September 25, 2021

Firms

The CEO Seat At Grant Thornton Will Soon Be Kept Warm By Seth Siegel

It seemed like yesterday that Brad Preber took over as interim CEO at Grant Thornton and right away had to deal with GTers freaking out after a whole bunch of people got pink slips, and now here we are talking about Preber’s upcoming retirement and who’s going to replace him as CEO. We found out […]

BDO USA Did Not Feel the COVID Pinch In 2021

As of right now, BDO USA has locked down the sixth spot in the largest U.S. public accounting firms by revenue, after officially announcing this morning that its fiscal year 2021 revenue eclipsed $2 billion, an all-time high. Bravo Delta Oscar came in at $2,000,300,000 for the 12-month period ending April 30, representing a year-over-year […]

Compensation Watch ’21: Did BDO USA Ante Up This Year?

Over the last week or so we analyzed how raises this year compared to previous years at RSM US and Grant Thornton. Now it’s time to take a look at raises this year at the last of the mini-Big 3 firms, BDO USA, which leapfrogged GT to become the sixth-largest public accounting firm in the […]

Number of the Day: $2.9 Billion

More specifically, $2,878,519,000. That’s how much revenue was pulled in by RSM US in fiscal year 2021, which ended April 30. While it’s not the eye-opening double-digit revenue increase that the House of Adams had in FY 2020, it’s still solid growth of 6.4% over last year during the height of the pandemic outbreak in […]

Compensation Watch ’21: Did Grant Thornton Give Employees Briefcases Full Of Money This Year?

Grant Thornton was another firm last year that decided it would be financially irresponsible to give its hardworking employees raises during the height of the pandemic, even though GT’s revenue in fiscal year 2020 hit a record of $1.92 billion. But that was then, this is now. We still don’t know Grant Thornton’s revenue results […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Grant Thornton Admits 46 New Partners and Principals

Well, well, well … look what we have here — a big promotion day at Grant Thornton. The Purple Rose of Chicago this morning announced a larger-than-usual class of 87 new partners, principals, and managing directors. The breakdown: 41 new managing directors 35 new partners 11 new principals While Grant Thornton notes in the press […]

Compensation Watch ’21: Did RSM US Make It Rain On Employees This Year?

At this time a year ago, RSM employees had just found out if the firm was handing out raises and bonuses while the Rona was still raging in the U.S. Management decided to give raises—capped at 5%—to only those employees who received a promotion (i.e., A2->S1, S1->Supervisor, Supervisor->Manager, etc.). As summer turned to fall, and […]

Grant Thornton Is Not a Bottom of the Barrel Firm, Says Grant Thornton

“The principle of shared audits is very attractive to challengers as long as the share of the audit is meaningful and brings incremental experience to teams. If the challenger firm is just going to get what’s left at the bottom of the barrel, that’s not interesting and doesn’t help.” — Fiona Baldwin, head of audit […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: RSM US #62 (2021)

When all was said and done, RSM US and its employees had a pretty decent 2020. The firm’s revenue increased nearly 11% over the previous year, RSM didn’t cut pay during the pandemic and doled out both raises and bonuses to employees, and RSM overtook KPMG as the firm most likely to give its capital […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Grant Thornton Canada Adds 53 New Partners and Principals

Grant Thornton in America’s hat recently admitted 35 new partners and 18 new principals into the purple kingdom. Alberta Chris Cameron, Partner, Edmonton Ken Hankinson, Partner, Edmonton Stephen Latimer, Partner, Wetaskiwin Jenny Pon, Partner, Edmonton Freida Richer, Partner, Edmonton British Columbia Shawn Birkenhead, Principal, Kamloops Sandra Blair, Principal, Kamloops Michelle Coates, Principal, Nelson Kevin Cooper, […]

Number of the Day: 88%

This is the percentage of the 4,500 or so employees of the Queen’s Grant Thornton who want to continue to spend the majority of their time working from home post-pandemic, an in-house employee survey revealed. According to the Financial Times, GT U.K. CEO David Dunckley said the pro-WFH crowd was the same regardless of age, […]

Grant Thornton Auditors Are Just Showing Off Now

It’s fair to say Grant Thornton auditors are no longer on the struggle bus. From 2010 to 2015, the Purple Rose of Chicago had an average audit failure rate of 44% in its PCAOB inspection reports during that time frame, including a whopping 65% worth of screw-ups in the firm’s 2012 report, which gave GT […]

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Those Who Know, Know BDO … Is Consistently Terrible At Auditing

Here’s a number of the day for ya: 50.7%. That is the average failure rate of BDO USA audits in PCAOB inspection reports from 2010 to its most recent 2019 report, in which PCAOB inspectors found significant errors in 42% of audits reviewed. Public accounting firms that have been historically bad at auditing, like Grant […]

How Did RSM US Fare On Its Latest Auditing Report Card From the PCAOB?

