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TIL: Bob Moritz Was Reappointed PwC Global Chairman … In February

Seriously, I had no idea until tonight when I saw the news release, dated Feb. 24, 2020, posted on PwC’s global website. This never hit our inbox and I can’t find anything else written about Bob Moritz’s reappointment online. Poor Bob. They couldn’t even squeeze out a brief mention on PwC US’s website? You know, […]

Deloitte Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World” takes us to lovely Dublin IRL, where a longtime tax director at PwC Ireland has gone to the Green Side. Deloitte is pleased to announce that Ronan Ferry has been appointed a partner in its tax practice. Ronan will lead the Tax Management Consulting (TMC) team […]

Deloitte Sued By Unemployed Ohioans Who Are Unhappy Their SSNs and Addresses Were Visible For All to See

Welp, that didn’t take long: Deloitte Consulting LLP was hit with two suits by people who claim their personal information was exposed on state websites the firm built to administer supplemental coronavirus unemployment benefits. A group of Ohio residents sued Deloitte late Thursday in Manhattan federal court, after officials in that state, Illinois and Colorado disclosed […]

Person From Switzerland Has the PwC Playbook Down Pat

[Translated from German to English] “When the times are good, [PwC] hires young talent en masse, let them work through day and night, and when it comes down to it, put the team out on the street.” — an unnamed PwC Switzerland employee, when asked what they think about the firm’s cost-cutting measures due to […]

Deloitte Is Giving Unemployed Gig Workers In Some States Something Extra to Worry About

Imagine being an out-of-work independent contractor living in Ohio during this pandemic, anxious and unsure of when you’re actually going to get some financial assistance from the state because Ohio’s unemployment systems are being blown up with regular unemployment claims. Finally you get word that you can now file for unemployment benefits through the new […]

What Tim Ryan Learned About PwC During the Pandemic Also Applies to Roofers

“I think what we’ve learned is that it’s always better to control your destiny when you can. And I want to be clear, we made a zillion mistakes. I don’t want to come across as we batted a thousand, because we didn’t. But I think what we’ve learned is that it’s always better to control […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: PwC and a Ponzi Scheme, PwC and a Rich Client, PwC and a Winning Appeal

PwC is keeping its lawyers very, very busy. PwC fails to dismiss £25m negligence claim over Guernsey ‘Ponzi scheme [Financial Times] A judge in the Guernsey Royal Court has dismissed an attempt by the Queen’s PwC to throw out a £25 million lawsuit against P. Dubs for alleged negligence in its audits of a Guernsey […]

Three Former KPMG Partners Charged by SEC For Being Dirty, Dirty Cheaters

Just when KPMG thought maybe everyone had forgotten about that whole cheating scandal debacle, the SEC announced Monday it settled charges with three more dirty cheaters who once called the firm home. The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against three former KPMG LLP audit partners for improperly sharing answers to internal training exams […]

EY Netherlands to Partners: Umm, Please Give Us Some Capital

EY Netherlands partners are answering the call to help pad the Dutch firm’s coffers because business kinda sucks right now due to the Rona pandemic. Bloomberg reported earlier this week: EY’s Dutch unit is asking its partners in the Netherlands to stump up funding to help it confront the blow to its business from Covid-19 […]

Please Don’t Call Deloitte If Your House Is On Fire

“Hiring Deloitte [to manage PPE procurement] was a funny thing to do. If there is a fire, you don’t call the auditor, you call the fire service.” — said an anonymous clothing manufacturer based in northern England, who said Deloitte has ignored his company’s offers to make medical gowns for healthcare workers on the front […]

Which Big 4 Firm Was the Biggest Loser In the First Auditor Shuffle of 2020?

Nearly 60 companies that are audited by one of the 12 major global or national accounting firms played auditor musical chairs during the first quarter of 2020, and EY ended up being the biggest beneficiary after the last song ended. According to the latest SEC audit client winners and losers analysis by Audit Analytics, which […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: FDIC vs. EY, Investors vs. Mattel and PwC, Carillion vs. KPMG

Federal regulator sues auditor Ernst & Young for negligence over First NBC collapse [New Orleans Advocate] The FDIC is suing Ernst & Young in the $1 billion failure of First NBC Bank in 2017, alleging that EY missed clear red flags related to several soured loans and failed to raise the alarm to the bank’s […]

Cybersecurity Experts PwC Get One of Their Subdomains Hijacked By Porn Spam

It feels like it’s been months since I’ve been able to write about something that has nothing to do with coronavirus. Kind of a nice feeling, actually, I’ve forgotten what that’s like. Anyhoo, when my esteemed colleague Bramwell spotted this story the other day, he made sure to send it my way because apparently it’s […]

Layoff Watch ’20: What In the World Is Happening at Deloitte Canada?

