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Dedicated EY Employees Did Not Let a Little Blackout Deter Them From Providing Exceptional Client Service Last Weekend

I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry. To the employees of EY NYC working right now from r/Accounting OP didn’t really deliver with pics so if anyone managed to snag proof, let us know. As we understand it, only parts of Times Square were affected by last Saturday’s blackout, but that’s not nearly […]

Peeping PwC Pervert Busted With a Huge Collection of Upskirt Pics on His iPhone

In this day and age, most of us wander the world assuming our likeness is captured around every corner. Between run-of-the-mill Big Brother surveillance, red light cams, and modern humans’ propensity to broadcast nearly every moment of their waking lives to the internet, getting photographed in public is nothing out of the ordinary (if still […]

Arbitration Costs Mounting For Ex-EY Partner Who Claims She Was Sexually Harassed

A declaratory judgment complaint filed on July 17 is asking a Manhattan federal court to invalidate the arbitration agreement that has prevented former EY partner Karen Ward, who alleges she was a victim of sexual harassment and pay discrimination, from taking the firm to court. According to the complaint, to have Ward’s sexual harassment claims […]

Cathy Engelbert’s Best (and Worst) Moments as Deloitte CEO, Ranked

A couple weeks ago we acknowledged exiting EY Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger with a look back on some of his best moments as Benevolent Overlord of the Black and Yellow. Not sure if you heard but former Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert starts her new gig as WNBA commissioner today, giving us the perfect opportunity […]

Apparently PwC and Wesley Bricker Just Can’t Get Enough of One Another

PwC rolled out the red carpet on July 1 welcoming Wesley Bricker’s triumphant return from the dingy dungeons of the SEC, with trumpets blaring, a large feast being served, and red wine flowing like water—at least that’s how it happened in my mind. Bricker, who stepped down as SEC chief accountant in late May, has […]

Which Big 4 Firm Audits the Most Insurance Companies?

I know you guys are just dying to know the answer to this question, so let’s get right to it. Audit Analytics recently came out with its breakdown of the top 20 audit firms that had the most insurance clients in 2018. Yes, the Big 4 firms took the top four spots, combining for 2,300 […]

New Analysis of Public Company Auditors Reveals the Same Old Sh*t, Different Year

Our friends over at Audit Analytics just came out with its 2019 analysis of public company auditors in the U.S., and the results are exactly what you would expect: the Big 4 firms audit just under half of all public companies, and EY audits the most by a pretty wide margin. If you add up […]

What Price Wrong-Doing? Sanctions Against KPMG Are Complicated

“Sell in May and go away” was an investors’ adage invoked as vacation strategy in a more genteel era. Returns in the summer were said to lag the rest of the year—and in any event, that’s how brokers justified their holiday cottages on the eastern seaboard. This year the maxim has twice failed my attempt […]

Deloitte, EisnerAmper, 5 Others to Pay $235 Million to Settle Aequitas Investors’ Lawsuit

Why go through a lengthy, expensive trial, not knowing whether you’ll win or lose, when you can pay a shit-ton of money to make it all go away? That’s what the seven defendants, including Deloitte and EisnerAmper, did to settle a class-action lawsuit filed three years ago by investors of Aequitas accusing the accounting firms, […]

Promotion Watch ’19: EY Admits 733 New Partners Worldwide

Because July 1 kicks off a new fiscal year at EY, we figured a new partners announcement would be forthcoming. And it came today, via the new leader of the Black and Yellow, Carmine Di Sibio: Our Global Chairman and CEO, Carmine Di Sibio congratulates our new partners around the world. Their contributions have helped […]

Ex-KPMG Australia Senior Partner Avoids Prison For Being Too Stabby with a Campaign Volunteer

Even though he was convicted of two counts of common assault in court on July 4, former KPMG Australia partner Stavros “Steven” Economides was given a get-out-of-jail-free card. Economides, 62, who spent more than 30 years as a partner at KPMG, was sentenced to a 12-month good behavior bond after admitting to thrusting a corkscrew […]

Deloitte U.K. Hit with Large Fine Over Its Incompetent Auditing of Serco Geografix

It was Deloitte’s turn on the Financial Reporting Council’s dunk tank today, as the U.K. regulator fined the firm and one of its partners over the audits of the 2011 and 2012 financial statements of Serco Geografix Ltd., a subsidiary of outsourcing firm Serco Group PLC, which were found to be complete rubbish. The FRC […]

Mark Weinberger’s Best Moments as EY CEO, Ranked

Y’all remember back in the day when we used to do Ranked posts? Yeah, me neither. Mostly all I remember is Caleb saying he saw something similar on a far more popular blog than ours and was like “we should do that but with accounting stuff!” At least that’s how I recall the conversation in […]

What Do Deloitte and Robbie Van Winkle Have In Common?

