October 31, 2020

Big 4

Layoff Watch ’20: About 40 People In KPMG’s Marketing Department Got Some Bad News to Start the Week

In addition to the 350 or so people who we were told lost their jobs in the KPMG Digital Nexus group on Monday, we learned from a source that at least 40 people in KPMG’s marketing department were also laid off that day. A KPMG spokesperson confirmed Monday’s marketing layoffs this morning but couldn’t comment […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Some KPMG IT Folks Were Told Their Services Are No Longer Needed

[Updated on June 23 with additional information.] Another person who will be leaving KPMG involuntarily told us on Tuesday evening that Monday’s layoffs affected more than 350 people in the Digital Nexus group. Fourteen people had over 25 years, I personally have been here for 19. The 350 number came from my manager and several […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Deloitte’s Purging Continues, This Time In Australia

Deloitte, which couldn’t help patting itself on the back last week for forecasting a record-breaking $48 billion in global revenue for FY 2020, has just sent hundreds of more employees to the chopping block. First, the firm sent between 300 and 400 Canadian employees packing in May, then more than 5,000 U.S. employees have received […]

Auditor Swap: General Electric and KPMG Officially Call It Quits

A love affair that spanned more than 110 years is coming to an end. General Electric announced today that it and KPMG are going their separate ways after this year. And GE’s new external auditing paramour is Deloitte. Here’s the statement GE released on Monday morning: GE (NYSE:GE) announced today that, following a thorough and […]

Promotion Watch ’20: PwC Admits 232 New Partners and Principals

Today is Promotion Day at PwC, a day to celebrate all those PwCers who earned their new stripes and stepped up in rank, including the firm’s newest class of 128 partners and 104 principals. This year’s class of 232 partners and principals isn’t as robust as the previous two years, but it’s the third largest […]

Loyal Grunt Gets Canned From ‘Unnamed’ Big 4, Proceeds to Write This Literal F*ck You to the Firm

The other day, an obviously jaded individual wrote a moving post on r/accounting about his or her experience in the meat grinder that is public accounting. I knew as soon as I read it that the post itself was not long for this world, so of course I grabbed screenshots. I’m glad I did, as […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Illinois Resident vs. Deloitte, Gridsum Investors vs. PwC, Ryan LLC vs. EY

Illinois Unemployment Data Breach Leads to ID Theft, Class-Action Lawsuit Claims [Illinois Policy] Deloitte—already being sued by two groups of Ohioans who claim their personal information was exposed on state websites the firm built to administer coronavirus unemployment benefits to independent contractors—is now being sued by an Illinois woman who said she was a victim […]

Number of the Day: 0.366%

According to a report by The Telegraph, this is the percentage of black equity partners at the Big 4 firms in the U.K. Just 11 of the almost 3,000 equity partners at the Big Four accounting firms are black, forcing bosses to promise a push for diversity in their senior ranks as the Black Lives Matter movement turbocharges calls for racial […]

Deloitte Is Already Bragging About How Great Its Global Revenues Are For FY 2020

PwC, EY, and KPMG are still looking at Deloitte’s tail lights. For the fifth straight year, Deloitte will win the Big 4 dick-measuring contest in terms of annual global revenue, according to an Australian Financial Review report. Deloitte expects a strong finish to the 2020 financial year despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

Happy 50th Birthday to Walking KPMG Billboard, Phil Mickelson!

Everyone’s favorite blue-KPMG-hat-wearing, non-U.S.-Open-winning, left-handed duffer is turning the big 5-0 today. And the honorary Klynveldian was appreciative of the birthday wishes from the Mothership. Thank you @KPMG for the many years of support. I’m 50, time has flown by and I’ve loved every second of it! https://t.co/WMV8XYSRmO — Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) June 16, 2020 […]

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

Today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World” takes us to Romania, where EY has put everyone in that country on notice now that it just hired a tax specialist away from PwC and made her a partner. Georgiana Iancu now has a seat at the adult table: [Translated to English] Georgiana Iancu […]

Bonus Watch ’20: PwC Is Kinda, Sorta Going Forth with Bonuses, Raises (UPDATE)