[Updated with additional information.] I don’t know if anyone else caught this comment that was left on the site Wednesday afternoon but it looks like shit is going down at Deloitte Canada: Deloitte Canada: laying off approx 400 from consulting workforce (year end pruning but also citing reduced demand); employees strongly (read obsessively) encouraged to […]

It’ll Be a While Before PwC Offices Are Back to Full Capacity, Obviously

CODE-E can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces again. From the Boston Globe on May 6: Many [Greater Boston area] employers are also thinking about phased approaches, for their own workforces. Take what’s happening at PwC’s Seaport office, where more than 3,000 people worked before COVID-19 arrived. John Farina, PwC’s Northeast managing partner, is planning […]

EY Announces a Three-Phase Plan For Staff to Return to the Office Once This Corona Thing Settles Down

In a firm-wide all-hands call yesterday, EY revealed its plan to return to some semblance of normal work at the same time state governments are considering lifting lockdown restrictions and allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen. Get excited, people, there is in fact a light at the end of this tunnel, dim as it may […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part IV

In our latest installment of “Competitive Poaching From Around the World,” we travel to Scotland for some Big 4-on-Big 4 action. And it involves our favorite poaching rivalry: PwC vs. KPMG. This time KPMG of the Scottish variety did a little shopping at PwC. While not a press release, here’s an excerpt from a post […]

EY U.K. Is Waiting to Get Called to the Principal’s Office

I remember being deathly afraid of getting into trouble in elementary school because if you were called to the principal’s office, chances are you would get a swat or two on the buttocks from his spanking paddle. Well the U.K.’s Financial Reporting Council has taken its paddle out of the drawer, put it on the […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Is There Trouble Brewing at EY Canada?

Things are starting to look a little ominous at EY in Canada, as we were told the specter of layoffs looms if EYers don’t volunteer to cut their billable hours. According to a tip we received on April 30: Had a call today at EY Canada (Ontario). Partners are saying that unless people start taking […]

Wells Fargo Continues Bromance with KPMG

A bromance that began in 1931. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today [April 28] that its shareholders elected as directors the 12 nominees named in the company’s proxy statement and approved the 2019 compensation of the company’s executives named in its proxy statement. Shareholders also ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the […]

BDO Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part II

People who know, know BDO … just L-O-V-E-S poaching the Big 4, especially in Canada. It makes Bravo Delta Oscar feel all puffy-chested. Lately, Deloitte Canada has been a partner training ground for future BDOers, as weird as that sounds. In early March, Erica McCurdy joined BDO as a partner after a 10-year career at […]

Florida Governor Is Not Impressed with Deloitte’s Handiwork

“It was designed with all these different things, basically to fail, I think. This thing was a clunker, there’s no doubt about it.” — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said about the state’s unemployment claims website, CONNECT, which was built by Deloitte Consulting in 2013 when Rick Scott was Florida governor. The system has pretty much […]

Deloitte Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Unless it’s buried in the archive somewhere, it’s hard to believe that in the almost 11-year history of this website we’ve never done a post about Deloitte poaching someone from EY (although we have pointed out that EY has lurked in Deloitte’s LinkedIn group looking for new warm bodies), but here we are. Because there […]

BKD Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Before BKD CPAs & Advisors did a little housecleaning a week or so ago, the firm hired a guy from KPMG to be its newest director in the International Tax Services division. Josh Zellerman was a four-year vet of the Radio Station before jumping to the St. Louis office of BKD earlier this month. He […]

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Bonus Watch ’20: EY No Longer Giving Out Senior Manager Promotion Bonuses

