Accounting firms named best places to work in New York City

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Four accounting firms recently were named to the list of 50 Best Places to Work by Crain's New York Business: Anchin Block & Anchin, Citrin Cooperman, Ernst & Young, and Friedman.

To determine the companies for Best Places to Work, Crain’s partnered with independent research firm Best Company Group, which conducted more than 13,000 surveys of employees across New York City. Businesses had to employ at least 25 workers in the city to be eligible.

The highest ranking accounting firm was Citrin Cooperman at No. 27. The publication noted Citrin Cooperman's respect for employees’ ideas, and how they have fueled improvements at the firm, including updated software, advanced leadership training, a formal maternity-leave policy, and curtailed working hours on days before major holidays. Additionally, employee input was integral to the firm’s rebranding in October.

“The professionals at Citrin Cooperman are the lifeblood of our firm, and our partners consider their input vital to our ongoing success,” said Joel Cooperman, the firm’s managing partner. “We will continue to value their contributions to our clients and our own firm, as we strive to build upon a work environment in which they can grow and be proud of.”

The firm also offers a four-week paid sabbatical after six years of employment, cash bonuses for those who earn their CPA designation, a minimum of 100 hours of CPE training, and bonuses based on accomplishments. New hires are provided mentors to acclimate to the position and to help them advance in the firm.

Anchin Block & Anchin was ranked 31st. The firm has a mentoring program to assist new hires get acclimated, and offers hundreds of courses to help employees develop skills and satisfy licensing requirements.

Friedman LLP ranked No. 46 on the Best Places to Work list. Friedman’s “commitment to a family-first culture” and “accommodating attitude” helped the firm to significantly grow its revenue and head count, according to Crain's.

Also singled out were some of the firm’s policies: birthday presents for all employees, frequent parties and Fridays off in the summer.

At No. 47 was Ernst & Young. Helping it make the list was the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion with its employee-affinity groups that provide support to minorities, people with disabilities, and working moms. Ernst & Young supports a people culture with flexible work arrangements and programs to help employees attain professional and personal goals.

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