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Grant Thornton UK LLP Reviews

Updated 22 October 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. "Grant Thornton - the pros and cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very friendly company to work for, with lots of opportunity for making your career what you want it to be. There are lots of training courses, which are tailored to specific disciplines, and soft skills.

    Cons

    The appraisal process is unnecessarily long-winded and takes a one-size fits all approach.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible, when in the office sit with different departments, not just your own


  2. "Top firm with a focus on shared responsibility"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge focus on shared responsibility - trusted to do a good job and I'm hugely motivated by this.
    Always looking to challenge ourselves and re-define what's important

    Cons

    Budget is a little tight, so more creative ways of working are sometimes necessary, but with an open dialogue, the reasons are always clear


  3. "Audit Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    I love working in a vibrant company, with like-minded people who can provide support and teamwork in a friendly atmosphere. I have always felt valued and progression through my career has come naturally and at a pace led by my own ambitions.

    Cons

    With any audit practice, the moving of staff on a regular basis can cause discontent and murmurings across the department, however the regular drive to recruit great new people who fit into our team ethic has had a great effect on morale.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the forward looking management, keep working hard on our people and our future people,e and giving both ourselves and our clients the greatest experience we can.


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  5. "Grant Thornton Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England

    Pros

    Autonomy, ability to go through the grades fairly quickly, responsibility given from an early stage

    Cons

    Lack of wider bid, and marketing support to grow the business, inflexbility with regards systems and processes

    Advice to Management

    Replace key central staff who leave


  6. "Culturally differentiated"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager 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

    Friendly almost family environment within commercially sustainable firm

    Cons

    Could do with being more agile

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to give direction at times...collaboration is great but can be overused


  7. "Made very welcome with lots of support"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for career development and training. If you take the initiative to work with other service lines you will them receptive

    Cons

    Not sure yet - not been here that long

    Advice to Management

    Live the values


  8. "Flexible working, Supportive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Grant Thornton really supports its employees. Having experienced a recent, family emergency, I was fully supported throughout. I really like the fact that flexible working is offered and fully supported and I work with wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Our office doesn't yet offer lunchtime yoga classes (!) I jest. In my current role and position I cannot think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the value and requirement for interim and performance reviews but do not feel these are needed for administrative roles. I personally value clear and honest communication and dialogue and find more value in this.


  9. "Good culture"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company are very good at looking after their people. They're also making good inroads into raising their profile which means in future they will be a more well-known and respected company to work for. There are a lot of opportunities for progression within the firm, with a wide variety of secondments available. The firm are more than generous when it comes to exams and supporting you through your studies.

    Cons

    It is not a part of the Big Four and I worry that it may hamper career progress moving forward. The work/life balance can be difficult to maintain, especially in busy season, but there is a policy in place to counter this (TOIL), meaning that, in theory, you are compensated with extra time off if you have worked overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing to continue to grow the firm and gain recognition.


  10. "Tax Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Flexibility
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing significant to be discussed


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Big 4 audit model without a Big 4 reputation"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Liverpool, England
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, knowledgeable and approachable staff across all levels of the firm – I feel wholly confident approaching everyone to be treated with respect and patience. Some staff have been here for years but are still open to change and are very welcoming and willing to share their excellent knowledge of the sectors they work in.

    Great office facilities in the North West. Well provisioned, attractive and with good ICT facilities.

    Pay/benefits is only slightly below some larger competitors but the hours are significantly better. We’re contracted for 7.5 hours per day which, other than busy season, is broadly reflective of reality.

    Good training provision and a fantastic culture which supports time out of the day job to attend sessions along with encouraging other things such as secondments to internal departments and external organisations.

    Vibrant Economy appears to be a genuine effort by leadership to attract great clients and staff. It also has the potential to put in great foundations to grow the various business lines of the firm.

    Almost all clients are good to work with. An internal push to exit difficult/unprofitable/unethical clients should hopefully remove some of the stress inducing jobs – I really hope this materialises.

    Cons

    No responsibility taken by individuals for difficult decisions such as what jobs we’re bidding for/withdrawing from/staff recruitment. Questions enter the ether and emerge from some kind of committee that is never explained (despite the question being asked). This black box model makes me wonder who is actually making decisions? Is it HR, individual partners, or central office?

    Cost cutting over the last 12 months has resulted in some (not all) managers being very peculiar about approving expenses/TOIL. Eg not responding to requests and taking the time to google a mileage claim and asking why someone has gone a few miles above what google maps says. Is there so little trust/respect that people are trying to ‘earn’ an extra £3?! The idea that we should scrutinise our expenses as though it is our own money will be difficult to achieve when we have no incentive to do so. The Reward element of Shared Enterprise is obviously a joke – a pro-rated bonus after 3 years on all the superior profits above the already high targets – after taking out the 66% partner share.

    Trainees are explicitly treated as disposable on a churn and burn basis. The Big 4 style exam policy results in good employees being frozen out of progression and effectively (and sometimes overtly) being forced out the organisation by a very vocal HR department. This appears to frustrate the audit department who have to go through long processes to retain staff during busy season etc who have received good performance ratings and feedback. Nobody seems sure as to why they’re so keen to fire people when the department, at times, struggles to recruit high calibre staff.

    Performance reviews are based on expectation documents which are deliberately ambiguous/impossible to achieve in order to refuse promotions and keep payrises to a minimum in order to help prop up the department budgets. The reality that they’re clearly decided on more than this, including who you know, is a reality of big organisations but it’s embarrassing for the managers how obvious this is. Being ‘discouraged’ from discussing these decisions and pay furthers the lack of transparency around the (sometimes large) salary discrepancies between people at the same grade – eg removing the salary bandings from the intranet.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the impact of some existing HR policies on the firm’s longer term overall reputation.


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