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Top 25 Best Accounting Firms To Work For | Vault Ranking 2024

What are the best accounting firms to work for? Vault ranks the top accounting firms around the world for 2024, including the likes of Big Four firms, Deloitte and PwC

Tue Aug 1 2023

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Accounting is a top industry for business school graduates. Whether you land a job with a Big Four top accounting firm or a small boutique company, you're looking at a career with strong development opportunities, competitive salaries, and enviable bonuses. 

These advantages have led to accounting and financial services growing in popularity among the new generation of business school students. 

According to the 2023 GMAC Corporate Recuiters Survey, while millennials today show a greater interest in tech careers, Generation Z are more likely to look for jobs in accounting and finance. 

So what are the top accounting firms to work for? 

Each year, careers platform Vault/Firsthand surveys thousands of employees in accounting to compile a list of the best accounting firms to work for. 

Companies are ranked using a weighted formula reflecting their overall prestige as well as the issues accounting professionals care about: quality of life, culture, satisfaction, work-life balance, and compensation.

Here are the top 25 accounting firms to work for according to Vault’s ranking for 2024. 


Best Accounting Firms To Work For


25. EY

One of the prestigious Big Four accounting firms, EY is a highly sought after company for business school graduates. Despite coming in 25th it ranks third among the most prestigious accounting firms.

According to Vault, EY has positive career progression opportunities, good diversity practices, and solid salaries. However, working at the firm does mean long hours, particularly for those at the start of their careers. 


24. Calibre CPA Group 

Calibre CPA Group is one of the 20 largest public accounting firms in metropolitan Washington, DC. It helps clients stay ahead of financial developments and guides them through the complex minefield of accounting and reporting regulations.

According to Vault, Calibre CPA Group is strong performing when it comes to diversity, coming in 11th for racial and ethnic diversity and for LGBTQ+ individuals, however the survey revealed it could perform better for diversity at managerial levels.


23. BPM

Based on annual revenues BPM is one of the 35 largest public accounting and advisory firms in the US, as measured by annual revenues, with more than $206 million recorded in its latest fiscal year. The firm has offices scattered along the West Coast, as well as internationally in Bengaluru, India, and the Cayman Islands.

BPM also measures highly for diversity and inclusion: ranking fifth for Racial & Ethnic Diversity and sixth for LGBTQ+ Diversity and overall diversity. 


22. Schellman 

Based in Tampa, Florida, Schellman has over 900 clients, including numerous publicly traded and Fortune 500 companies. 

Vault ranks Schellman first for benefits and as a place to work for women. Insiders give strong reviews for the annual raise process and 401(k) matching, however some say parental leave and insurance coverage could be better. 


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21. Aprio

Atlanta-based business advisory firm, Aprio, has industry specialties including nonprofit and education, real estate and construction, and technology and blockchain, as well as restaurants. 

Aprio scores well on Vault’s ranking for client interaction and business outlook, coming in third and fourth respectively. It offers valuable internships for students, providing interns with hands-on experience, training, mentoring, and constant support from full-time staff. 


20. HCVT

Headquartered in Los Angeles, HCTV (Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt) employs more than 700 people, including more than 100 partners and principals. The firm has 10 offices in California, and three in Texas, Utah, and Arizona.

It scores fifth for firm leadership and...

g. Salaries get extremely high marks from insiders, in large part due to the unique policy of giving overtime pay to staff. 


19. Grassi

Founded in 1980, Grassi is headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in New Jersey, Florida, and the Greater Boston area. The firm also has an office in Rome, Italy.

Grassi’s career development opportunities are extensive and include highly effective training, a focus on promoting from within, and excellent mentoring, according to survey respondents. 

“There are many opportunities afforded to employees for career progression vertically. There is a good flow of information that allows lower-level employees to climb ranks and move up,” says one Grassi insider. 


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17. Cherry Bekaert

Cherry Bekaert is located in North Carolina and provides business advisory and non-attest services in transaction advisory, risk and accounting advisory, digital solutions, cybersecurity, and tax.

For those looking to get hired at Cherry Bekaert, recruiters at the firm are looking for hardworking, ambitious, motivated self-starting team players eager to learn and grow.


17. Armanino

Founded in 1969, Armanino is now the 18th-largest accounting firm in the US, gaining $595 million in revenues in its most recent fiscal year.

The firm is located close to Silicon Valley and has a number of high-tech clients, including local heavy hitters like AutoDesk, Yahoo!, and Wildfire. 

Armanino comes third in ESG initiatives, which was noted in the one insider’s comments: “ We are not only making the impact ourselves but also helping our clients with their focus on ESG programs.”


16. Frazier & Deeter

Frazier & Deeter is a CPA and advisory firm based in Atlanta. It has six offices in the U.S. and two in the U.K.  

According to Vault, Frazier & Deeter ranks first for business outlook and compensation. Alongside generous salaries, the firm has unlimited PTO, a hybrid workplace, a gym on site, free parking, a casual dress policy, and gym and educational reimbursement.


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14. Withum 

Headquartered in the famed Ivy League university town of Princeton, Withum boasts a people-focused attitude, emphasizing client service and staff development.

Insiders report that the firm’s internship program provides students with meaningful hands-on experience. Interns are treated like full-time staff and get a clear look at what a full-time role with the firm looks like day-to-day. 


14. Frank, Rimerman + Co

Frank, Rimerman + Co specializes in providing accounting services to clients considered to be leaders in their industries, which includes pioneers in Silicon Valley. 

Vault puts the firm third for culture and leadership, which is reflected in insiders comments, who describe the transparency of the leadership: “Our leadership team works hard to make solid decisions for the firm. They are open about their efforts and decisions.” 