Ice, ICE, baby. Professional services and consulting giants Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton have collectively started $66,721,241 worth in contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) since President Donald Trump took office, according to the U.S. government’s federal spending website. According to the U.S. spending database, Deloitte has started $51,017,363 worth of […]

Exclusive: We Know What Mark Weinberger Will Be Doing That He’s Officially Out at EY

No one was as surprised as we were when the news broke late last year that Mark Weinberger was stepping down as global chairman and CEO of EY. Adding to the mystique of his unexpected departure, our source — who helped us break the story — hinted that Weinberger’s exit was prompted in part by […]

Survey Finds That Nearly a Third of KPMG Employees Aren’t Surprised by Latest Cheating Scandal

In the competitive world of Big 4 recruiting, sometimes reputation is everything. Oh who are we kidding, the firms are all mostly the same — from work-life balance, pay, and even prestige — regardless of what PwC recruiters may tell you. At the end of the day, Big 4 firms are in a constant race […]

Auditor Swap: KPMG No Longer a Smash Hit with Movie Theater Chain Cineworld

Sometimes relationships outlive their usefulness, especially when one partner takes the beer goggles off and realizes that the other partner has been acting kinda shady lately, become too expensive to be with, and the old adage, “You can’t put lipstick on a pig,” seems more fitting each day. That expensive pig with lipstick on is […]

The Lovefest For Ex-Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert Continues

Former Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert has been getting a lot of love lately. Last week, Glassdoor released its 2019 ranking of the top 100 CEOs in the U.S. based on anonymous employee reviews, and Engelbert was ranked 15th—the highest among the Big 4 CEOs and the second highest among women chief executives. This week, career […]

Which KPMG Scandal Is Worse: PCAOB ‘Steal the Exam’ or CPE Training Exam Cheating?

Since Monday when the SEC announced it had fined KPMG $50 million for not one but two scandals involving auditor misconduct at the firm, I’ve been thinking about which scandal is worse. Is it KPMG audit partners stealing confidential information from rogue PCAOB employees in order to better the firm’s audit inspection scores OR is […]

No Auditor Swapping For International Olympic Committee

The IOC announced today that it will keep rolling with P. Dubs. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reappointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the international professional services firm, as its external auditor for a six-year term. Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, the IOC’s audit committee chair, told members that the six-year appointment, which followed an auditor selection process that began […]

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KPMG U.K. Doesn’t Really Care If You Don’t Like How It Handled Complaints Against Partner Accused of Bullying

We were so busy trying to wrap our heads around the $50 million fine the SEC gave KPMG last week for its auditors’ involvement in two separate scandals and which of the two might be more damaging to the firm’s reputation that we missed a new article about the bullying allegations made against KPMG U.K. […]

Top Big 4 CEO In Glassdoor’s CEO Rankings Is No Longer a Big 4 CEO

Glassdoor came out yesterday with its 2019 ranking of the top 100 CEOs in the U.S. based on anonymous employee reviews and feedback, and the results indicate that Cathy Engelbert must have been beloved by legions of Green Dotters across the nation. Engelbert, the first woman CEO of a Big 4 firm in the U.S. […]

College Students Would Rather Work at Walt Disney World Than at the Big 4

There was a time when the Big 4 used to dominate the top 10 companies in the business category of Universum’s list of the 100 most attractive employers for U.S. college students. But not so much anymore. In 2017’s ranking, only two Big 4 firms made the top 10 (EY at No. 8 and Deloitte […]

Auditor Swap: Papa John’s Dumps KPMG For Its Ex, Ernst & Young

Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Pizza chain Papa John’s must have realized this as it’s dropping KPMG as its independent auditor in favor of EY, which audited the company’s financial statements from 1990 to 2017. EY will take over Papa John’s external auditing duties for the fiscal year ending Dec. […]

SEC Says $50 Million Fine For KPMG Is ‘Significant’ and ‘Appropriate’ For All That Cheating Going On

The SEC made official today the news that Dave Michaels of the Wall Street Journal broke late last week, announcing that KPMG will pay $50 million to settle allegations that former partners “stole the test” by using confidential information that was being fed to them by a PCAOB insider to improve the firm’s performance on […]

$50 Million Fine SEC Is Reportedly Giving KPMG Over PCAOB Scandal Isn’t Big Enough