Not too long ago, RSM US had one of the worst PCAOB inspection reports we’ve ever seen. How bad was RSM’s audit quality? R-E-A-L bad. The number in the red is … well … not a good number. That would be the number of audits the PCAOB inspected that had problems so big that the […]

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

With Mark Andrus retiring later this summer, Grant Thornton needed to find someone to succeed him as leader of the firm’s R&D Tax Credit Services practice. GT did, and he has Big 4 chops: Keith Nickels has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a Tax partner and national leader of the firm’s Research and Development (R&D) […]

Promotion Watch ’21: BDO Admits 20 New Partners In the U.K.

These 17 men and three women got golden tickets from BDO U.K. Managing Partner Paul Eagland on Jan. 1: Spencer Ashworth, Audit Vinesh Bharadwa, Tax Jamie Carter, Business Outsourcing Lee Coccaro, Tax Ben Courts, Audit Paul Dawson, Business Outsourcing Rob di Santo, Audit Graham Ellis, Audit Martin Haines, Tax Tom Laird, Audit Conor Lambert, Transaction […]

RSM’s Global Revenue Soared 9.2% in FY 2020 Because the Firm Spat In the Face of Adversity or Something Like That

The international firm formerly known as McGladrey was thrilled with the fact that its global revenue increased 9.2% from $5.7 billion in 2019 to $6.3 billion during the year of our COVID Lord 2020. RSM Global CEO Jean Stephens ruminated: “2020 has been a challenging year but our growth reflects the agility and resilience we […]

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

There probably aren’t too many accountants who can say they’ve worked as head of tax at both Grant Thornton and KPMG in Scotland, but if such a club exists, Vishal Chopra is its newest member. Several news outlets in the U.K. have reported on Chopra’s recent move from GT to the House of Klynveld, including […]

Koltin Consulting Group CEO Is Really Overhyping This BDO USA/MBAF Merger

Getting two public accounting firms that are among the top 100 largest in the U.S. in terms of revenue to tie the knot is harder than it used to be. But it actually happened twice in the latter half of 2020: CliftonLarsonAllen and Blumshapiro made a deal happen in late December and before that in […]

Patisserie Valerie Liquidators Say Grant Thornton Doesn’t Deserve Cake

It was only a matter of time before Grant Thornton U.K. faced some sort of legal action for being the auditors of cake shop Patisserie Valerie while a massive accounting fraud was being committed right under their noses. According to the Financial Times on Jan. 8: The liquidators of Patisserie Valerie are suing Grant Thornton […]

Promotion Watch ’20: RSM US Adds 84 (or Maybe 86) New Partners and Principals

The largest new partner/principal class announced thus far in 2021 is technically the 2020 new partner/principal class at RSM US, even though their promotions started on Jan. 1, 2021. And in its press release, RSM said there are 86 new partners and principals in the class of 2020 when the firm only provided the names […]

0.7% Is How Much Grant Thornton’s Global Revenue Grew In 2020

Any kind of financial growth during a global pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen, should be touted as a win. So it’s no surprise that Grant Thornton’s global PR team really hyped up the fact that GT’s revenue (barely) went in the plus column (unlike KPMG’s) for the 2020 financial year that ended […]

RSM US Employees Are Getting Meat Sweats For the Holidays

If we were playing the word association game and you said “Omaha Steaks,” Adrienne and I would instantly respond with “KPMG.” Why? Because over the course of this site’s existence, we’ve written thousands of words on Omaha Steaks being the summertime gift du jour for KPMGers for many years. Now we found out from a […]

Number of the Day: £518,000

That is the average profit per partner before tax at BDO U.K. in the 2020 financial year that ended June 30, down 14% from the £602,000 in profits each partner took home the previous year, according to the Financial Times and The Telegraph. Overall, the Queen’s BDO had revenue of £660 million for 2020, up […]

