What/Who are Big 4 Companies?

Big 4 companies is a nickname given to the top 4 accounting firms of the world that include Delloite, PwC, EY, and KPMG. These companies are the biggest companies in the world in terms of Accounting services. All these companies have their branches in India and in India in top metropolitan cities. The core activities in which these firms deal in are Advisory, Taxation, Assurance, and Actuarial services. They are constantly growing their branches in India and constantly generating thousands of jobs for Indian professionals. Now we will discuss each one of them in brief and about their internal rankings as well.

1. Deloitte

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Although, there is no particular factor on which we can rank these firms still in terms of revenue Deloitte, holds first place. It was founded by William Welch Deloitte in the year 1845 in London. The firm has a workforce of around 3,12,000 professionals in the world. The company has its operations in 150 countries and its network is considered as one of the biggest networks in the world. It provides 6 major services to its clients that are- audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and legal services. In India, the company operates from its 13 offices across 12 cities of India (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Goa) with the name of two sub-entities Deloitte India and Deloitte US-India.

2. PwC

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PwC acquires the second place among these big 4 companies and also it ranks as the second-largest professional service network in the world. It has its headquarters in London and operates in 157 countries across the globe in 742 locations with a workforce of around 2,76,000 people. In India, the company operates from its 20 offices in 7 cities (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune). The company earned a total of around $42.4 Billion as revenue globally, the major proportion of this revenue came from the Assurance department followed by Advisory and Tax.

3. Ernst & Young

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Ernst & Young, best known as EY is one of the largest professional service firms, it was founded in 1989 with a merger of 2 accounting firms Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young & Co and that’s how the company got its name. EY deals with all major kinds of professional services like its other fellow firms such as Assurance, tax, Advisory, Legal, etc. It operates its business from around 150 countries with a team of 2,70,000 employees worldwide. EY has recognized as the best place to work in 2016 as per REAX (Russian Ratings Agency).

4. KPMG

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KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) is a multinational professional service company which has its operations in more than 147 countries in the world. The total workforce comprises around 2,20,000 employees working in three main basic lines Financial Audit, Tax, and Advisory which is further divided into various service and sub-service groups. In India, KPMG operates from its about 13 offices in 10 cities Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Kochi, Chandigarh, and Ahmedabad. The Indian workforce comprises of around 4800 employees in different service lines within the country.

Work culture at Big 4 companies in India

The work culture at these firms is completely different as compared to the local firms of our country, they are operating in so many countries for so many years and they are master in pulling out the best version of their employees through training and work environment. Here are some pointers that will help us in understanding this-

1. Office Environment

The office environment is quite cool and friendly at these big 4 companies, all the top professionals of their fields work together keeping a healthy and friendly environment in the office. All the people usually sit on the same desks, there is no separate cabin whether you are a staff member or a senior manager of the company. Colleagues used to call each other by their names instead of Sir or Mam, irrespective of the posts, and designations. Overall the work environment in the office is very healthy and work-oriented.

2. Training

These big 4 companies are very popular both on the job and of the job training of their employees. They constantly work on the skill enhancements of their employees, by organizing time to time seminars and through various learning courses for their employees. They pay a very healthy amount as salary so they want your best version to perform at their office, that’s the reason they nourish their employees and take out the best version of them.

3. Work-Life Balance

They do care for the personal life of the employees so they provide a certain amount of flexibility with the work and never overburden you with plenty of work. Yes, it is true they have their buy season where all employees work really hard to wrap up everything before the last date but they keep you motivated during that season as well by providing gifts, hampers, and some fun activities in the office like Zumba sessions parties, etc.

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