Dave Michaels of the Wall Street Journal broke some huge news late last night about a huge fine the SEC could levy against KPMG later this month because of several former partners’ involvement in one of the biggest U.S. accounting scandals in recent years—stealing secret audit inspection information from the PCAOB. KPMG LLP is preparing […]

PwC In the U.K. Got a Big Fine For Doing a Crappy Job Auditing Redcentric

Oh look, a Big 4 firm other than KPMG got in trouble earlier today with the audit overseer across the pond. The Wall Street Journal reported: The Financial Reporting Council, Britain’s regulator for accounting and audit, on Thursday penalized PwC and partners Jaskamal Sarai and Arif Ahmad in relation to audits of the 2015 and […]

Ex-EY Audit Partner’s Lousy Audit Judgment Landed Him a $25,000 Fine From the PCAOB

Earlier today, we talked about audit quality or the lack thereof in Australia, the U.S., and, for that matter, all over the world. Well, this latest enforcement order from the PCAOB doesn’t help make a case that audit quality at the biggest accounting firms in the U.S. is getting any better. Compliance Week reported: The […]

Gambling Addict Accountant Who Expensed Fake Uber Receipts Thought He Could Pull a Fast One on Deloitte

A former Deloitte accountant in the U.K. pulled a Houdini and somehow escaped prison time after he tried to screw the firm out of £95,540 ($121,202) by expensing bogus ride-share receipts over a three-year period to fund a secret gambling addiction. Gurgyan Singh Kaley pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud by abuse of position. […]

Deloitte Australia Told to Stop Bitching About Regulator and Do Better at Auditing

Last week, the Australian Financial Review reported that a regulator’s inspections of a small risk-based sample of public company audits found that Deloitte’s audit quality was the worst of the Big 4 accounting firms, with 14 of 44 (32%) key audit areas examined having deficiencies. But instead of owning it, Deloitte played the blame game, […]

KPMG Australia Partner Pleaded Guilty to Stabbing a Dude with a Corkscrew Outside of a School

What’s with accountants stabbing people lately? First, we had the BDO Los Angeles guy who stabbed a hiker with a knife in California late last month. Now we have a KPMG Australia senior partner who used a corkscrew to stab a man putting up election campaign banners near a school. A man who stabbed a Tony […]

Jury Selection In Amber Guyger Murder Trial to Begin Exactly One Year After She Killed PwC Accountant Botham Jean

Two noteworthy things came out of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger’s first court appearance on June 6 before the judge who will preside over her murder trial in the slaying of PwC accountant Botham Jean: 1. Jury selection to begin Sept. 6. That is the one-year anniversary of when Guyger came home to the […]

PCAOB Doesn’t Take Kindly to Auditors Who Alter Audit Documentation Prior to an Inspection

For years, the PCAOB has pleaded with auditors to quit altering audit workpapers after being notified of an inspection, and some auditors continue to thumb their noses at the PCAOB. Like Humayoun Khan, a former PwC auditor, who was accused of improperly altering a previously archived workpaper in anticipation of a PCAOB inspection. A PCAOB […]

Mother Nature Vandalized a Bunch of Windows at KPMG Building In Dallas

A powerful storm with high winds hit the Dallas area during the afternoon on June 9, blowing out the windows of some downtown skyscrapers, including the building where KPMG is located. The NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth reported: At the KPMG building downtown, nearly a dozen windows were broken when construction debris from another building […]

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Deloitte’s Giving Spirit Is Almost Old Enough to Drink

What I’m about to say may come as a shock to you, dear reader, if you’re at all familiar with the comings and goings of this here website over the years. Believe it or not, there are people out there who accuse Going Concern of being too cynical about the profession as a whole. Crazy, […]

Here’s More Proof That KPMG U.K. Totally F*cked Up the Way It Handled Bullying Allegations Against Partner

The Financial Times reported today that three—THREE—senior executives at KPMG U.K. were aware of and ignored concerns from staff as early as 2017 alleging senior partner Sanjay Thakkar was acting like a bully before they finally got around to launching an investigation about the complaints last October. KPMG employees approached the firm’s UK managing partner Philip […]

KPMG U.K. Partner Accused of Being a Bully Decides He Probably Shouldn’t Be a Partner Anymore

Remember that KPMG U.K. male senior partner we told you about last week, the one who was accused of being a bully and was found by the firm to have acted like a jerk but not a bully when he was probably acting like a bully, and then two well-respected female partners quit in protest? […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Hey Auditors, PwC U.K. Now Has 500 Job Openings For You to Fill