RSM US’s 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report Is a Lot Less Deplorable Than the Last One

When you talk about the worst PCAOB inspection reports of all time, the 2017 one for RSM US has to be in the conversation. During that inspection cycle, the PCAOB found significant problems in 11 of the 15 RSM audits selected, for a dubious deficiency rate of 73%. The other day, the newly branded PCAOB […]

BDO Had a Pretty Decent FY 2020 Globally

While 2020 has been horrible and stressful for pretty much everyone and everything, BDO actually had its best year on record, revenue-wise. Those who know, know BDO hit the $10 billion mark in global revenue for the very first time, topping out at $10.3 billion for the financial year that ended Sept. 30. That’s about […]

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

Welp, after 19 years of monotony working at Deloitte, Ryan Haggerty will now be doing the same ol’ tedious stuff at the Philly office of RSM US. We’re just kidding, Ryan. You’re probably having much more fun being on Zoom calls for RSM than for Deloitte: RSM US LLP has further strengthened its health care […]

Grant Thornton’s Streak of Not Being Fined By the PCAOB Has Come to an End

It had been nearly three years since Grant Thornton ran afoul of PCAOB auditing rules and got caught—on Dec. 20, 2017, the Purple Rose of Chicago agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to the PCAOB for quality control violations and audit failures as a result of its shoddy auditing work for Bancorp. But GT’s […]

BDO Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Parts III and IV

BDO of the Australian variety recently snagged a couple of partners from the Green Dot. First, former BDO audit partner John Bresolin got his old job back following a two-year stint as a partner at Deloitte in Sydney. BDO Sydney Managing Partner Grant Saxon said Bresolin started his career with BDO as a cadet in […]

BDO Puerto Rico Tax Partner Accused of Trying (and Failing) to Defraud the IRS

More accountants behaving badly at BDO Puerto Rico. First it was good ol’ Fernando Scherrer, the BDO Puerto Rico managing partner who got indicted for taking part in a shady corruption scandal last year that also involved Puerto Rico’s former education secretary and the former head of the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration. Now, the […]

Wayne Berson Admits He Is Driving Some People Crazy at BDO USA

In a wide-ranging interview with CJ Prince of Chief Executive magazine, BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson used “BDO” and “powerhouse” in the same sentence, said “no one wants to go to the 5th best firm” (you got dissed, RSM US) but “we don’t see ourselves as inferior to the Big Four,” and explained what CLIMB means […]

BDO USA Employees Are Getting Their Moolah Back

Late on Friday a couple people told us about some good news for BDOers, especially for those not getting raises this year. Not sure about Audit and other Departments but BDO just announced they would be paying back the salary that was reduced in May – July with the Dec. 15 paycheck. And from the […]

LOL, Big 4: BDO Now Has the Most Audit Clients In the U.K.

There is no other accounting firm in the U.K. that wants its name mentioned with the Big 4 more than BDO. That firm is like your 7-year-old brother who wants to play street hockey with you and your high school friends after school because he wants to be around and thinks he can compete with […]

Comp Rumor of the Day: Some BDO USA Auditors Are Getting Raises, Some Are Not

[Updated with additional information.] While I was on staycation last week, this came through the tipline: BDO audit will be giving raises of 2% on average on 11/1. Some employees will receive nothing, some less than 2%, and some more than 2%. We haven’t heard anything yet about possible raises at Bravo Delta Oscar for […]

Grant Thornton’s Revenue Barely Moved the Needle In FY 2020

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the petals on the Purple Rose of Chicago wilted some this year. Despite reporting a record high $1.92 billion in revenue for the fiscal year that ended on July 31, Grant Thornton’s revenue only increased 1% in FY 2020 over last year’s $1.9 billion. CEO Brad Preber commented: “Our success […]

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

Back in the spring, right around the time the country was going to hell in a handbasket due to the Rona, Deborah Gordon had been wooed by RSM US to leave her job as leader of KPMG’s Federal Excise Tax practice to lead the Excise Tax practice at Really Still McGladrey. About four months later, […]

BDO USA Reports $1.8 Billion in FY 2020 Revenue, Wants Everyone to Know It Is the Most Resilient Firm Ever

