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

Andrew Yates has put together a squad—six men (including Yates) and six women—who will act as his right hand when he takes over as CEO of KPMG Australia on July 1. One of the members of KPMG Australia’s new National Executive Committee is a recent refugee of PwC, according to a press release: External hire, Dorothy […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Here Are the 14 Newest Deloitte Consulting Partners In India

The newly minted partners at Deloitte Consulting in India started their sweet gigs a couple months ago. The firm didn’t put out a press release about their achievement, but fortunately President Romal Shetty gushed about the 12 men and two women on LinkedIn. Here’s the group of 14 at Deloitte India who will finally get […]

EY Global CEO Carmine Di Sibio Spotted at Tonight’s New York Islanders Playoff Game

A tweet tonight from ESPN senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski: Wow #JerseyFoul pic.twitter.com/d9XDWuWlts — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 9, 2021 OK, so it’s likely not Carmine. But Adrienne and I can’t figure out why the hell somebody would pay good money to have that name stitched on the back of their Islanders jersey. I said […]

Deloitte Is Currently Recruiting Chads With Yee Yee Ass Haircuts

Imagine my surprise when innocently browsing Reddit while on the can the other night and stumbling across the r/justfuckmyshitup x Deloitte crossover I never knew I needed. Some highlights from the comments: Don’t get this haircut and definitely don’t work at Deloitte either. You ever heard of wlb? It’s obviously a large firm with many […]

Promotion Watch ’21: PwC Admits 210 New Partners and Principals

It’s promotion season at PwC, and the newest batch of chosen ones will officially become partners or principals on July 1 after they kiss Tim Ryan’s ring. Of the 210 individuals promoted, 116 will be partners and 94 will be principals. This year’s class of 210 new partners and principals is the smallest since 2015, […]

Compensation Watch ’21: Deloitte Staff Gets Some Encouraging News About Raises and Promotions (UPDATE)

Last January we reported that TPTB at Deloitte decided they’d get the ball rolling on employee compensation in late spring this year instead of the usual August time frame. Nobody seems to know for sure if this is a one-time deal or if this is going to be standard operating procedure from now on. But […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

Poaching season never rests, especially in the U.K. In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” Ian Wood can get his old KPMG coffee mug out of storage because he’s back at where it all began, this time as part of the firm’s Energy Lead Advisory team. According to a press […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Deloitte Canada Adds 29 New Partners

While these 29 individuals at Deloitte Canada were promoted to partner at the beginning of the year, it’s not too late to recognize this class of 16 men and 13 women for their unyielding love of all things D-town. Among service lines, consulting leads the way with 15 new partners, followed by tax and legal […]

EY Just Bought Some Really Expensive Pancakes

In late 2019, we learned that EY thinks women are a bunch of dumb sluts who need to be told to cover up the goods in a professional setting, so much so that a day-and-a-half long “leadership seminar” held at the firm’s Hoboken office in 2018 focused intently on this bit (er, their bits?). HuffPo […]

Deloitte Just Gave the Malaysian Government Several Wheelbarrows Full of Ringgit

From the Ministry of Finance in Malaysia earlier today: The Government has received a settlement payment of RM336 million (US $80 million) related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) from Deloitte PLT. In a statement today, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said the money had been deposited into the Assets Recovery Trust Account. “To date, the […]

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

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” EY has added a couple of ex-Green Dotters to its partnership ranks in the U.K. and Australia. David Bowen announced on LinkedIn in early May that he would be leaving Deloitte U.K. to become a partner and lead EY’s family office advisory services […]

KPMG Managing Director Alan White Will Be Laid to Rest on June 3

A memorial service will be held in West Virginia on Thursday morning for KPMG Managing Director James Alan White who passed away in Dallas on Oct. 22, 2020. Internment will follow the memorial service, according to his obituary. White, who would have turned 56 on June 16, was born in Charleston, WV, and was a […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Deloitte Australia Admits 70 to the Partnership

The smell of new partners is in the air in Australia, as the Australian Financial Review recently reported on the 70 newest rainmakers at Deloitte. Of the 70 new partners who officially get promoted on July 1, 35 work in consulting, 12 in audit and assurance, eight in financial advisory, six in risk advisory, six […]

EY’s Europe Restructuring Is Just ‘Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic’

