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Grant Thornton UK LLP Senior Manager Reviews

Updated 14 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. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work for"

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

    - great work life balance
    - good salary
    - Vibrant Economy initative is a game changer and gives real purpose

    Cons

    - not the best benefits package

    Advice to Management

    - keep doing what you're doing


  2. "Great place to work"

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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 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The firm is large enough to have great facilities (e.g. really nice, recently refurbished London offices) and resources (e.g. training centre at Bradenham) and attract really good people to it, but still maintains a friendly and informal feeling. Being a shared enterprise means that everyone in the firm has a part to play in making decisions, and gets to share in the rewards - which makes me more motivated to work hard. The current CEO, Sacha, is a really inspirational leader to work with. Working hours are flexible, and lots of people work from home or other sites.

    Cons

    The whole performance management/appraisal/pay process is not as transparent as it should be, which can be frustrating at year end time. Some of the systems used at the firm are outdated, and not fit for purpose (e.g. timesheet/billing system) which takes time/energy away from the day job.

  3. "Senior Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I can honestly say that Grant Thornton is the best company I have ever worked for, and is the reason I have been here for so long! My opinion is listened to, I get involved in exciting work and there are opportunities across the firm to take advantage of. Team this with agile working and it means that I can have a healthy work life balance, giving my best to the business but also to my family.

    Cons

    Business is growing and therefore different parts of the business/service lines to understand and so clarity is key.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with the business and sharing those success stories.


  4. "Great firm to work for"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to develop quickly through the ranks. Agile firm where partners are close to the rest of the team

    Cons

    Salaries are mid to lower end of the spectrum


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Awful work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some genuinely good people who are very committed to the work they do.
    Efforts being made to improve the culture with the Shared Enterprise model, but felt a lot like cost cutting dressed up as something else.

    Cons

    Work life balance was really, really bad. I worked previously at a Big 4 firm, and in my view the work life balance at GT was worse (and the remuneration less, also). The audit team felt constantly understaffed and resource management was highly ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be significantly greater focus on wellbeing of your people, otherwise more will leave.


  7. "Great people, great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - a good team working environment
    - interesting clients
    - ambitious leadership
    - interested and invest in the employees

    Cons

    - back office systems could be developed

    Advice to Management

    - Continue the focus on working with growing dynamic businesses

  8. "A challenging and exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    There is a collaborative and supportive environment - my people manager has confidence in me and empowers me to make decisions and develop myself, my people and my department.
    The benefits available are great - free tea & coffee; free fruit; option to join the pension scheme; support for charitable volunteering & fundraising; flexible benefits options such as healthcare etc; generous holiday allowance; Shopping Gateway; performance review process.
    There is an excitement in Grant Thornton and I love working here.

    Cons

    National strategies and visions can be a bit vague which makes it difficult to understand where I fit into the bigger picture.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that not everyone is based in London or in a client-facing role and ensure that strategy and associated communications consider this.
    Keep increasing communication - Jam, Sacha's Twitter feed and now Instagram are all great ways of keeping the message alive and getting it out there.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "In the Danger Zone. Apply with Caution."

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

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

    Pros

    1. Reasonably good work/life balance

    2. Some interesting niche and mid-tier clients

    3. A reasonably well known brand, so you don’t have to explain where you work

    4. Lack of dynamism means it is stable in a downturn, and less likely to make redundancies than the Big 4

    5. Very good CEO in Sacha Romanovitch – she has the potential to shake things up, but has had limited impact so far, although only took up the reins summer 2015

    Cons

    1. Several key members of the Leadership Team in the Finsbury Square Office recently retired/were fired or will leave the Business soon, and at end 2015 this has resulted in numerous departures of the more employable Managers, impacting continuity among the firm's people

    2. Highly political management team in the Business Consulting and Regulatory Consulting businesses,detracting from business and client focus

    3. Slow career progression, with a long list of “old timers” already waiting to fill the “dead men’s shoes” (and yes, they are all men)

    4. A culture of latent sexism, without any effort to address this despite it being raised directly to the Senior Partner

    5. Very limited bonuses over the past five years, while other firms increase the opportunities for top performers to be rewarded with bonus and other results-driven incentives.

    6. Office environment very 1990s, without much emphasis on a modern working environment

    7. Limited intellectual depth or strategic forward thinking on how best to help clients with anything beyond basic audit and regulatory assignments; no tangible Digital strategy (though deludes itself that this is in place) means GT is being left behind by competitors.

    8. Though historically a solid mid tier “number 5” after the Big 4 (PwC, KPMG, Deloitte and EY), recent audit censures and limited ambition to grow means the brand is languishing as an “also ran” while others steam ahead and niche firms eat GT’s lunch

    Advice to Management

    1. Address the latent sexism within the business
    2. Deliver a clear business strategy, including Digital and focussing on higher added-value services
    3. Address the retention of your best people, including a transparent bonus/performance related pay aspect

    4. Invest in your office to deliver an environment which matches your competitors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "You get out as good as you put in"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    If you work hard and put in the effort, you are rewarded and given the flexibility to drive your career in the direction you want. I have not really come across pigeonholing here. However, if you sit back and moan and wait for things to happen, they won't happen.

    Cons

    Pockets of amateurishness here and there - also when working with some parts of the international network. Relaxed culture sometimes to the point of being too laid back.

    Advice to Management

    One or two of the offices could be improved.