There was a lot discussed during an EY Americas all-hands webcast this morning, including updates on layoffs and permanent and temporary cost-cutting measures. So, let’s get right to it. 1. No layoffs through the end of June: Back in late March, EY US Chair Kelly Grier said keeping all EYers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

BDO Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts II and III

With all this bad stuff like layoffs and pay cuts and furloughs going on in public accounting, it warms the cockles of my heart that there’s still a little competitive poaching going on. We have to go to Australia to find some, but like I tell my kids: You get what you get and you […]

Deloitte Australia COO Begs Partners to Stay Billable

“Please, please, please partners. Bill now. We need another billing month like March if we are to continue [the upward cashflow trend].” — Andrew Griffiths, chief operating officer of Deloitte Australia, during a Zoom meeting with partners on April 15. The firm’s overall utilization rate dropped from about 71% in the last week of March […]

Vault Accounting 50: PwC Is Still the Most Prestigious Firm In the Land (2021)

There wasn’t much that changed in Vault’s 2021 ranking of the most prestigious accounting firms, at least in the top 25. PwC was named the most prestigiousiest firm for the 12th straight year, the Big 4 took the top four spots once again, and the same firms that filled up the top 25 in 2020’s […]

PwC Continues to Dominate Vault Accounting 50 (2021)

Not even a pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen, could stop the folks at Vault from releasing its 2021 Accounting 50 today. But if you were hoping for a firm other than PwC to take the top spot in the latest Vault ranking of the top accounting firms in the U.S., well, you’ll […]

Which Firm Had the Most IPO Audit Clients In Q1 2020?

It’s that time of year when our friends over at Audit Analytics begin to roll out their quarterly reports on initial public offerings and auditor market share. The research firm’s first quarter analysis is out, and there was a four-way tie for most IPOs audited in Q1—and it wasn’t a Big 4 sweep. But before […]

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Some KPMGers Got Voluntold to Work Overnight Processing PPP Loan Applications

KPMG staffers who have some idle time on their hands won’t for much longer. This KPMG communiqué was emailed to our tipline this morning: We are pleased to share that we have won an important engagement to support a large US bank processing loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Act. The work begins immediately […]

Here’s What We Know About PwC’s Summer Internship Situation

Last week we learned that PwC was taking its summer internships digital, much to the chagrin of at least one guy who wrote us and called it a “big cost cutting measure that none of us are happy about.” He sent us a screenshot of the email he got from his future employer, but since […]

Ex-EY CEO Mark Weinberger Joined His Gazillionth Board of Directors

OK, I might have gotten a little carried away with the title of this post, but it seems like former EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger is being appointed to some kind of corporate board or advisory position every month. The latest addition to his resume is a seat on the board of Saudi […]

Congrats to EY and Deloitte For Making … the Vault Banking 50?

The other night I was bored to tears while my wife and my 13-year-old daughter were watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. So I poured myself a beer and hopped on to Vault’s website to see if they released their newest Accounting 50 rankings yet, as they usually do in April. They had not. It’ll […]

PwC Australia Staffers Looking at Pay Cuts of Up to 40%

Another day, another big accounting firm slashing staff salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This time it’s PwC Australia. At least P. Dubs hasn’t laid anyone off (yet) like KPMG Australia did. The Australian Financial Review reported today: Big four consulting firm PwC will cut the hours and pay of under-utilised staff by up to 40 […]

KPMG US Update: Partners Taking Pay Cut, No Variable Compensation, No Omaha Steaks

[Updated with additional information.] OK, here’s what we were told today about the video message from KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie that was posted internally last night. What we know is pretty much the same as what has been posted so far to Reddit and Fishbowl. Basically what we were told by a source was Lynne […]

Even In This Bizarro World, KPMG U.K. Still Gets Fined For Bad Auditing

I don’t know about you guys but in this weird and depressing time we’re living in, I take a little bit of comfort in finding some shred of pre-coronavirus normalcy in my day-to-day life. And I found something this morning, thanks to Reuters: KPMG U.K. was fined by the Financial Reporting Council for piss-poor auditing. […]

PwC Global Chairman Bob Moritz’s Work-From-Home Setup: An iPad, Laptop, No Monitors, Notepads Galore

