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Grant Thornton UK LLP Associate Director Reviews

Updated 7 February 2018
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance encouraged (in 43 reviews)

  • The flexible working that is being pushed is also very useful for fitting work around your life (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay feels slightly under market rate but you do get more opportunities and work life balance than competitors (in 22 reviews)

  • Although the pay is slightly lower than the Big 4 (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Working for Grant Thornton UK LLP"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Inclusive, ambitious and worthy vision.
    Strong values based culture - doing the right thing.
    Great people.
    Great clients.
    Flat hierarchy and approachable leadership.
    Exciting future.

    Cons

    The constraints of a regulated entity can sometimes frustrate the pace of innovation (we all recognise the rules are there for a purpose).

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on Vision 2020.


  2. "It all comes down to your team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Grant Thornton really encourages you to bring your whole self to work. They really care for their people and will ecourage you to get involved in whatever you feel passionate about whether that be mentoring less fortunate individuals, cleaning up the river Thames or supporting co-workers with mental health issues.

    Cons

    Whilst Grant Thornton can be a fantastic place to work it does always come down to the team that you work in. Some teams are on board with supporting individuals but others less so

    Advice to Management

    The behaviours and attitudes of those teams which foster talent and support their members needs to be copied and enforced accross the firm consistently.

  3. "My time at GT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chelmsford, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chelmsford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me Grant Thornton represents an environment in which there is an uncapped potential to learn and develop and where team and culture is of the utmost importance.

    Cons

    Grant Thornton claims to pay competitive market rate salaries which are benchmarked against its peers. However, I continuously hear market stories of people earning more competitive rates. I think we would attract and retain staff better if we addressed this shortfall.


  4. "Life at Grant Thornton - I am very happy here and you can be too!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Forward-looking and wonderful female CEO
    Excellent corporate culture
    Helpful and supportive partners
    Treats staff fairly
    Flexible working arrangements
    Good with staff with children
    Excellent client base
    Interesting and highly varied work
    High quality of outputs and deliverables
    Likeable firm
    Good cafeteria!

    Cons

    Pays a little less than Big4 but access to partners is much easier

    Advice to Management

    Keep on competing with the Big4 for people and talent, we are every bit as good, and our clients love what we do


  5. "Should Ibecome an Advisor ?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Grant Thornton have the right vision, that of a vibrant economy, they are looking to work with people prepared to open their mind and support like minded organisations look for gorwth

    Cons

    The business is on a journey, some way to go and will depend on each and everyone havign a clear vision

    Advice to Management

    implement 360 reviews to get real feedback


  6. "Current view of Grant Thornton"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best things about working at Grant Thornton are:
    - flexibility and being able to plan your time around you and the trust that people give you to get the job done;
    - people are on the whole all approachable, very nice and are all working to deliver the best job;
    - if you push yourself and pro active you can climb the ranks quickly; and
    - work is interesting and two engagements are never the same.

    Cons

    Downsides include:
    - too much time spent by senior people on marketing a brand which whilst important should not become the number 1 priority. Due to this i often feel clients and bidding for known opportunities can become secondary to more 'fluffy' stuff which i sometime struggle to see the value add;
    - training our people. In some parts of the firm there is an expectation to "get it" and there needs to be recognition that some time is required to be spent developing people.

    Advice to Management

    Less time on brand, more time on engaging with clients and developing people.


  7. "Grant Thornton employee"

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

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

    Pros

    There are fantastic opportunities to grow and develop your career at Grant Thornton. The business is growing and means that as individuals we can grow to as people and advisors.

    We talk a lot about 'unlocking the potential for growth' in our clients but were certainly do what we say, by trusting employees to act autonomously to get the work done and enhance your career. Using our flexible working environments and allow individuals to seek out new opportunities in their chosen field or in other areas within Grant Thornton.

    Grant Thornton is big enough to have a large corporate feel but small enough that you can get to know people on a personal level across a number of offices.

    Cons

    We have a large international presence - this is not as good as the big 4, and so I feel that at times to service our clients, as many will have international presence, we need to ensure we have identified the correct needs of our member firms.

    Advice to Management

    To grow the business we need to pull our internal resources and be the best at what we do and try not to compete with the big 4 on areas where we lack the experience or expertise. By trying to compete it may damage our reputation in the long term.

  8. "Advisory"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "OK, but...."

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture but inconsistent and not there yet"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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