Whoa, if you haven’t seen by now, the Queen’s PwC announced some pretty big news earlier today. The Wall Street Journal reported: Professional-services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on Wednesday announced various measures aimed at overhauling its U.K. audit business, amid growing regulatory concerns about the quality of the country’s audit sector. PwC, one of the Big […]

When It Comes to Audit Quality, Deloitte Is the KPMG U.S. of Australia

And that’s not a compliment. The Australian Financial Review reports: Deloitte has attacked the way the corporate regulator assesses audit quality as inaccurate, “not fit for purpose” and too volatile, after revealing its latest inspection findings were the poorest of the big four consulting firms. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission found that in 14 […]

PwC South Africa Executive Learns That Being a Racist D-Bag In an Airport Will Get You Fired

Protip: If you’re an entitled, old, racist white guy, it’s not wise to go on a rant against black people in an airport when the whole world can whip out their smartphones and record you being a douchebag. That’s what happened last Thursday evening at Cape Town International Airport in South Africa, when a PwC […]

Promotion Watch ’19: PwC Admits 249 New Partners and Principals

The most prestigiest firm in all the land unveiled its 2019 class of new partners and principals on May 31, and it’s another big one: I am thrilled to welcome 249 new partners to our @PwCUS family! These leaders have led by example and I'm excited to see what the future holds for them and […]

Punit Renjen Gets Another Four Years as Deloitte Global CEO

Because June 1 is always New Year’s Day in the Deloitte universe, I woke up this morning to a shit-ton of Deloitte personnel news, so let’s get right to it. First, Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen was elected to sit in the big chair for four more years. His second term began today. It has […]

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Two KPMG U.K. Female Partners Had Enough Of Working At a Firm That Protected An Alleged Bully

Last December we learned that the Big 4 firms across the pond sacked nearly 40 partners (probably all men, although we don’t know for sure) within the past four years for inappropriate conduct, such as sexual harassment and bullying, seven of whom had worked at KPMG. But KPMG evidently sided with a male partner who […]

Let’s Try to Come Up with a Hockey Nickname for Each Big 4 CEO

Anyone who is a fan of the NHL knows that hockey players rarely call each other by their first or last names. They call each other by their hockey nicknames. There’s really no rhyme or reason for how hockey players get their nicknames. But usually, you get your hockey nickname by either adding “-er,” “-y,” […]

Deloitte Is Apparently Going to Help the Other SEC with Its Zebra Problem

From the Associated Press yesterday: The Southeastern Conference hired international accounting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of its football officiating, reacting in part to what Commissioner Greg Sankey called the intense, often opinionated view of referees by the public and media. Sankey said conversations began in September about ways to examine officiating and find […]

KPMG Can Now Say It Has a Canada’s Sports Hall of Famer Among Its Ranks

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning freestyle skier-turned-KPMGer Alex Bilodeau is one of eight people who will be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame this year. He’s with some pretty impressive company, as the 2019 class also includes three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Martin “Uncle Daddy” Brodeur and four-time Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian women’s hockey player […]

Ex-KPMG Partner David Middendorf Believes He’s Been Done Wrong, Wants a Crack At a New Trial

Don’t get out those orange prison jumpsuits just yet for former KPMG partner David Middendorf and former PCAOB inspections leader Jeffrey Wada. The two men are asking a Manhattan federal court to throw out their wire fraud convictions or grant them a new trial, saying the government didn’t provide enough evidence to support the guilty […]

KPMG Doesn’t Think It Should Have to Pay a $16 Million Fine For Screwing Up BNY Mellon Compliance Reports

Our favorite four-letter Big 4 firm is in danger of having to pay an eight-digit fine in the U.K. for dropping the ball on making sure Bank of New York Mellon complied with rules on keeping client assets safe. From Bloomberg: Accounting giant KPMG should be fined 12.5 million pounds ($15.9 million) or more for […]

DHG Poaches Someone From a Top 6 Firm and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Whoa, look at Dixon Hughes Goodman, picking off a transfer pricing executive from EY. And he’s a former KPMGer. And he used to be an auditor at the IRS. Dixon Hughes Goodman, a U.S. top 20 public accounting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Samit Shah has joined the firm as a Principal in the […]

Auditor Swap: Mazars Wins Goldman Sachs International Audit Firm Sweepstakes

For weeks, the rags in the U.K. have speculated about which midtier firm would win the battle to audit Goldman Sachs’ London-based European operations, a job PwC has held for what seems like a gazillion years. Would it be Grant Thornton? Would it be BDO, which became the fifth-largest firm in the U.K. earlier this […]

Which Big 4 Firm Is Paying Its Interns the Most?

