Big Accounting Firms Among Top Post-College Employers

In BusinessWeek online’s 2006 Best Places To Launch a Career ranking, accounting firms fared quite well. Deloitte and Touche ranked #3, Ernst and Young at #12, KPMG at #15 and surprisingly Grant Thornton makes the list at #34. Conspicuously absent from the list is PricewaterhouseCoopers. In my view, it is not at all surprising that these firms are ranked so highly on this list considering the sheer amount of fresh college grads the Big 4 absorb on annual basis. For instance, KPMG alone is said to be hiring 5200 new grads, an extraordinary number, especially in comparison to a company such as General Electric, which is only bringing on a little over 800. More college grads go work for the Big 4 on the aggregate than for any other industry on the list, so there is a natural inclination for students to report that they favor their own future employer.

The survey also lists some of the interesting perks available to new recruits. EY now has 3 permanent long weekends on its schedule while KPMG is offering a whopping 25 days of paid vacation! As far as I know, there is no firm that can boast such a massive pay package.

Here’s the link to the list.

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