December 11, 2018

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Fired Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted on Murder Charge in the Shooting Death of PwC Accountant Botham Jean

A Dallas County grand jury on Nov. 30 indicted former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on a murder charge for fatally shooting PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment in early September. After two days of hearing evidence this week, jurors voted this morning to upgrade the charge Guyger faces from manslaughter to murder. Guyger, 30, […]

Grand Jury Hears Case Against Dallas Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Botham Jean

Evidence against Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment on Sept. 6, was finally being heard by a Dallas County jury this morning, the Dallas News reported. The Jean family’s attorneys, Lee Merritt and Daryl K. Washington, told reporters on Monday that the family was […]

New Dallas County DA Not Shy About Wanting Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant Charged with Murder

The newly elected Dallas County district attorney believes that former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger got off easy with a manslaughter charge in the September shooting death of PwC associate Botham Jean (pictured above). “I don’t know any police reports. I don’t know any forensic reports, but based on what I have seen, manslaughter is […]

Botham Jean’s Family Sues City of Dallas, Trigger-Happy Cop Who Killed PwC Accountant

The family of Botham Jean filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Dallas and police officer Amber Guyger late last month, claiming that Guyger used excessive force and violated Jean’s constitutional and civil rights when she shot and killed the 26-year-old PwC associate in his apartment on Sept. 6. The lawsuit—which was filed on […]

Let’s All Meet ‘Cody (COD-E),’ PwC’s Newest and ‘Creepiest’ Grunt

Earlier this morning, as I was getting ready to go to the dentist because I have a killer toothache, I heard from a tipster who told me to check out what’s going on in PwC’s Twitterverse. And this is what I saw: Today I'll be speaking at the @AtlanticLIVE #FutureWork2018 alongside two of our Digital […]

Dallas Cop Who Fatally Shot PwC Associate Botham Jean ‘Bragged About Being Violent’ on Pinterest

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who killed PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment in early September, apparently said on social media that she is a big fan of “one shot, one kill” and boasted that people were “lucky” if she hadn’t gone a week without killing someone, according to a new report. Sometime […]

Why PwC Kenya Manager Took His Own Life Still Remains a Mystery

It’s been nearly a week since Stephen Mumbo died of an apparent suicide after falling from PwC’s 17th-floor Delta Towers offices in Nairobi, Kenya, to a second-floor balcony of the building, and local authorities are still investigating why he took his own life. Reports out of Kenya surfaced earlier this week that Mumbo, an assistant […]

PwC Manager in Kenya Dies of Apparent Suicide at Work

A manager at PwC’s office in the Westlands neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, died on Friday morning of an apparent suicide, after he fell from the 17th floor of PwC Tower and landed on the balcony of the second floor of the building. The employee was identified as Stephen Mumbo, according to Peter Ngahu, PwC country […]

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PwC Global Revenue Hits $41.3 Billion in Fiscal Year 2018

You can breathe a sigh of relief, Green Dot Nation—Deloitte remains the largest accounting firm in the world. We thought maybe, just maybe, PwC would overtake Deloitte for the No. 1 spot this year, but PwC’s global revenue of $41.3 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018 fell short of Deloitte’s global […]

UPDATED: PwC Associate Shot and Killed By Off-Duty Dallas Cop Who Walked Into Wrong Apartment

Updated on Sept. 24, 2018: The Dallas police officer who was charged with manslaughter three days after fatally shooting PwC associate Botham Jean in his apartment on Sept. 6 was fired on Monday by Police Chief U. Renee Hall, according to the Dallas Morning News. Amber Guyger has been on administrative leave since the shooting […]

PwC to Hold Moment of Silence in Remembrance of Botham Jean

PwC will observe a moment of silence throughout all of its U.S. offices later this week in honor of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old risk assurance associate in the firm’s Dallas office who was shot and killed in his apartment by an off-duty Dallas police officer on Sept. 6. First reported today by Bloomberg and confirmed […]

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PwC Has Broken Into the Cringeworthy World of Mommy Blogging

When you think of PwC, what comes to mind? Coveted internships? Bob Moritz’s hot dad glasses? Totally screwing up the one job they had at the Academy Awards? Well, get ready for PwC’s latest venture: blogging about period cramps. That’s right, y’all, PwC has ventured into mommy blogging. Once solely the domain of Scentsy-pushing stay-at-home-moms […]