BoMo took to IG yesterday to show PwCers his work-from-home battlestation, and to be honest, it’s more befitting of a first-year making $55,000 than the global chairman of the second-largest accounting firm in the world. In fact, every person who has recently posted their WFH setup on Reddit has a snazzier workspace than BoMo. To […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Australia Slashes a Couple Hundred Jobs

First it was KPMG Canada earlier in the week, now Edmund Tadros of the Australian Financial Review is reporting some grim news regarding job cuts at the Australian House of Klynveld: Professional services firm KPMG will cut 200 roles and slash the pay of equity partners by almost 17 per cent in response to the […]

Let’s Count How Many Different Sports You Can Play at PwC Chairman Tim Ryan’s House

We know PwC Chairman Tim Ryan is a workout fiend who loves playing and watching hockey. But judging by a photo he posted on Twitter a couple weeks ago, he and his kids love A LOT of other sports too. Shortly after PwC announced that it was closing its offices and going into work-from-home mode […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Canada Seems to Be Going On a Pink Slip Frenzy

[Updated with additional information.] We’ve heard from a couple people on Tuesday morning who confirmed what we saw on Reddit last night about layoffs that have occurred at several different KPMG locations in Canada. Unconfirmed reports put the number of layoffs at around 200 throughout the country. Here’s one message we got on the tipline […]

Three Out of Four Big 4 Firms Have Pledged to Honor New Hire Offers For 2020 Grads

While everyone is trying to balance staying healthy with having something to wipe your ass with these days, one big concern we’ve been seeing is whether or not accounting grads should count on their existing offer letters or consider printing out those recruiter emails to use as TP. It’s a valid concern, no one knows […]

Let’s See How the Big 4 Firms In India Are Faring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Updated with additional information.] This GIF from Mad Men pretty much says it all, but things could be worse. To our knowledge, there haven’t been any pandemic-related layoffs … yet … at any of the Big 4 firms in India. I kinda buried this in the article we posted last week on accountants’ layoff predictions […]

KPMG U.K. Chairman Diagnosed with COVID-19

The Financial Times reported this afternoon that Bill Michael, chairman of the Queen’s KPMG, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized. Mr Michael, who took over the Big Four accounting and advisory firm in 2017, has been in hospital for one week after becoming unwell but was only diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus […]

KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Assures Employees No Layoffs Are Coming

We got a tip this morning which we were able to confirm with two other sources that in an internal firm video we think was sent to employees last night, KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie said protecting KPMGers during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak was her first priority and that layoffs would be an […]

EisnerAmper Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

News of new hires in public accounting has pretty much dried up since the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. led to many firms turning off the lights and going into work-from-home mode for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week we posted about KPMG recently hiring 10 senior tax professionals, including three from EY and two […]

Bonus Watch ’20: EY Employees Aren’t Getting Performance-Based Bonuses, But Their Jobs Are Safe For Now

Checked in with two sources this afternoon who confirmed what I saw posted on Fishbowl yesterday: no performance-based bonuses at EY this fiscal year, but that decision was made in order to prevent layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. One source told me: That’s what we heard on the webcast yesterday. I think everyone appreciated that […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts II and III

Back about seven or eight years ago, there was no bigger rivalry among the Big 4 than PwC vs. KPMG. The House of Klynveld was constantly trying to steal P. Dubs’ audit clients and KPMG pretty much became PwC’s personal farm system for partners and directors. Between 2011 and 2013, there were at least nine […]

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Death of PwC Indonesia Staffer Marks Possible First Big 4 Coronavirus Casualty

Sad news out of Indonesia, as a member of the PwC family has seemingly lost his battle with coronavirus. This is the first suspected COVID-19-related death we are aware of involving an employee of a Big 4 firm. PwC Indonesia Territory Senior Partner Irhoan Tanudiredja released a statement in which the staffer is not named; […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Parts I, II, and III

With nearly all of the top public accounting firms in the U.S. closing their offices and sending their staffs home to work for the time being because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hiring has pretty much come to a standstill. But over the course of a few months before all of this happened, KPMG hired a […]

Another EY Employee In the U.S. Has Come Down with Coronavirus

According to an internal email sent yesterday to EY employees in the Washington, DC area, there’s been another confirmed case of COVID-19 among the firm’s ranks, this time in Virginia. A tipster passed along the email to us, which was sent by Richard Jeanneret, Americas vice chair and US-East region managing partner, and Kevin Virostek, […]