The Little Dipper of accounting firms, BDO USA, announced today that its FY 2020 revenue increased 11.3% (I calculated 9.8%, but whatever) to $1.8 billion, up from $1.64 billion last fiscal year. That all looks great on paper, especially during this year of our COVID Lord 2020, but like RSM US, which also reported a […]

Seven People at Grant Thornton Just Got Cushy New Industry Jobs

Well kinda. These seven veterans of the public accounting wars didn’t leave Grant Thornton for the greener pastures of industry as, say, a chief accounting officer, controller, or vice president of finance and accounting. Instead, they are the Purple Rose of Chicago’s newest leaders within the firm’s Industry practice. Here are the latest additions to […]

Promotion Watch ’20: Grant Thornton Admits 30 New Partners and Principals

Grant Thornton unveiled its 66 newest partners, principals, and managing directors on Thursday, and if we just take a look at the latest class of partners and principals, the number of purple roses that were handed out was a lot less than in previous years. Thanks, Rona. The group of 30 new partners and principals […]

RSM US FY 2020 Revenue Results: $2.7 Billion and 4 Guardrails

The 2020 RSM US annual report is out, and boy is it a real page-turner. But I found what I was looking for in the “Our Perspective” portion of the report: RSM’s FY 2020 revenue. If you’ve perused INSIDE Public Accounting’s latest ranking of the top 100 public accounting firms in the U.S. based on […]

After a Tough Spring, Raises Are Back on the Table at RSM

In April of this year, we reported that RSM had begun performance-based layoffs which likely had little to do with that whole Rona thing that caused multiple firms to start laying people off and slashing salaries back then. Then in June we reported that more than a few tipsters were upset to hear raises would […]

BDO USA Staff Are Back to Getting Their Pre-Rona Paychecks

It feels like it’s been four years, not four months, since BDO USA told employees their paychecks would be a little bit lighter for a while as the firm began to navigate the rough waters caused by everyone’s favorite pandemic. But that 5% to 10% pay cut BDO staff had to endure from May 1 […]

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

Aug. 10 was a big day for the PR team at Grant Thornton in the Cayman Islands because they actually had some news to write about. They hadn’t sent out a news release since June 12. But after GT nabbed a director from PwC in the Caymans, the firm actually gave its PR team something […]

Grant Thornton U.K.’s Latest Audit Inspection Report Is Out, and It’s Almost as Bad as Last Year’s

Welp, Grant Thornton’s 2019-20 audit quality inspection report from the Financial Reporting Council shows that GT hasn’t really gotten much better at audit quality in the past year. That’s kind of a problem when you’re the sixth-biggest accounting firm in the U.K. Last year the FRC was pretty unhappy with Grant Thornton after the firm’s […]

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BDO U.K.’s Audit Quality Is In the Same Class with Rivals PwC and KPMG

Next up in our review of the most recent Financial Reporting Council audit quality inspection reports are the top midtier accounting firms, or as the U.K. calls them, the “challenger firms” to the Big 4. Let’s start with the firm that’s closest to the Big 4 in terms of revenue—BDO. Bravo Delta Oscar recently got […]

BDO U.K. Finally Loses Its Virginity to the Financial Reporting Council

Congrats to BDO for getting its first-ever fine from the U.K.’s Financial Reporting Council for committing an auditing boner. Now BDO can say it finally has something in common with the Big 4. The Financial Times reported today: Accountancy firm BDO has received its first UK audit fine from the industry’s regulator for rule breaches […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Grant Thornton Is the Latest Firm to Trim Some Staff

Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully you all made it through this week unscathed and still have your job. Unfortunately for some employees of Grant Thornton, they can’t say the same. We received this tip a little bit ago: Looks like GT will be cutting some advisory people and furloughing new hires and cutting some executive assistants. […]

Layoff Watch ’20: BDO USA Waved Goodbye to Some Folks In Advisory

This came in through the tipline about an hour or so ago: BDO Advisory US had a RIF yesterday… about 3% of workforce… low performers but also told it was due to economic conditions… guess the comp reduction didn’t “keep our family together.” So the email I got yesterday from a person saying (s)he was […]

Newly Promoted RSM US Employee Ponders Life and COVID-19’s Impact on Future Earnings

RSM US isn’t making it rain much these days for those receiving a promotion. Compensation discussions are underway at RSM US, and if you remember, only those getting a promotion at the House of Adams are receiving raises—which were capped at 5% this year as the firm muddles its way through the COVID-19 crisis. Looking […]