[Updated on June 12 with additional information.] So we were told today by a couple of people that PwC had a webcast for new hires on Thursday, led by Chairman Tim Ryan, U.S. Recruitment Leader Rod Adams, and a couple of other people. Once the spiel about what PwC is doing to address the COVID-19 […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Deloitte Has Begun Handing Out Thousands Of Pink Slips (UPDATE)

[Updated on June 12 with some additional information.] We’ve got some new info to share today, at least from the Deloitte & Touche side of things. A tipster told us the following things were said by D&T CEO Lara Abrash this morning during a call with her audit and assurance peeps: She confirmed what we […]

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At Least KPMG Won’t Have the Worst 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report

We’ve finally reached the end of the six-pack of 2018 inspection reports released by the PCAOB on June 1. And we saved our favorite four-letter Big 4 firm for last. Among the Big 4, KPMG’s inspection reports have been the most abysmal. Since 2010, Deloitte, PwC, and EY have not had an audit deficiency rate […]

Does Punit Renjen Not Realize Deloitte U.S. Is Laying Off Thousands of People During a Pandemic?

While I’m sure he had good intentions, the timing of this tweet by Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen is a little questionable given that Deloitte U.S. is currently getting rid of roughly 5,000 or so employees and furloughing many more during the COVID-19 crisis. How’s that helping these people thrive during the worst pandemic in […]

KPMG Poaches Two More People From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

It’s pretty crazy that there have been so many new KPMG hires from around the globe lately who have come from PwC, because it wasn’t that long ago when KPMG was pretty much a playground for future PwCers. Big 4-on-Big 4 poaching is fun! Especially when it involves these two firms. So let’s head over to […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: Wirecard Investors vs. EY, Australian Tax Office vs. PwC, Carillion vs. KPMG

Here’s a round-up of lawsuits filed against Big 4 firms in Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Ernst & Young Sued Over Wirecard as Accounting Woes Add Up [Bloomberg] Wirecard’s longtime auditor EY is being sued just days after the payment processing company’s headquarters were raided as part of a market-manipulation probe. The German lawsuit […]

EY’s Auditing Is Not As Sad As It Used to Be, Per 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report

It’s kinda sad, really, that we don’t bat an eye when the top audit firms in the world, the ones that are supposed to be the gold standard of the profession, still significantly screw up one-fourth of their audits of public companies that are inspected by the PCAOB. Why? Because the number of audits with […]

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

Everyone’s favorite golf company just hired away a turnaround specialist from one of its biggest rivals in the U.K. Let’s take a trip to London for our latest edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” where we learn a little more about PwCer-turned-KPMGer Massimiliano Messina: Professional services firm KPMG has announced the […]

Rumor Mill: PwC Canada Strongly Encouraging Tax Staff to Work Less So They Don’t Have to Fire You

PwC of the Canadian variety is apparently asking forcing its tax staff to volunteer agree to reduce their work hours with a corresponding reduction in pay to avoid layoffs. Hmmm, how did that work out for Deloitte Canada? Here’s a tip we got over the weekend: PwC Canada Tax announced this week: All staff can […]

PwC’s Latest PCAOB Inspection Report Is Fairly Unspectacular, Part II

Let’s keep plowing through this pile of 2018 PCAOB inspection reports and take a look at how PwC auditors did during the 2017 inspection season. PwC auditors haven’t had a lot of great press lately: we had the Mattel accounting cover-up; Brandon Sprankle spectacularly violating independence rules, resulting in PwC being fined $7.9 million by […]

Deloitte’s 2018 PCAOB Inspection Report Shows They’ve Gotten a Lot Better At This Thing Called Auditing

So the PCAOB did a thing today. Everyone’s favorite audit regulator released the 2018 inspection reports for the Big 4, Grant Thornton, and BDO USA this morning in a “new user-friendly format.” And they’re actually pretty sleek-looking and informative. A couple years ago, Caleb called PCAOB inspection reports “beach reads” because executive summaries had been […]

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

Last week we told you guys about Deloitte Ireland helping a longtime PwC tax director achieve his dream of becoming a Big 4 partner. In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we head to Switzerland, where a PwCer-turned-Deloitter is coming back home to Papa Whiskey Charlie. Richard Geldart rejoined PwC […]