“This is rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. To regulators, they have always been giving warnings that if you close one down, we will be the Big 3 – so leave us alone, as we are ‘too big to fail’. Fundamentally, it’s the leadership culture and aggressively commercial model of these firms which is broken […]

EY Learns That LGBT People Just Want to Collect a Paycheck Like Everyone Else

June is soon upon us which means rainbows slapped across corporate social media pages far and wide as a way for companies to say “hey, we’re OK with gay!” Which, I mean, that’s cool and all but maybe we’ll achieve a point in our lifetimes where people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and accepted […]

Oh Look, a Pissed-Off Stockholder Is Suing Mattel Directors and PwC

While a potential class complaint filed against Mattel and its auditor PwC by a group of Mattel investors currently sits in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, a separate lawsuit against directors of the global toy giant’s board and PwC was filed on May 21 in Delaware Chancery Court by a […]

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

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we head to London where Jill Trafford finally got an invitation to participate in games Big 4 partners play. She announced her promotion at EY on LinkedIn earlier this month: With EY dangling a promotion to partner, Trafford decided to dip from her […]

Hywel Talks Hybrid At EY U.K.

“We have championed flexible working for many years prior to COVID-19 and we will continue to do so. This has been built on a culture of trust with our people. We also believe there will always be a need for EY to have office space across the U.K., but how we use our offices in […]

Old Guy Wearing KPMG Hat Wins At Golf

Congrats to KP(hil)MG’s most beloved and valuable employee for winning his second PGA Championship on Sunday—his sixth major overall—and for becoming the oldest major champion ever at age 50. Phil Mickelson and his blue KPMG hat shot a one-over-par 73 during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday, finishing with a two-shot lead […]

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

After spending 15 years working at PwC in the U.K., Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Serokh has joined the Big 4 firm with the most valuable brand in professional services: Big D. Because the PR wizards at Deloitte Middle East hadn’t yet sent out a media release announcing Serokh as the firm’s newest […]

EY Had An Office In Gaza Media Tower Leveled By Israeli Air Strike

Thanks to a tipster who sent us a link to a Facebook post from Saed Abdallah, a partner at EY Palestinian Authority: The missile strike on the 12-story al-Jalaa building in Gaza City was carried out by Israel because it claimed the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Hamas. The building, which […]

Number of the Day: $26.7 Billion

Deloitte has the most valuable brand among commercial services firms worldwide, as the Green Dot is valued at $26.7 billion, according to the 2021 Commercial Services 100 report from Brand Finance. However, the value of the Deloitte brand slipped nearly 18% in the past year—from $32.5 billion in 2020 to $26.7 billion—due to the Rona, […]

RIP James Alan White, Managing Director at KPMG In Dallas

Just saw on my Twitter feed the sad news that the remains of James Alan White, the KPMG managing director who went missing last October, were found Thursday afternoon and identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper reported: Dallas police said that a survey […]

Due to a Lack of 12-Year-Olds to Run This By, EY Israel Totally Missed the Double Entendre In This Brochure

*snort* Via the tip box: You can’t make this up! I don’t know if a double entendre was intended, but it definitely raises questions. Some have been commenting, why can’t there be penetration and protection?

KPMG Can’t Get Out of Class-Action Suit Filed By Miller Energy Investors

A Tennessee federal judge on May 7 greenlighted class certification in a multiyear lawsuit against KPMG by investors of the now-defunct oil and gas company Miller Energy Resources Inc., despite KPMG’s best efforts to get the lawsuit thrown out. According to Law360, U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra C. Poplin had recommended that the Miller Energy investors […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts XII and XIII

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we have two more examples of PwCers hoping the grass is more greener at KPMG. First, we go to Scotland where Rob Aitken left PwC to become KPMG’s newest transaction services director in Aberdeen. The website Insider.co.uk got some information about KPMG of […]

Guy Would Rather Play Pickleball Than Spend One More Minute Working at Deloitte

Working at the Big 4 has gotten so bad that one auditor, Zane Navratil, decided to become a professional pickleballer instead of continuing his public accounting career at Deloitte. Spectrum News 1 reported: In July 2020, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Navratil decided he was going to quit his day job as an […]

Bonus Watch ’21: EY UK Is Paying Employees a ‘Lockdown Bonus’ Even Though It May Encourage a Dreaded Entitlement Mentality

At the end of March, the Queen’s Deloitte announced in a firm-wide webcast that thanks to employees’ hard work and determination throughout the pandemic the firm would be giving them up to £2,000. You know, as a way to say “hey, sorry we had to cut back when the panini scared the shit out of […]

Even EYers Think PwC Is a Better Firm Than EY

Leave it to EY to turn a call with staff into a high school pep rally. And leave it to one EY employee to hilariously try to torpedo it. This was posted on Fishbowl earlier today: The funny thing is another EYer who was on that call told us he/she was considering doing something similar […]

Will Class Be In Session For Investors Suing Mattel and PwC Over Accounting Error Cover-Up?

