October 31, 2020

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Grant Thornton’s Revenue Barely Moved the Needle In FY 2020

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the petals on the Purple Rose of Chicago wilted some this year. Despite reporting a record high $1.92 billion in revenue for the fiscal year that ended on July 31, Grant Thornton’s revenue only increased 1% in FY 2020 over last year’s $1.9 billion. CEO Brad Preber commented: “Our success […]

Seven People at Grant Thornton Just Got Cushy New Industry Jobs

Well kinda. These seven veterans of the public accounting wars didn’t leave Grant Thornton for the greener pastures of industry as, say, a chief accounting officer, controller, or vice president of finance and accounting. Instead, they are the Purple Rose of Chicago’s newest leaders within the firm’s Industry practice. Here are the latest additions to […]

Promotion Watch ’20: Grant Thornton Admits 30 New Partners and Principals

Grant Thornton unveiled its 66 newest partners, principals, and managing directors on Thursday, and if we just take a look at the latest class of partners and principals, the number of purple roses that were handed out was a lot less than in previous years. Thanks, Rona. The group of 30 new partners and principals […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Aug. 10 was a big day for the PR team at Grant Thornton in the Cayman Islands because they actually had some news to write about. They hadn’t sent out a news release since June 12. But after GT nabbed a director from PwC in the Caymans, the firm actually gave its PR team something […]

Grant Thornton U.K.’s Latest Audit Inspection Report Is Out, and It’s Almost as Bad as Last Year’s

Welp, Grant Thornton’s 2019-20 audit quality inspection report from the Financial Reporting Council shows that GT hasn’t really gotten much better at audit quality in the past year. That’s kind of a problem when you’re the sixth-biggest accounting firm in the U.K. Last year the FRC was pretty unhappy with Grant Thornton after the firm’s […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Grant Thornton Is the Latest Firm to Trim Some Staff

Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully you all made it through this week unscathed and still have your job. Unfortunately for some employees of Grant Thornton, they can’t say the same. We received this tip a little bit ago: Looks like GT will be cutting some advisory people and furloughing new hires and cutting some executive assistants. […]

Grant Thornton U.K. Given Seven-Figure Fine For Totally Blowing Ethics and Independence Rules

In hockey if you get penalized for misconduct, you spend the next 10 minutes in the penalty box and feel shame. In auditing if you get penalized for misconduct, you pay some slap-on-the-wrist fine from a regulator, vow to be better next time, and go on your merry way. The Queen’s Grant Thornton is the […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part I

While public accounting firms in the U.S. are registering about zero on the competitive poaching Richter scale these days, the bigger firms in the U.K. continue to shake things up. Take Grant Thornton, for example. Dan Dickinson, GT’s newest partner in its tax practice, is an EY refugee. From a press release seen by the […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Grant Thornton U.K. Is Forcing 70 Employees to Take Early Exits

Over the past three months, we’ve chronicled as best we could all the job cuts—which unfortunately have affected several thousands of professionals so far—that have occurred at U.S. public accounting firms during the coronavirus pandemic. Incredibly we haven’t been made aware of or read about any layoffs that have gone down at the biggest accounting […]

Rumor Mill: Grant Thornton Canada Employees Are Still Being Asked to Work Crazy Hard Despite Reduced Hours and Pay

While other big Canadian firms are strongly encouraging their staffs to voluntarily scale back their billable hours and take a reduction in pay (but not in their workloads) for the sake of saving jobs (even though that didn’t work out too well at Deloitte), folks at Grant Thornton aren’t being voluntold to do this, they’re […]

Grant Thornton’s 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report Is Not As Good As 2017’s, Not As Bad As 2012’s

Monday morning we got an email that the PCAOB had dropped six 2018 inspection reports on us—the Big 4 firms, Grant Thornton, and BDO USA—so everyone’s favorite audit cops could show off their new snazzy inspection report format. This might have been the largest one-day release of reports of firms that are inspected annually by […]

Promotion Watch ’20: A Dozen Grant Thornton Partners Have New Titles to Show Off On LinkedIn

These are your new Grant Thornton office managing partners: Brett Beightol, Orange County, CA, succeeds Alan Herrmann on Aug. 1. Hermann was promoted to lead Grant Thornton’s West region tax practice in 2019. Mike Desmond, Charlotte, NC, succeeds Dave Wedding who is retiring on July 31. David Gifford, Phoenix, succeeds Tim Zingraf on Aug. 1. […]

Grant Thornton to Staff: ‘Don’t Expect Raises or Bonuses This Year, Sry’

We’ve gotten news this afternoon from a few sources that Grant Thornton has broken it to their loyal employees that no one should expect raises this year, with one exception. One tipster writes: GT firmwide call – promotions continuing with raise commensurate with level, no raise or bonus to anyone else Another tipster informs us […]

Layoff Watch ’20: What’s This About Grant Thornton ‘Optimizing’ Some People?