KPMG Pay Cuts Are Probably Not Going to Be Well-Received Outside of Australia

Not that long ago, I stuck a link to this story in a Friday Footnotes but just in case you missed it, let’s catch you up on the situation in my boy Roadhog’s esteemed home country. Back in late April, KPMG Australia used peer pressure relied on the strength of its team mentality to ease […]

Having a Lakehouse Makes KPMG the Most Diverse of the Big 4, According to Weird Ranking

For the third year in a row, KPMG was the only Big 4 representative on DiversityInc’s ranking of the top 50 companies for diversity, coming in at No. 12 in 2020. Congrats to KPMG. But one of the reasons why the Radio Station is the most diversitiest of the Big 4 firms left me scratching […]

PwC and KPMG Have the FRC Breathing Down Their Necks

The U.K.’s audit cops are curious as to why Eddie Stobart Logistics’ 2018 profits were overstated by £2 million, which resulted in shares of the company being suspended last August, a delay in publishing its 2019 interim results, and Eddie Stobart nearly going out of business. So the Financial Reporting Council is now breathing down […]

TIL: Bob Moritz Was Reappointed PwC Global Chairman … In February

Seriously, I had no idea until tonight when I saw the news release, dated Feb. 24, 2020, posted on PwC’s global website. This never hit our inbox and I can’t find anything else written about this online. Nothing. Poor Bob. They couldn’t even squeeze out a brief mention on PwC US’s website? You know, the […]

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

Today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World” takes us to lovely Dublin IRL, where a longtime tax director at PwC Ireland has gone to the Green Side. Deloitte is pleased to announce that Ronan Ferry has been appointed a partner in its tax practice. Ronan will lead the Tax Management Consulting (TMC) team […]

Deloitte Sued By Unemployed Ohioans Who Are Unhappy Their SSNs and Addresses Were Visible For All to See

Welp, that didn’t take long: Deloitte Consulting LLP was hit with two suits by people who claim their personal information was exposed on state websites the firm built to administer supplemental coronavirus unemployment benefits. A group of Ohio residents sued Deloitte late Thursday in Manhattan federal court, after officials in that state, Illinois and Colorado disclosed […]

Person From Switzerland Has the PwC Playbook Down Pat

[Translated from German to English] “When the times are good, [PwC] hires young talent en masse, let them work through day and night, and when it comes down to it, put the team out on the street.” — an unnamed PwC Switzerland employee, when asked what they think about the firm’s cost-cutting measures due to […]

Deloitte Is Giving Unemployed Gig Workers In Some States Something Extra to Worry About

Imagine being an out-of-work independent contractor living in Ohio during this pandemic, anxious and unsure of when you’re actually going to get some financial assistance from the state because Ohio’s unemployment systems are being blown up with regular unemployment claims. Finally you get word that you can now file for unemployment benefits through the new […]

What Tim Ryan Learned About PwC During the Pandemic Also Applies to Roofers

“I think what we’ve learned is that it’s always better to control your destiny when you can. And I want to be clear, we made a zillion mistakes. I don’t want to come across as we batted a thousand, because we didn’t. But I think what we’ve learned is that it’s always better to control […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: PwC and a Ponzi Scheme, PwC and a Rich Client, PwC and a Winning Appeal

PwC is keeping its lawyers very, very busy. PwC fails to dismiss £25m negligence claim over Guernsey ‘Ponzi scheme [Financial Times] A judge in the Guernsey Royal Court has dismissed an attempt by the Queen’s PwC to throw out a £25 million lawsuit against P. Dubs for alleged negligence in its audits of a Guernsey […]

Three Former KPMG Partners Charged by SEC For Being Dirty, Dirty Cheaters

Just when KPMG thought maybe everyone had forgotten about that whole cheating scandal debacle, the SEC announced Monday it settled charges with three more dirty cheaters who once called the firm home. The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against three former KPMG LLP audit partners for improperly sharing answers to internal training exams […]

EY Netherlands to Partners: Umm, Please Give Us Some Capital

EY Netherlands partners are answering the call to help pad the Dutch firm’s coffers because business kinda sucks right now due to the Rona pandemic. Bloomberg reported earlier this week: EY’s Dutch unit is asking its partners in the Netherlands to stump up funding to help it confront the blow to its business from Covid-19 […]

Please Don’t Call Deloitte If Your House Is On Fire

“Hiring Deloitte [to manage PPE procurement] was a funny thing to do. If there is a fire, you don’t call the auditor, you call the fire service.” — said an anonymous clothing manufacturer based in northern England, who said Deloitte has ignored his company’s offers to make medical gowns for healthcare workers on the front […]

Which Big 4 Firm Was the Biggest Loser In the First Auditor Shuffle of 2020?