Ah, we have an update on the class-action suit filed against Mattel and its longtime auditor, PwC, by investors who claim Mattel’s finance team and PwC auditors covered up an accounting error that affected the toy giant’s financial results toward the end of 2017. Bloomberg Law reported today: Mattel Inc. investors who accused the company of […]

KPMG Proves Its Commitment to Women By Firing the Guys Who Expensed Strippers and Gave Interns Alcohol Poisoning

Determined to steal the crown from public accounting’s reigning fuck-ups (that’s EY for those of you out of the loop), a group of former KPMGers are doing their best to bring shame upon their former firm now that news of their “boys’ night out” shenanigans has reached the unwashed masses. And they have the Australian Financial […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: EY #41 (2021)

Bringing up the rear among the Big 4 firms in the 2021 F100BCTWF is EY at No. 41. The good news is, even after all the cringey decisions EY leadership made over the past year—temporarily shelving performance-based bonuses, getting rid of senior manager promotion bonuses, giving raises only to EYers who went up in rank, […]

Qualified Woman Obviously Pissed She Was Passed Over for KPMG U.K. CEO Job Eventually Given to Guy (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Mary O’Connor quit. According to the Financial Times, she said: “I am privileged to have been able to make a significant contribution to rebuilding the trust in our business and to help set it on the path to even greater future growth. However, I have decided that my corporate experience and approach are now […]

Turnover at Deloitte Must Be Pretty Bad If They’re Trying to Recruit People They Kicked to the Curb a Year Ago

A screenshot of a LinkedIn post by an ex-Deloitte employee made its way to our inbox this morning: BTW, this person is currently employed and no longer works in public accounting. Now that people are voluntarily leaving the Big 4 en masse, desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess. Related articles: Layoff Watch ’20: […]

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The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: KPMG #39 (2021)

Following one spot behind PwC at No. 39 in the 2021 F100BCTWF is KPMG. One of the biggest things that happened at the Radio Station during the pandemic was (no, not Phil turning 50) a change in leadership. Lynne Doughtie led the troops for the first few months of the Rona outbreak, trying to convince […]

Pittsburgh Man Who Was Strangled to Death By a Friend In Hawaii Worked For Deloitte Consulting (UPDATE)

It’s been several weeks since we wrote about the Hawaiian vacation amongst three friends that turned deadly, so let’s catch you up on the latest. First, Benjamin Fleming of Pittsburgh, who was charged with manslaughter in the death of his friend and Carnegie Mellon University classmate Abhishek Gupta, who worked for Deloitte Consulting, was allowed […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: PwC #38 (2021)

Next up in the 2021 F100BCTWF are the darlings of the Big 4, PwC. Somebody on one of the chatter sites said recently that the reason why PwC attracts so many new recruits, capital market servants from other Big 4 firms, and has such a good reputation is because it has a charismatic and very […]

RIP Greg Pellegrino, Deloitte Executive Branch Affairs Leader

Very sad news out of Virginia as we learned this morning that longtime Deloitte Government & Public Sector Principal Greg Pellegrino died after a single-car accident in Loudoun County, VA, on April 25. He was 55 years old. According to Patch.com, the accident occurred at the intersection of Lime Kiln Road and Snickersville Turnpike. The […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: Deloitte #34 (2021)

Earlier this month, Fortune came out with its latest installment of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and the biggest surprise is who didn’t make this year’s list. After a three-year run, Crowe fell out of the top 100. Why? We can only speculate, but with a big focus by Fortune this year on […]

EY to Staff: Pledge Allegiance to the United States of EY or Go Find Another Job

Not sure if y’all have heard but EY has really been struggling to not look like total jackasses in recent history. The reputational fallout really started back in October 2019 with that whole waffles and pancakes debacle, a training exercise that told female executives at EY to stop being so shrill and to put their […]

