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PKF O’Connor Davies Overview

New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
1891
Company - Private
Accounting
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP is a full-service certified public accounting and advisory firm with a long history of serving clients both domestically and internationally, an impressive record of growth and an enviable reputation within our industry. We are ranked in the ... Read more

Mission: At PKF O’Connor Davies, we’re continuously growing our reach, client base, size and workforce – and we’re looking to hire the best talent. As we grow, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our people and to developing their careers. So ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Vault ranked PKFOD’s Internship Program #16 in Accounting on their 2018 Best Internships Rankings! PKFOD also ranked #23 in Employment Prospects as part of the Quality of Life Rankings! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQRlL

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  • There’s good… then there’s great. The difference is opportunity. PKF O’Connor Davies launched this year’s recruiting campaign, Greatest Opportunity of All Time. Read all about it! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ0LI

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PKF O’Connor Davies – Why Work For Us?


PKF O’Connor Davies Mission Statement

We exist to serve clients at a higher level – going beyond passive value protection to active value creation.  We do this through relentless connections that drive efficiencies, uncover opportunities and eliminate risk.

Know Greater Value.

As our business grows, our commitment to active value creation both internally and industrywide has allowed us to do more to connect our clients to sound business advice, key players and resources across diverse sectors.  This advantage is evidenced in our brand statement, “Know Greater Value.” It is also evidenced in our culture and represents who we are as a Firm.  It’s what our clients expect from us and what sets us apart from our competitors.

Knowing greater value is not only our mission statement, it is a promise that our employees live every day. To fulfill it, we go beyond, reach for more and do all we can to uncover value in all we do.

Our value culture is a motivating one.  Our professionals thrive on creating connections and pushing for better answers in order to solve problems, build relationships and connect our clients to what they need day after day.  It is no accident that, at PKF O’Connor Davies, our lead Partners are actively involved in the day-to-day management of engagements, adding value for both our specialists and clients.  We take great pride in our culture, the internal tools and resources we provide to help our employees own their careers and increase their individual value through professional development.

Our value culture is entrepreneurial.  Our team members are committed to a higher standard -- they are industry specialists with the right mix of passion and professionalism, acumen and accountability, always seeking to go beyond and do more.  Through our value culture and industry connections, our talented teams drive efficiencies, uncover opportunities and manage risk.  As a result, we deliver value where others can’t and define success by the value we bring to our clients.

Our value culture is non-hierarchical.  We don’t operate in closed channels.  As a mid-sized firm, we are nimble, allowing us to serve our clients with greater effectiveness and responsiveness than larger firms typically can, while still ranking among them as one of the top and fastest-growing public accounting firms nationwide.  Combined with our technical expertise, this agility equips us to enhance the services and solutions we bring to our clients.  These advantages are integrated into all that we do and central to our success.

At PKF O’Connor Davies, you have the opportunity to serve as a brand ambassador and value connector for the Firm. You will work alongside senior partners and accomplished colleagues as you forge lasting relationships and share in the Firm’s success and community endeavors -- all while growing both personally and professionally.

 

At PKF O'Connor Davies, we're in the business of fostering talent, creating opportunities and creating long-term, fulfilling careers for our employees.  Our mission and culture provide for a multitude of resources and growth opportunities, all directed at helping you own your career and your professional development.

In your role at PKF O’Connor Davies, you will enjoy career development, mentoring and networking opportunities – both in and out of the office -- all while striving to create tangible value differentiators through your work.  As you assume your role in helping our clients understand the true meaning of knowing greater value, you will become actively engaged in all areas of the Firm

Positioned for continued growth and focused on building strong employee relationships, PKF O’Connor Davies is an exceptional firm at which to begin – or continue – building your career.  We enjoy working as a team, but also respect our employees as individuals. We champion diversity,  encourage innovation and support our greater communities.  We feel strongly that our success is your success, which is why we make it a priority to foster career development and personal growth.

Be the GOAT. Step up to Opportunity.

G.O.A.T. is an acronym for the Greatest Of All Time, most commonly used to describe athletes believed to be the best in their fields. At PKF O’Connor Davies, however, we use the acronym to signify the opportunities we offer for those who wish to be the best at what they do in their chosen area of specialty.

There’s good…then there’s great. The difference is opportunity. 