Summer internship season is fast approaching, as thousands of bright-eyed young men and women will soon flood accounting firms all over the country, hoping to not have their wills crushed and not screw up too badly so they receive a full-time offer of employment. But what are these eager ladies and gents getting paid to […]

KPMG Gets Another Award For Being the Big 4 Firm That Is the Least Old, Male, and Pale

Did you guys see DiversityInc’s 2019 ranking of the top 5o companies for diversity? In past years, there’s been most, if not all, of the Big 4 represented. But not recently. Only one Big 4 firm made the list in 2018 and 2019, and that firm is KPMG. Maybe KPMG nearly sweeping Vault’s 2020 accounting […]

Outgoing Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert Is Going to Be Commissioner of the WNBA

For those of us wondering what Cathy Engelbert is going to do next once her term as Deloitte CEO ends next month, it looks like we have our answer. The WNBA announced today that it has hired Engelbert to be the league’s first-ever commissioner. She will take over on July 17, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver […]

Big 4 Shut Out of Working Mother’s List of the Top 10 Companies For Multicultural Women

The Working Mother list of the top 50 companies for multicultural women came out last week, and I honestly didn’t realize this was a thing until I saw this self-congratulatory tweet from PwC while scrolling through Twitter this morning: PwC is proud to be named a 2019 @_WorkingMother_ Best Company for Multicultural Women! Learn more […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part II

In the comment section of an article we posted on May 10 about a managing director and a partner recently fleeing KPMG to join Grant Thornton’s Corporate Value Consulting practice, we got a tip that the Purple Rose of Chicago recently poached KPMG again—Candice Turner left the HoK to join GT as a principal in […]

Grant Thornton Poaches Two People From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

A couple of months ago, we reported that a partner and a principal bolted Grant Thornton earlier this year for the blue-and-white confines of KPMG, one of whom actually left and came back to the House of Klynveld. Well, it looks like the Purple Rose of Chicago has turned the tables on KPMG. Grant Thornton […]

Another Day, Another Fine for KPMG

Here we go again … A U.K. regulator on Wednesday fined KPMG LLP and a partner at the firm after they admitted to misconduct in relation to the audit of financial statements of Co-operative Bank PLC. The Financial Reporting Council, Britain’s watchdog for accounting and audit, handed KPMG a fine of £5 million ($6.51 million) […]

Hiring Watch ’19: EY Is Looking for Some Fresh Faces In New Orleans

First Nashville, now the EY hiring caravan is heading to New Orleans. Ernst & Young, an international accounting and business services firm, will create an administrative support center in New Orleans that will add 200 employees in the next three years, city, state and economic development officials announced Monday (May 6). The center will be […]

‘I’m F*cked’: What Amber Guyger Told 911 Dispatcher After She Killed PwC Accountant Botham Jean

A Dallas TV station obtained the audio recording of the 911 call made by now-former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger after she shot and killed PwC accountant Botham Jean in his apartment, in which she repeatedly tells the dispatcher that she thought she was entering her apartment. Guyger, 30, is scheduled to go on trial […]

Hiring Watch ’19: EY Is Looking for Warm Bodies to Fill New Tax and Tech Jobs In Nashville

Back in November, EY and Tennessee state officials made a big to-do about the Big 4 firm signing a lease at a new 10-story office building being constructed in the Music Row district of Nashville. And during that press conference, EY announced that it would be adding 600 jobs in Nashville over the next five […]

The Big 4 Will Stomp On Your Creativity Like a Grape

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Nicola Mansfield talked about why she jumped ship from Deloitte Australia recently to become the managing director of Interbrand, a brand consulting firm owned by global advertising company Omnicom Group. Mansfield joined Deloitte in late 2015 after the Big 4 firm bought the brand and spatial design […]

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KPMG Just Can’t Stay Out of Trouble

On this week’s episode of “KPMG Did Something Bad” … A U.K. regulator on Tuesday fined KPMG LLP and three executives after an investigation that found misconduct in relation to the audit of financial statements of a Lloyd’s of London insurance syndicate. The Financial Reporting Council, Britain’s watchdog for accounting and audit, fined KPMG £6 […]

Which Firm Topped the Big 4 in IPO Audits in Q1 of 2019?