Vault Accounting 50: Get a Load of These New 1- and 2-Star Reviews About Working at PwC (2022)

A lot of bouquets were thrown PwC’s way in the 2022 Vault Accounting 50: best overall accounting firm to work for; most prestigious firm; and the best firm for formal training, hiring process, audit and assurance, forensic accounting, and tax accounting. Not to mention PwC was ranked highest among the Big 4 in diversity, specifically […]

Vault Accounting 50: No Stopping PwC In Latest Prestige Rankings (2022)

In the 16 years that Vault has ranked public accounting firms by prestige, only three firms have taken the title of “most prestigious”: EY (2007), Deloitte (2009), and PwC (2008; 2010-current). With the release of Vault’s 2022 Accounting 50 last week, that’s 13 straight years now that PwC has been viewed by accountants as the […]

Audit ‘Reform’ In the UK: The Government Finally Speaks, and Says Little

On March 18, the UK government weighed in with its long-promised consultation paper (the “Consultation), “Restoring Trust in Audit and Corporate Governance.” Ninety-eight questions, spread over 232 pages, contain much that is cautious and little that is innovative. The problem is, what is cautious would not innovate, and what would innovate is not cautious. For another day, […]

Listicle of the Day: Firms That Have Topped the Vault Accounting 50

Except for 2012 when the Purple Rose of Chicago shockingly was named the best accounting firm to work for, a Big 4 firm has been ranked No. 1 in all the other Vault Accounting 50s. Which firm has led the most through the years? Obviously the most prestigiousiest one: PwC: 9 Deloitte: 1 EY: 1 […]

Vault Accounting 50: PwC Remains No. 1; Top 5 SALY (2022)

How much do Big 4 people really care about Vault’s annual Accounting 50? PwC, Deloitte, and KPMG and their employees probably care way more about the ranking than EY and its employees because those firms routinely comprise the top three positions. EY, on the other hand, hasn’t participated in Vault’s annual survey of accounting professionals […]

German Investigator Can Confidently Prove EY Was Unbelievably Bad At Auditing Wirecard

Bloomberg reported on Saturday: A special parliamentary investigator lists far-reaching shortcomings in Ernst & Young’s audits of Wirecard AG before the German financial technology company collapsed last year, a person familiar with the report said. The investigator lists about 11 incidences where EY failed to take measures to uncover the multibillion fraud, said the person, who spoke […]

Guy Speculates On How PwC Decided to Give $250 Vacation Bonus to Employees

What our esteemed former colleague Caleb Newquist wrote in yesterday’s Gusto “On the Margins” newsletter is probably closer to the truth than not: I can just picture Tim Ryan at the head of a long table with lieutenants sitting around racking their brains for ideas. “How do we show people that we’re serious about them taking […]

Important Audit Professional Takeaways from Botta v. PwC Closing Arguments

Closing arguments were held on April 13 in the bench trial of audit whistleblower Mauro Botta vs. PricewaterhouseCoopers. Botta, a former PwC senior manager, claims that he was wrongfully terminated by PwC in retaliation for making a whistleblower report to the SEC. Botta’s whistleblower report alleges that PwC had compromised its independence by acquiescing to […]

Believe It or Not, Deloitte and EY Have Some Prestige In the Banking World

It’s a given every year that the Big 4 firms will end up in Vault’s rankings of the best and the most prestigious accounting and consulting firms to work for. But banking? Yeah, last year I found out that’s a thing, for Deloitte and EY anyway. In Vault’s 2020 Banking 50, Deloitte Corporate Finance was […]

EY Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts IV and V

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we’re focusing on the strategy consulting arms of PwC and EY in Australia, as Miles Tam recently left PwC’s Strategy& as a director to join the partnership at EY Port Jackson Partners. In addition, EY Port Jackson Partners lured Chris Paxton away from […]

KPMG U.K. Partners Seem to Like This Jon Holt Guy

KPMG in the U.K. made it official this morning that head of audit Jon Holt will replace Bill Michael as the firm’s new CEO. The U.K. House of Klynveld said: KPMG in the UK has confirmed that following a partnership vote, Jon Holt has been elected with overwhelming support as the firm’s Chief Executive. He […]

