GradAustralia surveyed 41 graduates working at Grant Thornton. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 41 responses.
I work with a really supportive team. Senior employees are very quick to help out and teach new concepts.
International company that actively promotes secondment to other centres nationally and internationally
When I was in my penultimate year of university and researching about which companies to work for, Grant Thornton (GT) ranked in my top 3 due (along with the big 4) to the emphasis on their culture and company values. Upon commencing at GT, I found myself within a team of individuals that were not only professional, but who were approachable, showed respect and valued my presence, interested in my growth and not just theirs as well as being extremely driven, due to the team based culture. Although I was so adamant on finding a job with the "Big 4", making the decision to work at GT has so far been one of my greatest decisions. At GT, the culture enables you to not only work hard and to grow yourself, but to enjoy the work along the way with a fantastic group of individuals. From the day I started, those ranging from other graduates to partners come and ask you how you are travelling with the work - they show a genuine interest as opposed to analysing the stats of performance.
Lots of support for graduates and a great team.
Flexible working arrangements and the exponential learning growth
The nature of client work can sometimes be frustrating
There isn't quite much to say negatively about the company. The work is tricky, but keep in mind no matter where you go, you will experience that initially. If you are not used to the commute, this is something you will get used to. Grant Thornton is a fantastic company and a large part of that is due to the people working there. When I first started, a manager said to me that "as we spend more time at work than with our families, we should aim to get along with each other and enjoy the work". When such an environment is created, there is never a moment where you feel overwhelmed or foolish to ask a question.
Endless overtime during busy season
Audit - long hours, no TOIL
Busy seasons prevent leave being taken during those periods. Travelling during those periods are unlikely to be possible.
The team is quite informal in terms of hierarchy- partners/managers would socialise or assist you in work as much as the other team members would. Audit is strongly dependent on teamwork for most jobs which is what our team does well. There are also team events that are organised for everyone to mingle outside of work.
The online application process was quite similar to many others with the online testing and filling in details about yourself. There was then an automated interview where you had to video record responses to questions. The interview process wasn't daunting at all, it was very friendly and as more about finding out about me than assessing me on my technical knowledge, as they are always looking for people who will fit in well with the team. There was a general group task to assess teamwork then an interview with two managers. The follow up is an interview with a partner, which again, is not very daunting, just a general chat to see if you'd fit well and find out more about you.
What are your strengths? What are your interests? When have you had to deal with an unhappy client? When have you had to take on a leadership role?
It's not scary, or anything to be really nervous about. Of course, do a little bit of reading on the company, not really so then you can be a know-it-all and tell the interviewers about their own company, but so then you can get an idea if it is right for you and find your fit in it. They only want to find out about you, what drives you, what you like, what you dislike. Knowing all of your university content off by heart is definitely not a prerequisite because when you come in the train and educate you for the role you're in anyway.
Usually, 8:30-5 are the working hours. There are times where you need to stay back and finish a couple of things off, however you are likely to leave by 5:30, there are always others around with you and others will always offer to help before the go home. GT is extremely flexible with working hours. As everyone is approachable, you can always arrange a flexible working week (given that you have a genuine reason of course!)
We get technical training modules we need to complete online, and there has also been numerous sessions over the year that were face to face and delivered by the HR managers from the different offices. We also got sent on a graduate conference in Sydney for a week. Learnt organisational skills, how to build a personal brand, and the skills we needed to do our job properly.
Audit takes on many non-for-profit clients as pro bono jobs. The firm also takes part in charity events. Recently, audit hosted the monthly Friday drinks and helped raise money for the Movember Foundation as part of it.
Overall, not too bad. Decent kitchen, workspaces are spacious. Bit of green to lively up the place. However, some of the double screens need updating. If the hardware were up to date, would be quite a great workplace. Additionally, there could be a little more colour and greenery.