2019 is supposed to be a record-breaking year for initial public offerings. At least that’s what the experts have been telling everyone. Barrett Daniels, Deloitte’s national IPO services leader, said the IPO market in 2019 “could end up being historic,” while Jackie Kelley, EY Americas IPO leader, said “this is going to be the best […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Forensic Accounting FTW

Happy Monday, gang. Today, we’re going to take a look at Vault’s 2020 ranking of the “Best Accounting Firms for Forensic Accounting.” We wanted to give some love to these number-crunching crime fighters who helped take down Paul Manafort and bust idiot celebrities who illegally tried to get their wannabe-celebrity children admitted into elite universities […]

IRS Poaches a KPMG Managing Director and Issues a Press Release, Part I

The IRS has itself a new associate chief counsel, international, in the Office of the Chief Counsel, and the agency plucked him away from our favorite four-letter Big 4 firm. Peter Blessing is his name, and international tax law is his game. “We are very fortunate to attract an individual of his caliber and expertise,” […]

Tina Frost, EY Employee Shot In Las Vegas, Still On the Road to Recovery

Tina Frost (right) pictured with her mother, Mary Watson Moreland. It’s been several months since we checked in to see how Tina Frost is doing. Frost, an accountant at EY in San Diego, was shot in the head during the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. Frost’s mom, […]

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Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: KPMG Is the Diversitiest of the Big 4

We’ve given KPMG a lot of shit on this site recently, and rightly so. But we’re going to throw the House of Klynveld a bone today, as there’s some good news to report: KPMG nearly swept the diversity categories in Vault’s “Best Accounting Firms” rankings. Let’s not kid ourselves, though: The accounting profession is still […]

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KPMG Mexico Could Be Facing Fine of Up to $1.6 Million For Huge Data Leak Blunder

Mexican authorities said KPMG Mexico could be fined as much as 30 million pesos (about $1.57 million) for exposing the confidential payroll data of employees at 41 of its clients, which was housed in an unsecured database that wound up on the Internet. According to El Economista, the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information […]

The PCAOB Is Sick and Tired of Not Being Told About Firms’ Past Disciplinary Hearings

RSM US isn’t the only firm that has been lazy about disclosing to the PCAOB that they’ve been involved in a non-PCAOB disciplinary proceeding. In fact, RSM’s affiliate in Hong Kong and Deloitte’s affiliate in Colombia are also guilty of taking too damn long to send the PCAOB the proper paperwork. And now both firms […]

PwC’s 2017 PCAOB Inspection Report Is Fairly Unspectacular

So far among the top seven firms in the U.S., the PCAOB has released 2017 inspections reports for five: one was god-awful (RSM US), one was horrible (KPMG), one was pretty, dare I say, good (Deloitte), and one was dynamic (Grant Thornton). PwC’s inspection report would probably fall on the “good” side (if you consider […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Culture, Leadership, Relationships with Supervisors, and Work/Life Balance

Hey, guys. Hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. As you know, Mondays after a holiday weekend suck, especially if you hate your job. But there are accounting professionals out there who were probably champing at the bit to come to work today because they actually enjoy being there and being around their […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Benefits, Comp, Vacation, and Promotion Policies

Earlier this week, we wrote about PwC’s continued dominance on Vault’s Accounting 50 and most prestigious firm rankings. Today, we’re going to focus on four of the 18 “quality of life” rankings that fall under Vault’s latest “Best Accounting Firms to Work For” section. And these four categories are near and dear to your heart: […]

This Slo-Mo KPMG Ignition Center Ribbon-Cutting Video Is Oddly Amusing

KPMG and the city of Chicago broke out the giant scissors on April 9, officially opening KPMG’s seventh and largest Ignition Center, located on the 68th floor of the Aon Center. I honestly could care less about the new Ignition Center. If for some reason you do, you can read more about it here. But […]

Apparently KPMG Mexico Exposed Some People’s Personal and Tax Information For All the World to See

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for KPMG, we have this news coming out of Mexico. And it seems really bad. José Soto Galindo of El Economista reported (translated from Spanish): A group of software developers of KPMG Mexico downloaded without authorization from their holders digital tax receipts from the Tax Administration […]

You’ll Have to Pry Vault’s ‘Most Prestigious Firm’ Title Out of PwC’s Cold, Dead Hands

A little while ago, we told you how PwC locked down the top spot in Vault’s 2020 Accounting 50—the seventh consecutive year the firm has been ranked No. 1.  But believe it or not, this isn’t the longest win streak P. Dubs has going when it comes to Vault’s rankings. Even though the House of […]

PwC Once Again Tops Vault Accounting 50 (2020)

