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.
From the outset I have been given tasks for which I am responsible and reportable which is quite motivating. By showing a bit of initiative and motivation I've already started moving forward in my role within a few months. Day to day, I complete compliance work for clients primarily. Other tasks do come through, and many of us have monthly roles where companies may outsource some or all of their finance function to our company. For example I spend 3 days a month at a venture capital firm doing monthly accounts and reporting to investors.
After hour events are phenomenal and office hours culture is superb. Assistant Managers and below all socialize together which is a nice environment and always available to help if you don't understand something
The interview process and other assessments were hard work, however the end result is definitely worth it. The process is quite similar to other interviews (e.g video interview, group interview, verbal reasoning test etc.)
Again, the questions asked were quite similar to other job interviews. If you do your research properly, you will be able to cover most of it. One question that threw me off was: "If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?" However, my biggest recommendation is to show the interviewer that you have a personality.
Do your background research, especially on the culture.? Have an open mind and have something unique that you can bring to the firm. Having straight A's does not determine whether you get in or not. You need to be able to fit into the firms culture.
We have flexi-hours which mean you can work less hours in a day but make it up later in the evening. Less busy times also allow you to leave early as long as all work is complete. We also have rewarding you days which mean we receive 4 long weekends that don't come out of our annual leave after busy season!
As a graduate, you don't expect much with pay. Instead, you are looking more to grow and expand your knowledge. GT provides a good framework for individuals to learn, and through this, you will earn more money.
GT has a variety of activities such as team lunches (paid for!), end of month drinks, other social occasions, team wine tours, free gym membership as well as a once off payment for a corporate membership you can use around the world! There are so many advantages at working with GT and the ones I listed are only the beginning!
From my position I can move up to senior accountant, then assistant manager, then manager, then senior manager, then partner etc. To move up the ranks employees have to display certain technical and behavioural competences.