1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I prepare corporation tax returns for companies using Alphatax software and also assist in the delivery of advisory reports too. I also get involved in research and development work too as I enjoy this. I often have to ring HMRC for client queries. I am primarily office based.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Interpersonal skills, telephone skills, people skills, tax skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the work I do but not the people (managers) I work with. They don't seem interested in our development, don't seem to respect that you have other work too and that you aren't just there to do all of their work and none for other people.
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
No really, many people are leaving and as such the morale is not great across the office. In corporate tax, managers seems reluctant to promote even ACA qualified people to executive.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well structured, lots of training programmes at Bradenham. You are paid while studying for your professional exams too, although they only give you one day study leave for each exam SITTING (not per exam) in addition to your courses so I have to use 10 days bought holiday as revision time... I haven't had a holiday since I have joined the firm as most of my annual leave has been used for study.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Kaplan are OK, mainly depends on which tutor you get.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Feel unable to have many difficult conversations where managers are taking advantage and re mental health. I feel unable to discuss this without feeling guilty for something.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary is under the market average for my level of experience and qualification. Senior management are reluctant to give promotions too even when ACA qualified.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a social club that puts on regular social events, its very good. £3 per month is well worth it!!
9a. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Much better option than going to university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton? *
I would say they are looking for someone keen to learn and enthusiastic who is aware of current business issues rather than an interview robot. Try and have a genuine conversation and build a connection with your interviewer so they see the real you!
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