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PwC Is Getting Into the Exciting World of Fraudulent Meat

We’ve talked a lot over the last few years about accounting firms biting off more than they can chew, with ever-growing consulting arms and now even legal services, but this one takes the cake. The Telegraph reports: The accountancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) is developing an edible signature with an agent used in spices and […]

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U.K. Watchdog Blasts PwC for ‘Incomplete, Inaccurate, and Misleading’ Audit of BHS

In a leaked Financial Reporting Council report, the U.K’s accounting watchdog hammered PwC for bungling the audit of BHS, which resulted in “incomplete, inaccurate, and misleading” statements being made about the now-defunct retailer’s financial situation just before it was sold for £1, according to Accountancy Age. The article states: According to the leaked report, which […]

PwC Toeing Thin Line Between Independent Auditor and Client Lobbyist for Tax Reform

Francine McKenna of MarketWatch reported on July 30 that PwC has earned $10.74 million since 2013 as the exclusive registered lobbyist on tax reform for a coalition that includes several audit clients, which some say is a conflict of interest. Members of the Alliance for Competitive Taxation—which calls itself “a group of America’s leading companies […]

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Non-Religious Future PwC Partner Credits ‘Divine Intervention’ For Nabbing Purse-Snatcher

The Evening Standard reports that a soon-to-be PwC partner got to play the hero in the midst of a potentially record-breaking relay race in London, all while dressed like a bishop. Forty-year-old Max Livingstone-Learmonth was on his 10km (about 6.2 miles) leg of the I Move London race when he spotted a woman chasing a […]

Older Job Seekers Denied Class-Action Status in Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against PwC

A federal judge in San Francisco rejected class-action status to a group of up to 14,000 older job applicants on July 26 who are accusing PwC of favoring younger workers over individuals over the age of 40 for entry-level positions within the firm. The age discrimination lawsuit, which was filed in April 2016 by CPA […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for PwC Compensation (2018)

So, yeah, the whole “putting the 2018 PwC compensation thread in Open Items” thing didn’t go too well. After just two responses (thanks to SlowlyDying1065 and Franchise) and a minus-27 vote rating, this thread had become a dumpster fire. But now that we’ve resurrected the article comment section, we’ve taken this discussion out of Open […]

Colonial Bank Collapse Will Cost PwC $625 Million, Reports Say

[Updated with statement from Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott] Reports are hitting the interwebs this afternoon that a federal judge has ordered PwC to pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $625 million in damages for failing to uncover a long-running fraud scheme between its client Colonial Bank and the now-defunct mortgage lender Taylor, Bean & […]

PwC Cutting the Cord on Landlines in All U.K. Offices

It looks like PwC staffers are going all mobile, all the time in the United Kingdom. The Telegraph reports: Accountancy company PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, expecting its 18,000 staff to use the “more efficient” mobile phones by the end of the summer. A spokesman for PwC said: “We already equip […]

You Must Be Digitally Fit to Land a Job at PwC

For those college students who aspire to one day possess a stack of PwC business cards, Mike Fenlon, PwC’s chief people officer, explains how you—yes, you—can land a job with the professional services firm. Obviously, interning with PwC will give you a leg up on the competition, as Fenlon told CNBC that a majority of […]

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PwC Admits 233 New Partners and Principals in the U.S.

A tipster (Caleb) let me know that PwC released its list of new 2018 partners and principals across the United States and Mexico on June 1. This year’s crop totals 233, which surpasses the 212 who joined the ranks of partner or principal in 2017. In comparison, there were 226 in the 2016 class, 201 […]

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PwC Faces Damages That Range From ‘Bad’ to ‘Worse’ But Probably Far Short of ‘Catastrophic’ for Colonial Bank Failure

Francine McKenna reports on MarketWatch that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. stands to collect a pret-tay pret-tay pret-tay big chunk of change from PwC for the losses from the bankruptcy of Colonial Bank. The FDIC, acting as receiver for the failed Colonial Bank Group that collapsed in 2009, has asked Judge Barbara Rothstein to award […]

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Thanks to Millennials, PwC Now Knows Their People Want Lives Outside of Work, Have the Feels

The history of PricewaterhouseCoopers goes back to 1849 when Samuel Lowell Price set up business in London. Shortly after that, in 1854, William Cooper started his firm, which would later become Cooper Brothers. It’s hard to know what either Price and Cooper were thinking about back then other than outrageous blacksmith prices and how to […]