Joining PKF O’Connor Davies is the first step in pursuing one of the greatest career opportunities of all time. Whether you are looking for an internship or full-time position, launching your career here at a top-tier accounting and advisory firm positions you to serve some of the world’s most respected and high profile individuals and organizations. Our Firm is recognized for innovation, agility and the exceptional value we deliver to our clients. What makes us special, however, is that we are committed to our culture — one that fosters personal and professional development while giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

Not your typical auditors, we are a new breed of accounting and advisory firm that holds itself to a higher standard — adding value in everything we do. With our laser-like client focus, we unlock genuine value at key connection points in every engagement. As a result, our clients know greater service. They know greater connections. They know greater value. Which is why, for the right candidates, there is no greater career opportunity.

What We Offer 

  • Top-tier internship programs that often lead to full-time employment.
  • One-on-one professional guidance and mentoring from an adviser assigned to oversee your internship.
  • First-hand experience working with partners, principals, managers and professional staff members.
  • Community-based environment that encourages participation, questions, opinions and observations.

Leaders of Tomorrow Program 

At PKF O’Connor Davies, we recognize the importance of attracting top talent early. For undergraduates interested in growing into an influential role in accounting, this program presents the opportunity to explore our Firm, our culture and the career-launching benefits we offer. You’ll participate in skill-building workshops, network with Firm professionals and develop leadership abilities as you gain a genuine understanding of the responsibilities and advantages a career with us entails. Designed specifically for sophomores and juniors, the program takes place in June.

Winter Tax Internship 

Our Winter Tax Internship Program is the ideal way to explore a career in public accounting and secure valuable hands-on experience at the same time. You’ll work directly with clients as an active member of one of our industry group teams, assisting with tax scanning and tax return preparation. Roll up your sleeves and commit to at least 20 hours per week as this program for part-time interns takes place during the mid-February to mid-April tax season.

Summer Audit Internship 

Our Summer Audit Internship Program offers real-world audit experience along with immersion in our Firm culture. As a team member in one of our industry groups, you’ll assist in executing actual audit projects for key clients and conduct a market research project for presentation to Firm leadership. Community service and Firm-sponsored events help you build a professional network as you expand your skills through specialized training and collaboration with your own Intern Adviser. This full-time, eight-week internship program starts in mid-June and continues until mid-August.

Full-Time Opportunities 

As a thriving, competitive and successful organization, PKF O’Connor Davies continuously pursues innovation and growth. We nurture it in our team members and celebrate it as a Firm, making
PKF O’Connor Davies an exceptional place to launch — and grow — your career, especially one with the potential to make a meaningful impact. We combine training, mentoring, professional development and collaboration with senior leaders to create the ideal environment for developing career-driving skills and talents. We ensure a uniquely approachable culture, encouraging professional networking and participation in group community service projects and social events. Additional advantages include: 

  • Collaboration with Senior Leaders – Benefit from real-time, hands-on interaction with partners and executives. 
  • Career Development – Firm-paid CPA review course, in-house adviser support, education reimbursement. 
  • Challenging Assignments – Distinct industry specialties, diverse clients, stimulating projects.
  • Rewards for Excellence – Highly-competitive compensation and benefits; indispensable opportunities for professional advancement.
  • Firm Culture – Ours is a progressive, positive and supportive environment that encourages a healthy work-life balance.
  • Team Collegiality – Enjoy occasions to interact with colleagues both on and off the job.

“The success of our Firm is directly connected to the success of our people and our teams, which is why we are committed to offering exceptional career opportunities: personal and professional growth, mentoring and networking in an environment of diversity and innovation.” 

— Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner

At PKF O’Connor Davies, we offer competitive compensation and benefits; our comprehensive benefits packages provide access to programs that can be tailored to meet the personal health and financial well-being needs of our partners, staff and their families.  We also provide resources and programs to help staff pursue their professional goals and support their personal and family needs along with a full roster of volunteer and community service activities. 