Nearly 60 companies that are audited by one of the 12 major global or national accounting firms played auditor musical chairs during the first quarter of 2020, and EY ended up being the biggest beneficiary after the last song ended. According to the latest SEC audit client winners and losers analysis by Audit Analytics, which […]

Big 4 Lawsuits: FDIC vs. EY, Investors vs. Mattel and PwC, Carillion vs. KPMG

Federal regulator sues auditor Ernst & Young for negligence over First NBC collapse [New Orleans Advocate] The FDIC is suing Ernst & Young in the $1 billion failure of First NBC Bank in 2017, alleging that EY missed clear red flags related to several soured loans and failed to raise the alarm to the bank’s […]

Cybersecurity Experts PwC Get One of Their Subdomains Hijacked By Porn Spam

It feels like it’s been months since I’ve been able to write about something that has nothing to do with coronavirus. Kind of a nice feeling, actually, I’ve forgotten what that’s like. Anyhoo, when my esteemed colleague Bramwell spotted this story the other day, he made sure to send it my way because apparently it’s […]

It’ll Be a While Before PwC Offices Are Back to Full Capacity, Obviously

CODE-E can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces again. From the Boston Globe on May 6: Many [Greater Boston area] employers are also thinking about phased approaches, for their own workforces. Take what’s happening at PwC’s Seaport office, where more than 3,000 people worked before COVID-19 arrived. John Farina, PwC’s Northeast managing partner, is planning […]

EY Announces a Three-Phase Plan For Staff to Return to the Office Once This Corona Thing Settles Down

In a firm-wide all-hands call yesterday, EY revealed its plan to return to some semblance of normal work at the same time state governments are considering lifting lockdown restrictions and allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen. Get excited, people, there is in fact a light at the end of this tunnel, dim as it may […]

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

In our latest installment of “Competitive Poaching From Around the World,” we travel to Scotland for some Big 4-on-Big 4 action. And it involves our favorite poaching rivalry: PwC vs. KPMG. This time KPMG of the Scottish variety did a little shopping at PwC. While not a press release, here’s an excerpt from a post […]

EY U.K. Is Waiting to Get Called to the Principal’s Office

I remember being deathly afraid of getting into trouble in elementary school because if you were called to the principal’s office, chances are you would get a swat or two on the buttocks from his spanking paddle. Well the U.K.’s Financial Reporting Council has taken its paddle out of the drawer, put it on the […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Is There Trouble Brewing at EY Canada?

Things are starting to look a little ominous at EY in Canada, as we were told the specter of layoffs looms if EYers don’t volunteer to cut their billable hours. According to a tip we received on April 30: Had a call today at EY Canada (Ontario). Partners are saying that unless people start taking […]

Wells Fargo Continues Bromance with KPMG

A bromance that began in 1931. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today [April 28] that its shareholders elected as directors the 12 nominees named in the company’s proxy statement and approved the 2019 compensation of the company’s executives named in its proxy statement. Shareholders also ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the […]

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 […]

Florida Governor Is Not Impressed with Deloitte’s Handiwork

“It was designed with all these different things, basically to fail, I think. This thing was a clunker, there’s no doubt about it.” — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said about the state’s unemployment claims website, CONNECT, which was built by Deloitte Consulting in 2013 when Rick Scott was Florida governor. The system has pretty much […]

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

Unless it’s buried in the archive somewhere, it’s hard to believe that in the almost 11-year history of this website we’ve never done a post about Deloitte poaching someone from EY (although we have pointed out that EY has lurked in Deloitte’s LinkedIn group looking for new warm bodies), but here we are. Because there […]