#Envelopegate Redux: PwC Failed to Predict the Worst-Case Scenario

Last month we noted that PwC had gone far out of its way to not talk about its role at the Academy Awards after last year’s colossal screw-up with the Best Picture envelope. That doesn’t prevent the rest of the entertainment and accounting media (well, maybe just us) from talking about it, however. You can […]

Former PwC Partner Suing Firm After Getting Fired for Groping a Co-worker Who He Can’t Remember Groping But Knows He Didn’t Grope

Let’s say you’re a professional businessperson and you’re at a work event. Let’s also say that you and your colleagues are wearing costumes. And let’s also say that there’s plenty of alcohol and some people are overserved and you are one of these overserved persons. At some point in this scenario, while you’re deep in your […]

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Veritas Capital Sets PwC Free From Its U.S. Public Sector Business

It’s not every day that a Big 4 firm sells a piece of it lucrative consulting business, so, hey, look: Veritas Capital is buying PwC’s Public Sector Business. It’s a relatively small part of the firm; only 1,500 partners and staff make up the group, one that Tim Ryan called “a tremendous business” in an […]

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PwC Not Talking Up Its Role in the Academy Awards This Year, Obviously

The Golden Globes were a few weeks back, and it caused me to reflect on how an awards show should go for the accounting firm that tabulates the ballots: Congrats to Ernst & Young for not being in the news this morning. #goldenglobes — Caleb Newquist (@cnewquist) January 8, 2018 Last week, the Academy of […]

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Auditors and Fraud: Where Does Responsibility Lie in the Wake of the FDIC’s Win Against PwC?

In the waning days of 2017, a judge in Alabama found PwC was negligent in its audit of Colonial Bank. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation had sued the firm for failing to detect the fraud at the root of Colonial’s 2009 failure. Although Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein denied other claims brought by FDIC and the […]

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Accounting News Roundup: India Bans PwC for Two Years Over Satyam Fraud | 01.11.18

India Bans PricewaterhouseCoopers From Auditing Listed Firms for Two Years [WSJ] The Securities and Exchange Board of India banned PwC affiliates from auditing listed companies for two years over the $1 billion Satyam fraud (India’s Enron, if you prefer). As you may recall, PwC partners were sentenced to jail for this debacle, but the firm […]

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Let’s Wildly Speculate About Why PwC Is Shopping Its Government Services Practice

This Reuters story reports that PwC is looking to sell its government services, perhaps “to pursue the growing business of auditing government agencies.” The story says that Morgan Stanley is running the sale and private equity firms Veritas and Madison Dearborn Partners are two potential buyers. None of the firms mentioned commented for the Reuters […]

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PCAOB Giving Big 4’s Legal Services the Stinkeye

PwC announced last month that it was launching a law firm in the U.S. because, honestly, who’s going to stop them? Plus, Deloitte wasn’t going to do it, so someone was bound to snatch up the opportunity. PwC’s U.K. affiliate even put out a report recently that found “law firms are not keeping pace with […]

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Accounting News Roundup: PwC Launching a Law Firm in U.S. | 09.21.17

PwC Law Over the past few years, we’ve discussed the Big 4 stomping around Big Law‘s turf. It’s mostly been happening abroad, but last year, I thought out loud that it would only be a matter of time before the Big 4 firms were offering legal services in the U.S. And now, oh, hey look, […]

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Former PwC Employee Latest Star of “Auditor Mishandles Sensitive Client Information”

I haven’t been a Big 4 auditor in quite some time, which means I haven’t taken any training on handling sensitive client information in quite some time. However, my keen sense of self-preservation tells me that if I were in possession of sensitive client information, the kind of information about, say, an upcoming acquisition, I […]

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PwC’s 2017 to Forget Tour Rolls On

PwC, the Big 4 accounting firm most likely to request a mulligan on 2017, has been censured and fined $1 million by the PCAOB for violations in its audit of Merrill Lynch. The PCAOB order follows a SEC action against Merrill from last year after the broker “held tens of billions of dollars” of customer […]

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Ukraine Yanks PwC’s Bank Audit License

From the Financial Times, the National Bank of Ukraine “announced it had pulled [PwC’s] domestic bank auditing rights for failing in prior audits to identify a $5.5bn balance-sheet hole at PrivatBank, the country’s largest lender.” Look for a press release stating that the annexation of Crimea was totally legal from the firm in the coming […]

