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Grant Thornton UK LLP Associate Reviews

Updated 13 November 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance encouraged (in 36 reviews)

  • Good opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and work with a large variety of clients (in 10 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 29 reviews)

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  1. "Audit Summer Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Audit Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Intern - Audit Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, everyone is very friendly, social events to get involved with, given lots of responsibility as soon as you start.

    Cons

    Only downside would be there are time's I had no work to do.


  2. "Audit associate"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, varied clients and likeminded colleagues. Graduate programme is well structured and you complete the ACA.

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive, and often over or under challenging depending on the client. There is little consistency in approach in departments that should be fully cohesive.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the standardisation of approach, what's expected, and appraisal process. The first year was under-challenging, and didn't prepare well for demands of in charging teams.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "CAST - Belfast"

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    Current Employee - CAST Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - CAST Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    City centre location. Free fruit.

    Cons

    Timed on how long it takes you to do tasks (complexity not taken into account)
    Wage - paid peanuts for doing the same level of work as an auditor.
    This is not an Admin role! You're better off working in Tesco for more money.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the big companies and reward the staff with a fair wage and more bonuses. The odd bottle of cheap wine is an insult!


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  5. "Advisory"

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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


  6. "Audit Associate"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton UK LLP full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are all nice and it was a pleasure to work with them

    Cons

    Short staffed- partners don't want to recruit, they would rather overwork people to save money
    No work/life balance once you get to in charging a lot of people work on weekends.
    There have been instances of people being off due to work related stress and depression caused by working crazy hours and too much pressure due to not having enough time and staff on each client

    Advice to Management

    Recruit!!!


  7. "GT UK"

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

    I worked at Grant Thornton UK LLP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good client mix, smart co-workers, upward mobility, flexible work schedule, and the opportunity to gain experience quickly.

    Cons

    Wages when compared to other firms and the lack of work-life balance (really depends on the team).

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out how to keep the high performers. Increase salaries so that the cost benefit of working at GT is favorable when compared to other firms.


  8. "Overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grant Thornton UK LLP (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people I met, especially my manager, were amazing!! The experience gained was also top notch.

    Cons

    Long hours were necessary at times when work needed to be done before agreed deadline with the client


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Development and Training"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We get to study the ACA qualification and will be exam-qualified within two years (provided we pass our finals as expected). There is a great focus on people with flexible working and good communication with line managers. Internal training and development is focal with a strong support network and the ability to ask questions to the central technical team.

    Cons

    Generally under-staffed, much more pressure is put on everybody to complete work to deadlines. Pay is a tricky topic and in audit, as I'm sure is the case with many other firms, people don't feel as though their pay reflects the work they are performing when they can find much better pay in industry or other departments/firms.


  10. "Good environment with good people"

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

    I have been working at Grant Thornton UK LLP (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly people with a positive culture
    - Trying to do something a little different from other accountancy firms
    - Well run organisation
    - Moving towards a 'shared enterprise' model (like a light version of John Lewis' employee ownership)
    - Interesting CEO (Sacha Romanovitch) who has capped her own pay at a multiple of the lowest paid employee

    Cons

    - It's definitely a bit different from other big accountancy firms... but it's still a big accountancy firm with all the pros and cons that comes with.


  11. "Good firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice firm, good support network, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of responsibility given to juniors