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PwC Is the Best, Prestige-iest Accounting Firm on the Vault Accounting 25

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This morning, Vault released its mildly anticipated 2025 Best Accounting Firms to Work For list and it should be no surprise that PwC has swept the category of Best Accounting Firm for the gazillionth year in a row. This year they also wrestled the title of Most Prestigious back from last year’s #1 firm Deloitte.

The methodology is as follows:

The Vault Accounting 25 is compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the issues accounting professionals care most about, combining quality of life rankings (such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, and compensation) with overall prestige.

While PwC’s placement is no surprise, the rest of the list contains a few. The top ten with their 2024 ranking in parentheses. Look at you, EY! They came so close to falling off of the list last year.

  1. PwC (1)
  2. KPMG (3)
  3. EY (25)
  4. BDO (4)
  5. Plante Moran (7)
  6. CohnReznick (9)
  7. Baker Tilly (8)
  8. RSM (5)
  9. Schellman (22)
  10. Moss Adams (6)

Where’s Deloitte? NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. Not on the top ten, not on the Vault Accounting 25 at all. The rest of the list, in order:

  1. Marcum
  2. PKF O’Connor Davies
  3. H&CO, LLP
  4. Eide Bailly LLP
  5. Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP
  6. Grassi
  7. Withum
  8. KSM (Katz, Sapper & Miller)
  9. BPM LLP
  10. Whitley Penn
  11. Aprio
  12. HCVT
  13. Akram
  14. Cherry Bekaert Advisory, LLC
  15. Armanino LLP

The Most Prestigious Accounting Firms list looks more like what we’d expect from a list of accounting firms with swag. As you’ll see from last year’s firm rankings in parenthesis, PwC and Deloitte swapping spots is the only different from the 2024 list.

  1. PwC (2)
  2. Deloitte (1)
  3. EY (unchanged)
  4. KPMG (unchanged)
  5. Grant Thornton (unchanged)
  6. BDO (unchanged)
  7. RSM (unchanged)
  8. Baker Tilly (unchanged)
  9. Crowe (unchanged)
  10. CohnReznick (unchanged)

Check out both lists and details on each firm from Vault here: Most Prestigious Accounting Firms and Vault Accounting 25.

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