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Talking About Race, Mega Lawsuits, That Oscars Screw-up and More: A Conversation With PwC’s Tim Ryan

Most people would look at the year PwC Chairman and Senior Partner Tim Ryan has had and think, “That’s rough.” After two killings of black men by police officers and the killing of 5 Dallas police officers last summer, Ryan told Fortune in February that he scrapped his plans and, “got the team together and […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for PwC Compensation (2017)

You’ve got to hand it to PwC, they’ve really embraced announcing stuff on Twitter. I’m looking forward to the day when people starting tweet their PwC compensation details at @going_concern. Anyway, here’s a tweet from last Friday: It’s #PwCPromotionDay! Incredibly proud to be celebrating everyone who is marking a career milestone today! https://t.co/vJtwzFiqrh pic.twitter.com/Mu8kwbWooh — […]

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PwC Admits 212 New Partners and Principals in U.S.

I think this year’s new PwC partners should feel extra special on their day of recognition because it also happens to be National Doughnut Day. Even if you NEVER eat doughnuts, I think you can forgo discipline for the day the world learns that you’ve become a partner at PwC. This marks the second year […]

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Big 4 Audit Quality Hiding in Plain Sight: Restatement Mentions in PCAOB Reports

For the last several years, one very interesting audit quality metric has not been widely reported in the media, and the largest audit firms barely mention it. It has been hiding in plain sight and could be a useful data point to audit committees or investors that are trying to understand the quality of audits. […]

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Let’s Play a Game of ‘Who Would Win in a Fight’ Accounting Edition

As you may have heard, busy season is over for many miserable accountants across the country. If you failed to get that memo, it’s time to avert your eyes from that spreadsheet and get some sleep, you’re obviously brain-dead and completely disconnected from the real world. Sorry. Rather than wallow in busy season gone by, […]

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PwC Keeps The Oscars Gig

After dealing with weeks of embarrassment, brand damage, ridicule, repeated apologies, rejection and capitulation, PwC has finally caught a break. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to retain the firm to tabulate the ballots for the Oscars despite the colossal screw-up that happened with the Best […]

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We Finally Found a Service That a Big 4 Firm Won’t Provide

One thing we talk about around here from time to time is the fact that Big 4 firms want to be the proverbial Walmart of professional services. If you’re a business and you need a service, you can pick one firm and they’ll do pretty much anything and everything. If you’re an important enough client, […]

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PCAOB Sanctions Former PwC Brazil Partner for Lousy Auditing

You may have noticed, maybe not, but PwC is in the midst of a bad publicity streak. Last month, one partner screwed up the hand-off of the Best Picture envelope at the Oscars while the other partner froze. A few days later, federal agents raided Caterpillar’s headquarters over its offshore tax practices that PwC helped […]

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Judge Didn’t Buy PwC’s Story, Rejects Call for Mistrial

Judge Victor Marrero rejected PwC’s argument that MF Global’s attorneys were presenting a new theory of causation in their case, dealing the firm a setback in the trial. PwC claimed that the plaintiffs were conducting a “trial by ambush.” From Reuters: PwC said the administrator has in three years of litigation blamed the bankruptcy on […]

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MF Global Not Amused By PwC’s Threats for a Mistrial

Yesterday, PwC asked the judge in its court battle with MF Global to prohibit the use of a “new theory of causation” or to declare a mistrial. PwC filed the motion at midnight on Monday, so you can’t blame the plaintiffs if they felt caught off guard. Dan Fetterman, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs […]

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Is PwC on the Ropes in the MF Global Trial?

How are you, PwC? Week 2 in the trial between MF Global and PwC started off interestingly enough: PwC wants the judge to consider declaring a mistrial. The reason? The firm’s lawyers claim that the plaintiffs have “changed its theory of why the brokerage failed” calling it a “trial by ambush.” MF Global’s attorneys see […]

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Accounting News Roundup: Pandering to Millennials and Phony Revenue | 03.10.17

CPA firms are pandering to millennials I look forward to the day when CPA firms are majority-owned and run by millennials so we don’t have to talk about this anymore: As CPA firms across the U.S. relax their dress codes and other policies, managers are recognizing that their Millennial employees expect flexibility and trust in […]

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It’s a Safe Bet That a Few People Knew That Saying “PwC Is a Bunch of Morons” Would Get Them Out of Jury Duty

