Best Accounting Firms to Work For in 2018

Starting a career in public accounting can be slightly intimidating because there are so many different choices to make. Should you start in tax or audit? Should you try to land a job at one of the big 4 accounting firms? Should you get a master’s degree or simply complete your 150 credit hours in order to qualify for the CPA exam? College students are bombarded with these questions and more. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Try to figure out where you want to go with your career and then plan your education around those goals.

For instance, if you want to work for the big four right out of college, you’ll probably need to go to a top accounting school or get an internship. Keep in mind, that there are tons of other CPA firms out there besides the big four. Many people simply get tunnel vision and only go after a big 4 firm.

Top 50 Best Accounting Firms

There are lots of large regional firms that are actually rated higher in staff satisfaction, work-life balance, and compensation than the big guys. Take Plante Moran for example. Fortune Magazine rated Plante the 29th best company to work for in the United States. That’s not the 29th best accounting firm, it’s the 29th best company. Period. Compare that to Deloitte’s 97th best company ranking. Many people don’t know that some of these smaller firms even exist. That’s why I decided to made this list.

Here are the top 50 largest public accounting firms in the world sorted by 2015 total revenues. All of them are great places to work and start a career. Some of these CPA firms are regional while others are national and international. Take a look at some of the firms you are unfamiliar with. Who knows? They might be a good fit for you and a good place to start your career.

Top 50 Largest CPA Firms

  1. Deloitte
  2. PwC
  3. Ernst & Young
  4. KPMG
  5. McGladrey
  6. Grant Thornton
  7. BDO
  8. Crowe Horwath
  9. CBIZ / Mayer Hoffman McCann
  10. CliftonLarsonAllen
  11. CohnReznick
  12. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  13. BKD
  14. Plante Moran
  15. Moss Adams
  16. Marcum
  17. Dixon Hughes Goodman
  18. EisnerAmper
  19. UHY Advisors Inc.
  20. Eide Bailly
  21. Wipfli
  22. Citrin Cooperman & Co.
  23. Carr, Riggs & Ingram
  24. WeiserMazars
  25. Cherry Bekaert
  26. Armanino
  27. Warren Averett
  28. Elliott Davis Decosimo
  29. Rehmann
  30. O’Connor Davies
  31. Sikich
  32. WithumSmith+Brown
  33. Novogradac & Co.
  34. Berdon
  35. Marks Paneth
  36. Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt
  37. Anchin, Block & Anchin
  38. Kearney & Co.
  39. Weaver
  40. The Bonadio Group
  41. FGMK
  42. MBAF CPAs
  43. EKS&H
  44. Friedman
  45. Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain
  46. RubinBrown
  47. Horne
  48. Burr Pilger Mayer Inc.
  49. Schenck
  50. Frank, Rimerman + Co.
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