Our benefits program currently includes the following:

Health and Well-Being Plans

  • Holidays: The firm provides 10 paid holidays per year, 7 of which are fixed.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Accrue paid time off for between 15 and 25 workdays per year, based upon staff classification and length of service.
  • Flexible Work Option (FWO): A Flexible Work Option provides a unique opportunity to rethink where, when and how work gets done. The greatest payoff of flexibility for the Firm and our employees lies in the process we go through when we rethink our work, find efficiencies and identify better practices.
  • Commuter Benefits Program: Through payroll deductions, you have the option to save money by paying transit and parking expenses with pre-tax dollars. 
  • Medical Plans: Comprehensive medical coverage is available for you, your spouse and dependents through multiple medical plan options (including prescription drug coverage).
  • Dental Plans: Diagnostic, preventive, major care and orthodontia coverage for you, your spouse and dependents.
  • Vision Care Plan: Coverage for routine eye examinations, contact and eyeglass lenses as well as frames.
  • Flexible Spending Account: Allows you to save pre-tax money for eligible medical expenses.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Offers a complete range of services on issues such as health and wellness, emotional well-being, financial problems, parenting and childcare, and resources for seniors.

Financial Well-Being Plans 

  • Short-Term Disability (STD) Plan
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan
  • Parental Leave Plan
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Savings Plan: This retirement planning vehicle provides the opportunity to benefit from pre-tax savings, save on an after-tax basis or manage your 401(k) with a combination of the two.
  • Profit Sharing Plan: As an alternative to a matching plan, the Firm also offers a Profit Sharing plan. This benefit allows the Firm to distribute part of our profits to all of our employees, not just those who are enrolled in the 401(k) Plan.  Profit Share contributions are discretionary and there is a six-year vesting period with 0% allocated in the first year and 20% every year thereafter.
  • 529 Savings Plan: A flexible college savings program designed to help families save for the rising cost of education. The plan offers tax-free earnings growth with flexible investment options.  The minimum investment to get started is $250.
  • CPA Review Course Program: Through this program, the firm pays directly for online or live CPA review courses. If you decide not to take advantage of the Direct Bill Plan, you will be eligible for a $2,500 reimbursement upon certification.
  • CPA Bonus: All professionals who pass all four parts of the CPA exam while employed by the firm will receive a $1,000 bonus upon passing all four parts.
  • Education Reimbursement: This program provides eligible staff with educational support of up to $5,250 (non-taxable) per calendar year. Upon completing course, reimbursement is awarded for when receiving a “B” or better.
  • New Business Incentive: This program rewards you for making the initial contact on a new client that results in business for the Firm.  The Firm will pay a commission of 15% on fees billed and collected with a realization rate of 85% or better.  The commission is reduced by 1% each year and payment will last until the sixth year.
  • Employee Referral Bonus: This program rewards you for referring great talent to join the team.  You could earn from $500 to $6,500 for eligible referrals.
  • Spotlight on Value Bonus Program: This is just one more step in creating a high-performance culture that encourages and rewards employees who are making extraordinary contributions to the firm. Bonuses are awarded year-round, as recommended by Partners, to employees whose contributions exceed either performance expectations or the scope of their job responsibilities.

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    PKF O'Connor Davies genuinely cares about its employees. The culture is very warm, kind, and the Firm promotes a great work-life balance. There are nice perks like being able to wear jeans on Fridays and being able to leave at 2pm on Fridays during the summer. The HR department does a good job at making sure employees feel appreciated.

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    The technology/ programs can be updated. The Tuition Reimbursement Program can be improved on to encourage employees to further their education.

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PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: Congratulations to “PKFOD-Rex Managing Dino” for winning the 2017 PKFOD Halloween Costume contest in our Harrison office!
PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: This year’s line for the big Thanksgiving lunch was a mile long! We are happy to continue to grow our great PKFOD family!
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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at PKF O’Connor Davies (New York, NY).

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    The interview process was very friendly and inviting. They were very interested in my background and my desired career path. They stressed the mid-size feel in which I wouldn't feel like a number like a big firm and also would be able to access the resources the firm has to offer.

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PKF O’Connor Davies Awards & Accolades

  • Ranked #28 of "2017's Top 100 Firms", Accounting Today, 2017
  • Ranked #22 of the 50 "Best Accounting Employers to Work for in North America", Vault, 2017
  • Ranked #9 of "Best Accounting Firms for Relationships with Supervisors", Vault, 2017
  • Ranked #9 on "Best Accounting Firms for Hours", Vault, 2017
  • Ranked #7 of the "Top Firms in the Mid-Atlantic", Accounting Today, 2017
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