It’s one of our favorite times of the year at GC HQ when our friends at Vault put out their yearly rankings of the top accounting firms in the U.S. in several categories. But for now, we’re going to focus on the overall top 50 ranking. The No. 1 firm in the U.S. for 2020, […]

Ex-KPMG Executive Director’s Sentencing Put Off Until June

We won’t know until June at the earliest how much prison time former KPMG executive director Cynthia Holder will get for her involvement in a scheme to steal confidential audit inspection information from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Holder was supposed to be sentenced in Manhattan federal court on April 5, but her sentencing […]

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KPMG Bermuda’s Head of Ethics Fined By the PCAOB For Being Unethical

Here’s a fun story of what not to do if you’re an ethics director at a Big 4 firm. Damion Henderson, a managing director at KPMG Bermuda, was fined $10,000 by the PCAOB on April 9 for signing off on documents that had been re-created and backdated in advance of a PCAOB inspection and not […]

Ex-Deloitte New Zealand Partner Is Probably Having Second Thoughts About That Whole Insider Trading Thing

Today’s “former Big 4 partner busted for insider trading” news comes from New Zealand, where Mark Talbot, who worked at Deloitte from 2014 to 2017, will pay the Financial Markets Authority $150,000 and has been barred from acting as a director or manager of a listed business for five years for not being able to […]

Let’s Congratulate Deloitte’s New Audit and Consulting Bosses

Before I sit down to watch the NCAA men’s basketball championship game tonight, I’d be remiss not to tell you guys about some big news coming out of D-town this afternoon: Deloitte US has appointed Lara Abrash as chair and CEO of Deloitte & Touche LLP, leading Deloitte’s U.S. Audit & Assurance practice; Dan Helfrich as chairman and CEO […]

The Olds vs. PwC: Age Discrimination Case Can Proceed as a Collective Action

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Rabin v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the age discrimination lawsuit accusing PwC of favoring younger workers over individuals over the age of 40 for entry-level positions within the firm. Well, we’re happy to tell you we have a little bit of news, courtesy of Law.com: U.S. District […]

Trial of Ex-Dallas Cop Accused of Killing PwC Accountant Botham Jean Delayed Until September

Amid all the Chicago Cubs angst that has been in my Twitter feed of late was this tweet from the Dallas Morning News: Former Dallas officer Amber Guyger's murder trial delayed in slaying of Botham Jean https://t.co/RHdhIN1FnA — Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) April 2, 2019 Guyger’s murder trial was supposed to begin on Aug. 12, […]

Audit Deficiencies Got Much Worse Among Big 4 Firms in Canada

I came across an article on the site Canadian Accountant this morning that said Canada’s audit regulator, the Canadian Public Accountability Board, recently issued its annual inspection results for 2018, finding significant audit deficiencies increased from 15 in 2017 to 34 in 2018. Thirty-four total significant deficiency findings might not seem that bad compared to […]

Scott Vetere

Ex-KPMG Recruiter Who Got Caught Screwing a Gymnast In Parking Lot Gets Off

Forgive us for being late with this update, my “perverted former Big 4 employees behaving badly” Google alert has been acting funky lately. Back in October we introduced you to Scott Vetere, a randy young fella who boasted an impressive athletic past, a stint recruiting for KPMG, and the skills necessary to bag a young […]

Oh Look, EY Is On the Receiving End Of Another Sexual Harassment Complaint

After we recently reported on sexual harassment allegations made against male executives at EY U.S. and EY Switzerland by former female employees, Adrienne and I got an email from a woman by the name of Ana Raquel Villanueva who told us that she, too, was a victim of sexual harassment while employed at EY in […]

Rhode Island Believes In Second Chances, Even for Deloitte

Back in January 2017, Caleb made mention that Rhode Island was pissed at Deloitte because, when the state rolled out a new computer system in September 2016 that the firm designed, it had more bugs in it than a Florida swamp. The computer system—known as the Unified Health Infrastructure Project (UHIP)—was supposed to streamline benefits, […]

U.K.’s Audit Regulator Wants to Find Out Exactly Why KPMG Is Such a Hot F*cking Mess

From the Wall Street Journal: The U.K. watchdog for accounting and audit on Tuesday launched an independent review into the governance, controls and culture at KPMG LLP’s U.K. audit unit. The Financial Reporting Council will examine KPMG’s risk management, its controls and the behavior of partners and other employees in the audit practice. This first-of-its-kind […]

Gender Pay Gap at KPMG U.K. Is Actually Getting Larger, You Guys

From the Financial Times: KPMG is the only Big Four accounting firm [in the U.K.] to have failed to close its gender pay gap over the past 12 months, with the median gap between what its male and female staff earn increasing to 28 per cent. The other three firms, EY, PwC and Deloitte, all […]