This Associated Press report chronicles the first two days in the trial between the bankruptcy trustee of MF Global Holdings and PwC. The story is fine, a classic example of AP reporting, but two sentences make it truly remarkable (and thus worthy of our pages here): What was originally a highly technical case newsworthy mostly […]

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Exposure Drafts: Best Picture Definitely Didn’t Go To Manchester by the PwC

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In MF Global Trial, PwC Hoping for Jurors Who’ve Been Under a Rock

Despite all the hubbub around the screw-up at the Academy Awards, PwC has to soldier on with its business. Unfortunately, right now that business includes defending itself against a massive lawsuit in a trial that starts on Monday. It’s hard to imagine a worse Monday than the day after #Envelopegate, but the firm’s face-off with […]

PwC’s Recruiting Will Take a Hit Over the Oscars Debacle

Forty-two years ago I sat down to make an important life decision, my second in two years.  The first was to go to graduate school instead of accepting a commission in the Marine Corps. The second was to join Price Waterhouse. Marriage would come later. I was the first in my family to go to […]

Here Are Some of the Best Tweets Roasting PwC for #EnvelopeGate

As we all know by now, the 89th Academy Awards didn’t go as planned for the dynamic duo in charge of guarding the Academy’s great secret. It’s not like PwC has had 82 chances to perfect the process since they first started counting the ballots. Oh wait, it’s exactly like that. As expected the Twitterati […]

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And the Award For Worst Oscars Gaffe Goes To… PwC

In case you’ve been glued to the livestream of a giraffe not giving birth for the last two days, you may have missed the fuss surrounding PwC’s gaffe at the Academy Awards last night and subsequent fallout. The long and short of it is PwC handed Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelopes, and […]

Here’s What PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan Said About President Trump’s Immigrant Ban

In the first reaction from a Big 4 firm that we’ve seen, PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan has issued a statement on President Trump’s executive order that banned immigrants from seven countries. The statement appears on the firm’s PwC Inside Facebook page, is clear and carefully worded and stops short of explicitly opposing the ban. […]

You Can’t Blame That PwC #BallotBriefcase for Being a Germaphobe

I'm sure you've been wondering if PwC was going to revive its #BallotBriefcase gimmick for this year's Oscars and sure enough, it's getting passed around like a joint at a Dead show. Here's partner Brian Cullinan (aka Matt Damon) explaining the process: Excited for the #Oscars? @PwC_LLP showed us the #BallotBriefcase, which contains the names […]

PwC Is Hiring GE’s Tax Team

Well, this is something. PwC is hiring General Electric’s tax department: Excited to announce that we will be onboarding @generalelectric’s world-class #tax team to the PwC team. Read more: https://t.co/lejO2qFSbe pic.twitter.com/Agw2elGq72 — PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) January 12, 2017 Yes, PwC is excited about it. Here’s a press release. Here’s a Medium post from Vice Chairman […]

Centenarian CPA Recalls a Time When PwC Wasn’t So Committed to Diversity

Here's a great story about Aaron Blecker, a 105-year-old Great Neck, New York resident who's had a pretty good run. And yep, he's an accountant.

PwC’s Recruiting Never Sleeps

PwC loves millennials. There are countless examples to prove this. Bob Moritz sticks up for them in public. Tim Ryan has them over for Thanksgiving so they can avoid their families. They help them pay off student loans. They respect (but do not condone) stylish holes. They (allegedly!) discriminate against the olds. They do all […]

Brace Yourself for the #AuditorProud Social Media Blitz

Ding. Ding. Are you ready for Round 2? It’s the second annual #AuditorProud day. Hey, wait a second. Wasn’t it in December last year? Actually, yes. At least we know now that the folks over at the Center for Audit Quality took a haphazard approach when selecting the day and it’s totally random. But hey, […]

PwC Has Had Enough Courtroom Fun

PwC is settling the lawsuit brought by the bankruptcy trustee of mortgage behemoth Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, putting speculation to rest that a verdict in the $5.5 billion lawsuit for the plaintiff could be the beginning of the end for the firm.