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

Before BKD CPAs & Advisors did a little housecleaning a week or so ago, the firm hired a guy from KPMG to be its newest director in the International Tax Services division. Josh Zellerman was a four-year vet of the Radio Station before jumping to the St. Louis office of BKD earlier this month. He […]

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Bonus Watch ’20: EY No Longer Giving Out Senior Manager Promotion Bonuses

There was a lot discussed during an EY Americas all-hands webcast this morning, including updates on layoffs and permanent and temporary cost-cutting measures. So, let’s get right to it. 1. No layoffs through the end of June: Back in late March, EY US Chair Kelly Grier said keeping all EYers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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 […]

Deloitte Australia COO Begs Partners to Stay Billable

“Please, please, please partners. Bill now. We need another billing month like March if we are to continue [the upward cashflow trend].” — Andrew Griffiths, chief operating officer of Deloitte Australia, during a Zoom meeting with partners on April 15. The firm’s overall utilization rate dropped from about 71% in the last week of March […]

Vault Accounting 50: PwC Is Still the Most Prestigious Firm In the Land (2021)

There wasn’t much that changed in Vault’s 2021 ranking of the most prestigious accounting firms, at least in the top 25. PwC was named the most prestigiousiest firm for the 12th straight year, the Big 4 took the top four spots once again, and the same firms that filled up the top 25 in 2020’s […]

PwC Continues to Dominate Vault Accounting 50 (2021)

Not even a pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen, could stop the folks at Vault from releasing its 2021 Accounting 50 today. But if you were hoping for a firm other than PwC to take the top spot in the latest Vault ranking of the top accounting firms in the U.S., well, you’ll […]

Which Firm Had the Most IPO Audit Clients In Q1 2020?

It’s that time of year when our friends over at Audit Analytics begin to roll out their quarterly reports on initial public offerings and auditor market share. The research firm’s first quarter analysis is out, and there was a four-way tie for most IPOs audited in Q1—and it wasn’t a Big 4 sweep. But before […]

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Some KPMGers Got Voluntold to Work Overnight Processing PPP Loan Applications

KPMG staffers who have some idle time on their hands won’t for much longer. This KPMG communiqué was emailed to our tipline this morning: We are pleased to share that we have won an important engagement to support a large US bank processing loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Act. The work begins immediately […]

Here’s What We Know About PwC’s Summer Internship Situation

Last week we learned that PwC was taking its summer internships digital, much to the chagrin of at least one guy who wrote us and called it a “big cost cutting measure that none of us are happy about.” He sent us a screenshot of the email he got from his future employer, but since […]

Ex-EY CEO Mark Weinberger Joined His Gazillionth Board of Directors

OK, I might have gotten a little carried away with the title of this post, but it seems like former EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger is being appointed to some kind of corporate board or advisory position every month. The latest addition to his resume is a seat on the board of Saudi […]

Congrats to EY and Deloitte For Making … the Vault Banking 50?

The other night I was bored to tears while my wife and my 13-year-old daughter were watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. So I poured myself a beer and hopped on to Vault’s website to see if they released their newest Accounting 50 rankings yet, as they usually do in April. They had not. It’ll […]

PwC Australia Staffers Looking at Pay Cuts of Up to 40%

Another day, another big accounting firm slashing staff salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This time it’s PwC Australia. At least P. Dubs hasn’t laid anyone off (yet) like KPMG Australia did. The Australian Financial Review reported today: Big four consulting firm PwC will cut the hours and pay of under-utilised staff by up to 40 […]

KPMG US Update: Partners Taking Pay Cut, No Variable Compensation, No Omaha Steaks

[Updated with additional information.] OK, here’s what we were told today about the video message from KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie that was posted internally last night. What we know is pretty much the same as what has been posted so far to Reddit and Fishbowl. Basically what we were told by a source was Lynne […]

Even In This Bizarro World, KPMG U.K. Still Gets Fined For Bad Auditing

I don’t know about you guys but in this weird and depressing time we’re living in, I take a little bit of comfort in finding some shred of pre-coronavirus normalcy in my day-to-day life. And I found something this morning, thanks to Reuters: KPMG U.K. was fined by the Financial Reporting Council for piss-poor auditing. […]

