Contrary to what you're probably thinking, Plante & Moran is no dark horse. They've been on the list for
five twelve straight years and rank ahead of the rest of three of the Big 4 in this year's list (cue for "who the hell is Plante & Moran?"). They've fallen from their peak of 12th back in 2006 but we're sure the firm can explain.
Plante & Moran – Previously ranked #42. Fortune took the unorthodox approach of using P&M's layoffs to describe their greatness: "Audit firm laid off employees, but staff members commend the "team pain" approach: enhanced severance pay, outplacement services, pay cuts for partners, and deferred pay hikes for staff."
Other interesting stats per the snapshot:
• New Jobs (1 year): 10
• % Job Growth (1 year): 1%
• % Voluntary Turnover: 7%
• No. of Job Openings at 1/13/2010: 17
• Most common salaried job: Audit staff with average salary of $65,500
The firm offers onsite child care during busy season but does not have a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation nor does it offer domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples.
We're not saying the latter two reasons are why they fell from #12 but it might help them jump back into the top 50.
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