Whaddaya Know, KPMG Is Going Full-On Work From Home Too

Honestly, I didn’t think we’d get an announcement until later this morning from KPMG about going mandatory work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. But at around 10:45 p.m. CT Monday night, this message came in through the tipline: Kpmg has announced mandatory work from home starting 3/18 They r shutting […]

Deloitte CEO Eventually Sent Out the Mandatory Work-From-Home Email

First it was EY, then it was PwC, now Deloitte has told its U.S. staff not to bother coming to the office for a while because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike EY and PwC, which will be full-on remote work beginning tomorrow, Green Dotters will have to wait until Wednesday. Thanks to a tipster, […]

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EY, PwC Jumping On the Mandatory Work-From-Home Bandwagon Due to COVID-19

Thanks to a tipster, here’s the email EY U.S. Chair Kelly Grier sent to all EYers Sunday evening regarding where they’ll be working for the foreseeable future: I’m reaching out this evening to express my recognition and concern for the evolving situation involving COVID-19 and the complexity and uncertainty it’s causing across our daily lives. […]

COVID-19 Is In EY NYC Offices

From the tipline (thanks, tipster!) we have this email that went out to EY staff this afternoon. Last we heard there was a KPMG employee affected in Northern Virginia who visited EY offices but this is new. Dear all Tri-state EY people, There has been a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) with an EY employee […]

Apparently, PwC NYC Staffer Is a COVID-19 Victim

According to a post on r/accounting, PwC closed its two offices in New York City this weekend after a NYC employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Covid19 case at pwc NYC office from Accounting Also, posts on Reddit and Fishbowl have indicated other cases of COVID-19 in Big 4 U.S. offices, which we haven’t confirmed […]

EY UK Selects Old White Guy to Succeed Another Old White Guy As MP

The Financial Times is reporting today that former head of audit Hywel Ball is EY UK’s new managing partner “despite widespread speculation that it would be the first of the Big Four accounting firms to appoint a female leader.” That’ll teach y’all to speculate. Ball, a 35-year veteran of EY, beat out chief operating officer […]

BDO Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part I

So around 12:30 this morning, as I checked BDO Canada’s website for any kind of update on the BDO employee in Toronto who has COVID-19, I noticed that the firm recently hired a new assurance partner for its office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her name is Erica McCurdy, and she left Deloitte Canada to join […]

Ex-Deloitte Global CEO Jim Quigley Has Plenty of Time Now to Chill In the Galápagos

It’s been quite a while since former Deloitte Global CEO Jim Quigley graced the hallowed pages of Going Concern, not since 2015 when Quigs was quoted in the Wall Street Journal for saying how much he absolutely loves being on an audit committee. Let’s refresh your memory: Some directors remain unfazed by the heavy workload […]

CohnReznick Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Another week, another non-Big 4 firm letting the media know that it just hired someone from the Big 4. This time, CohnReznick was the poacher, and once again, PwC was the poachee: CohnReznick LLP, one of the leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, today [March 3] announced that Michael Staub has joined […]

Deloitte Philippines Confirms Case of COVID-19

Another Deloitte employee has tested positive for coronavirus, this time in the Philippines, the firm said on Saturday. Deloitte released this statement earlier today: We can confirm that a colleague in our Deloitte Philippines office has tested positive for COVID-19. The colleague is currently in hospital receiving treatment and further tests, and Deloitte is supporting the […]

Former Deloitte CEO Disses Men and Their Spreadsheets

Does Cathy Engelbert have a point here, ladies? As the first female CEO of a major professional services firm, Cathy Engelbert learned a valuable lesson: Never trust a spreadsheet made by men. “No spreadsheet ever yielded a great result for women,” says Engelbert, who recently became commissioner of the WNBA after a 33-year career at […]

This PwC Napping Pod Is the Dumbest Thing We’ve Seen Since Gary Spivey’s Hair

Anyone see the resemblance? View this post on Instagram #WellnessWednesday: Have you stepped away today to unwind + recharge? We recommend a #powernap in a #teampwc EnergyPod. 😴 #bewellworkwell #healthyhabits #wellnessatwork #workwellness #bewell #workwell A post shared by Life at PwC (@lifeatpwc) on Mar 4, 2020 at 1:23pm PST