Botham Jean’s Killer Is Appealing Her 10-Year Prison Sentence

Amber Guyger, the former Dallas cop who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2019 for murdering PwC accountant Botham Jean in his apartment a year earlier, has an appeals hearing scheduled for later this month. The NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth reported last month that Guyger’s hearing will begin at 1 p.m. […]

Deloitte Consultant Not Charged In the Death of a Pittsburgh Man Following an Altercation In Hawaii

[Updated on April 2 with additional information.] A consultant with Deloitte was released from jail and not charged with a crime following an altercation that turned deadly between roommates at a vacation rental complex in Hawaii earlier this week. Benjamin Fleming, 37, of Pittsburgh was charged with manslaughter on March 30 in the death of […]

KPMG Agrees to $10 Million Deal with Female KPMGers In Lengthy Gender Discrimination Case

It took 10 years but an age bias lawsuit first filed against KPMG in 2011 by former senior manager Donna Kassman that now includes eight other plaintiffs and hundreds of other KPMG ladies, a vast majority of whom no longer work for the firm, is finally reaching the end of the road. Law360 reported yesterday: […]

Successful Whistleblower Slings Some More Mud at EY

“I didn’t feel I had a choice. I had to fight for justice. And any cursory examination of the facts of the case showed that I was clearly in the right. Given that, I have never been able to understand why EY fought a losing battle for so long.” — Amjad Rihan, a former audit […]

You Can Now Drive By Dallas Police HQ on Botham Jean Boulevard

Back in January we told you guys about the Dallas City Council approving to rename a four-mile stretch of South Lamar Street, including where the Dallas Police Department’s headquarters is located, in memory of Botham Jean, the PwC accountant who was murdered in his apartment by a Dallas police officer in September 2018. Botham Jean […]

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

Hey. Hope you are having a good Monday so far. Danielle Malone wasn’t as scared of KPMG coming after her as the dog in the video we posted on Sunday. In fact, she actually left PwC in Australia (the biggest of the Big 4 in terms of revenue) to join the Australian House of Klynveld […]

Tweet of the Day: KPMG Frightens Dog

Alternate title: When You Receive Offers From Both KPMG and PwC. pic.twitter.com/czY7qWpzWo — TheBig4Accountant (@TheBig4Tweets) March 28, 2021 Have a good rest of the weekend.

Another Big 4 Firm Sticks It to Women

[Updated on March 25 with information on the leading CEO candidate at Deloitte Australia.] You can cross EY Oceania off the list of potential landing spots for a woman CEO of a Big 4 firm, as David Larocca, currently the managing partner of EY Oceania’s Strategy and Transactions business, will take the reins from CEO […]

Bonus Watch ’21: At Least Deloitte U.K. Gave Its Employees Money As a Thank You Gift Instead of a Lame Pizza Party

For some reason Big 4 partners think buying their capital market servants pizza will make everything all better. Here, have a free slice of pepperoni or two as a token of our appreciation for working those 80-plus hours last week. Your employees are adults, not elementary school children. But some of my favorite public accounting-related […]

PwC Peeper Finally Gets Jail Time For His Upskirt Photo Fetish

Leon Chan just couldn’t stop taking photos up girls’ skirts. This dude, who used to work for PwC, had 1,700 upskirt pics saved on his iPhone when he was arrested in July 2019 at the Topshop clothing store in London after getting caught taking photos of a female shopper bending over. The crazy thing is […]

EY’s Kelly Grier Is Eager to ‘Forge a Path Forward’ to Coworkers Disturbing Your Concentration at the Office Again

If introverted EYers were expecting another quiet Monday as a socially-accepted hermit in these troubling times they were in for a surprise this morning when EY Chair Kelly Grier came crashing into their inboxes with an update on the big post-COVID plans. Spoiler: it involves making yourself available in the office. The following email has […]

If You Asked Unemployed Californians Their Favorite Big 4 Firm It Definitely Isn’t Deloitte

In case you’ve been out of the loop — which we hope you are since it likely means you’ve managed to stay gainfully employed throughout this past dumpster fire of a year — Deloitte has gotten quite a bit of hate of late over their handling of certain state unemployment systems. The most notorious has […]

It’s Bonus Bonanza Time at Deloitte and PwC In India

Nearly a week after Deloitte in India said it would give all employees either a bonus or a straightforward increase in salary this month as the firm bounces back from a pandemic-related malaise, PwC leaders in India are also sharing the wealth with employees as a “token of appreciation” for hanging in there during the […]

