Top 50 Accounting Firms To Work For

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Just in time for Tax Day, has released its fifth annual Accounting 50, which is kind of like the Academy Awards for the finance industry. Breaking down the best employers using a formula that weighs quality of life with overall prestige, the latest list found PwC leading the pack for the second year in a row. Does that make them the accounting equivalent of Meryl Streep?

The top five employers were, in order: PwC, EY (former Ernst & Young), Deloitte, KPMG, and Grant Thornton. In a press release, Vault noted that unlike last year, the Big 4 firms occupy the top four spots. They also said that PwC's winning lead marked two firsts for the list, with a firm grabbing the top spot twice as well as repeating its title of Best Employer.

"Overall, it seems clear that PwC is the dominant force in accounting," said Derek Loosvelt, Vault's senior finance editor. "PwC has long been considered the most prestigious firm, and recently it's made a lot of strides in creating a better workplace for employees. This shows in its rankings this year."

Outside of the top five, Plante Moran and Friedman both scored highly in the Quality of Life rankings, while last year's winner, Rothstein Kass, dropped four spots due to heavy layoffs.

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"The company laid off 10 percent of its workplace last summer," said one Rothstein Kass employee. "Since then, our department has faced staffing shortages and overworked employees due to the extra work added to their already full schedules."

This year's winner in the Quality of Life rankings, Plante Moran, scored highly in numerous categories, including business outlook, culture, firm leadership, informal training, internal mobility, and promotion policies.

"The culture here is very different than at Big 4 firms where 50-plus hour weeks are the norm and are expected," noted one Plante Moran employee. "Here, value is placed on working hard, but also on having family time and doing things you enjoy outside of work."

See below (or click here) to check out the rest of the rankings. And if you're feeling inspired, why not explore some of the great accounting jobs out there?

Vault Accounting 50

1. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP
3. Deloitte LLP
5. Grant Thornton LLP
7. McGladrey LLP
8. Plante Moran
9. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
10. Crowe Horwath LLP
11. Moss Adams LLP
12. Rothstein Kass
13. Friedman LLP
14. Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
15. Eide Bailly LLP
16. Armanino LLP
17. WithumSmith+Brown, PC
18. Brown Smith Wallace, LLC
19. CohnReznick LLP
20. Berdon LLP
21. Frank Rimerman + Co. LLP
22. CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.
23. Schenck SC
24. Wipfli LLP
25. SS&G, Inc.
26. Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP
27. Watkins Meegan, LLC
28. Raffa P.C.
29. Rehmann
30. Marks Paneth LLP
31. Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP
32. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
33. BKD, LLP
34. EisnerAmper LLP
35. Marcum LLP
36. Cherry Bekaert LLP
37. ParenteBeard LLC
38. UHY Advisors, Inc.
39. Cohen & Company
40. WeiserMazars
41. RubinBrown
42. Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
43. The Siegfried Group
43. [tie] Novogradac & Company LLP
44. Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP
45. Blum Shapiro & Co, P.C.
46. Elliott Davis, LLC
47. Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.
48. Blue & Co., LLC
49. Aronson LLC
49. [tie] Hein & Associates
50. Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
50. [tie] Weaver LLP

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