Rumor of the Day: Some KPMG Auditors Are Getting a Break From Clients Because of Coronavirus Panic

So, some audit clients have allegedly told KPMG auditors not to come to their offices because of coronavirus concerns, according to a post on Fishbowl. We don’t know if these KPMG audit clients legitimately have COVID-19 concerns or, as one Fishbowl poster says, they just want the auditors off their backs for a bit. Anyway, […]

EY Madrid Confirms Employee Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Another Big 4 firm has confirmed a case of coronavirus among its ranks. This time, an employee at EY in Madrid has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Reuters. An EY spokesperson told Reuters earlier today that the firm sent approximately 3,000 employees from its offices in Madrid home to work: “There’s one person who […]

The Olds vs. PwC: $11.625 Million Settlement Reached In Age Discrimination Case

A lawsuit filed almost four years ago by two accountants who claimed that the hiring policies at PwC discriminate against applicants over the age of 40 from landing entry-level positions at the firm is finally coming to an end. And the Olds got PwC to settle. Law.com reported today: PricewaterhouseCoopers has agreed to pay $11.625 […]

Deloitte U.K. CEO Says Employee Has Coronavirus

In an email to staff on March 3, Deloitte U.K. CEO Richard Houston said one of the firm’s London employees who recently vacationed in Asia has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, the Financial Times reported. Deloitte said it was “deep cleaning” one floor of its offices in London but hadn’t quarantined its New […]

KPMG Selects Paul Knopp to Succeed Lynne Doughtie as U.S. Chairman and CEO

KPMG announced this afternoon that Paul Knopp will become the new U.S. chairman and CEO and Laura Newinski the new deputy chair of the firm on July 1. Both will serve five-year terms. KPMG partners gave their blessing to the promotions in a vote completed yesterday. Knopp and Newinski seem pretty happy with the outcome […]

KPMG U.K. Won’t Have to Deal with Deal Advisory Partner Anymore

The whole Sanjay Thakkar bullying saga at KPMG U.K. has mercifully come to an end. The Financial Times reported on Feb. 28: One of KPMG’s most senior partners who was at the centre of a bullying dispute has left the firm eight months after widespread scrutiny of his conduct that led to a crackdown on […]

Honkamp Krueger Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Being raked through the coals for the last 48-plus hours on Reddit after an ex-PwC auditor in New York posted that their ass was grabbed at a 2017 holiday party by a colleague who was later promoted, even after an internal firm investigation into the alleged victim’s sexual harassment claim found the ass grabber was […]

Rant of the Day: Partners and Their F*cking Stupid Sandwich Choices

Looks like we’re reaching that time of year when tensions are just high enough for the small stuff to send some accountants raging but not quite to the point that people are having nervous breakdowns. The busy season sweet spot, basically. Today’s rant comes courtesy of Fishbowl. Forgive my copious notifications, I know some people […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: Deloitte #45 (2020)

Bringing up the rear among the Big 4 in the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list is Deloitte, the largest public accounting firm in the U.S. in terms of number of employees and revenue. But while we’re talking about Deloitte and “largest,” the Green Dot had the largest drop in the ranking […]

Ex-EY CEO Mark Weinberger Is Keeping His Plate Full

While perusing the interwebs last night, I saw that our favorite Kenny Powers lookalike, former EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger, has a new gig. MW was appointed as a senior advisor for Los Angeles-based Stone Canyon Industries Holdings LLC, which owns several rail transportation companies as well as packaged ice maker Reddy Ice. […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: PwC #36 (2020)

Welcome back to our recap of the six public accounting firms that made the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Last week we featured Plante Moran (#21), EY (#25), and KPMG (#32). We’ve got three more to give you this week, starting with a firm best known recently for its red pillows, […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: KPMG #32 (2020)

First off, congrats to KPMG for actually beating Deloitte and PwC at something. And congrats, Klynveldians, for your favorite firm moving up four spots from last year’s Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. KPMG celebrated KPMG by putting out this over-the-top KPMG video on social media: Our ongoing commitment to our #culture, strong […]