Layoff Watch ’20: At Least One BDO Canada Office Is Downsizing Its Headcount

[Updated on July 10 with additional information.] Unfortunately we are hearing more news of Canadian accounting professionals losing their jobs. Although we haven’t been able to confirm yet if there have been firm-wide job cuts at BDO Canada, we were told by a source at BDO in Vancouver on July 9 that several people at […]

Layoff Watch ’20: RSM Is Apparently Lightening Its Load In Canada

Hearing word today that RSM Canada has started handing out pink slips, and the culprit seems to be lower-than-expected revenues due to a downturn in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a source, a practice leader sent out this email to staff on Tuesday: Although as a firm we remain in a strong […]

Grant Thornton U.K. Given Seven-Figure Fine For Totally Blowing Ethics and Independence Rules

In hockey if you get penalized for misconduct, you spend the next 10 minutes in the penalty box and feel shame. In auditing if you get penalized for misconduct, you pay some slap-on-the-wrist fine from a regulator, vow to be better next time, and go on your merry way. The Queen’s Grant Thornton is the […]

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

While public accounting firms in the U.S. are registering about zero on the competitive poaching Richter scale these days, the bigger firms in the U.K. continue to shake things up. Take Grant Thornton, for example. Dan Dickinson, GT’s newest partner in its tax practice, is an EY refugee. From a press release seen by the […]

Comp Watch ’20: BDO USA Is Restoring Everyone’s Pay—But Promotions and Raises Will Have to Wait

Hope everyone had a good weekend celebrating the ol’ red, white, and blue. Speaking of red, white, and blue, the firm that sports these colors, BDO USA, is ending pay cuts effective Aug. 1, according to sources. You gotta hand it to BDO thus far. The firm cut employee pay 5% to 10% in early […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Grant Thornton U.K. Is Forcing 70 Employees to Take Early Exits

Over the past three months, we’ve chronicled as best we could all the job cuts—which unfortunately have affected several thousands of professionals so far—that have occurred at U.S. public accounting firms during the coronavirus pandemic. Incredibly we haven’t been made aware of or read about any layoffs that have gone down at the biggest accounting […]

Comp Watch ’20: Raises and Bonuses Are Looking a Bit Paltry at RSM US

If we look back at the firms in ’Murica that have sent the most people packing during the COVID-19 pandemic, three immediately come to mind: Deloitte (obviously), Crowe, and RSM US, which had not one but two rounds of job cuts. Those left standing at RSM must be feeling pretty resilient, having somehow dodged two […]

Rumor Mill: Grant Thornton Canada Employees Are Still Being Asked to Work Crazy Hard Despite Reduced Hours and Pay

While other big Canadian firms are strongly encouraging their staffs to voluntarily scale back their billable hours and take a reduction in pay (but not in their workloads) for the sake of saving jobs (even though that didn’t work out too well at Deloitte), folks at Grant Thornton aren’t being voluntold to do this, they’re […]

BDO USA Auditors Are Still Riding On the Struggle Bus, Latest PCAOB Inspection Report Reveals

People who know, know BDO USA has had some of the suckiest audit inspection reports recently among the firms that are annually inspected by the PCAOB. From 2012 to 2017, an average of 59% of BDO audits inspected by the PCAOB had significant errors. Yeesh. Things were sorta looking better when the PCAOB released BDO’s […]

Grant Thornton’s 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report Is Not As Good As 2017’s, Not As Bad As 2012’s

Monday morning we got an email that the PCAOB had dropped six 2018 inspection reports on us—the Big 4 firms, Grant Thornton, and BDO USA—so everyone’s favorite audit cops could show off their new snazzy inspection report format. This might have been the largest one-day release of reports of firms that are inspected annually by […]

Promotion Watch ’20: A Dozen Grant Thornton Partners Have New Titles to Show Off On LinkedIn

These are your new Grant Thornton office managing partners: Brett Beightol, Orange County, CA, succeeds Alan Herrmann on Aug. 1. Hermann was promoted to lead Grant Thornton’s West region tax practice in 2019. Mike Desmond, Charlotte, NC, succeeds Dave Wedding who is retiring on July 31. David Gifford, Phoenix, succeeds Tim Zingraf on Aug. 1. […]