We were told the other day that Grant Thornton recently got rid of some GTers who were not meeting their utilization goals. ’Tis the season for cutting loose low performers, regardless of a deadly pandemic and a shitty economy. Here’s the tip we got: They’re “optimizing” people at GT US in certain departments. Digital transformation […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Apparently Some Grant Thornton Canada Employees Had to Give Up Their Purple Roses

We got word recently that the Purple Rose of Chicago Toronto has shown some people the door at a few offices in Grant Thornton’s Southern Ontario Business Unit. Here’s what a source told us: 1. Layoffs occurred on March 30th and April 14th. Appears select few senior leaders in GT are short term layoff decisions […]

Grant Thornton Reducing Partner Draws By 25% For the Rest of FY 2020

[Updated with message from CEO Brad Preber to Grant Thornton staff.] Yesterday evening as I was on my way home from picking up some Red Robin for dinner for me and my family, we got a text on the tipline that Grant Thornton partners in the U.S. are taking a 25% pay cut. That was […]

Grant Thornton Canada Is Totally Giving Its Hourly Employees the Shaft

Hey, accounting firm CEOs, listen up. A global pandemic is not the time to be screwing your employees—salaried and hourly—out of pay and/or their PTO time. Grant Thornton in the U.S. is seemingly taking care of all of its employees as the firm has transitioned to all remote work until at least the end of […]

Grant Thornton Is Going All In On Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While many accounting firms are “empowering” and “encouraging” their employees to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, but still ultimately leaving it up to them to make that decision, Grant Thornton employees had that decision made for them yesterday. A tipster sent us this message that all GTers received from CEO Brad Preber on […]

Grant Thornton Economist Says Coronavirus Is an ‘Economic Pandemic’

“We know a health pandemic is global in scope, and although this has not been called a health pandemic yet, it may get there, we are seeing a global in scope reaction to the virus. As countries move to contain the virus, those actions in and of themselves are disrupting global economic activity, and that […]

Mike McGuire Is Retiring From Grant Thornton

Mike McGuire with his man-crush, Rickie Fowler. Farewell to Mike McGuire, former CEO-turned-CEO emeritus of Grant Thornton, who is hanging it up in February after 17 years with the Purple Rose of Chicago. “I am so pleased about the progress we’ve made growing our firm and serving clients’ needs during my time at Grant Thornton,” […]

Grant Thornton Made a Little Magic Happen In 2019

Despite layoffs at its U.S. firm and general malaise about its audit practice in the U.K., Grant Thornton pulled a rabbit out of its hat and managed to increase global revenue by 5.1% to $5.72 billion in the 2019 financial year that ended on Sept. 30. Instead of me regurgitating all the numbers provided in […]

Grant Thornton Elects Three Dynamic Individuals to Partnership Board

Purple roses were bestowed to three dynamos who were elected to the partnership board at Chez Preber. The newest board members are: Robert Fox: Bert is national managing partner of professional standards, based in Chicago. He leads the Purple Rose of Chicago’s national office teams over accounting principles, audit methodology, SEC and regulatory matters, and […]

Another Grant Thornton U.K. Audit Was a Total Disaster

So say the folks at the Financial Reporting Council in the U.K., which fined Grant Thornton £650,000 earlier today for crapping up the audit of a publicly listed company in 2016. The name of the company wasn’t released by the FRC, which is bogus, and neither was the name of the engagement partner at GT […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part II

It’s been more than four years since Going Concern has reported on someone changing their team colors from green to purple, but that happened recently as Grant Thornton nabbed a former managing partner at Deloitte Consulting to join its Public Sector Healthcare practice. David B. Weir, Jr. has joined Grant Thornton LLP’s Public Sector Healthcare […]

It’s Now Official: Grant Thornton Has Elected Brad Preber as CEO

UPDATE: Nice work, tipsters. Grant Thornton released the following press release today confirming the story we broke yesterday (see below line break): The Partnership Board at Grant Thornton LLP announced that Bradley J. Preber will serve as the firm’s CEO. The board appointed Preber to the role following a comprehensive search process, and the firm’s partners and […]

