According to respondents to Vault's annual accounting survey, the best perks offered by some of the nation's largest accounting firms are as follows:
In case you'd like to save yourself a slideshow, we'll sum it up.
- Free food
- Perks for getting your flabby butt to the gym
- Flexible work arrangements
- Vacation time
So, basically, exactly what a white collar professional might expect from the professional services firm for which they work.
Respondents also bragged about the Big 4's generous parental leave:
Maternity and paternity leave at the Big 4 is called "unmatchable," "amazing," "generous," and "extensive." Explains one accountant, "In addition to the six weeks required under FMLA, we also give 14 weeks of parental leave. All this time is 100 percent paid time. Also, any PTO you have accrued can be taken as part of leave." Another accountant notes, "I'm currently on a five-month entirely-paid maternity leave; not many others in the U.S. have benefits like this." To boot, there's also "great off-site and back-up child care," which "makes being both a devoted parent and an employee possible."
Would anyone care to tell us which firm offers five months of paid leave? That seems a tad high.