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.
A majority of the managers are good mentors and coaches and encourage us to perform well and provide us with feedback. There is a small minority that did not care about some employees and only wanted to get the work done.
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.