Layoff Watch ’19: Grant Thornton U.K. Cuts Reach the Partnership Level

Let’s face it, 2019 hasn’t been the best year for the Queen’s Grant Thornton, and neither was 2018. Let’s recap: 2018 Stopped bidding for new audit work at the largest U.K. companies. Patisserie Valerie accounting fraud; Grant Thornton was the auditor and is under investigation by the Finanical Reporting Council. Fined £3 million by the […]

Grant Thornton Reports 5.4% Increase In FY 2019 Revenue, Still Gloating About Its 2017 PCAOB Inspection Report

Grant Thornton sent out a snoozer of a press release earlier today announcing that its fiscal year 2019 revenue totaled $1.9 billion, up 5.4% from $1.8 billion in 2018. The only fun thing in the release is that GT is still taking a victory lap over its 2017 PCAOB inspection report, which found that only […]

Promotion Watch ’19: Grant Thornton Admits 42 New Partners and Principals

The last month hasn’t been the greatest for Grant Thornton, as the firm gave pink slips to 230 professionals and 40 PPMDs, approximately 3.5% of its workforce, at the end of July. So GT’s leadership probably wanted to wait until the dust settled before they announced that interim CEO Brad Preber had recently handed out […]

Ex-Grant Thornton U.K. CEO Sacha Romanovitch Has a New Gig

The first female CEO of a major accounting firm in the U.K. won’t have to worry about partners stabbing her in the back in her new position as CEO of a financial inclusion organization called Fair4All Finance: We are happy to announce the appointment of our first CEO, Sacha Romanovitch. From 1st Sep she will […]

Who Will Be the Next CEO of Grant Thornton?

Among the slew of tips we received about the layoffs that went down at Grant Thornton last week and what interim CEO Brad Preber had to say about it was this one that also piqued our interest: As Brad Preber is the “interim” CEO, there are three people (women) currently being considered for the CEO […]

Why Grant Thornton Quitting As Auditor of Sports Direct Matters

In an ordinary midsummer news slump, only yawning disinterest would greet the July 29 news of Grant Thornton’s notice to the U.K. authorities of its intent to resign as auditor of troubled retailer Sports Direct International plc. The times are not ordinary; the cauldron of auditor criticism has bubbled since the collapse of Carillion in […]

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Layoff Watch ’19: Interim CEO Brad Preber Addresses the Grant Thornton Layoff Rumors

It’s Brad Preber’s first day on the job as interim CEO of Grant Thornton after now-former CEO and hero of the wastes Mike McGuire noped on up out of that seat. And boy did he have a shitstorm to deal with first thing. Rumors of Grant Thornton layoffs started swirling earlier this week, and no […]

Layoff Watch ’19: It’s Going Down at Grant Thornton

Back in March, Jason let us know about a handful of layoffs out of Grant Thornton U.K. and now it seems the fun is coming to ‘Murica. First, a tipster informed us of a shake-up in the Northeast Region, with the Westborough, MA office closing up and possibly more closures planned. Our tipster says they […]

U.K. Inspection Reports Reveal That Grant Thornton Can’t Audit Its Way Out of a Paper Bag

Here’s some good news for the 300 new auditors Grant Thornton in the U.K. is expecting to hire within the next 12 months: You can’t be any worse than the auditors GT has employed in recent years. The Financial Reporting Council released its annual audit inspection reports for the Big 4 firms, as well as […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Grant Thornton U.K. Is Looking For Competent Auditors to Fill 300 Jobs

Hey, auditors! How confident are you that you wouldn’t royally screw up auditing the financial statements of a well-known U.K. cafe chain and could uncover a £94 million accounting fraud? Pretty confident, eh? Well, you couldn’t do much worse than the dolts Grant Thornton U.K. had handling the audit work on Patisserie Valerie’s accounts. While […]

We’re Sure Mike McGuire Will Be Dynamic In His New Role as Grant Thornton ‘Brand Ambassador’

Bear with me, I’m writing this on my phone at the side of a pool. Anyway, talk about your Friday night news dumps. This came out of the blue: Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL), one of the world’s leading audit, tax and advisory firms, announced today that […]

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Auditor Swap: AZZ Says Buh-Bye to BDO USA, Hires Grant Thornton

Auditor shopping has made the news a little more than usual of late, with high-profile companies like Fitbit and Goldman Sachs in the U.K. both kicking PwC to the curb in favor of a fresh, new set of eyes. Then there’s General Electric, which might end its century-old relationship with KPMG after this year. While […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part II