Big 4 Calling On All Blockchain Nerds to Come Nerd Out At Their Firms

From CoinDesk: “Big Four” professional consulting firms Deloitte, KPMG and EY are all in the top five when it comes to posting blockchain job ads, according to new data from Indeed.com. The employment site released its latest figures for job postings relating to blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin in the U.S. on Thursday, with the data covering […]

Kamp KPMG Will Officially Be Called KPMG Lakehouse, According to Over-the-Top Teaser Video

KPMG released a one-minute video yesterday teasing KPMG Lakehouse, its new $450 million training and development center that is scheduled to open next January in the Orlando community of Lake Nona. And woo-boy, is it cheesy—replete with uplifting music, black turtlenecks, people using tablets, selfies, and the sun glistening off the water. Located on a […]

Thief

PwC Embroiled In Massive Office-Wide Theft Scandal

People who aren’t accountants no doubt believe accounting to be one of the most trustworthy professions out there, second only to Buddhist monkistry, the clergy (in most cases, anyway), and professional seeing-eye dogging. However, despite being bound by a strict code of ethics under their respective professional licensing bodies, as well as their own rigid […]

EY Employees In Johannesburg Forced to Evacuate Due to Bomb Scare, Nothing Found

A bomb threat led to the evacuation of an EY South Africa office in Sandton, Johannesburg earlier today, but authorities allowed employees to return to work later in the afternoon after finding nothing suspicious during a search of the building. Due to a safety concern, we are currently evacuating our Johannesburg office at 102 Rivonia […]

EY Names Carmine Di Sibio’s Replacement as Global Managing Partner for Client Service

Andy Baldwin, your table is ready. EY today announces that Andy Baldwin has been appointed the next EY Global Managing Partner – Client Service, effective from 1 July 2019. In this role, Baldwin will be responsible for leading the go-to-market and client activities. He will also have overall leadership for the three EY geographic areas […]

Ex-Dallas Cop Accused of Murdering PwC Accountant Botham Jean Will Go On Trial In August

The murder trial for Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who was charged in the 2018 shooting death of PwC Associate Botham Jean, will begin on Aug. 12, according to published reports. Guyger and her attorneys made a brief appearance in court on March 18 for an “announcement setting,” but a gag order issued […]

Tim Ryan Crunches More Than Just Numbers

A couple hours ago, as I’m putting together today’s newsletter, Adrienne and I got a text from Caleb that said, “Tim Ryan does 1,200 sit-ups in a day? Holy shit.” I thought, “What the hell is he talking about?” So, I Googled “Tim Ryan PwC sit-ups,” and sure enough, a March 13 Wall Street Journal […]

PwC New Zealand Accountant Killed in Christchurch Mosque Terrorist Attack

A 27-year-old chartered accountant from Pakistan who worked at PwC New Zealand was among the 50 people who were killed during a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, according to published reports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan confirmed the death of Syed Areeb Ahmed on March 16. […]

PwC Settles with FDIC for $335 Million Over Colonial Bank’s Epic Collapse

Well, this was some news I really wasn’t expecting today. FDIC as Receiver for Colonial Bank, Montgomery, AL, reached a $335 million settlement with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP related to professional negligence claims. Colonial Bank failed on August 14, 2009. https://t.co/W2ohFNCvRe — FDIC Gov (@FDICgov) March 15, 2019 Here is the full statement from the FDIC: The […]

Auditor Swap: Fitbit Dumps PwC In Favor of Grant Thornton

The Purple Rose of Chicago just got itself a new engagement. Via Reuters: Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc has dismissed auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after a review of its fees and appointed Grant Thornton LLP, the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The filing states that Fitbit chose not to renew its engagement with PwC […]

No One Seems to Care That Deloitte Named Joe Ucuzoglu CEO

Is it me or does there seem to be absolutely no buzz about Joe Ucuzoglu being elected as the new CEO of Deloitte? Is it because people are still talking about yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former KPMG partner David Middendorf? Or maybe because we’ve known unofficially since December that Ucuzoglu was going […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: David Middendorf and Jeffrey Wada GUILTY!

A Manhattan jury on Monday convicted former KPMG partner David Middendorf and former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board staffer Jeffrey Wada for their roles in one of the biggest accounting scandals in recent years. Law360 court reporter Jack Newsham broke the news on Twitter earlier this afternoon: BREAK – Middendorf, Wada convicted on all but […]