Furlough Watch ’20: Apparently RSM US Is Putting Many Of Its Recruiters On Ice, Conducted Second Round of Job Cuts

[Updated on May 20 with additional information.] Nearly a month after RSM US told a slew of underperformers that their services were no longer wanted, we got word on Monday afternoon that furloughs and job cuts have started to hit the firm’s recruiting staff. A source told us: As of right now, it is most […]

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

While RSM US is laying people off left and right, we haven’t heard about such things going on at Really Still McGladrey in the U.K. Sure, they’ve had their fair share of problems, like screwing up its internal accounting so bad that they got rid of their CEO, CFO, and COO. Then there was that […]

Grant Thornton to Staff: ‘Don’t Expect Raises or Bonuses This Year, Sry’

We’ve gotten news this afternoon from a few sources that Grant Thornton has broken it to their loyal employees that no one should expect raises this year, with one exception. One tipster writes: GT firmwide call – promotions continuing with raise commensurate with level, no raise or bonus to anyone else Another tipster informs us […]

Layoff Watch ’20: What’s This About Grant Thornton ‘Optimizing’ Some People?

We were told the other day that Grant Thornton recently got rid of some GTers who were not meeting their utilization goals. ’Tis the season for cutting loose low performers, regardless of a deadly pandemic and a shitty economy. Here’s the tip we got: They’re “optimizing” people at GT US in certain departments. Digital transformation […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Apparently Some Grant Thornton Canada Employees Had to Give Up Their Purple Roses

We got word recently that the Purple Rose of Chicago Toronto has shown some people the door at a few offices in Grant Thornton’s Southern Ontario Business Unit. Here’s what a source told us: 1. Layoffs occurred on March 30th and April 14th. Appears select few senior leaders in GT are short term layoff decisions […]

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 […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Here’s What We’ve Been Told About the Job Cuts at RSM US

[Updated with additional information.] Rumor had it that the hammer would be dropped on hundreds of RSM US employees on April 21. We can confirm that layoffs did occur on Tuesday in multiple offices, we don’t know how many people in total lost their jobs (but it wasn’t the 300 that was rumored), and from […]

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 […]

Grant Thornton Reducing Partner Draws By 25% For the Rest of FY 2020

[Updated with message from CEO Brad Preber to Grant Thornton staff.] Yesterday evening as I was on my way home from picking up some Red Robin for dinner for me and my family, we got a text on the tipline that Grant Thornton partners in the U.S. are taking a 25% pay cut. That was […]

BDO USA Is Cutting Everyone’s Pay to Stave Off Layoffs

[Updated with additional information.] Just got this from the tipline: [BDO USA CEO] Wayne Berson just announced we were taking a 5-10% paycut at all levels (salaried) from May 1st-August 1st (St Louis is the one exception, they’re starting May 16). Hourly is the same, just starting one or two days later after the salaried […]

RSM US Joins the Mandatory Work-From-Home Party

Today’s been one of the most crazy and, in my opinion, unprecedented days we’ve ever seen covering public accounting, where three of the Big 4 and a slew of other firms are ditching their U.S. offices and going strictly remote work for the time being because of COVID-19. A tipster let us know this evening […]

Grant Thornton Canada Is Totally Giving Its Hourly Employees the Shaft

Hey, accounting firm CEOs, listen up. A global pandemic is not the time to be screwing your employees—salaried and hourly—out of pay and/or their PTO time. Grant Thornton in the U.S. is seemingly taking care of all of its employees as the firm has transitioned to all remote work until at least the end of […]

Grant Thornton Is Going All In On Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While many accounting firms are “empowering” and “encouraging” their employees to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, but still ultimately leaving it up to them to make that decision, Grant Thornton employees had that decision made for them yesterday. A tipster sent us this message that all GTers received from CEO Brad Preber on […]

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 […]

BDO Employee In Canada Infected with Coronavirus

BDO is the first non-Big 4 firm that we know of that reportedly has an employee in Toronto who tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s what Global News in Canada reported on March 10: Global News has obtained a memo sent to workers at BDO Canada on Wellington Street East in Toronto advising them that a […]

Grant Thornton Economist Says Coronavirus Is an ‘Economic Pandemic’

“We know a health pandemic is global in scope, and although this has not been called a health pandemic yet, it may get there, we are seeing a global in scope reaction to the virus. As countries move to contain the virus, those actions in and of themselves are disrupting global economic activity, and that […]