In the comment section of an article we posted on May 10 about a managing director and a partner recently fleeing KPMG to join Grant Thornton’s Corporate Value Consulting practice, we got a tip that the Purple Rose of Chicago recently poached KPMG again—Candice Turner left the HoK to join GT as a principal in […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Two People From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

A couple of months ago, we reported that a partner and a principal bolted Grant Thornton earlier this year for the blue-and-white confines of KPMG, one of whom actually left and came back to the House of Klynveld. Well, it looks like the Purple Rose of Chicago has turned the tables on KPMG. Grant Thornton […]

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Grant Thornton Partner Killed In Car Crash

Some sad news to report, as a partner in Grant Thornton’s New York City office died in a one-car crash in Westport, Conn., on April 14. Cullen Walsh, 39, was identified by authorities on Tuesday as the person killed in the crash, according to the Westport News. Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday morning, first responders […]

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Grant Thornton Surprises Everyone By Not Sucking at Auditing

Grant Thornton gets a bad rap around here, much of which is kinda justified to be fair. They’re sort of like your annoying little brother who always wants to come with you to hang out with your friends but he smells like curdled milk and always has crusty gunk on the corners of his mouth. […]

Layoff Watch ’19: Grant Thornton U.K. to Part Ways with Up to 60 Staffers

Some unlucky folks at Grant Thornton U.K. are taking the hit for the firm’s miserable 2018, which saw GT stop bidding for new audit work at the largest U.K. companies, the CEO not seeking a second four-year term after a partner revolt, revenue dip from £500 million in 2017 to £491 million last year, partners’ average […]

Auditor Swap: Fitbit Dumps PwC In Favor of Grant Thornton

The Purple Rose of Chicago just got itself a new engagement. Via Reuters: Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc has dismissed auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after a review of its fees and appointed Grant Thornton LLP, the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The filing states that Fitbit chose not to renew its engagement with PwC […]

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KPMG Poaches Someone From Grant Thornton and Issues a Press Release, Parts I and II

We here at GC HQ love a good poaching, especially when it involves two of the top six firms in the U.S. So we were happy to see this press release from KPMG come across our virtual desk this morning: Mark Rems has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, as a principal […]

Grant Thornton Current and Former Partners Will Have a Seat In the PCAOB’s Penalty Box

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board doled out suspensions to a current partner and a former partner at Grant Thornton on Feb. 26 for their roles in screwing up the 2013 audit of a real estate investment trust. Richard Huff Jr., CPA, was censured and given a one-year ban by the PCAOB. Huff was the […]

Grant Thornton Topped $5.4 Billion in Global Revenue in 2018

It’s a dynamic time to be a GTer (unless you work in the U.K.), as Grant Thornton International announced this week that its network of firms around the world combined to reach a record $5.45 billion in revenue for the financial year that ended on Sept. 30, 2018. Global revenue grew 9.4% in U.S. dollar […]

Patisserie Holdings Said It Was Hiring an Audit Firm That No Longer Exists to Replace Grant Thornton U.K. as Auditor

It’s the Friday before Christmas, and when you have a bad case of holiday brain, sometimes mistakes can happen. Sometimes these mistakes can be hilarious. Like this one from Patisserie Holdings, parent company of U.K. coffeehouse chain Patisserie Valerie: Patisserie Valerie mistakenly says it has named RSM Tenon as its new auditor… RSM Tenon collapsed […]

An 8% Drop in Pay Might Be the Reason Why Some Grant Thornton U.K. Partners Were Pissy at CEO

We’re just spitballin’ here. From Economia: [Grant Thornton] said on Friday its average profit per partner fell 8% from £403,000 to £373,000 in 2017/18. Ouch! Of the top six accounting firms in the United Kingdom, this puts Grant Thornton sixth, by quite a bit, in average partner pay for the 2017-18 financial year: Deloitte: £832,000 […]

Grant Thornton U.K. Gets a New CEO

Good morning/afternooon, gang. We have some news to share from across the pond, as Grant Thornton has appointed a new CEO to replace Sacha Romanovitch. We are pleased to announce that Dave Dunckley has been ratified as our new CEO elect. His focus will be to create an organisation which powerfully connects a clear social […]

Grant Thornton CEO Mike McGuire Will Hang Around For a Few More Dynamic Years

While Grant Thornton U.K. is actively looking for a new CEO to replace Sacha Romanovitch, who is quitting after being stabbed in the back by a group of anonymous partners, everything is hunky-dory at Grant Thornton LLP, where the U.S. firm has decided to keep its current czar around for a little while longer. A […]

