Big 4 frequently refers to the four largest accounting and auditing firms:
These four accounting firms are as follow
- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu,
- Ernst & Young
If you are an accountant, you maybe talk a lot with your friends about working at a Big 4 accounting firms of the world. How it’s your dream to land a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers KPMG, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young , But often you may wonder if this is really the path for you.
Would you be better off working at a smaller accounting firm or working as an accountant for a company right out of school? Sometimes it’s hard to decide. Having worked for a few years for a Big 4 firm, I thought I would lay out for you the advantages and disadvantages of working at one of these firms.
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The Details of Big 4 Accounting firms are as follow
300 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (646) 471-4000
Fax: (646) 471-4444
PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is ranked as the number two accounting firm in the world. The company founded by Samuel Lowell Price began in London, 1849.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112Phone: (212) 489-1600
Fax: (212) 489-1687
is the number one firm in the United States (and in the world). The company began as the separate companies of William Deloitte, Charles Haskins, Elijah Sells, and George Touche. The three companies eventually merged to become Deloitte & Touche. Today the company is known primarily as Deloitte LLP, and has four subsidiaries: Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and Deloitte Tax LLP.
3. Ernst & Young
5 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6530
Phone: (212) 773-3000
Fax: (212) 773-6350
Ernst & Young is rated number three out of the top 100 accounting firms in the world. The firm was formed by the merger of two companies, Arthur Young & company and Ernst & Ernst. Interestingly enough Arthur Young and Alwen Ernst never met in life.
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154-0102
Phone: (212) 758-9700Fax: (212) 758-9819
KPMG is last of the big four accounting firms with more than 670 offices located in over 150 countries. The firm was originally established in 1911 when William Barclay Peat & co. merged with Marwick Mitchell & Co. to form Peat Marwick.
Big 4 Recruiting Process:
Usually the Big 4 recruit from a collection of well-known universities like. If you can afford these schools and have both the grades and the ability to relocate, we would advise going this route.
For those students who don’t have enough time, can’t afford the high tuition costs, don’t have the grades, or are not able to relocate, an off-campus option may be your best for you.
Online schools do not have the best reputation, and for most of them, there is a good reason. However, there are a handful of accredited high-quality institutions that offer worthwhile degrees that you can earn on your own schedule.
Do Internship at Big 4
While completing your education we endorse getting as many hands on experience as possible.
Most public accounting firms offer internship programs.
Prepare your CV for Big 4
Just like any other job, accounting requires resumes for new hire candidates. There are many resume approaches, but we simply recommend that you make it clear you are qualified.
When you make it to the interview stage you know you’re close, so prepare accordingly. Dress sharp, be on time, know specific details about the company you are interviewing with, and be prepared to ask them questions. Again, this is where you want to separate yourself.
The Big Four accounting firm provides job Security to their employees, Remember, what’s important is not where you start, but where you finish. So, for those who think it’s too late, it isn’t – don’t be too scared to get started.