Rumor of the Day: PwC No Longer Pays Out a $20K Elijah Watt Sells Award Bonus

I mean, it’s on Reddit so it must be true. Let’s take a look. Seen talk of this within the last half year and thought I should make a thread to let people know. You can still get a CPA pass bonus of 6k (or 5k, apparently it depends on line of service), but they […]

Sometimes Life at Deloitte Includes Learning How to Bend Over Backwards for Clients

Or learning how to contort your body like a pretzel for clients? Or how to breakdance for clients? I’m not quite sure what’s going on here. But supposedly there’s some talent involved. View this post on Instagram T-1 Hour to the Rosslyn Office Culture Talent Show! This year’s talents include singing duos to guitars to […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: EY #25 (2020)

I’ll admit I was a little surprised to see EY as the highest-ranked Big 4 firm on this year’s Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. It’s been a while since the last time that happened—2010, when EY was #44. It’s unlikely possible to have a long and distinguished career at EY, as we […]

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Andersen Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Oh look, Andersen hired someone from a Big 4 firm who didn’t work for Arthur Andersen earlier in their career, unlike this guy. Andersen welcomes Edward Schulte as a Managing Director in the San Francisco office as part of the Alternative Investment Funds (AIF) practice. Edward has 18 years of experience in public accounting and specializes in […]

Gray, Gray & Gray Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Bryan Pearce spent 38 years at EY. That’s an eternity in public accounting, let alone a 38-year career with only one firm in public accounting. Think about it: Ronald freakin’ Reagan was in the Oval Office when Pearce joined the Black and Yellow. During his time with EY, Pearce was most well-known for being the […]

Plante Moran Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Who knew KPMG would become a factory for cranking out future accounting firm chief marketing officers? Earlier this week we told you guys about Dixon Hughes Goodman recently hiring ex-KPMGer Danielle Cimato as its new CMO. And then yesterday, Plante Moran announced that former Klynveldian Marten van Pelt was hired to succeed partner Jeff Antaya […]

Which Audit Firm Got Fired the Most In Q4 2019?

It wasn’t a stellar fourth quarter of 2019 for the Big 4 in terms of winning new public company audit clients, according to Accounting Today’s most recent report on the newest data crunched by Audit Analytics. Deloitte and EY brought on four and three new SEC-registered audit clients, respectively, in Q4, but Deloitte also lost […]

Life at KPMG Will Consume Your Mind, Body, Soul, and Stomach

Is this what y’all at KPMG are being fed during these long busy season days/nights? If so, I’m sorry. View this post on Instagram We hope this isn’t too cheesy but we hope you have a slice on National Pizza Day! 💙🍕 A post shared by KPMG U.S. Careers (@kpmg_us_careers) on Feb 9, 2020 at […]

Life at PwC Involves Again Not Giving ‘La La Land’ the Oscar For Best Picture

I know I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I just wanted to congratulate PwC for not screwing up an Academy Awards show for the third straight year. People seem to have lost interest in the PwC accountants at the Oscars since the debacle on Feb. 26, 2017, the night Tim Ryan was […]

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

You gotta hand it to Dixon Hughes Goodman. I don’t know what they’re offering—decent compensation packages, a big enough commitment to work-life balance that it moves people to tears, a perk better than Omaha Steaks—but they sure have been landing a lot of ex-Big 4 lately, including former KPMGers. While it’s not a glitzy hire […]

Lawsuit: Mattel Shareholders Are Holding PwC’s Feet to the Fire

Once the Wall Street Journal broke the story last November that Mattel’s finance team and PwC auditors reportedly buried an accounting error that affected the toy giant’s financial results toward the end of 2017, you knew there would be some fallout. First, Bloomberg followed the WSJ report by writing that the PCAOB would be investigating […]

(UPDATE) Auditor Swap: Bubble Popped On EY’s Engagement with Sealed Air Corp.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Aug. 15, 2019. Update is at the bottom of this article. Bubble Wrap maker Sealed Air Corp. disclosed in a securities filing earlier this week that it dumped EY as its external auditor and hired PwC, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Now, EY losing an audit […]

Cherry Bekaert Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Another PwCer is on the move, as a former tax director in personal financial services has been hired to make it rain at Cherry Bekaert. Growth-focused and nationally acclaimed public accounting firm Cherry Bekaert LLP is proud to welcome Michael B. Vidal, CPA, JD, as a Tax Partner based in Cherry Bekaert’s South Florida practice. As […]

