Top 10 Accounting Firms in the US for 2015

Choosing the right accounting company to start your career in will have a determining impact on your professional development. Many companies and specialised media create their rankings of accounting firms and each one is based on a specific set of criteria. Some rank the companies that have generated the highest annual revenue, others assess the companies that are seen as the best employers in the field.

Vault.com is one of the rank creators and it aims to classify the best accounting employers in the US. The 2015 Vault.com accounting firm ranking has quite interesting results with some of the industry giants occupying the top spots.

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1. Pricewaterhouse Cooopers

PwC occupies the top spot in the ranking for the second consecutive year and is the only company that has managed such an accomplishment. The methodology that has kept PwC in the leading position is based on prestige, firm culture, work/life balance for the company’s employees, compensation, overall job satisfaction, business outlook and the availability of formal training.

Out of 10 possible points for this methodology, PwC scored 8.515. It got the highest scores in prestige and employment diversity. Pricewaterhouse Coopers employees enjoy perks like flexible work hours, excellent corporate culture and a vast range of training opportunities.

2. Ernst & Young

The second company in the ranking has a score of 8.217 points. Ernst & Young has been ranked the best accounting firm for minorities and it also got the second best score for most prestigious accounting firm.

According to 2015 data, Ernst & Young has 36,607 employees and it features quite challenging projects for experts to get involved in. Leadership skills are highly valued and Ernst & Young employees benefit from a range of professional training opportunities.

3. Deloitte

Deloitte’s score is 8.067 points and it’s ranked as the third most prestigious accounting firm, as well as the third best accounting company for formal training. According to 2015 data, Deloitte has approximately 60,000 employees that enjoy working in a quite diversified environment that features growth and additional qualification opportunities.

4. KPMG

KPMG reaches the top of the chart as the best accounting firm for formal training, as well as the accounting company that features the most diverse workplace environment. In the overall chart, it ranks fourth with a score of 7.92 points.

5. Grant Thornton

This company is the final one included in the Vault.com top five. Grant Thornton is the employer of 6,500 professionals in the field and the company is mainly recognised as one of the best companies offering auditing and assurance services.

6. BDO USA

With a score of 7.24 points, BDO USA occupies the sixth position in the chart and the company has offices in a vast range of big cities. BDO USA is the employer of 5,000 people that enjoy significant development opportunities as members of the team.

7. McGladrey

McGladrey is ranked as the sixth best accounting firm for internal mobility, which signifies that its employees benefit from opportunities to grow and develop within the corporate structure. With major offices in New York , Boston , Chicago and Minneapolis , McGladrey employs more than 8,000 people according to 2015 data.

8. Plante Moran

This is a smaller company that has still managed to make it to the top 10 because of the excellent employment conditions. Plante Morgan has 2,200 employees and an office in Southfield . Though small, the company has gotten the top score in the field of company culture and the top score for availability of informal training opportunities.

9. Moss Adams

Moss Adams has moved up the chart in comparison to the company’s score during the previous year. Company employees are in full control of their professional development. There’s a lot of flexibility and the company is well-respected due to the quality of work that it does.

10. Crowe Horwath

The final company to make it to the top 10 of the best US accounting employers is Crowe Horwath. The Seattle-based company is 15th in the country on the basis of revenue generation and it has 24 offices throughout the US . It offers consulting, assurance and tax services, it employs 2,000 people and Crowe Horwath is mostly known for the corporate culture and its green initiatives.

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