Anonymously Bashing Your Boss Must Have Worked as Grant Thornton U.K. CEO Is Calling It Quits

A small group of Grant Thornton U.K. partners must have been grinning from ear to ear on Oct. 15 after hearing the news that Sacha Romanovitch has decided not to seek a second term as the firm’s CEO. A new CEO is expected to be appointed before the end of 2018 following an election process in […]

Grant Thornton Posts Revenue of $1.8 Billion in Fiscal Year 2018

[Updated with quote from Grant Thornton spokesperson.] The Purple Rose of Chicago put out a very skimpy press release this morning announcing that the U.S. firm’s revenue hit $1.8 billion for the fiscal year that ended July 31, 2018, up 3.4% over last fiscal year. And … that’s pretty much it. Not even a mention […]

Some Grant Thornton U.K. Partners Are Trying to Undermine CEO, Say She Is Pushing a ‘Socialist Agenda’

Grant Thornton U.K. CEO Sacha Romanovitch isn’t very popular with a small group of partners who say she is pursuing a “socialist agenda” and has instilled a “culture of fear” at the firm where there are severe repercussions for speaking out, according to a Sept. 21 Financial Times report. Romanovitch, who became the first female […]

FRC Didn’t Want Grant Thornton U.K. to Feel Left Out of All the Disciplinary Fun

The Big 4 firms in the U.K. have been the target of repeated tongue-lashings from the Financial Reporting Council lately because, let’s face it, audits have been pretty damn bad. Things have gotten so desperate that EY is bringing in behavioral psychologists to improve audit quality. But the U.K. accounting watchdog’s most recent tongue-lashing wasn’t […]

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Grant Thornton Admits 32 New Partners and Principals

This just in from the Purple Rose of Chicago: Grant Thornton LLP has admitted 32 new partners and principals, and promoted 29 to managing director, effective today. Specifically, 20 new partners and 12 new principals are members of the class of 2018. Here’s how this year’s numbers compare to previous years’ new partner/principal promotions at […]

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Grant Thornton Gets Dinged for Giving Partners with Audit Quality Issues More Work

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has announced a big settlement with Grant Thornton over quality control violations and audit failures. The firm was censured and agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty. The quality control violations related to the assignment of two Philadelphia-based partners to audits in 2013 when they had been cited […]

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Grant Thornton Admits 39 New Partners and Principals

Who are the new Grant Thornton partners? Glad you asked. The firm announced them earlier today along with new principals and managing directors, as is customary for the Purple Rose of Chicago. If you like to parse these things out, then it breaks down as: 27 partners, 12 principals and 28 managing directors. In the […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2017)

By the sound of things, it’s time for us to open the gate on the Grant Thornton compensation thread. This is a little strange because, in years past, tips usually start rolling into our inbox in the last half of July. One message we received over the weekend, however, might explain the delay: Comp releasing […]

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Grant Thornton Making Some Tweaks to Its Unlimited PTO Policy

Last time we checked on Grant Thornton’s unlimited PTO policy, we learned that it was having at least one desired effect: people were taking more time off. The median number of PTO days taken jumped from 17.4 to 19.1. However, the comments from that article suggested that things were getting a bit out of hand. […]

How’s Grant Thornton’s Unlimited Vacation Policy Been Working Out?

Last year, the only second-tier accounting firm not cool enough to go by its inititals, Grant Thornton, announced a new paid-time off policy that would allow its employees to take unlimited vacation. Although GT employees seemed happy with the idea, the move was met by skepticism here and elsewhere.

Grant Thornton Offers Unnecessary Reminder

#ElectionDay fact: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most unpopular candidates in history>> https://t.co/bjeXFC2rpV — Grant Thornton (@GrantThorntonUS) November 8, 2016 Thanks, GT.

