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Big 4 Accounting Firms Podcast: Accounting Career Tips and Accounting News

We discuss the latest accounting news and accounting career tips on how to succeed at the big 4 accounting firms. Learn the rankings of the largest public accounting firms in the world, big 4 interview tips, big 4 salary details, big four news and career tips. We also discuss other topics like what it takes to pass the CPA exam and how to be a successful accountant. We cover the latest news regarding Pricewaterhousecoopers, Ernst and Young, Deloitte and KPMG.
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Oct 3, 2017

As you most likely have heard, an accountant named Stephen Paddock went crazy on the Las Vegas strip on October 1, 2017. It is the largest mass shooting in US history.

He was a retired accountant. 

He killed over 50 people in the massacre. We discuss how mental health might have played an issue and how to improve your mental health if you work in accounting. It's important to take care of yourself and others to try and prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future. 

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Oct 2, 2017

Auditorproud day was an initiative started by the Center for Audit Quality in 2015. The initiative was to show how interesting and amazing a career in the audit field was. 

Which firm (PwC, Deloitte, KPMG or EY) did the best on AuditorProud day 2017? Auditorproud day occurred on September 28, 2017.

In order to analyze which firm did the best, we analyze 4 platforms on social media for all the big 4 accounting firms. 

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To check PwC's video from last year check out this link

https://youtu.be/WnhL-j7EycE

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Sep 28, 2017

Today is September 28, 2017 #auditorproud day. What is the best way to participate. Learn more in today's episode. 

Here is the link to our #auditorproud video. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrpErEo2laU

Here are some of the firms social media.

https://twitter.com/EY_CareersUS

https://twitter.com/PwC_US_Careers

https://www.instagram.com/pwc_llp/

https://www.instagram.com/kpmg/

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Sep 27, 2017

In this episode we cover some of the biggest accounting scandals of the past year. 

This includes scandals like the PwC Oscars mistake, KPMG South Africa Scandal and Deloitte Cyber Attack. 

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Sep 26, 2017

Deloitte's email servers were hacked in 2016 and 2017. The information is only being released now because of an investigation by the Guardian. It appears that Deloitte's email servers were breached by the cyber attack. Listen to today's episode to learn more. 

To find out more visit our website

https://big4accountingfirms.com/the-blog/deloitte-cyber-attack/

To figure out who Deloitte's largest clients are visit our Deloitte's clients page. 

https://big4accountingfirms.com/deloitte-audit-clients/

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http://big4accountingfirms.libsyn.com/what-would-the-world-be-like-without-the-big-4

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Sep 25, 2017

Today we are going to be discussing some recommended reading for all big 4 accountants. Whether you work at the big 4 or want to work at the big 4, all of these books are great books that can help you in your career. 

To find a full listing of the books, make sure to visit our website at 

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Sep 22, 2017

In this episode we cover several news topics for the big 4 accounting firms - PwC & EY. EY has recently invested in their tax line of service. They have released a new application called Tax Agenda. 

They've also just hired Michael McDonald from the Treasury Department to help build their tax practice. He has extensive experience in Transfer Pricing and BEPS. 

Lastly we cover PwC establishing a new legal practice in Washington DC. The firm will be called ILC legal and will help US clients with international legal issues. It will not offer US legal advice. 

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Sep 21, 2017

What would the world look like without the big 4 accounting firms - PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, and EY. KPMG recently had a huge scandal in South Africa that is threatening their existence. They are losing clients and are looking at losing their ability to perform any work at all in South Africa. What if more countries treated the big 4 the way that South Africa is treating KPMG?

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Sep 20, 2017

KPMG has been impacted by a terrible scandal in South Africa. The scandal involves a wealthy family that has been accused of influencing the South African President in order to obtain government contracts. The wealthy family is known as the Gupta family and the President is President Jacob Zuma.

Learn more about the issue in this podcast.

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Sep 19, 2017

All eyes were on EY after what happened at the 2017 Oscars. As you may or may not remember Pricewaterhousecoopers botched the 2017 Oscars. The two partners Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan got the envelope for best picture mixed up. They awarded the Oscar to La La Land when it should have gone to moonlight. They ended up correcting the matter but not before PwC’s reputation was permanently damaged. There was also some worry as to whether PwC would lose the engagement, but PwC leadership got involved and they were able to retain the engagements.

 So entering the 2017 Emmy’s there was so much spotlight on the EY accountants, but it appears like the night went off without a hitch. There was a lot of joking around and reference to EY though. That isn’t a bad thing. Having focus on you for the entirety of the show was free advertising for Ernst and Young. They can thank PwC for that.

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Sep 18, 2017

On today's podcast we cover what we expect PwC and KPMG to release in terms of their 2017 revenue and 2017 number of employees. We estimate these numbers based on the recent revenue releases from EY and Deloitte. 

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Sep 15, 2017

Deloitte released their 2017 revenue on September 14, 2017. They earned $38.8 billion in revenues. Learn what's behind the revenue numbers in our latest podcast. 

