A position that was once the exclusive possession of Arthur Andersen now seems to be up for grabs. The CPA Personnel Report Annual Survey of Accounting Professors placed Ernst & Young in the top spot and Deloitte & Touche in second place. Andersen, which tied for first place with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) last year, and which held the top spot alone for the 17 years prior to 2000, found itself in third place.
PwC is now fourth place, followed by KPMG, BDO Siedman, Grant Thornton, and McGladrey & Pullen.
The annual survey polls accounting faculty members from across the country. Professors are asked to rank the firms in each of seven categories:
- Overall business outlook
- Client service
- Technical reputation
- Staff training
- Career opportunities
- Work/life balance
The survey results are important because of the influence college professors have in shaping perceptions and career decisions of students.