The 50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Vault Careers | April 13, 2016

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Today, as U.S. taxpayers scramble to file their 1040s, we release our 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 9,000 accounting professionals. The survey, administered this past winter, asked accountants of all levels to assess their peer firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. We also asked accountants to rate their own firms in numerous "quality of life" categories: culture, compensation, benefits, training, work/life balance, work hours, diversity, and many others. 

To calculate the Accounting 50, we use a weighted formula that combines a firm's prestige score with several quality of life scores to create an overall "best to work for" ranking. We also compile separate rankings in Prestige, Quality of Life, Diversity, and Practice Area

This year, perhaps just as interesting as which firms moved up and which moved down the rankings (and there were some surprises), was the fact that workplace category scores went way up this year nearly across the board, signifying that life as an accounting professional is getting a lot better.

In fact, the Big Four accounting firms saw their raw scores rise in every single workplace category this year. In addition, non-Big Four firms saw score improvements this year versus last in all but five workplace categories (and the drops in scores in these categories were small: less than 1/10 of a point).   

As for how Big Four scores fared versus those of non-Big Four firms, this year the Big Four scored 10% higher in formal training, 7% higher in informal training, 10% higher in overall diversity, and 13% higher in minority diversity. However, the Big Four scored 10% lower in work hours vs. non-Big Four firms and 5% lower in work/life balance. In all other workplace categories, the Big Four and non-Big Four firms put up nearly identical scores.

In any case, without further ado, here are this year’s biggest winners: the top 10 firms of the 2017 Vault Accounting 50.

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Filed Under: Finance | Job Search | Salary & Benefits | Workplace Issues

Tags: accounting | big 4 | deloitte | pwc | rankings

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