13. Marcum 

Marcum is headquartered in New York and has more than 40 offices across the US as well as in China, Grand Cayman, and Ireland. 

Salaries and perks are something highlighted by insiders who mention Summer Fridays—finishing work at lunchtime—generous yearly raises, solid PTO and health insurance plan. Wellness offerings, though, are extensive and include online meditation, counseling, workout classes within the office, and chair yoga. 


12. Eide Bailly 

Eide Bailly is the 19th-largest U.S. accounting firm and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. The firm is a member of HLB, a global network of independent advisory accounting firms, with more than 1,100 offices and 40,000 people in 1597 countries.

Vault ranks Eide Bailly third for internal mobility for full-time staff. Respondents emphasize the extensive career opportunities on offer, including valuable training and work experience in many different areas.


11. CBIZ

With offices in most major metropolitan areas throughout the US, CBIZ offers advisory and consulting as well as benefits and insurance services.

Survey respondents highlight the long hours during the busy season at CBIZ but outside of the spring and fall the firm encourages staff to take holiday and have a healthy work-life balance. 


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10. PFK O’Connor Davies

PFK O’Connor Davies has more than 1,500 employees, and 18 offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Florida, and internationally in Mumbai, India. It ranked 25th on Accounting Today's 2023 Top 100 Firms list. 

Vault’s ranking places it first for firm leadership and formal training, with survey respondents saying the firm’s internship program is exceptional, offering students hands-on experience and preparing them well for full-time roles with the firm.


9. CohnReznick

Located in New York, CohnReznick services clients in more than 120 countries. It was the only accounting firm to be listed in Newsweek’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces. 

Vault places CohnResznick third for racial and ethnic diversity and fifth as a workplace for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Insiders claim that DEI is a large focus at CohnReznick, which aims to be very inclusive and welcoming. While CohnReznick’s staff is diverse in general, there is a lack of diversity at the more senior levels: “High levels of diversity throughout, but there’s a lack of women in leadership roles in certain offices.”


8. Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly is an advisory firm headquartered in Chicago and, according to Accounting Today, is among the top 10 largest accounting firms in the US. The firm has more than 6,500 team members, including more than 580 partners. 

Coming in fifth for benefits, survey respondents note the generous unlimited PTO scheme, schedule flexibility, and remote work options, but say the bonus structure needs improvement. 


7. Plante Moran

Plante Moran is one of the 15 largest accounting firms in the US. It’s headquartered in Michigan and has grown rapidly in recent years, adding a few hundred staff members and several dozen partners. It has been named one of Fortune magazine’s '100 Best Companies to Work For,' for 25 consecutive years. 

Vault rank Plante Moran first for client interaction and firm culture, and survey respondents highlight the positive career development that allows them access to formal training, informal on-the-job experiential learning, and structured mentoring. 


6. Moss Adams

A west-coast firm, Moss Adams is based in Seattle, and has offices in Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado Utah, and Texas. Home to more than 4,300 professionals across more than 40 locations, the firm is based primarily in the Western United States. 

Moss Adams ranks third for relationships with supervisors, and respondents highlight a unique mentorship program which helps their career progression. 

“The firm has a great program where people at all levels (staff, intern, senior, etc.) are assigned a buddy and a career advisor who are go-to people to discuss career advancement and development with,” says one insider. 


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5. RSM US

RSM is the leading US provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market, and the fifth largest professional services firm in the country. 

Insiders give positive reviews of RSM’s internship program saying it provides students with valuable hands-on experience, treating them like full-time staff and thus giving them an accurate picture of what a full-time role looks like.


4. BDO USA 

BDO USA is the sixth-largest accounting firm in the US, with more than 80 offices and over 11,000 employees, including 820 partners. 

While compensation is competitive and fair, some insiders say the pay could be better. The perks and benefits, though, are generous: BDO offers flexible hours, a good amount of PTO, a casual dress policy, hybrid work arrangements, a 401(k) match, and access to counseling, therapy, and the Total Brain mental health and fitness app.


3. KPMG 

While EY ranks far lower in this list, KPMG is another of the Big Four to rank among the best accounting firms to work for. KPMG is home to more than 35,000 employees in more than 90 offices across the US. 

The prestige of the firm means hard work, respondents divulge that during busy times of the year you may be working more than 60 hour weeks. However, this is offset with generous, competitive compensation packages. 

“The best aspects of my firm's salary and benefits are the salaries (we are well paid) and benefits such as maternity/parternity leave,” says one KPMG insider. 


2. Deloitte 

Coming in second in the ranking is the prestigious Big Four accounting firm, Deloitte. Deloitte provides audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest organizations, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500 and more than 7,000 private companies. 

While Deloitte comes in second place in the Vault ranking, it ranks first for prestige. It's no surprise that b-school students rank Deloitte as one of the most desirable firms to work for worldwide. 

Respondents emphasize training and development as one of the firm’s strengths. Full-time employees have access to formal coaching and mentoring relationships, informal mentoring opportunities, and on-demand training both virtually and in-person.


1. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

PwC is the best accounting firm to work for in 2024, according to Vault. A New York-headquartered accounting and professional services firm, PwC is the US member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited.

The firm operates in 157 countries, employs more than 328,000 people, and serves approximately 85% of Fortune Global 500 companies and more than 100,000 entrepreneurial and private businesses. 

Along with ranking first overall, Vault places PwC first for audit and assurance and forensic accounting, and PwC’s business outlook is very strong according to survey respondents. 

Despite some staff shortages, which most accounting firms have been experiencing in recent years, PwC continues to grow and is well-positioned to continue to thrive, regardless of the economic climate, according to insiders. 

“The company is in a very strong position from a financial perspective. We continue to exceed growth goals, with no signs of slowing.”


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