Don’t Pretend That the Presence of Three Grant Thornton CEOs Had Nothing to Do With a Cubs Victory

The first Cubs World Series win at Wrigley Field in 71 years wasn't just going to happen. The three CEO's of Grant Thornton since 2001 at the World Series tonight! Go Cubs! pic.twitter.com/jhf2lVgDba — J. Michael McGuire (@mikemcguireCLT) October 31, 2016

Grant Thornton Admits 47 New Partners and Principals

Grant Thornton announced its new partner class yesterday and while this year's group was slightly smaller than last year's class of 50, it's still far larger from those in recent years. There were 32 new partners admitted in 2014, 30 in 2013, 27 in 2012, 26 in 2011 and 22 in 2010. Here's the newly […]

Grant Thornton CEO Does His Best Ferris Bueller Impression

Mike's just blowing off work to see a Cubs game: Our @mikemcguireCLT put on his #Cubs hat + took to the mound to throw out the first pitch. #LetsGo pic.twitter.com/kl0fPlFsyC — Grant Thornton LLP (@GrantThorntonUS) August 5, 2016 Ball? Strike? Wild pitch? If you were there, get in touch to let us know how he […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2016)

Grant Thornton saves its compensation discussions for the dog days of summer. My hunch is that they like sharing disappointing news when people are feeling lethargic and unwilling to make too much of a fuss over a raise that barely keeps up with inflation.

Grant Thornton Hoping to Bring Soul-Crushing Disappointment to Charlotte Hornets With New Sponsorship

Grant Thornton recently became a multi-year sponsor of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. The deal will afford them several perks including "leasing a suite at Time Warner Cable Arena, advertising courtside and putting the firm’s name on a private club near the home locker room." It's a great deal for GT; a sports franchise — […]

Grant Thornton: New Unlimited PTO Policy Not Designed to Get People to Take Less Vacation

As you've all heard by now, Grant Thornton will be launching an unlimited PTO policy starting November 1. The firm documented its employees' surprise to the move and it is surprising since less than 1% of companies offer unlimited vacation. Not only that, but the Purple Rose of Chicago will be the only major accounting […]

Grant Thornton Demonstrates Its Instinct for Diversity in Its Paid Time-Off Video

Grant Thornton’s video announcing their unlimited paid time off policy was exceptional cinema. For starters, everyone in the video looks very uncomfortable — like they weren’t sure if they were giving feedback on company policy or making a sex tape with a tax manager. It’s also clear that the people who were ambushed in the […]

Grant Thornton’s Revenue Didn’t Take Time Off

The Purple Rose of Chicago earned $1.45 billion in the U.S., beating last year's haul of $1.35 bil. Judging by Mike McGuire's canned quote, everything is on the up and up: “Our financial results are a direct reflection of the value we’re providing to our clients,” said Mike McGuire, chief executive officer of Grant Thornton […]

Grant Thornton Should Pay Its People to Take Vacation

Grant Thornton is getting into the surprisingly generous benefits act, announcing that it will offer its employees unlimited time off starting in November. They even shot this video of their people's reactions to the news: Those people seem genuinely surprised. That's kinda nice. Few companies offer unlimited PTO; this Bloomberg report says fewer than 1% […]

Stephen Chipman Calling it a Career at Grant Thornton

Stephen Chipman, erstwhile CEO of Grant Thornton, blogger, romantic, inexperienced Chicagoan, incredibly unprepared Chicagoan, note writer, dynamic perpetual optimist etc. etc. is hanging it up after 34 years at the Purple Rose of Chicago:   Grant Thornton LLP announced that Stephen Chipman, senior vice chairman of Grant Thornton LLP, has elected to retire early from […]

Grant Thornton Admits 50 New Partners

Grant Thornton deified 50 new partners on August 1st, according to a firm press release. This year's class size dwarfs those from recent years; there were 32 new partners admitted in 2014, 30 in 2013, 27 in 2012, 26 in 2011 and 22 in 2010. Purple Rose of Chicago CEO Mike McGuire heaps on the […]

Judge Felt Compelled to Call Out Grant Thornton’s Extraordinarly Crappy Work

It's always amusing when a judge reprimands an accounting firm for sucking at its job. Usually it's due to some dumpster fire that auditors watched burn for too long, but today's bench slap came from a judge on Delaware's Court of Chancery in regards to some valuation work Grant Thornton performed: Vice Chancellor Travis Laster […]

Oops: Grant Thornton Lost an Audit Client Due to ‘Inadvertent Scope Creep’

Ahhhh, independence. The albatross around the neck of the audit profession. Or maybe that's the PCAOB. Or maybe it's the technology. Fuck, I don't know. If you imagine all the giant birds shitting on auditors, ugh, that's a horrific thought.

Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2015)

The last time we teased with talk of GT compensation, our tipster seemed impatient and harboring inflated expectations. Hopefully most of you McGuire Munchkins are either more patient or realistic about your comp news. Or perhpas you've adopted, "I don't care about money anymore," as your personal comp season motto. That'd be a fun surprise […]

Bonus Watch: Impatient Grant Thornton Employees with Big Expectations

This just in: Grant Thornton will pay out bonuses early this year (July 21). They will electronically disseminate salary and bonus information on July 14. All I'm saying is they better be good. Our tipster included an excerpt from an alleged message to the troops: At Grant Thornton, our people are talented, intellectually curious and […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Grant Thornton has put everyone on notice that they’ve snagged Deloitte National Managing Partner for U.S. Government Affairs & Public Policy Jim Brady. He will become GT’s Central Region Managing Partner effective August 1. Brady has had quite a career at Deloitte, serving in many similarly dynamic roles. Among them: National Audit Leader for Growth […]

Grant Thornton Has Starring Role in Marine Corps’s Snafu Audit

How's this for a Charlie Foxtrot: the professional services firm known as Grant Thornton (or, if you prefer, Golf Tango) is smack dab in the middle of the Pentagon's messy accounting. Reuters has the whole scoop but the long/short of it is this: last year the Defense Department announced that the Marine Corps "passed" its […]

Grant Thornton Not Gonna Let Some Rich Guy Drag Its Good Name Through the Mud and Get Away With It

You wanna get nuts? Come on, let's get nuts! Grant Thornton has filed a counter-claim against Vincent Tchenguiz for defamation after the property entrepreneur sued the accounting firm for £2.2bn and accused it of a conspiracy.  In documents filed at the London High Court on Tuesday, Grant Thornton denied Mr Tchenguiz’s claims and said it […]

Grant Thornton’s Hartford Office Will Need All the Comforts of Your Average Frat House

The modern office has changed. With companies like Google and Facebook throwing around perks like free sushi, bowling alleys, dog runs, a keg in every kitchen, full spa service, among other luxuries, businesses feel the need to keep up however they can.  Grant Thornton's Glastonbury office is currently shopping around space in Hartford and Frank Kurre, the […]

Grant Thornton Names New Big Cheese in Wisconsin

Don't have a cow. You won't have to learn a new name as Jeff Bradford succeedsJeff Robinson. Although if you suspect a Jeff nepotism in GT Dairyland, we wouldn't blame you. Incidentally, Bradford earned his Bachelor's and Master's at UT so if you suspect a Longhorn biaswithin GT, you can run with that, too. [MJS] 

UK Auditor Regulator Stops Short of Calling Grant Thornton Audits ‘God-Awful’

The PCAOB inspection report for Grant Thornton, while worse in susbtance, doesn't quite express the feelings of a regulator who expects a little more.  A report from the UK accountancy watchdog said it was “disappointed” to find that five of the eight Grant Thornton audits it reviewed required either improvements or significant improvements, a blow […]

Spotted: Chevy Belonging to Grant Thornton Refugee or Peeing Calvin

There's also a chance that this is a picture of one of Craig Haber's old cars. Don't want to rule out any possibilities. 

Grant Thornton to Have Rat Problem for Foreseeable Future

A little bad news for Grant Thornton today: The towering rat balloon—six to 25 feet tall, often dubbed “Scabby the Rat”—is a common and sometimes contentious sight. It’s a gimmick used most frequently by unions to protest employers, but the inflated rats have occasionally been used by unions to protest other unions and, in an […]

Grant Thornton Warns Alumni the Sky is Falling

We wish we could tell you why Grant Thornton sent out this email to their alumni list today, unfortunately we don't have any clue. Not even crazy speculation barely rooted in reality. Even our tipster, who presumably receives odd emails from Grant Thornton regularly as a member of the esteemed Grant Thornton alumni email list, […]

Grant Thornton’s Chosen Markets Netted the Firm Record-Breaking Revenue This Year

Not one to be left out of the "we made a metric shit ton of money this year, guys" party, Grant Thornton announced today the highest revenue in the firm's 90 year history. Considering a dollar could buy you a month's worth of groceries, a house, and a horse 90 years ago1, that's not saying […]

Let’s Play Spot the Spelling Error at Meet the Firms with Grant Thornton

This suspect was spotted at University of South Carolina: Wonder if GT is in the market for a proofreader?

