement.
3.0
Accountant | Jamaica, IA | Jul 14, 2014
Productve and interesting workplace which provided me with great work experience
A typical day at work involved preparing audit plans, analyzing financial statements or preparing management letters. I learnt a lot about the hospitality and automotive industry. Most of my co-workers were fun to work with but they needed to extend themselves a bit and think outside of the box. The hardest part of the job was meeting what appeared to be unrealistic deadlines when the client was not even ready for the audit. Sometimes management was very unrealistic in terms of what was required and what could be done in relation to a particular client at a particular time. The hardest part of the job related to my appraisal. It was never possible to have a discussion as the appraisals bore no relation to the actual work done or to my ability. Appraisals appeared to be a weapon to demotivate. The most enjoyable part of the job was to go on a new assignment especially overseas and hit the ground running on matters that I have never experienced before.
ProsWork experience
ConsThe unfortunate appraisal system and the limited scope for promotion
3.0
Assistant Vice President | Gurgaon, Haryana | Jul 1, 2014
Passion for consulting, making a difference by adding value to clients and managing teams as well as clients
At Grant Thornton, my primary responsibility currently is to conceptualize and spearhead project delivery in the areas of strategy formulation, feasibility/ market assessments, fiduciary risk, business planning, commercial due diligence and project management. I have had a steep learning curve having worked across divisions and teams in strategy and transaction advisory in the last 5 years. I have also had the opportunity to work on GT's internal operations development and implementation programmes. A typical day includes ensuring client deliverables are being executed smoothly, managing the project teams across projects and guiding as well as writing the key analysis aspects of the reports, reviewing the overall project reports, undertaking practice management aspects for the team such as invoicing, collections, chasing targets and managing clients to ensure customer delight for the services being provided. I am also actively involved in business development in converting leads into new clients as well as getting recurring work from existing clients. The hardest part of the job is to ensure time management to cover all the above varied aspects and still ensure top notch quality being delivered from the GT stable, managing team motivation against crunch timelines and creating a balance of ensuring development of the team and making work fun for them at the same time. The most enjoyable part of the day is to interact with the clients and their review for satisfie
ProsFlexibility, Firm support for lunch/dinner/drinks to maintain team morale, team activities
ConsLong hours, lower salary than industry, low international exposure, no higher education programs
5.0
Senior Auditor | Madrid, Madrid provincia | Jan 29, 2014
Great experience. The best learning in my professional lifetime.
Typical day. Several activities. Responsible for analyzing and communicating financial information for different companies and clients by supporting internal control evaluation and compliance testing with corporate and government policies. Project managing teams delivering fieldwork, planning and reporting of audit assignments. Measuring risk analysis, assesments and development of audit strategy. Checking and analysing the financial situation, the results of the operations and the cash flow involving working in multi-disciplinary teams. Participation in audits in companies with big turnovers from widely different sectors, obtaining an expansive knowledge of differing business areas. Monitoring and supervising financial statements, reviewing annual accounts, proposals, reports, verifying accounting adjustments and reclassifications. Checking balances of customers, suppliers, banks and subsequent reconciliations. Monitoring responses, bank statements, discounting cash guarantees, taxation and concessions. Learning Former information was learning from the scratch. Management As a Senior Auditor. Team leader of every project.(3 people min) Co-workers Eager to learn and very enthusiastic. Hardest part. Commuting but I loved it. Enjoyable. Developing all the tasks everyday.
ProsLearning and working were the same action.
ConsLong hours.
3.0
Audit Associate | Abu Dhabi | Jul 7, 2015
A Professional and good place to work for
My daily life is the life of any auditor, you go to work, you question, you demand a 'sufficient appropriate evidence', and then finally you reach a conclusion! Of course there is more to that, but well, I don't think the audit life is something that interests most people! I can safely say that everything I know now career wise was gained in this firm .. except for... nothing, everything! I entered as a fresher with no experience at all and haven't even completed my degree yet. I am a chartered accountant now with five years of professional experience, I am also pursuing advanced education at the moment. The past 5 years were truly enriching, most of my education was done during my time in this firm and all my experience was gained here! The atmosphere is good, you work with professional and experienced people, but also very nice and helpful. I think the challenge I faced was delivering the level of professionalism and expertise that are expected of you as a professional accountant working in a reputable firm, and this represents a real challenge when you are just a fresher who is still studying and gaining the knowledge and expertise. The most thing I enjoyed, was overcoming the challenge I just described, passing my professional exams on first attempt while maintaining a strong performance at my job, both done simultaneously. It wasn't easy, but what a relieving and good feeling you get once you've done it!
3.0
Recepcionista | Barcelona, Barcelona provincia | Sep 22, 2018
No aconsejo la empresa a ningún trabajador, salvo como puente para optar a otro lugar
Lo que observé en la empresa es que hay ambiente agradable entre trabajadores y bastante complicidad. A nivel de trabajo, dado que yo solo hice una suplencia, pude observar muchísima cantidad de trabajo y comentarios de falta de remuneración adecuada y de valoración. Los empleados, en su mayoría, no se sienten valorados. A nivel de organización, muy poca de lo que pude percibir, casi diría que apenas existe. Hay bastante caos. Muchas exigencias cuando quieren algo (los socios-jefes) y no se valora ni la actitud positiva ni las ganas de trabajar, ni el trabajo que se hace. Gran desmotivación en empleados que llevan tiempo y los nuevos ilusionados. Empresa típica española donde no se tiene en cuenta al trabajador y se explota todo lo posible. Tipo empresa opus dei, pero sin el desprecio directo que esas empresas expresan por sus empleados. No veo ventaja alguna para trabajar, salvo las instalaciones que son agradables y para quien quiera dar un salto de los estudios a otra empresa puede ser una buena oportunidad, Bien para trabajar un año y pasar a otra empresa. Nada más.
ProsBuenas instalaciones. Buen ambiente entre empleados.
ConsExcasa o nula valoración de trabajadores, sueldos bajos, mucha exigencia a cambio de poco. Descontento de los empleados.

Questions And Answers about Grant Thornton

What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Grant Thornton?
Asked Apr 3, 2018
Be yourself
Answered Nov 14, 2019
If you want to be ignored and made to feel like an outsider, then go ahead and apply
Answered Oct 21, 2019
What is the work environment and culture like at Grant Thornton?
Asked Jul 25, 2016
Working and learning with bright people, client service model. Partners are supporting easy to talk to, no egos willing to invest time with you.
Answered May 17, 2019
Standard public accounting mindset. Do your job quickly and ask little questions.
Answered Mar 18, 2019
How often do you get a raise at Grant Thornton?
Asked Oct 18, 2020
Annually with a possibility of a Christmas bonus.
Answered Sep 16, 2022
Rarely. They use metrics you cannot control to rate your performance low to avoid increases.
Answered Aug 25, 2022
•What are some tips for doing well in the interview?
Asked May 8, 2017
Read about the company and be good at your technical knowledge.
Answered Apr 24, 2019
It is a behavioral interview. Showing personal drive and commitment goes a long way.
Answered Aug 12, 2017
If you were to leave Grant Thornton, what would be the reason?
Asked Mar 25, 2017
Horrible HR department. Very condescending managers. Low pay
Answered Mar 22, 2019
It's the worst job imaginable. Seriously. You work long hours, 0 work life balance, and it's absolutely not a rewarding job unless you find annoying people to be rewarding.
Answered Oct 30, 2017