RSM’s 6.9% Increase In Global Revenue For 2019 Seems Respectable

Revenue growth for RSM’s global network of firms over the past few years has been steady, if not unremarkable. From 2014 to 2018, global revenue increased an average of about 5.3% each year. But everything was on the up and up for RSM in 2019. Other than what’s in this infographic, RSM wasn’t too transparent […]

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BDO Canada Took a Page Out of BDO USA’s Playbook of Bad Auditing

We’ve had some fun over the years picking on BDO USA for its auditing imperfections, from blowing the 2009 audit of General Employment Enterprises Inc. to three former BDO accountants getting into trouble for misdeeds made in the 2013 audit of AmTrust Financial Services Inc. to god-awful PCAOB audit inspection reports. How horrible have BDO’s […]

BDO’s World Domination Tour Makes Its Next Stop: Baltimore

Cookies will be served. Why Baltimore? Maybe because BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson is a big fan of Under Armour apparel? Or maybe because he’s binge-watching all five seasons of The Wire on HBO Now? Nah, it’s because BDO just bought a Baltimore-area investment and tax advisory firm. Baltimore Business Journal reported: Chicago-based BDO completed […]

Mike McGuire Is Retiring From Grant Thornton

Mike McGuire with his man-crush, Rickie Fowler. Farewell to Mike McGuire, former CEO-turned-CEO emeritus of Grant Thornton, who is hanging it up in February after 17 years with the Purple Rose of Chicago. “I am so pleased about the progress we’ve made growing our firm and serving clients’ needs during my time at Grant Thornton,” […]

Grant Thornton Made a Little Magic Happen In 2019

Despite layoffs at its U.S. firm and general malaise about its audit practice in the U.K., Grant Thornton pulled a rabbit out of its hat and managed to increase global revenue by 5.1% to $5.72 billion in the 2019 financial year that ended on Sept. 30. Instead of me regurgitating all the numbers provided in […]

RSM U.K. Did a Little House Cleaning

There recently was a shake-up among management at the Queen’s RSM, as the firm kicked a couple people out of the C-suite after it misstated its results by almost £10 million over two years. Sound familiar? Does anyone here remember RSM Tenon? This is the second time that RSM’s internal accounting has tripped it up. […]

BDO Knows You Just Wasted One Minute of Your Life Watching Its Latest Holiday Video Card

I just did. Thanks for nothing, BDO. It might not be the lamest accounting firm holiday video card we’ve seen, but it ranks right up there.

PwC and BDO Hong Kong Affiliates Got Their Hands Slapped by the PCAOB

As we begin to take a look back at the year that was 2019, one of the weird things public accounting firms were disciplined for this year by the PCAOB was for not disclosing that they’ve been the focus of a non-PCAOB disciplinary hearing. According to PCAOB Rule 2203, if a firm is a defendant […]

Grant Thornton Elects Three Dynamic Individuals to Partnership Board

Purple roses were bestowed to three dynamos who were elected to the partnership board at Chez Preber. The newest board members are: Robert Fox: Bert is national managing partner of professional standards, based in Chicago. He leads the Purple Rose of Chicago’s national office teams over accounting principles, audit methodology, SEC and regulatory matters, and […]

Another Grant Thornton U.K. Audit Was a Total Disaster

So say the folks at the Financial Reporting Council in the U.K., which fined Grant Thornton £650,000 earlier today for crapping up the audit of a publicly listed company in 2016. The name of the company wasn’t released by the FRC, which is bogus, and neither was the name of the engagement partner at GT […]

BDO Is the Little Dipper of Accounting Firms

While we patiently wait for KPMG’s 2019 global revenue results to be released sometime within the next week, BDO slid into our inboxes today announcing that its global revenue hit $9.6 billion in 2019, up from $9 billion last year. One of the keys to BDO’s growth is all the shopping the firm has done […]

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

When the 61st ranked accounting firm in the nation steals someone away from a firm like BDO, it’s kinda newsworthy. Well, newsworthy enough for a slow Wednesday late afternoon in early December. And newsworthy enough for RKL that it warranted a press release: RKL LLP announced that Michael T. McAllister, CPA, CITP, CISA, has joined […]