Marcum Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part I

In my mind, Gary Sturisky walked out of EY’s office in Miami, put all of his “Building a Better Working World” swag in a dumpster, stuck out his thumb, and was picked up by a Marcum bus, which drove him to the firm’s office in Fort Lauderdale where he worked happily ever after. Now that […]

Life as a Super Bowl Winner Is Probably Much Better Than Life at PwC

I’m just spitballin’ here, but I don’t think Kansas City Chiefs starting defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon is regretting his decision to pursue a career in the NFL than a career in public accounting. The 6-foot-7, 289-pound Kpassagnon had two tackles in the Chiefs 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on […]

Here’s a Cringeworthy Coopers & Lybrand Super Bowl Ad From 1993

Super Bowl ads usually fall into one of five categories: ones that make you laugh, ones that get you in the feels, ones that elicit no feelings whatsoever, ones that make you think, and ones that make you cringe. (We’re looking at you, Intuit.) This ad from Coopers & Lybrand (one of PwC’s parental units), […]

Deloitte U.K. Screw-Up Results In £1 Million Fine From the ICAEW

A Big 4 firm was fined by a regulator across the pond today, and for once, it wasn’t because of its lack of auditing prowess. BUT! It did involve running afoul of independence rules. The Financial Times reported: The administrators to collapsed electricals retailer Comet Group have been handed a record UK insolvency fine of […]

EY U.K. Has a ‘Waffles or Pancakes’ Decision to Make Soon

Unlike their American counterparts, none of the Queen’s Big 4 firms have ever had a woman in charge. It’s not going to happen anytime soon at PwC, as partners just re-elected Kevin Ellis for a second four-year term as chairman and senior partner. Richard Houston took over as Deloitte North West Europe and U.K. senior partner […]

Aprio Poaches Someone From KPMG and Issues a Press Release, Part I

When your accounting firm is hovering around the 50th largest in the U.S. and you lure someone away from a Big 4 firm like KPMG, not only will you get a write-up in Going Concern but that news might be big enough to be featured in a local business publication. That’s what happened recently when […]

Life at Deloitte Sometimes Involves Drawing Overworked Superheroes

So let me get this straight: The ideal “Super Leader” is a woman who has bloodshot eyes, probably because she barely got four hours of sleep last night due to either being an auditor or a tax professional at Deloitte during busy season. Got it. View this post on Instagram Welcome back to day 2 […]

Former EY Employee Is Coping with the Loss of a Large Vacation Carryover Payout

A couple of weeks ago, on the same day Adrienne was writing her post based on a tip we received about a CPA exam taker’s missing FAR score, another tip came through the inbox: My Big 4 firm is screwing me out of a hefty vacation carryover payout. I submitted my resignation 12/26, it was […]

Donald Trump Is Apparently the New Head of Recruiting at EY

Sorry, Dan Black. Looks like you’re out of a job. “When I talked to him, we talked about, frankly, talent and how do we retain more talent in the U.S., in particular talent that goes to top schools and so forth. He was very much in favor of retaining that talent in the U.S. so […]

Playing Candy Crush Is More Interesting Than Life at Deloitte

Dude in the back can’t put his phone down because he’s on Level 971, you guys. View this post on Instagram Official kick-off for the program by Deloitte Leaders Jon Guerena (RISE Program Sponsor & Dean), Haissam Issa (National Managing Principal- CBO) and Kwasi Mitchell (Chief Inclusion Officer) sharing the firms vision for future. Everyone […]

Just How Important Is Which Big 4 Firm You Work For Anyway?

There’s a lively discussion going down on Reddit this morning over this article I’m about to share with you, and I’d recommend checking out the thread if you love to bear witness to semi-anonymous spats about hiring practices on the internet. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about the […]

PKF O’Connor Davies Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part I

If public accounting had a transactions wire, much like you see for Major League Baseball, it might look something like this for PKF O’Connor Davies’ newest transaction advisory services (TAS) partner: PKF O’Connor Davies acquired Andrew Suh from Ernst & Young for a CPA to be named later. OK, trades don’t happen among public accounting […]