PwC Global Chairman Bob Moritz’s Work-From-Home Setup: An iPad, Laptop, No Monitors, Notepads Galore

BoMo took to IG yesterday to show PwCers his work-from-home battlestation, and to be honest, it’s more befitting of a first-year making $55,000 than the global chairman of the second-largest accounting firm in the world. In fact, every person who has recently posted their WFH setup on Reddit has a snazzier workspace than BoMo. To […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Australia Slashes a Couple Hundred Jobs

First it was KPMG Canada earlier in the week, now Edmund Tadros of the Australian Financial Review is reporting some grim news regarding job cuts at the Australian House of Klynveld: Professional services firm KPMG will cut 200 roles and slash the pay of equity partners by almost 17 per cent in response to the […]

Let’s Count How Many Different Sports You Can Play at PwC Chairman Tim Ryan’s House

We know PwC Chairman Tim Ryan is a workout fiend who loves playing and watching hockey. But judging by a photo he posted on Twitter a couple weeks ago, he and his kids love A LOT of other sports too. Shortly after PwC announced that it was closing its offices and going into work-from-home mode […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Canada Seems to Be Going On a Pink Slip Frenzy

[Updated with additional information.] We’ve heard from a couple people on Tuesday morning who confirmed what we saw on Reddit last night about layoffs that have occurred at several different KPMG locations in Canada. Unconfirmed reports put the number of layoffs at around 200 throughout the country. Here’s one message we got on the tipline […]

Three Out of Four Big 4 Firms Have Pledged to Honor New Hire Offers For 2020 Grads

While everyone is trying to balance staying healthy with having something to wipe your ass with these days, one big concern we’ve been seeing is whether or not accounting grads should count on their existing offer letters or consider printing out those recruiter emails to use as TP. It’s a valid concern, no one knows […]

Let’s See How the Big 4 Firms In India Are Faring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Updated with additional information.] This GIF from Mad Men pretty much says it all, but things could be worse. To our knowledge, there haven’t been any pandemic-related layoffs … yet … at any of the Big 4 firms in India. I kinda buried this in the article we posted last week on accountants’ layoff predictions […]

KPMG U.K. Chairman Diagnosed with COVID-19

The Financial Times reported this afternoon that Bill Michael, chairman of the Queen’s KPMG, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized. Mr Michael, who took over the Big Four accounting and advisory firm in 2017, has been in hospital for one week after becoming unwell but was only diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus […]

KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Assures Employees No Layoffs Are Coming

We got a tip this morning which we were able to confirm with two other sources that in an internal firm video we think was sent to employees last night, KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie said protecting KPMGers during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak was her first priority and that layoffs would be an […]

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

News of new hires in public accounting has pretty much dried up since the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. led to many firms turning off the lights and going into work-from-home mode for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week we posted about KPMG recently hiring 10 senior tax professionals, including three from EY and two […]

Bonus Watch ’20: EY Employees Aren’t Getting Performance-Based Bonuses, But Their Jobs Are Safe For Now

Checked in with two sources this afternoon who confirmed what I saw posted on Fishbowl yesterday: no performance-based bonuses at EY this fiscal year, but that decision was made in order to prevent layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. One source told me: That’s what we heard on the webcast yesterday. I think everyone appreciated that […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Parts II and III

Back about seven or eight years ago, there was no bigger rivalry among the Big 4 than PwC vs. KPMG. The House of Klynveld was constantly trying to steal P. Dubs’ audit clients and KPMG pretty much became PwC’s personal farm system for partners and directors. Between 2011 and 2013, there were at least nine […]

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Death of PwC Indonesia Staffer Marks Possible First Big 4 Coronavirus Casualty

Sad news out of Indonesia, as a member of the PwC family has seemingly lost his battle with coronavirus. This is the first suspected COVID-19-related death we are aware of involving an employee of a Big 4 firm. PwC Indonesia Territory Senior Partner Irhoan Tanudiredja released a statement in which the staffer is not named; […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Parts I, II, and III

With nearly all of the top public accounting firms in the U.S. closing their offices and sending their staffs home to work for the time being because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hiring has pretty much come to a standstill. But over the course of a few months before all of this happened, KPMG hired a […]

