Best accountancy firms in America 2016

Analysis of a range of factors has seen PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) named the top accountancy firm to work for in America, retaining the top spot it secured in last year’s rankings.

The list, from Vault.com, ranked accounting firms in America based on a survey of more than 9,000 accountants.

The accountants were from a wide range of ability levels, and they ranked their employer on a scale from 1-10 for a range of areas, which included: Prestige, Culture, Diversity, Work/Life balance, Work hours, Training, Benefits, Compensation – which were classed as Quality of Life categories.

The scores for Prestige were combined with the scores for the aforementioned Quality of Life categories, with a formula being used to calculate an overall score and place the firms into a ranking based on how good they are to work for.

Terri McClements, of PwC, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised as the number one firm for the second year in a row on Vault’s Accounting 50 list. This recognition affirms not only the calibre of talent we are able to attract, but it also demonstrates our ability to provide world-class development opportunities, create greater flexibility, and offer meaningful rewards to our people.”

“We continue to look for ways to create a distinctive experience for each of our partners and staff, and solve important problems for our clients and stakeholders. Being part of Vault’s list tells us we’re on the right track,” she continued.

Deloitte was in second place, rising one from 2015 to replace Ernst & Young, who fell to third place.

The remainder of the top 10 accountancy firms to work for was made up of Grant Thornton, KPMG, BDO USA, Plante Moran, RSM US, Baker Tilly and Dixon Hughes Goodman.

For the full rankings list, check out The Accounting 50.