People are mostly professional and diligent. Partners are great, but too disconnected from different levels. Allows some clueless people to screen & filter information going up to partners. Messages get misinterpreted, content gets diluted and opportunities are lost. Shame really, as partners are quite sharp, but make strange decisions based on poor interpretation of information by some of the ADs/D's who just don't understand content. Reluctantly left as unable to make a meaningful impact.
Plant Consultant (Former Employee) - Cork - 17 November 2019
Just chase their fees. No compassion nor understanding of the stress the financial recession placed on people. Full of young pups chasing credit. Not my type of company but synonomous of modern financial companies
As part of the Audit and Assurance team, I got to grips with a wide range of industries, from financial services, aviation, hospitality to not-for-profit. I got the chance to work off-site and gained essential operational skills, as well as getting to know the client inside-out.
I was advised i would be consulting a client on the client site, work on a project from conception to delivery & would be made permanent after 12 months.
All of this was in fact a lie.
No support from management.
No support from Grant Thornton HQ.
25 people have left within the past month.
There is no work culture.
Study leave/Exam support
Poor team management
Work is not evenly spread out.
Lack of recognition
Poor work/life balance
Long hours throughout the year not just during busy season
Poor people management skills at PDM level.
I worked as part of the Media & Entertainment team and can't praise them highly enough. Both the partner and director were fair to everyone ensuring all people had a work life balance.
Working to deadlines was required as part of the job but the team atmosphere made this a pleasant and supportive place to work.
My experience at Grant Thornton was one of constant learning; having never worked in an accounting firm before and in particular the tax department, I learned very quickly about Irish tax and how it operates as well as my skills in excel were vastly improved due to working with spreadsheets so often. My fellow co workers were some of the friendliest people I've ever met and it was them that truly made coming into work everyday a joy.
The most difficult part of the job would have been dealing with upset clients due to tax implications however even working with individuals who were experiencing something terrible at the time, it still became a very important part of the job whereby I would endeavor to create an atmosphere of calm and lightness for the client.
I started in Grant Thornton in January 2010 as an intern in one of the regional offices.
Through this internship, I was given a training contract in the Dublin office, where I completed my accountancy qualification (first time pass).
I specialised in Insolvency services, in particular property based assignments (Receiverships & Liquidations).