October 24, 2020

Which Big 4 Accounting Firms Offer the Best Perks for Parents of Adoptive Children?

The last time we dared to bring up the controversial topic of paternity leave, someone suggested breeding is great and all but what about the adoptive parents out there?

"Many of you will be dads one day"

And what about us who are gay?

And for the dumbass who is going to ask – most firms do not supply paternity leave for an adopted child.

WHOA THERE, pal, settle down. Adoption isn't reserved only for those who are physically incapable of creating a life with their same sex partner, you know. But while we're on the subject, let's talk about that (adoption, not gay sex).

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recently released its top 100 adoption-friendly workplaces and two Big 4 marketing departments will be happy to say they topped the list.

PwC is already on it:

That's fantastic, but another Big 4 firm ranked higher than PwC, at least among consulting, legal, accounting, and business services.

KPMG tied for second place with Alston & Bird, LLP, with a maximum financial assistance or reimbursement benefit of $10,000 and up to 12 weeks paid parental leave. PwC came in 6th with the same leave benefit but only $6,000 in financial assistance.1

Overall, KPMG tied for 17th place (sharing the spot with Alston & Bird, BNP Paribas, and JPMorgan Chase), while PwC came in 68th. Honorable mentions are in order for Moss Adams (tied with Domino's at 76) and — wait for it — McGladrey, which barely made the list by tying with Ohio State University at 100th.

If adoption is something you're considering and you're torn between two offers, perhaps now your decision should be clearer.

1 It's worth noting these numbers are self-reported. But they're accounting firms, so of course we can trust them when they say they offer all that money and all that paid time off, right?

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