There Will Be Two Fewer Drunk People at BDO U.K.’s Holiday Party This Year

Not looking to be the next EY, BDO U.K. is taking steps this year to ensure female staff can enjoy themselves at firm holiday parties without worrying about getting groped by randy colleagues. How? By suggesting a pair of squares stay sober to monitor the festivities. In an internal memo obtained by The Financial Times, […]

RSM’s Golf Tournament Is Being Upstaged By a Huge Capsized Cargo Ship

The RSM Classic, also known as “Joe Adams’ Annual Schmoozefest,” is going on right now at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia. And unless you work for RSM, the saying “saving the best for last” doesn’t apply to this tournament, the finale of the 2019 PGA Tour season. Only one golfer in the top 20 […]

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

Scott Wilson has more than 15 years of professional experience “helping businesses innovate, transform, and grow.” RSM US was in need of a new audit innovation leader. So it was a match made in heaven, or the cloud, or whatever. RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services […]

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

It’s been more than four years since Going Concern has reported on someone changing their team colors from green to purple, but that happened recently as Grant Thornton nabbed a former managing partner at Deloitte Consulting to join its Public Sector Healthcare practice. David B. Weir, Jr. has joined Grant Thornton LLP’s Public Sector Healthcare […]

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Hiring Watch ’19: BDO Nashville Wants You and Some of Your Friends

It looks like EY isn’t the only firm going on a hiring spree in Nashville. BDO is getting some new digs and will be needing some new capital market servants. The Nashville Post reported: Fifth + Broadway developer Brookfield Properties on Tuesday announced professional services firm BDO USA will take space in the multi-building development’s […]

It’s Now Official: Grant Thornton Has Elected Brad Preber as CEO

UPDATE: Nice work, tipsters. Grant Thornton released the following press release today confirming the story we broke yesterday (see below line break): The Partnership Board at Grant Thornton LLP announced that Bradley J. Preber will serve as the firm’s CEO. The board appointed Preber to the role following a comprehensive search process, and the firm’s partners and […]

Layoff Watch ’19: Grant Thornton U.K. Cuts Reach the Partnership Level

Let’s face it, 2019 hasn’t been the best year for the Queen’s Grant Thornton, and neither was 2018. Let’s recap: 2018 Stopped bidding for new audit work at the largest U.K. companies. Patisserie Valerie accounting fraud; Grant Thornton was the auditor and is under investigation by the Finanical Reporting Council. Fined £3 million by the […]

Promotion Watch ’19: RSM Adds 80 New Partners and Principals

Whoa, the newest crop of partners and principals might be the largest ever at R to the S to the M. The good news was shared via Twitter on Oct. 1. AND THERE ARE FUN FACTS! Let's give it up for our 80 newest partners and principals! ?? https://t.co/CEF9Uo7kDy pic.twitter.com/vKD78mYRyN — RSM US LLP (@RSMUSLLP) […]

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Promotion Watch ’19: BDO Admits 48 New Partners

Wayne Berson is letting 48 lucky guys and gals join the club, in what is one of the largest new partner classes in BDO USA’s history. Says Wayne-o: “We are proud to welcome the largest class of partners at BDO in more than 20 years,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA. “Each of our […]

Grant Thornton Reports 5.4% Increase In FY 2019 Revenue, Still Gloating About Its 2017 PCAOB Inspection Report

Grant Thornton sent out a snoozer of a press release earlier today announcing that its fiscal year 2019 revenue totaled $1.9 billion, up 5.4% from $1.8 billion in 2018. The only fun thing in the release is that GT is still taking a victory lap over its 2017 PCAOB inspection report, which found that only […]

Those Who Know, Know BDO CEO Wayne Berson Is Back for Another Term

You’d be smiling too if you were Wayne Berson. Wow, what a day at Bravo Delta Oscar! Not only did BDO USA announce that supreme leader and ex-cricket player Wayne Berson was re-elected by partners to a third term as CEO, but the firm achieved another record-setting year of revenue, topping out at $1.64 billion […]

RSM US Revenue Rose to $2.4 Billion In FY 2019

So says the RSM US 2019 annual report: That’s a 14% increase over the firm’s FY 2018 revenue of $2.14 billion. RSM’s fiscal year ends on April 30. There’s not a whole lot more to add because RSM doesn’t usually send out glitzy, congratulatory press releases on its year-end revenues like EY did today. But […]