Top 40 accounting firms ranked in new guide

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Career publisher Vault Inc. has released the 5th edition of its popular Vault Guide to the Top 40 Accounting Firms, and making its first appearance at #1 in overall prestige is Deloitte. Last year's top ranked firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ranks #2 in the latest edition of the guide to the nation's top accounting firms.

The firms appearing in the guide are chosen based on the results of Vault's employee surveys, the opinions of industry leaders, and various factual data, including firm size in terms of annual revenue.

In total, 1,432 industry professionals filled out Vault's Accounting Survey from November 2007 through February of this year. Survey participants rated the firms with which they were familiar, excluding their own, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most prestigious. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked the Top 40 in order, with the highest average score belonging to our No. 1 firm: Deloitte.

The top 10 firms ranked in the Vault Guide to the Top 40 Accounting Firms are as follows:

1. Deloitte, New York, NY
2. PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, NY
3. Ernst & Young, New York, NY
4. KPMG, New York, NY
5. Grant Thornton, Chicago, IL
6. BDO Seidman, Chicago, IL
7. Moss Adams, Seattle, WA
8. McGladrey & Pullen/RSM McGladrey, Bloomington, MN
9. Plante & Moran, Southfield, MI
10. Crowe Chizek and Company, South Bend, IN

The Vault Guide to the Top 40 Accounting Firms features a profile for each ranked firm that gives readers an insider view of the company. Each profile includes facts about firm leadership, key competitors, uppers and downers of the work environment, employment contacts, and more. The guide also explores each firm's history, special projects, hiring process, internship opportunities, corporate culture, salaries, training and diversity.

Vault describes its Guide to the Top 40 Accounting Firms as the essential guide for people interested or currently working in the accounting industry. The guide is available at bookstores nationwide or by ordering online.

You can see the full Top 40 Accounting rankings.

About Vault Inc.

Vault is a media company focused on careers. Vault offers over 120 online and print books, from the best-selling Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms to the Vault Guide to Schmoozing. Vault's online resource features thousands of company and university profiles, information on hundreds of occupations and industries, articles on a multitude of workplace topics, and a network of message boards for professionals with over 2,200,000 posts and jobs-related video, blogs, and research tools. Its clients include nearly 1,000 advertisers and recruiters, over 900 universities and graduate schools, and over 7,000,000 consumers worldwide. Maintaining offices in New York, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong, Vault was founded in 1996 by Hussam Hamadeh, Samer Hamadeh, and Mark Oldman and recently received a majority investment from Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a $5 billion private-equity firm focused on media and communications.

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