Grant Thornton LLP at a Glance


  • “Working with great people and great clients”
  • “Flexibility and the significant push to foster work/life balance”
  • “We’re a large firm but have the culture of a small firm”


  • “Long hours during busy season and sometimes unreasonably high expectations”
  • “Compensation”
  • “Getting the word out to talent that our client base is comparable to the Big 4, while our culture and caring far exceed that of the Big 4”

The Buzz

  • “Best second-tier firm—probably better than KPMG”
  • “Staff is stretched too thin”
  • “Great firm, large international presence”
  • “Not as prestigious as the Big 4 but has a great culture”

About Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world's largest organizations of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, and financial institutions, as well as with civic and religious organizations. It recently booked annual U.S. revenues in excess of $1.4 billion, and operates 59 offices with more than 550 partners and 7,000 employees. The company's "bring-your-whole-self-to-work" philosophy stresses diversity and a culture of flexibility and empowerment among its staff. 

Alexander Richardson Grant, the namesake of the firm, began his accounting career at Ernst & Ernst (a predecessor of Ernst & Young), but, at 26, decided it was time to be his own boss and opened Alexander Grant & Co. in 1924. The company eventually became Grant Thornton in its current form, and seeded the creation of Grant Thornton International in 1980 when 50 international accounting firms formed a global organization.

Grant Thornton LLP

171 North Clark St.
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 856-0200
Fax: (312) 602-8099


  • Employer Type: Private Partnership
  • CEO: J. Michael McGuire
  • 2016 Employees: 7,000

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL