Overall Reviews at Grant Thornton
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 ...more
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
Senior Auditor | Dallas, TX | Mar 30, 2020
Large public accounting firm
Grant Thornton offers a growth environment in which you will continually be learning, however there is constant change and you never quite feel like you fully get your feet on the ground before it is on to something new.
The 'work/life balance' is not as great as they try to sell it as. Busy season, as at most public accounting firms, is brutal, and off-peak season is normal 40+ hour weeks.
Flexibility comes in the time off - as long as you book it far enough in advance (i.e. there is no limit to time off but only if you hit utilization goals and are unassigned for the period you are requesting off).
The managers and partners are very supportive and the culture is one of diversity and inclusion.
ProsGood benefits/pay/stability. Supportive management. Growth opportunities.
ConsPoor work/life balance. Constant change. Draining mentally and physically.
Senior Consultant | Alexandria, VA | Apr 5, 2019
Culture is a Farse
People say one thing and then do another. Very unprincipled management who is more concerned with brown nosing for the customer than providing effective and radical solutions that the customer can benefit from. Management philosophy is that customer satisfaction is about providing the customer with their wants rather than their needs. Even if this means abandoning or simply ignoring basic management, internal control and process improvement principles to keep the customer "happy" albeit, never satisfied. Management will rather maintain the status quo than drive initiatives that will help the client to grow. Very unfortunate, depressing and disturbing that this is the model that is truly followed rather than the models that are preached.
Consultant | Chicago, IL | Sep 7, 2018
Great firm now but will be even better in the future
Grant Thornton has invested in such a big way to improve the culture of the firm. It was a great place to work. However, I believe there is still more work to be done to change attitudes and beliefs at the partner level. The partners still behave much too posessively over the clients and over people resources. The needs of the client needs to be priority number one of all partners. There will be no limit to Grant Thornton's growth potential once partners truly get behind the need to bring the best resources of the firm to the client, regardless of what geography or practice area those resources reside.
ProsGreat people, significant improvement in culture
ConsPartners are still too territorial with the firms clients and the firms people resources
Senior Audit Associate | United States | May 8, 2018
Valuable experience but limited opportunity.
As with public accounting at any large firm, offers valuable experience. GT's size allows seeing many different companies in a short period of time.
While there is significant training to assist in performing job duties, there is limited opportunity for personal career development or specialization. Grant Thornton also has a particularly toxic work environment and rapid turnover. Majority leave by the end of first senior year either by choice or by force. It is made clear that employees are easily replaced and the company makes use of this to maximize profit.
Obviously public accounting is not for everyone and experiences vary from person to person.
Tax Associate | Chicago, IL | Mar 24, 2019
Excellent company with plenty of room for career growth.
Working at Grant Thronton has acted as a launchpad for my career. I was provided with numerous opportunities across different business lines. Being able to be exposed to so such a wide variety of tax services gave me a broad background I will be able to carry for the rest of my life. GT has a serious focus on culture and there is an accepted understanding that work is not your entire life. The company cares about promoting the interest of their employees. If you are curious about something, all you need to do is ask and you can get involved with an applicable project and gain that experience.
ProsGreat people, strong culture
ConsLong hours during busy season
Staff Accountant | Oakbrook Terrace, IL | Mar 15, 2020
Good benefits, low pay, good people
The salary was lower than market value, which was unfortunate. The busy season coincided with the company's FYE, which is July 31. July-September became black out periods for the Controller group. The culture was pretty strict and rigid. You had to email 6 accounting managers to be able to request to leave early, let alone a day off. Not flexible in being able to work from home. Not much advancement unless someone left. Left in the dark about management decisions. Not a flexible culture like the external office in downtown Chicago.
The good-- great retirement, insurance, and FTO (unlimited time off). People were very nice to work with.
Associate | Arlington, VA | Feb 14, 2019
Be prepared to not have much downtime
The culture they "promote" is a joke, only focusing on who they like. They also don't foster a culture of autonomy that makes it hard to be creative. They could use more diversity in their leadership and not keep hiring young students from college to pay peanuts and force to keep over a 95% utilization rate (billable hours). The FTO policy is a joke if you want to exceed your goals to get promoted.
There is much work to be done to ensure retention and especially diversity.
ProsDecent pay, lots of training
Conslack of diversity, personal views get in the way of professionalism
Tax Accountant | San Juan, PR | Oct 16, 2018
a typical date
Kept the books for non-for-profit organizations, including but not limited to, journal entries, preparing payroll, reconciliation reports around all accounting cycle. Assisted the firm owner to maintain all the business non-for-profit organizations in compliance with the necessary requirements. Prepared Puerto Rico and Federal Tax returns, payroll quarterly reports, withholding at source tax for services rendered. In additional, assisted the firm owner to audit some clients’ accounts to see if they met the necessary standard process.