Another EY Employee In the U.S. Has Come Down with Coronavirus

According to an internal email sent yesterday to EY employees in the Washington, DC area, there’s been another confirmed case of COVID-19 among the firm’s ranks, this time in Virginia. A tipster passed along the email to us, which was sent by Richard Jeanneret, Americas vice chair and US-East region managing partner, and Kevin Virostek, […]

Whaddaya Know, KPMG Is Going Full-On Work From Home Too

Honestly, I didn’t think we’d get an announcement until later this morning from KPMG about going mandatory work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. But at around 10:45 p.m. CT Monday night, this message came in through the tipline: Kpmg has announced mandatory work from home starting 3/18 They r shutting […]

Deloitte CEO Eventually Sent Out the Mandatory Work-From-Home Email

First it was EY, then it was PwC, now Deloitte has told its U.S. staff not to bother coming to the office for a while because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike EY and PwC, which will be full-on remote work beginning tomorrow, Green Dotters will have to wait until Wednesday. Thanks to a tipster, […]

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EY, PwC Jumping On the Mandatory Work-From-Home Bandwagon Due to COVID-19

Thanks to a tipster, here’s the email EY U.S. Chair Kelly Grier sent to all EYers Sunday evening regarding where they’ll be working for the foreseeable future: I’m reaching out this evening to express my recognition and concern for the evolving situation involving COVID-19 and the complexity and uncertainty it’s causing across our daily lives. […]

COVID-19 Is In EY NYC Offices

From the tipline (thanks, tipster!) we have this email that went out to EY staff this afternoon. Last we heard there was a KPMG employee affected in Northern Virginia who visited EY offices but this is new. Dear all Tri-state EY people, There has been a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) with an EY employee […]

Apparently, PwC NYC Staffer Is a COVID-19 Victim

According to a post on r/accounting, PwC closed its two offices in New York City this weekend after a NYC employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Covid19 case at pwc NYC office from Accounting Also, posts on Reddit and Fishbowl have indicated other cases of COVID-19 in Big 4 U.S. offices, which we haven’t confirmed […]

EY UK Selects Old White Guy to Succeed Another Old White Guy As MP

The Financial Times is reporting today that former head of audit Hywel Ball is EY UK’s new managing partner “despite widespread speculation that it would be the first of the Big Four accounting firms to appoint a female leader.” That’ll teach y’all to speculate. Ball, a 35-year veteran of EY, beat out chief operating officer […]

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 […]

Ex-Deloitte Global CEO Jim Quigley Has Plenty of Time Now to Chill In the Galápagos

It’s been quite a while since former Deloitte Global CEO Jim Quigley graced the hallowed pages of Going Concern, not since 2015 when Quigs was quoted in the Wall Street Journal for saying how much he absolutely loves being on an audit committee. Let’s refresh your memory: Some directors remain unfazed by the heavy workload […]

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

Another week, another non-Big 4 firm letting the media know that it just hired someone from the Big 4. This time, CohnReznick was the poacher, and once again, PwC was the poachee: CohnReznick LLP, one of the leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, today [March 3] announced that Michael Staub has joined […]

Deloitte Philippines Confirms Case of COVID-19

Another Deloitte employee has tested positive for coronavirus, this time in the Philippines, the firm said on Saturday. Deloitte released this statement earlier today: We can confirm that a colleague in our Deloitte Philippines office has tested positive for COVID-19. The colleague is currently in hospital receiving treatment and further tests, and Deloitte is supporting the […]

Former Deloitte CEO Disses Men and Their Spreadsheets

Does Cathy Engelbert have a point here, ladies? As the first female CEO of a major professional services firm, Cathy Engelbert learned a valuable lesson: Never trust a spreadsheet made by men. “No spreadsheet ever yielded a great result for women,” says Engelbert, who recently became commissioner of the WNBA after a 33-year career at […]

This PwC Napping Pod Is the Dumbest Thing We’ve Seen Since Gary Spivey’s Hair

Anyone see the resemblance? View this post on Instagram #WellnessWednesday: Have you stepped away today to unwind + recharge? We recommend a #powernap in a #teampwc EnergyPod. 😴 #bewellworkwell #healthyhabits #wellnessatwork #workwellness #bewell #workwell A post shared by Life at PwC (@lifeatpwc) on Mar 4, 2020 at 1:23pm PST

