CPA Firms, Financial Services Companies Among Fortune's '100 Best Companies'

Fortune magazine has once again published its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and a number of CPA firms, banks and financial services companies are on the list.

Michigan-based CPA firm Plante & Moran took top honors for a CPA firm coming in at #11. At 1,180 employees, Plante & Moran was the third smallest organization named to the Top 100 list, and one of only three CPA firms recognized by Fortune. "National business scandals made 2002 a tough year psychologically for CPAs," said Plante & Moran Managing Partner Bill Hermann. "To try to keep our staff upbeat and positive, we did our best to reinforce our firm’s values and guiding principles – while communicating the importance of honesty, ethics, and integrity," said Hermann.

Plante & Moran was noted for a variety of innovative workplace policies and practices, including its Statement of Principles, culture, a low-turnover rate, and flexible scheduling and non-traditional career paths.

The Fortune rankings in the various types of businesses include:

CPA Firms

#11: Plante & Moran
#68: Ernst & Young
#79: Deloitte & Touche

Banks, Brokerages and Other Financial Services Companies

#1: Edward Jones
#9: Synovus Financial Corp.
#17: Republic Bancorp
#22: MBNA
#23: Third Federal S&L
#26: Sterling Bank
#35: Goldman Sachs Group
#36: American Express
#43: AmeriCredit
#45: Fannie Mae
#54: First Tenn Nat'l Corp.
#61: Intuit
#64: SEI Investments
#67: AG Edwards
#81: American Century Investments
#83: Vanguard Group
#90: Charles Schwab
#97: Washington Mutual
#100: Principal Financial

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