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Plante Moran Is Significantly Better To Work For Than the Big 4, According to This

Once again, Colin buried this in ANR but it's worth shouting from the rooftops, at least for Plante Moran. These lists are bullshit as we all know but it is pretty significant that Plante Moran grabbed the #23 spot, especially after that embarrassing staff celebration party video we shared forever ago.

Here's the press release straight from the horse's mouth:

Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has been named for the 16th consecutive year to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, which recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

The firm, celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, has been named to the prestigious list each year it has applied. Winners were announced today and Plante Moran is #23, the highest-ranking accounting firm on the list. The full list of winners can be viewed at and will be featured in the next issue of FORTUNE, on newsstands Jan. 20. 

“To kick off our 90th anniversary as a firm with the FORTUNE Best Places to Work Award makes this a truly sweet beginning to 2014,” said Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA.

Now, if you can believe the comment posted here about Plante Moran's particularly addictive Kool-Aid, it is entirely possible that the reason Plante Moran is such a great place to work is due to the fact that its staff are so thoroughly brainwashed they don't know any better:

When I was there many years ago, many of the people there had never worked anywhere else. They have no idea they are vastly underpaid for the hours they put in. They have little clue that they do not have anywhere near the technical competence to compete with the larger firms. These people just go along, day to day, thinking they live in some sort of Disney utopia, and the leadership of the firm has managed to perpetuate that. Literally every person I know who has only worked there, then left to go somewhere else ends up saying "I had no idea it was so weird there".They say they have low turnover, but what you don't read in this article is they hacked about 10% a couple years ago during the height of the downturn, like many of the firms did.

HOWEVER, even with that in mind, it's still a big deal that Plante Moran ranked so high, with the Big 4 shuffling far behind thusly: Deloitte #61; PwC #65; EY #78; KPMG #80.

What say ye, Big 4?