50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Derek Loosvelt | April 14, 2015

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Today, as taxpayers across the country scramble to file their returns, Vault releases its annual Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting firms to work for in North America.

This year, the rankings are based on a survey of more than 8,300 accounting professionals. The survey asked these accountants of all levels to assess their peer firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. Accountants were also asked to rate their own firm in various quality of life categories, including firm culture, compensation, overall satisfaction, training, diversity, hours, and work/life balance, among others. To calculate the Accounting 50 Ranking, Vault used a weighted formula that combines a firm’s prestige and several quality of life ratings, creating an overall “best to work for” ranking that we call the Accounting 50. Vault also compiled rankings in Prestige, Quality of Life, Diversity, and Practice Area.

Perhaps just as interesting as which firms topped the rankings this year was this positive trend: Quality of life is getting better for accountants. Survey respondents, on average, gave their overall satisfaction a rating of 8.07 out of 10, up 2.7 percent from last year. This upward trend was also notable in several other categories, including work hours (up 3.9 percent), work/life balance (up 2.1 percent), and compensation (up 1.8 percent).

And what was true for the industry at large was also true for the largest firms. As reported on a few weeks ago, Big 4 accountants who took Vault’s accounting survey this year rated their overall satisfaction 2.2 percent higher than they did last year. They also gave higher ratings this year in work hours (up 3.6 percent), culture (up 1.6 percent), work/life balance (up 1.5 percent), and compensation (up 1.4 percent). 

And so, what follows are this year’s big winners: the top 10 firms of the 2016 Vault Accounting 50.

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Tags: accounting | audit and assurance | big 4 | rankings | tax accounting

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