Accounting firms made a poor showing in Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’ rankings for 2019, with only one firm making it into the list in the UK and Germany, with none appearing in France at all.

In the UK, PwC was the only accounting representative on the list. Even then, it came in at number 45, with an average rating of 4.2 out of five from its employees.

In one such review, a PwC technology consultant based in London described PwC as “a great place to add real value to your skillset, both with soft skills and technical skills.”

PwC is one of only three companies to have featured in every single GlassDoor UK Best Places to Work list since its inception since 2015.

KPMG took 18th place for Germany’s top 25 places to work, receiving a staff rating of 4.2. An employee at KMPG Germany said that KPMG had “flexible working hours and home office opportunities (work-life balance is not a "buzzword", but taken seriously).”

Glassdoor reviewed the top 25 in France, and found not one accounting firm in the list

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North America

Glassdoor also reviewed the top 100 companies in the US for 2019 and the top 25 for Canada. Accounting firms fared little better here.

In the US top 100 companies to work for, Deloitte came in 80th place with a staff rating of 4.2. A Deloitte senior manager based in New York said: “The firm values your development and provides necessary support for you to grow in the firm.”

Following Deloitte, EY took 95th place, also with a staff rating of 4.2. An EY assistant user experience director also based in New York described EY as a “great company to work for as a UX designer. Lots of opportunities to grow your work experience.”

PwC also took 21st place in Canada’s 25 best places to work. Its staff rating was 4.2. A PwC audit senior associate based in Toronto said PwC was “open minded in culture, encourage continuous learning growth, and opportunities to work in other countries.”

Glassdoor’s chief economist Andrew Chamberlain said: “In today’s tight labour market, job seekers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding where to work and they want to know the inner workings of a company before accepting a new job.”

By Mishelle Thurai