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Grant Thornton UK LLP Associate Director Reviews

Updated 9 May 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance encouraged (in 36 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours (if you put the work in) (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes work life balance can suffer due to long hours (in 21 reviews)

  • Although the pay is slightly lower than the Big 4 (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Advisory"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people with a go and get it attitude

    Cons

    Sometimes work life balance can suffer due to long hours


  2. "OK, but...."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ambitious to join the big boys, but not Big4

    Cons

    Cost cutting. CEO focused on own PR


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture but inconsistent and not there yet"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - The people
    - The variety of work
    - The ambition to be the go to firm for growth
    - The Shared Enterprise concept
    - The entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    - Same cons as any large business
    - Can often take a long time to get stuff done
    - It feels like too much is going on, too many changes, too many initiatives
    - The Shared Enterprise concept feels just like a concept in many parts of the firm, need more focus

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the change and go for it. Still too many of the partners putting limits on what their people can do, too conservative, especially when it comes to cultural change


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  5. "Grant Thornton - exceptional place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive, challenging, collaborative, forward-looking, innovative. Grant Thornton is, by far, the best place I've worked - I've been in the industry for 20 years at various employers. Not only is there opportunity to progress, and be rewarded, but the culture and values are not just words - they are embraced. People are able to take responsibility to make things happen, and learn from their mistakes.
    The top leadership team, particularly Sacha Romanovitch, is inspirational. The move to a Shared Enterprise is a huge step forward.

    Cons

    Some smaller departments are not always understood, and this can mean that activities which support them may not be promoted as much as they could be.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the values spread across all departments evenly. Sometimes there persists a mis-match between the corporate and the department voice. The gap is closing, but some departments are more forward-looking than others.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of positives but don't believe all the hype"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Much more human experience than the Big 4.
    Partners are generally very open and approachable.
    Trusted to manage yourself, very positive attitude to flexible working - no face time culture.
    Learning and Development is much more interesting, creative and different to anywhere else I've worked.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are well below the market average and the firm doesn't appear to be interested and/or able to change that
    The Shared Enterprise initiative is at the moment mainly PR froth - expectations have been raised but nothing has changed day to day if you work there
    IT / Systems / Technology are sub-standard and under-invested
    Have all the same tricks as the Big4 to delay promotion / salary increases as long as possible. Bonuses used as a short term retention tool, rather than to drive performance

    Advice to Management

    Rebase pay and reward in line with our competitors. Ensure Shared Enterprise lands for employees and isn't just a series of press releases, dinners and events for the top brass.


  7. "Friendly and dynamic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP full-time

    Pros

    Grant Thornton benefits from having a great group of people across the firm. You can pick up the phone or drop an email to anyone and expect a friendly and helpful response.
    The brand is very strong in the market and the business benefits from a good international network that benefits its transactional service lines particularly.
    Being a substantial firm outside of the Accountancy 'Big 4', but comfortably ahead of its mid-market competitors in size terms, translates into a client base of owner-managed and smaller listed businesses which will really suit people who love deeply understanding their clients' businesses and gives you the opportunity to speak directly to those in control of some of the best private businesses in the country.

    Cons

    Like any organisation with 4,500+ people, Grant Thornton can be a big ship to turn and there will always be a slower response to new initiatives, even if there is a great forum for getting ideas heard.
    If you want to work with huge organisations (ie the FTSE 100) and want to be an auditor then you may not like the client base too!

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing an open forum for great ideas and focusing on the core Grant Thornton market. Remember that the tone at the top is important but so is the buy in of everyone in between top and bottom. Also remember that change and difference for change's sake (eg. the use of a social media platform rather than a simple email or website) is not always the most helpful way to support people doing their jobs.