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 To learn more about Deloitte's paid leave program. Visit our site at:

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Sep 14, 2017

Today we go over what type of interview a big 4 interview is. A big 4 interview is typically a behavioral interview. How can you prepare for a behavioral interview? Learn more in this episode. 

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Sep 13, 2017

In this episode we discuss Deloitte and EY's further investments in blockchain.

Deloitte opened a brand new blockchain lab for the Asia Pacific region. Deloitte's Asia Pacific blockchain lab will be centered in Hong Kong. It will be hosted in a WeWork location to foster relationships with blockchain startups in the region. 

EY has developed a car ownership solution called Tesseract. Tesseract will allow companies and groups of individuals to share car ownership and track that ownership on the blockchain. 

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Sep 12, 2017

Today we will be discussing what it is like to be a tax lawyer and what the position entails. What is the career path of a tax lawyer? Make sure to visit our website to get more details. 

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Sep 11, 2017

In today's episode we go over what the purpose of a big 4 interview is. Don't make the mistake of going through a big 4 interview without being thoughtful as to what you are supposed to accomplish. 

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Sep 8, 2017

Make sure to visit https://big4accountingfirms.com for more details around big 4 interviews.

In today's episode we will be covering some unique big 4 interview tips to help you get the big 4 job you deserve. 

Sep 7, 2017

EY released their 2017 financials on September 5, 2017. Learn how much revenue Ernst and Young was able to earn in their 2017 fiscal year. 

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Sep 6, 2017

In today's podcast we will be discussing why data and analytics matter so much in the big 4 accounting firms right now. 

More specifically we will be covering PwC's tax data and analytics solutions. 

PwC believes there are 5 levels of data and analytics solutions for tax departments. The link to the detail behind these solutions is below.

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/tax-services/tax-function-future/assets/pwc-taxfunctionofthefuture-analytics.pdf

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Sep 4, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is a once in a lifetime event. The downpour resulting from the hurricane set all kinds of records. There are many people and businesses impacted in the Houston, Texas area. 

How will this impact the big 4 accounting firms and how will they respond to provide support. Listen to this podcast to learn how. 

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The big 4 are giving back in the following ways

KPMG

Here is a link to Lynne Doughtie's tweet about how KPMG is giving back. 

https://twitter.com/lynnedoughtie/status/903333382318325763

Here is a link to KPMG foundation's page. 

https://www.kpmgfoundation.org/

PwC 

Here is a link to Bob Moritz's tweet about how PwC employees can give back

Here is a link to Tim Ryan's tweet about how PwC employees can give back. 

Deloitte

Here is a link from Cathy Englebert about how Deloitte is giving back. 

https://twitter.com/CathyEngelbert/status/903368411551498242

United Way link

https://www.unitedway.org/hurricane-harvey

EY 

Here is a link to Mark Weinberger tweet

https://twitter.com/Mark_Weinberger/status/902632688011673600

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Aug 28, 2017

In this episode we cover the logistics of quitting from the big 4 accounting firms. What does it actually mean to quit from the big 4?

How do you quit. We provide the best practices when quitting from PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG. 

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Aug 21, 2017

What does a big 4 accountant do everyday? Audit, Tax and Consulting? Those are the practices of the big 4, but what do they actually do?

We'll be discussing what the big 4 job entails. We do this by breaking the big 4 job down into 3 key categories.

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Aug 18, 2017

Learn how blockchain will transform the tax and accounting industries in this episode. 

Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and EY are all promoting blockchain, but what are some of the applications of how it will be used in the accounting industry. 

We go over a few of our ideas such as tax compliance. 

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Aug 17, 2017

Could what happened at Google happen at the big 4 accounting firms. Google faced a controversy saying that they do not have a diverse workforce. A rogue employee wrote a memo about how Google does not value diversity of thought. Could an employee at PwC, KPMG, EY or Deloitte write a similar memo about their firm?

In light of recent controversies around diversity, do you think Deloitte regrets getting rid of their diversity programs? We discussed Deloitte ditching their diversity programs in a previous podcast. Listen to that  at http://big4accountingfirms.libsyn.com/deloitte-ditches-diversity

Additionally we go over some big 4 news around recent fines that KPMG and PwC faced in August 2017. KPMG had to pay $6 million related to their audit of Millery Energy. PwC had to pay 2 fines in August. One was to the PCAOB for a botched audit of Merrill Lynch. They also had to pay a record fine in the UK for their audit of RSM Tenon. 

We also go over the best accounting farewell email ever. 

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Aug 14, 2017

Make sure to visit our website for more details about the big 4 partnerships with Microsoft. 

https://big4accountingfirms.com/the-blog/ey-kpmg-partner-microsoft-new-data-analytics-solutions/

The big 4 accounting firms are beginning to deepen their relationships with Microsoft as Microsoft comes up with more unique data & analytics platforms. Additionally, the big four are more interested in these partnerships as their clients become more interested in data & analytics solutions.  The two most recent partnerships with Microsoft occurred between EY and KPMG. The details are below.

EY Workplace Insights

EY workplace insights is a data and analytics platform that will allow companies to gain insights into their workforces. 

KPMG Clara

KPMG Clara is a data and analytics solution that will be an add-on service for KPMG's audit clients. 

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