Grant Thornton’s Downtown NYC Office Still Has a Rat Problem

If Grant Thornton had any competitors, those competitors would be thrilled to see what's ongoing at Grant Thornton's downtown Manhattan office at 60 Broad. We wrote about the Teamsters' giant rat down there back in July but now we have photographic evidence. With bold print and underlining! Let's see what's going on: This makes us […]

Grant Thornton’s Interns Are Making Your Interns Look Bad

First, nourishing your body with food is totally overrated anyway. Second, seems like this is good practice for busy season, when you won't so much forget but be completely unable to unless you don't mind stale Twizzlers and team pizza lunch.   Our MVPs > MT @mfuadster: So focused on the Intern Case Comp that […]

Grant Thornton Names Mike McGuire CEO-elect

Today: J. Michael McGuire named CEO-elect of Grant Thornton U.S. http://t.co/LEviUIJtDh pic.twitter.com/qfKWTBpp4f — Grant Thornton LLP (@GrantThorntonUS) June 2, 2014 Looks like Grant Thornton opted for something other than a Costanza lookalike for their next CEO. According to a Grant Thornton press release, JMM assumes the role of CEO-elect immediately and will take over for Stephen […]

Say Hello to Some Dynamic Grant Thornton Winterns

Welcome Southeast region Winter Class of 2014 #Interns from schools ranging from Baltimore to Miami! pic.twitter.com/9Xr3nbmzwX — GrantThorntonCareers (@GTCareersUS) January 15, 2014 Why is this in black and white? Did GT blow its entire color budget on its sharp purple marketing materials? Oh whatever. Congrats, you kids!

Let’s Congratulate Grant Thornton For Its Dynamic and Record-Breaking Audit Failure Rate

Colin put this in ANR this morning but it's the kind of thing that deserves a post of its own just to make sure you don't miss it and mock appropriately: The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board gave a failing grade to Grant Thornton on 65 percent of audits inspected in 2012, the highest failure […]

Grant Thornton Employees Break Out Dynamic Christmas Sweaters for Holiday Party

You'd all do well to follow this example for your respective office parties this season: Successful @GrantThorntonUS #atlanta holiday party last night. Tacky sweaters and all. @mmangrum1126 @griffinehunt pic.twitter.com/ZoE3BqEbKF — Christian Hyatt (@christianhyatt) December 13, 2013 Okay, guy on the left — we see that you phoned it in by just opting for a Christmas […]

Grant Thornton Feeling Good About Grant Thornton’s Effort

The Purple Rose of Chicago turned in a scorecard of $1.274 billion in revenue, up 5 percent, for fiscal 2013. And Stephen Chipman, for one, thinks that's a solid effort:    "Attaining record revenues in a still tepid economic environment is a testament to our long-term strategy of focusing on dynamic, mid-sized clients that are poised for […]

Grant Thornton Doubles Down Nationwide on Corporate Doublespeak

Color me baffled, maybe I haven't spent long enough digesting PRspeak. ??? Does culture then wash it down with a nice, cold glass of Kool-Aid? Grant Thornton is supposedly holding "All Hands" meeting in all 54 US offices today to ensure the staff are sufficiently brainwashed into thinking this actually means something. Not very dynamic […]

Oh Dear Lord, Grant Thornton’s Belfast Office Has a Willy Wonka Room

Grant Thornton is the most dynamic accounting firm known to man. Now, some of you might doubt this based on past revelations such as temp tatts, unoriginal taglines, and questionable advertising campaigns, but the following report out of the Belfast office will make you believe. We all know accounting firm offices can be, er, less […]

Ex-Grant Thornton Partner Sorry for Taking $4 Million That Wasn’t His

Craig Haber, who, after being a partner at Grant Thornton for 11 years, started helping himself to client fees, admitted today that what he did was wrong and he's sure sorry about the whole thing:   Craig Haber, who prosecutors said diverted money to his own bank accounts between 2004 and 2012, pleaded guilty to […]

Here’s a List of Grant Thornton’s Newest Partners

Stephen Chipman has bestowed 30 purple roses, saying, "Our partners and principals have demonstrated great value to our dynamic clients and to our firm through their technical expertise and passionate leadership." There's also 20 new managing director,s however they merely, "[help] our partners execute the firm's strategy." Sounds like a slap in the face. I […]

Grant Thornton Audit Partners Might Want to Read Those Opinions Just a Bit Closer

Call this is a GT service announcement (or something). A tipster informed us a little while ago that there were a couple of Purple Rose of Chicago audit opinions floating around that have an unfortunate typo. Titan International and Gentherm, Inc. filed 10-Ks in 2013 with Grant Thornton's name spelled wrong on the opinion – spelling it […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2013)

Last month we put out the GT comp fluffer post and with raises effective on August 1st, I suppose it's about time we gave the dynamic tattooed masses the thread they've been waiting for.