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Grant Thornton International Reviews

Updated 3 October 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance (some times) good coworkers (in 30 reviews)

  • Good company, good seniors, good work environment (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • But a better work culture than some of the Big 4 (in 32 reviews)

  • long hours, lack of flexibility (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Good work life balance and variety of work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, and depending on role mostly good exposure to interesting projects and cultures. Friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Sometime management can lack accountability and the tone from the top can be unaligned with the day to day work. Difficult to get international opportunities which are highlighted as a positive reason to join.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal direction, clarity and communications. Preach more of the global values within GTIL


  2. "A great springboard to develop your career"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The majority of people are great
    - Some of the managers and senior leaders are inspirational
    - it's a friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    - lack of investment in technology and innovation
    - constant lack of budget
    - hard to truly differentiate in a saturated market

    Advice to Management

    Talk genuinely to your people more often. Be braver in developing your own profile to be inspirational and positive about people's careers.


  3. "GTIL is a good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Grant Thornton International full-time

    Pros

    friendly, supportive, welcoming, international, interesting

    Cons

    is going through very slow change


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  5. "Great organization, agility and flexibility a must for joiners"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Grant Thornton International is the global strategy / coordinating body for the international accounting firm. Being in over 130 countries, there is a unique cultural experience which is exciting to internationally-minded business people. The balance of being a smallish / distributed business (200+ people spread around the world supporting 40k other employees) provides for a great place to develop virtual project management skills and collaboration expertise.

    Cons

    GTI is headquartered in London, and those within HQ see each other frequently and can connect more efficiently. Those elsewhere or traveling often will need to actively maintain 'headquarters' connections through any means necessary. Working international hours (sometimes late nights, early mornings around time zones) can be a strain on a personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Increase dialog on how individuals and groups are supporting the global vision and strategy. The inspiration factor is crucial when people are 'few and far between'.


  6. "Smoke and mirrors for Grant Thorntin International"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of work, knowledgable and capable people that have massive amounts of potential. Big aspirations.

    Cons

    People get rewarded for poor behaviour and more so the higher up the food chain you are. Although their strategy 2020 says their people are at the core of the business this is complete bullocks for the International side of the organization. Leadership treats employees as if they are minions and if they step out of line in their eyes watch how quickly they are paid off and out the door. Likewise if you are a female in this organization your challenges will be even greater, the men in this organization like to feed each other's egos and be mates all day long. They don't respect a strong confident women telling them what to do and will belittle you.

    Advice to Management

    Truly invest in your people otherwise the revolving door will continue and you will lose some truly great talent that your competitors will snatch up immediately. Resource projects appropriately, don't just look at the bottom line, understand how things should be structured appropriately and invest in the right way. So much money is spent on flights for carting leadership around, cut back in those instances so that the strategic projects can flourish and be successful. With success comes benefits for all not just for the elite few who where born with silver spoons in their mouths.


  7. "A great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the people are great and the global work is interesting.

    Cons

    management dont really take much initiative in reward people for their dedication and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    create an appraisal process that actually supports the employee first in what they love doing and second in where the business is going.


  8. "Overworked."

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Gatwick, England
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Gatwick, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid, good benefits scheme

    Cons

    12 hour days, poor HR.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.


  9. "Average work, good life work balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are congenial, can go for a pint together. Some are also quite smart.
    There is plenty of social things always happening.
    It's a growing company and that opens opportunities

    Cons

    In the shaddow of the big 4 for advisory work.
    Leadership is not as bight and committed as in top firms

    Advice to Management

    Try to inspire junior staff. There is a lot of people just watching the days go by


  10. "Friendly work environment and with keen interest in everyone's professional development."

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in a wide range of work at a junior level.

    Cons

    Modest remuneration even after passing exams.

    Advice to Management

    Review pay policies to retain talent against competition from Big 4.


  11. "BORING"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance, flexibility, international travel

    Cons

    No chance for progression, leadership don't care about stuff


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