PwC Chairman Tim Ryan Is Probably a Scifi Nerd

My sole evidence for this claim is a tweet, obviously: Another Earth could be circling the star right next door to us! https://t.co/LAI0ODVsiI#ThursdayThought — Tim Ryan (@Timothy_F_Ryan) August 25, 2016          The New York Times  article         is worth a read if you're into that sort of thing. I happen to be, and my hunch is that […]

Bored PwC Auditor Bid Farewell to Colleagues With a Tedious Email

This is from last week, but it's still worthy of a mention since we don't get the deluge of long-winded, self-absorbed farewell emails like we used to. The Daily Mail reports that Oliver Alcock didn't take to life as a professional at PwC too well. He found the work boring and was relieved when he […]

PwC Defense Attorney Putting a Lot of Faith in a Florida Jury

Starting Monday, PwC will go trial in Florida over a financial crisis-era case. The plaintiff is the bankruptcy trustee for Taylor Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp, who is seeking $5.5 billion in damages, claiming that "PwC was negligent in not detecting a massive fraud scheme that brought down Taylor Bean and helped trigger the 2009 […]

Hopefully a PwC Employee Doesn’t Get in Trouble for Leaving Their Work Lying Around

Here's a doozy. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that PPG Industries may sell its flat glass business to Mexico-based Vitro, SAB de C.V. This according to "a document obtained by" the paper: A PPG spokesman this afternoon declined to comment on a possible sale, which is mentioned in an undated reference contained in a draft copy […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for PwC Compensation Discussions (2016)

June marks the beginning of compensation season and, as usual, we'll start with PwC. Will all the blood, sweat, tears and paper cuts you've endured for the last 12 months be worth it? Will the anticipation of reaching the salary figure you've fixated on for the past year become a reality? Will disappointment follow in […]

More PwC Partners Getting Fancy New Titles

Over the last week we've reported a lot on the haps inside PwC. There has been news of partner promotions, a straight talk committee and Tim Ryan's new casual wardrobe. This is all to be expected with the changes in leadership. Bob Moritz is moving up to the global chairmanship and he's taking a lot […]

PwC’s Tim Ryan Sought Sage Advice in Avoiding Dad Jeans

As we've witnessed, several accounting firms have granted their employees the privilege of wearing jeans to work. And if your firm hasn't jumped on the denim bandwagon by now, you probably feel like your dress code is something straight out of Mad Men. Now banks are taking a hint. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal […]

PwC US Admits 226 New Partners and Principals

For the last several years, we've enjoyed announcing the new PwC partners in these pages. We've always managed to spoil the surprise but this year, it seems that the firm has beat us to the punch, rolling out the 2016 class on their website along with headshots, market, home office and line of service. We […]

New PwC Chairman Forming ‘Straight Talk Committee’ to Give Him ‘Candid Feedback’

Yesterday in the roundup, we learned about PwC's new leadership team in the US. It consists of 20 (!) people, led by Tim Ryan who announced the news in a LinkedIn post. The post is obviously scrubbed for an external audience, which is why it's fun that a source dropped us the internal email from […]

PwC Jumps on Jeans Bandwagon

Last week, someone posted an Open Item requesting opinions about PwC's new dress code. Then yesterday a tipster dropped us a note about it and provided some visual evidence. It confirms the text posted from last week and gives us some further context: I love that someone at PwC insisted on italic type for stylish. […]

PwC Is in the Midst of a Independence Quagmire

Independence: its complicated. Except it isn’t, really. Audits firms are conflicted because they’re paid by the organizations who they’re supposed to be independent of audit clients. Most people, I think, know this yet choose to ignore it. Fine.

Ex-PwC Employee Was Looking for Training Documents When He Found LuxLeaks Files

Bloomberg reported yesterday that one of the ex-PwC employees responsible for LuxLeaks "was actually looking for training documents when he stumbled upon the files." That sounds less like a “quirk” and more like some idiot naming a folder: “HOW TO: MASSIVE INTERNATIONAL TAX AVOIDANCE.”     

Comp Watch: Strategy& People Having the Last Laugh

Hey gang, remember a couple years ago when PwC acquired Booz & Company? Remember how we all hoped the new firm would be named something fun like Boozerhouse or BoozeCoop or Company? Remember how they went with Strategy& and no one got it and it harkened everyone back to Monday and we all had a […]

Career Limiting Moves: Prospective PwC Intern Accused of Using ‘Sock Puppet’ Twitter Accounts to Tweet Bigoted Crap

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Today in potential career limiting moves, we have a prospective PwC intern being accused of creating a bunch of “sock puppet” Twitter accounts to hurl bigoted tweets at high school football recruits.