Rumor of the Day: Some KPMG Auditors Are Getting a Break From Clients Because of Coronavirus Panic

So, some audit clients have allegedly told KPMG auditors not to come to their offices because of coronavirus concerns, according to a post on Fishbowl. We don’t know if these KPMG audit clients legitimately have COVID-19 concerns or, as one Fishbowl poster says, they just want the auditors off their backs for a bit. Anyway, […]

EY Madrid Confirms Employee Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Another Big 4 firm has confirmed a case of coronavirus among its ranks. This time, an employee at EY in Madrid has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Reuters. An EY spokesperson told Reuters earlier today that the firm sent approximately 3,000 employees from its offices in Madrid home to work: “There’s one person who […]

The Olds vs. PwC: $11.625 Million Settlement Reached In Age Discrimination Case

A lawsuit filed almost four years ago by two accountants who claimed that the hiring policies at PwC discriminate against applicants over the age of 40 from landing entry-level positions at the firm is finally coming to an end. And the Olds got PwC to settle. Law.com reported today: PricewaterhouseCoopers has agreed to pay $11.625 […]

Deloitte U.K. CEO Says Employee Has Coronavirus

In an email to staff on March 3, Deloitte U.K. CEO Richard Houston said one of the firm’s London employees who recently vacationed in Asia has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, the Financial Times reported. Deloitte said it was “deep cleaning” one floor of its offices in London but hadn’t quarantined its New […]

KPMG Selects Paul Knopp to Succeed Lynne Doughtie as U.S. Chairman and CEO

KPMG announced this afternoon that Paul Knopp will become the new U.S. chairman and CEO and Laura Newinski the new deputy chair of the firm on July 1. Both will serve five-year terms. KPMG partners gave their blessing to the promotions in a vote completed yesterday. Knopp and Newinski seem pretty happy with the outcome […]

KPMG U.K. Won’t Have to Deal with Deal Advisory Partner Anymore

The whole Sanjay Thakkar bullying saga at KPMG U.K. has mercifully come to an end. The Financial Times reported on Feb. 28: One of KPMG’s most senior partners who was at the centre of a bullying dispute has left the firm eight months after widespread scrutiny of his conduct that led to a crackdown on […]

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

Being raked through the coals for the last 48-plus hours on Reddit after an ex-PwC auditor in New York posted that their ass was grabbed at a 2017 holiday party by a colleague who was later promoted, even after an internal firm investigation into the alleged victim’s sexual harassment claim found the ass grabber was […]

Rant of the Day: Partners and Their F*cking Stupid Sandwich Choices

Looks like we’re reaching that time of year when tensions are just high enough for the small stuff to send some accountants raging but not quite to the point that people are having nervous breakdowns. The busy season sweet spot, basically. Today’s rant comes courtesy of Fishbowl. Forgive my copious notifications, I know some people […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: Deloitte #45 (2020)

Bringing up the rear among the Big 4 in the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list is Deloitte, the largest public accounting firm in the U.S. in terms of number of employees and revenue. But while we’re talking about Deloitte and “largest,” the Green Dot had the largest drop in the ranking […]

Ex-EY CEO Mark Weinberger Is Keeping His Plate Full

While perusing the interwebs last night, I saw that our favorite Kenny Powers lookalike, former EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger, has a new gig. MW was appointed as a senior advisor for Los Angeles-based Stone Canyon Industries Holdings LLC, which owns several rail transportation companies as well as packaged ice maker Reddy Ice. […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: PwC #36 (2020)

Welcome back to our recap of the six public accounting firms that made the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Last week we featured Plante Moran (#21), EY (#25), and KPMG (#32). We’ve got three more to give you this week, starting with a firm best known recently for its red pillows, […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: KPMG #32 (2020)

First off, congrats to KPMG for actually beating Deloitte and PwC at something. And congrats, Klynveldians, for your favorite firm moving up four spots from last year’s Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. KPMG celebrated KPMG by putting out this over-the-top KPMG video on social media: Our ongoing commitment to our #culture, strong […]