Deloitte Australia CEO Resigns, Says Leading Firm Through Pandemic ‘Has Come At Some Personal Cost’

In an announcement that reportedly stunned Deloitte Australia partners and staff, CEO Richard Deutsch resigned today after spending two and a half years on the job, the Australian Financial Review reported. “After a difficult and unprecedented year and following much personal reflection, today I announced my resignation as CEO,” Mr Deutsch told partners and staff […]

Big 4 Firms’ Reward Structure Contributes to Their Bullying Ways, Says Guy

“This is a constant Darwinian contest of survival of the fittest. We need a much better Big 4. Let’s hope the generation coming through will finish off this archaic system of tutelage and abuse based on the dream of the million pound pay day.” — Ken Charman, CEO of uFlexReward, a London-based data company that […]

PwC Building In New Zealand Evacuated After Bomb Threat

PwCers who work in the firm’s building in Wellington, New Zealand had a bit of a scare earlier this morning after they were evacuated following a bomb threat. Police are responding to an incident on Wellington's waterfront. Multiple officers & police cars are stationed outside the PWC building. Public area outside has been cordoned off. […]

Dysfunctional Couple Deloitte and the State of Florida Share a Victory In Court

On the same day Deloitte Consulting executives were taking haymakers from Florida senators during a hearing on the recent failures of the state’s unemployment system that the firm built, Deloitte and the state of Florida scored a win in the courtroom as a circuit judge threw out a class-action lawsuit against the toxic couple over […]

Another Big 4 Executive Bites the Dust In the U.K.

The big news last week in the U.K. wasn’t the sale of KPMG’s restructuring unit but the resignation of Dimple Agarwal, Deloitte’s diversity and inclusion chief. The resignation attracted widespread attention as Agarwal allegedly harassed younger staff and spoke aggressively to them. Agarwal’s resignation came less than a month after Bill Michael stepped down as […]

Guy Suing Deloitte Australia Can’t Believe Everyone At the Firm Is Giving Him the Cold Shoulder

“[This is] in circumstances where my client is finding it very difficult to remain in the partnership and has lost the trust of his partners.” — Paul Moorhouse, the lawyer representing Deloitte Australia partner Colin Brown, said in federal court on March 5. Brown, an audit partner, is accusing Deloitte of age discrimination by unfairly […]

Some Florida Lawmakers Do Not Want Deloitte Consulting Hanging Around No More

While a circuit judge in Leon County in Florida still has to decide whether a potential class-action lawsuit against the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity and Deloitte Consulting over the shoddy and problematic unemployment benefits system D-town built and installed will continue, Florida senators are pushing forward a bill that would penalize companies (cough, Deloitte, […]

PwC Tried to Recruit a Former Auditor Who Is Suing Them So Don’t Ever Sweat Burning Bridges Again

When it comes time to think about leaving public accounting, which happens for 99% of public accountants except for those brave and oddly-programmed individuals who are cut out for the partner track, one of the foremost considerations in any exasperated public accountant’s mind is: how can I do this without burning bridges? From the time […]

Tweet of the Day: New Competition Show For Big 4 Accountants Is (Probably Not) Coming to Fox

This was tweeted last night by New York Times culture reporter and author Dave Itzkoff after seeing the defenders of the ballots from EY on stage at the Golden Globe Awards: The Masked Accountant, this spring on Fox pic.twitter.com/fQ34Rnjv3D — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 1, 2021 *Chef’s kiss* Related article: EY Is Bringing Its Shiny […]

Talent-Strapped PwC Is That Desperate Ex Texting You With ‘WYD’ After You’ve Moved On

Leaving public accounting is rarely an easy decision, even when the choices are “stay or have a crippling nervous breakdown.” It’s not that the decision itself is hard, rather the consequences of taking an oftentimes necessary leap can lead to difficulties in securing subsequent employment if, as your accounting professors would have you believe, walking […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Mauro Botta vs. PwC and VBS Mutual Bank Liquidators vs. KPMG

PwC ‘Punished’ Thorough Auditing, Whistleblower Testifies [Law360] A couple Augusts ago, Adrienne wrote about an academic study that revealed the market for audit services penalizes audit firms for disclosing information critical of management in their audit opinions and that audit firms that find internal control material weaknesses experience lower client and fee growth. In other […]