PwC Selects Tim Ryan as New US Chairman

And because this is 2016, he tweeted it: Tremendously honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary firm. https://t.co/2zsrOwANYd #PwC — Tim Ryan (@Timothy_F_Ryan) April 12, 2016 Ryan replaces Bob Moritz who's going on to be PwC's global chairman. They both assume their new roles on July 1. I have to say, I'm […]

#TBT: PwC’s Letter to Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney About His Taxes

You may have heard that it's a presidential election year. And perhaps you've heard that one of the candidates is a carnival barker that spray tans with Krylon Pumpkin Orange. And maybe you've even heard that said carnival barker has not released his tax returns for public consumption despite decades of precedent. It's all good […]

PwC Trying New Gimmick for the Oscars

In case you hadn't heard, the nominees for this year's Academy Awards in the acting categories are even less diverse than the accounting profession. That's quite an accomplishment! I'll bet the Academy members wish they could blame PwC for this, but alas, the firm has been tabulating the ballots far too long; throwing them under […]

WeiserMazars Partner Charged With His Wife’s Murder

Ugh, this is awful: Any killing would likely have rattled the residents of Scarsdale, which hadn’t seen a homicide in nearly four decades. But the death of New York City pediatrician Robin Goldman was especially shocking for this Westchester County community because of the suspect: her husband, accounting firm partner Julius “Jules” Reich. “People say […]

Accounting Firms Allowing Side Gigs: Good Idea or Independence Mine Field?

These days, you hear more and more about people juggling multiple projects at once. You know, a day job, the moonlighting gig, a passion project, the "I was just fucking around and it became a thing"1 thing, among others.  You would think that accounting firms, known for working people so hard that it renders them […]

Who’s #AuditorProud?

So here's a thing that is happening tomorrow: Use #AuditorProud & #PwC on Thursday to share your pride in the #accounting profession! pic.twitter.com/kp6M4TwozG — Bob Moritz (@Bob_Moritz) December 8, 2015 This whole thing is being spearheaded by the Center for Audit Quality who put out a fact sheet for anyone who's not familiar with how […]

PwC Wants to Be a Big Law Firm When It Grows Up

How big? According to PwC's legal services leader in Australia and Asia, a top 20 in the world will do: Tony O’Malley, Australia and Asia Pacific legal services leader, told AccountantsDaily the firm has clear global aspirations to establish itself as a top 20 international law firm. The firm’s legal growth strategy, implemented over the […]

Auditing’s Future: A Conversation With PwC’s Assurance Transformation Leader Bill Brennan

Auditing is a big deal in the accounting world, especially at Big 4 firms. While consulting and advisory services threaten to eclipse assurance as their chief revenue source, the fact remains that auditing remains the primary revenue stream for three of the Big 4 firms and serves as the foundation for all their reputations. But […]

Bob Moritz Has Your Back, Millennials

PwC chairman and senior partner Bob Moritz spoke at the Detroit Economic Club yesterday and his message was simple: stop hating on Millennials. Sure, some of them might appear to be shiftless narcissists wielding selfie sticks while texting and driving, but maybe it's because you've been judging them from a distance: “If you engage your […]

PwC Wants All Your Millennials

Well, we better talk about this PwC loan assistance thing, hadn't we? For starters, it's a pretty unique perk. The Washington Post reports that only 3% of companies offer loan repayment, citing a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management. It's typically used to attract a particular type of employee such as teachers or […]

Here’s a Guy Wearing a PwC T-Shirt Giving Weird Street Massages

There's nothing else to really say here other than the guy in the black fleece seems to be enjoying this a little too much while his pal looks unsure about the whole thing. This video is from March but hopefully the guy with the magic noogies is still around. He could do wonders for anyone […]

(UPDATE) PwC Madness at Madison Square Garden

28 teams down to the final 2. #PwC Championship #Basketball game is tomorrow at Madison Square Garden! @TheGarden — Tim Ryan (@Timothy_F_Ryan) September 1, 2015     UPDATE  : The victors look decent enough to take on the Knicks.  Congrats to the #PwC Assurance team – the official PwC basketball champs! @TheGarden pic.twitter.com/vPf48zSlWA — PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) September […]

Promontory Financial Shows PwC, Deloitte How Brinkmanship Is Done

Promontory Financial, after threatening to sue New York's Department of Financial Services, agreed to settle with the regulator over its actions in representing Standard Chartered Bank today. The firm will pay a $15 million fine and forgo consulting gigs with New York banks for six months. Contrast that with the deals PwC and Deloitte got: […]

Can an Accounting Firm Be a ‘Guilt-Free Zone’?

