Tax Analyst (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 20 April 2017
It was an ok experience some nice people, but some others were just old school and treating you like garbage. I didn't leave because of the workload but because I got stuck with an awful team and after a while there was no way to get out of it. We did have telecommuting but my team didn't like it so I had to go in to the office.
Senior Accountant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 1 May 2017
The environment at Grant Thornton is very unhealthy with frequent management changes and high staff turnover. No one knows what is going on within the firm.
The technology that they use is very outdated; I believe it has not been updated for the last 15 years or so. It creates a lot of inefficiencies for the whole team.
The team is not technically strong and there are limited sources of technical updates, guidance, tools, etc. If you want to have a solid accounting, financial reporting and audit experience, please save your time and go to BIG 4 firms. Even though BIG 4 firms work longer hours, you get a great experience which is very well respected in the market.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – Moncton, NB – 23 February 2017
A typical day at work consist of making sure the Reception area is bright and clean. Prioritizing my daily tasks. I learned a lot of skills such as new computer programs and learning how to cope under pressure. I engaged a lot with the clients and the staff. The hardest part of my job was memorizing the clients names at first. THe most enjoyable part of my job was being ale to know my job well and provide excellent client services and also to the staff.
Accountant (Current Employee) – Moncton, NB – 18 August 2016
Grant Thornton is a great company to work for. They really appreciate their employees and display that frequently. They are flexible with various schedules and are willing to work with you as long as the job gets done.
Tax Analyst/Staff Auditor (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 13 June 2016
If you wanna start your accounting career, start with the assurance or the advisory group because starting with the tax department is the start of the career suicide. The only partner remains in the tax department is so busy with his schedule that does not have time to allocate or ask the manager or senior manager to allocate work for staff accountants. The managers and senior managers are very rude and not approachable at all. It was a usual occurrence in the tax department where the partner did not know what the managers and other accountants are doing and vice versa. The people who started back in 2013 in the tax department, I know majority of them left GT due poor management and coaching, if you have any other opportunity to joint, please forgo to joint the tax department at GT
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) – Woodstock, NB – 22 May 2016
Each day was new, It was always a different client and jobs which I enjoyed. I learned to work in groups by performing audits and I learned time-management by sometimes having multiple jobs on the go at once. I learned to have work-life balance as I'm working towards my CPA.
Grant Thornton provides a challenging job environment. I started my career from Grant Thornton and it has made me a professional chartered accountant. The management is extremely friendly and approachable. My co-workers were like a family to me. It was a pressure job with tight deadlines. The most enjoyable part of the job is that I love this company and the work that I do. I felt at home while in the office.
Accountant (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 17 April 2016
This firm is the same as any other of the big 6 in terms of work-life balance; it is poor during the winter. My typical work week was 70 hours from January onward. Of course you can't book all of those hours because you will get grief for exceeding the time budgets that are perpetually sandbagged from previous staff.
During the summer, there is almost nothing to do, so hours are much less. Morale is good during summer months as everyone regains work/life balance.
Expense reports take a lengthy amount of time to process. Sometimes you won't be reimbursed for 3 months.
Layoffs have been frequent from 2014 - 2015.
Occasional free food, work-life balance during summer
Reception (Current Employee) – Saint John, NB – 5 March 2016
I enjoy working at Grant Thornton Limited especially the people I work with. I enjoy seeing every one each day. A typical day is greeting people and talking to people on the phone helping them with information required. Co-workers are fun to work with.
Grant Thornton provides staff with lots of extra's ie dinners, lunches, fun outings
Interesting work, supportive coworkers, well compensated
Transfer pricing intern (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 21 January 2016
Overall a great work experience, the supervisors/bosses were supportive in teaching skills and training on the job. The culture is professional but relaxed, an environment where you feel comfortable approaching even the partners despite being a simple intern.
The work is interesting and fulfilling and there are multiple opportunities to learn a large range of skills, as well as room for career advancement. And it pays well.
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 6 January 2016
The best place to start your career if you are Finance student. Every day is a new day at Grant Thornton and one learns a lot of things which can't be learnt online or through class teaching. The co-workers are really nice and supportive .