Wirecard Drama of the Day: Hubert Barth Was Most Likely Forced Out as EY Germany CEO

Whether it’s in the sports world or the business world, whenever you see a press release or an article that says, “[PERSON’S NAME] is stepping down from [HIS/HER] role as [EXECUTIVE JOB TITLE] and will be taking another position with the [TEAM NAME/COMPANY NAME],” it’s because that person sucked at his/her job or something bad […]

Two Ex-KPMG Auditors Were Told By the SEC to Have a Seat On the Sidelines For a While

Two former KPMG auditors who worked on the ill-fated audit of a not-for-profit college agreed to having their wrists slapped by the SEC for their roles in the school’s collapse: The Securities and Exchange Commission today suspended two former KPMG auditors [Christopher Stanley and Jennifer Stewart] from practicing before the SEC in connection with settled […]

EY Employees Are Building a Better Working World One Colored Pencil At a Time

EY employees have had to endure a lot of crap in the past six months, most notably seeing many of their colleagues and friends lose their jobs and being told by management they have an “entitlement mentality” when it comes to vacation and then having unlimited PTO shoved down their throats. But as a reward […]

Vault Consulting 50: Somehow Deloitte Still Has Prestige On Its Side (2021)

It was big news around these parts when we found out Deloitte Consulting was kicked off the Big 4 throne by EY-Parthenon in Vault’s most recent ranking of the 50 best consulting firms to work for. Deloitte had held down fourth place (No. 1 among the Big 4) for five consecutive years, so it was […]

Right or Wrong: Bill Michael Is No Longer KPMG U.K. Chairman Because He Didn’t Mollycoddle Millennials and Zoomers

After a roller coaster of a week that ended with the fall of Bill Michael at KPMG, it is time to don the forensics hat to determine how it went horribly wrong. The Titanic may have hit an iceberg, but where did Michael trip over his didgeridoo? Michael the F-bomber: Ben Marlow, a business columnist […]

KPMG U.K. Chairman Makes Himself Scarce After Calling His Staff Whiny Little Bitches

[UPDATE] Bill Michael quit today, according to the Financial Times and other U.K. outlets. “I am truly sorry that my words have caused hurt amongst my colleagues and for the impact the events of this week have had on them,” Michael said in a statement on Friday. “In light of that, I regard my position […]

Layoff Watch ’21: EY Gave Client Technology Staffers a Parting Gift As They Were Being Kicked to the Curb

Before we recently learned what was happening behind the scenes with workplace services staff and on-site technology support employees at EY, we got tipped off from someone in client technology that his/her and others’ jobs were being eliminated or offshored. After a couple of weeks of not hearing anything else about what was going on […]

Vault Consulting 50: Deloitte’s Reign Over the Big 4 Has Ended (2021)

For the past five years, Deloitte has cozily sat in fourth place in the Vault Consulting 50, which was tops among the Big 4’s consulting practices and only a few spots behind the usual suspects: Bain, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey. But in Vault’s latest ranking of the 50 best consulting firms to work for […]

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LOL, PwC: For Once, KPMG Doesn’t Have the Worst Audit Failure Rate Among the Big 4

Because it’s #TriviaTuesday, here are a couple of questions regarding PCAOB inspection reports: When was the last time KPMG did not have the worst audit deficiency rate among the Big 4? When was the last time KPMG had a lower deficiency rate than PwC? The answer to the first question is 2013’s inspection reports, when […]

EY Isn’t Botching As Many Audits These Days, According to Latest PCAOB Inspection Report

The Big 4 firm behind the most boring TV ad during Super Bowl LV last night has shown improvements in audit quality in its last two PCAOB inspection reports. Some may say that EY having a former PCAOB member on its Independent Audit Quality Committee is why the number of EY audits with deficiencies is […]

Which Firm Was the Biggest Loser In the Last Auditor Shuffle of 2020?