As we all know, Millennials mystify their older, non-Millennial co-workers. Their common refrain of questions range from, "Why are Millennials entitled?" to "Why do Millennials need constant feedback?" to "Why do Millennials want to work at a Parisian coffee shop 3 days a week?" to "What's with all the sexting?" Despite the confusion, employers still […]

Apparently PwC Is Not Its (Big) Brothers (Big Sisters) Keeper

Recently, the Department of Justice narced out PwC to the AICPA’s Professional Ethics Division for acts discreditable to the profession.1 The DOJ claims that PwC did not follow the standards and provisions required for federal audits during its 2011 audit of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), and not following audit standards constitutes an […]

PwC Out of the Running for This Year’s “Worst Performance By a Big 4 Audit Firm”

The PCAOB, bless their hearts, released a forgettable inspection report from PwC today. The deficiency rate, 29%, is still in the range we're used to, but was lower than last year, so that's something. Michael Rapoport reports that this deficiency rate is better than EY's (36%) but not as good as Deloitte's (21%) and that […]

The Monthly Close: PwC Partners Drink the Blood of the Proletariat

Another month, another set of closing jokes. Here's what Greg Kyte & Co. covered for the May close:  The 2015 PwC partner class That time Bernie Madoff's CFO stuck a phony ledger in the refrigerator Insecure millionaires Grant Thornton's audit of the Marine Corps A CPA tattoo. More Monthly Close:April '15: The Monthly Close: That […]

PwC Walks a Fine Line Between Its People and Clients on Same-Sex Marriage

Maybe you heard, but the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples would be allowed to marry in all 50 states. It was an enormous victory for civil rights and serves as a reminder that America can still get something right. In their quest to be the diversitiest and inclusiviest, the Big 4 have […]

Bonus Watch: Campbell v. PricewaterhouseCoopers Plaintiffs

A tipster wrote us earlier today: FYI, the wage settlement checks arrived. […] All of these years of waiting has led to me being paid pennies on the dollar… Yet again PwC finds a way to stick it to me. And we've seen the check! We agreed to not publish it to protect our tipster's […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for PwC Compensation Discussions (2015)

Oh, look, it's mid-June. Busy season is over and compensation season is here. Yes, it's time to find out which of you have been justly rewarded for your efforts and which of you are feeling like an untipped bathroom attendant. PwC is always the pacesetter in comp discussion season and we appreciate their consistency, as […]

Clinton Foundation Could Be PwC’s Enron, Says Guy

If you need a good laugh today, I invite you to read this post from WND about how the Clinton Foundation's financial troubles could bring down PwC. It's a hoot. A respected Wall Street analyst who has been investigating the Clinton Foundation’s finances alleges the “Big Four” accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers was a willing participant in […]

Here’s the PwC Partner Class of 2015

Well, this is exciting. The list of new PwC partners fell into our lap earlier today and now we're sharing it with you. They all officially join the partnership on July 1, the firm's New Year's Day. There are 201 partners in the 2015 class, one of the largest ever. The firm named 180 last […]

Bob Moritz Ready to Rock the Mic

Looking forward to engaging with my #PwC colleagues in Philly today at our Town Hall meeting at 2 pm EDT! #pwcphilly — Bob Moritz (@Bob_Moritz) May 14, 2015 Also, there seems to be a welcome committee of sorts: Excited to be with the great people of @PhilaPwC for our national "town hall" with @Bob_Moritz #pwcphilly […]

PwC Still Prestigiousiest, Diversiest, Bestest Accounting Firm

Jump for joy, it's time for the Vault Accounting 50, people.

If you're not up-to-date on your accounting profession rankings, this is the one that curates feedback from accounting professionals on accounting firms in a variety of areas including prestige, culture, empty work/life balance initiatives, tchotchkes, CEO sex appeal, etc. They have a full breakdown of the Vault Accounting 50 secret sauce if you're into that sort of thing.

PwC Chairman in Russia to Thaw Cold War Tensions or Something

The Gazprom headquarters hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited. The parties looked at the issues of rendering information and consultancy services to Gazprom in various sectors of business development. Special consideration was given to applying advanced IT solutions to improve […]