Audit Associate at Grant Thornton

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
MK Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Accountancy

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7.2/10

The Role
7.0
Organisation
7.2

Socialising

7.5

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed my time with Grant Thornton. What I enjoyed the most was the people who I worked with. Everyone was so lovely and likeminded to myself and it helped to create a really positive and supportive working environment. I also enjoyed the exposure I gained to lots of different businesses and sectors.

8/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt valued by the people directly above me but not so much by higher up colleagues such as managers and partners. There were often times where managers wouldn't thank you for working overtime but just assume you wold do it which wasn't great. However, my immediate colleagues on my team were always grateful for my contributions which was good to see.

6/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Grant Thornton have a good training program and environment within the team. There is usually time put in for training and coaching from your peers when you are working on a client which is nice. I will say that you have to be quite confident and make sure to ask questions when you're stuck. There is a lot to learn and no one expect you to understand audit within your first few months.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Work load varied a lot during my placements. Sometimes I would have days where I'd be working a lot of extra hours and had a seemingly endless list of things to do where as other days I'd have nothing to do all day. However, I think this is something GT are trying to improve and the last half of my placement had a much better work balance I would say.

5/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a lot more responsibility early on that I was expecting which was good to see. You're treated exactly the same as the grads which is nice. I will say that later down the line, you have to ask for exposure to more complicated sections of the audit if you want to learn these but the team and managers are always happy to say yes. So overall the level of responsibility was really great.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I wouldn't say it helped much with my degree as I'm studying Maths which doesn't have much to do with audit. However, the soft skills that I've learnt this year are really valuable. I've learnt leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, agility, determination and time management to name just a few! Thus I'm really pleased with the level of skills I have developed.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office had a really good atmosphere. We have a sports and social committee made up of associates which you can join where they organised lots of fun activities like end of month drinks, summer and Christmas parties, advent calendars and Easter eggs, board game nights, a trip to watch the darts, really something for everyone! And we are all really encouraged to get involved which is good to see.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It was very organised in general. Grant Thornton have placement students every year so they knew exactly what they were doing. I had quarterly formal check ins with my manager as well as monthly catch ups to check how I was doing. Equally, we were encouraged to set and work towards goals during the year.

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

To a fair extent. I will say that the graduates and school leavers did receive more training particularly book learning such as accounting basics like double entry. This was mainly because they were sitting professional exams along side their studies which were not an option for placement students which is a shame. However we were still allowed to participate in some of the training which was always really fun as we when to this residential manor house.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Really good so far, I'm hoping to get a graduate job offer! They make this a very available option to everyone so it's good that they offer this. I believe all my peers will also get a job offer also. We are monitored and assessed by a feedback system where your colleagues comment on your performance during the year.

9/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

I was one of two placement students and the other girl has grown to become a really good friend. Equally, we started at a similar time to all the graduates and school leavers which was really nice as we had quite a big peer group. I've genuinely made best friends for life through the company!

10/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It was about average. I was lucky enough to live at home and commute in which wasn't too pricey but we would often have socials in and around London which could get expensive. Though these were often expensed or at least partly subsidised by Grant Thornton, so overall I would say average.

6/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

6/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

8/10

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