The fourth quarter of 2020 had some new winners and losers in the game of auditor musical chairs, as there were 16 new engagements and 41 client departures among the 12 major global and national audit firms between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to Audit Analytics. Of the top 12 firms, Deloitte gained the […]

EY U.S. Chair Kelly Grier Is Super Excited About EY’s Super Bowl Ad, You Guys

All those employees sent packing last September and October and going to unlimited PTO must have freed up enough money for EY to blow on an ad debuting during tomorrow’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And no one is more pumped about it than Kelly Grier, EY U.S. […]

Deloitte Is Doing a Much Better Job Lately of Not Screwing Up Audits

While PwC waits with bated breath for the PCAOB to release the firm’s 2020 inspection report so it can presumably take an audit quality victory lap around the other Big 4 firms, Deloitte can at least say it has had the lowest audit failure rates among the Big 4 the past three years. For the […]

For Now, PwC’s Audit Quality Stinks

In Footnotes last Friday, we highlighted a recent Accounting Today article about PwC finally taking audit quality seriously what measures PwC is taking to improve audit quality. In the article, Wes Bricker, PwC’s U.S. assurance leader and former SEC chief accountant, dropped a bomb—a Bricker bomb, if you will—about the most recent PCAOB inspections cycle: […]

KPMG U.K. Partners Took One For the Team

Those partners at KPMG U.K. who are living a lavish lifestyle might have to cut back on the golfing and become more frugal after the firm slashed their pay by 11% so more of their subordinates can stay employed. The Financial Times reported on Wednesday: Average partner profit distribution has been cut by 11 per […]

Number of the Day: 5,447

No, that’s not the combined number of sit-ups and push-ups PwC Chairman Tim Ryan does in a week. It’s the number of SEC-registered clients across the mutual fund spectrum that are audited by PwC, according to a recent Audit Analytics analysis. And as Audit Analytics noted, PwC has a stranglehold on mutual fund engagements, with […]

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Layoff Watch ’21: EY On-Site Technology Support Employees Were Also Given a Voluntary Early Retirement Offer

We learned yesterday that EY is transitioning the workplace services portion of its enterprise support services team to real estate firm CBRE, which also specializes in facilities management. So workplace services staff have a choice to make: apply for a role with CBRE or voluntarily take an early retirement offer. Today we learned that about […]

The Olds vs. PwC: Federal Judge Seems Fine with Age Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement (UPDATE)

The $11.6 million settlement reached last March between PwC and two accountants who claimed they weren’t hired for associate positions with the firm because of their older age is a done deal. All that’s left is getting attorney fees figured out. Law360 reported on Jan. 27: A California federal judge said Wednesday he’ll approve PricewaterhouseCoopers […]

Layoff Watch ’21: EY Workplace Services Coordinators Apparently Have a Decision to Make

[Updated this evening with additional information.] This was sent to our tipline last night: All workplace services coordinators at EY will have to go work for a contractor or be fired. They are telling employees tomorrow. They are making a big deal by saying this is not a lay off. Admins and IT will be […]

Did PwC Actually Pay Off Audit Staff to Do Inventory Counts Out of Desperation?

According to this recent post on Fishbowl, the answer is yes: Hey, if you’re a low man or woman on the totem pole at PwC, didn’t mind traveling to a client site during a pandemic, and if you didn’t mind working during #PwCTakesABreak or whatever the hell PwC calls its two-week time-off period before busy […]

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

If there’s one way to describe the hiring practices at Big 4 firms it would be “turnabout is fair play.” For example, when one former KPMGer strolls through the doors to start his or her new job at PwC, there’s always another person who just left P. Dubs for a new role at the Radio […]

Number of the Day: 15.3%

The Queen’s EY recently released its 2020 Pay Gap Report, and the good news is the gender pay gap among EY U.K. staff is slowly closing, but the bad news is the ethnicity pay gap is growing. Chairman Hywel Ball said: I am pleased that our gender pay gap has improved by 4.7%, achieved by […]

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) […]

RIP Jack Ryan, Senior Digital Marketing Manager at PwC U.K.

Really sad news from the U.K., where a PwC marketing manager was struck by a car and killed while jogging last week at a notoriously dangerous spot for pedestrians in Chelsea. Birmingham Mail reported: Jack Ryan was struck by an oncoming Range Rover on Wednesday, January 13 at around 6pm close to Battersea Bridge in […]

Ex-KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Adds Another Board Seat Notch to Her Belt

Lynne Doughtie has been busy padding the “Corporate Board Experience” portion of her résumé. A little more than a month after joining the Board of Advisors of NovaSignal Corp., the former KPMG CEO joined her first corporate board of directors on Jan. 15 where she’ll have to learn all things jumbo jet. And she’ll be […]