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PKF O’Connor Davies Overview
New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
As a full-service certified public accounting and advisory firm, PKF O’Connor Davies provides a complete range of accounting, auditing, tax and management advisory services through offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland.

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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

  • PKFOD Staff, Ryan Lopes, was the spotlight for the recent Roger CPA Review blog titled "What to Expect from your Accounting Internship". Great job, Ryan!

    What to Expect From Your Accounting Internship: Ryan Lopes

    As summer accounting internships are starting just around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to gather some information from those who have just completed a winter internship. Hear from senior college students and recent graduates this week who give insight as to what their internship experiences were like and what you can expect and how to be successful once you've started.

  • The Vault Accounting 50 was released today and we are happy to announce that PFKOD is listed at #22! PKFOD also ranked in the top 25 in 22 additional categories!

    The 50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

    Today, we released our annual Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting firms to work for. This year, the results were based on a survey of 8,600 accountants, and there were several key developments in the rankings. While PwC maintained its stranglehold atop the rankings, taking the No.

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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.

Exciting, inspiring and different from what you’d expect – that’s what a PKF O’Connor Davies career experience offers. Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time position, PKF O’Connor Davies offers rewarding opportunities for career development and advancement.

PKF O’Connor Davies presents an uncommon opportunity to LEARN and LAUNCH your career and cultivate the talent to LEAD a prominent organization.


What Our Internships Offer:

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

Winter Tax Internship Program

Our Winter Internship Program immerses students in work alongside industry group specialists in authentic engagements with our clients in areas such as healthcare, cybersecurity, litigation, sports, non-profit and manufacturing.  There’s no better way to explore a career with us than assisting our professionals in executing actual audit or tax projects. This eight-week program operates every year from February through April.

Summer Audit Internship Program

Our Summer Internship Program equips students to discover precisely what our audit and accounting projects entail – and to contribute to them in meaningful ways. You’ll leap right into real-world experience by conducting a market research assignment and presenting it to Firm leadership. You will also broaden your professional network by participating in community service and Firm-sponsored social events. This eight-week program begins each June.


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:

  • Career Development – Firm-paid CPA review course, in-house advisor support, tuition 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.

“At the core of our success is a commitment to recognizing each individual voice. We value diversity, encourage innovation and emphasize personal and professional growth, providing ample opportunities for career development, mentoring and networking.”

               - Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner


Experienced Hires and Senior Leadership

At PKF O’Connor Davies, we are proud to have fostered the development of many prominent professionals, including partners key to our senior leadership teams.  Promoting career growth benefits our executives, our Firm and our clients, which is why we are eager to identify and welcome promising candidates who possess, or are interested in expanding abilities in the following areas: 

Excellence and Expertise in Client Service

Our clients have high standards and our priority is to ensure them industry and subject matter expertise along with continual, on-time service of exemplary quality.  Our ideal employee has a passion for ongoing professional development.

Innovation and Practice Management

New ideas and business solutions are the springboard to success. Those excited by innovation have an exciting future with us.

Relationship Building

Cultivating, expanding and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues and clients are integral to career success in any field, particularly in a service-driven setting, such as ours. We welcome team members who understand that actions reflect integrity of character and respect for the Firm.

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.


    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 Photos

PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: Good weather, great people, delicious food and fierce competition in field day games led to a great PKFOD Picnic!
PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: Katherine (Audit Manager) was the Key Note speaker at the Eastern Connecticut State University’s annual accounting honors banquet where PKFOD also awarded a scholarship.
PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: Peak Season is officially over and it is a three scoop type of day!! What better way to celebrate than to have an ice cream cart in the office?
PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: Spoiler Alert! If you are a joining us as an intern or full-time staff level position in the next couple of months, your “Finals Week Survival Kit” will soon be on it’s on the way to you!
PKF O’Connor Davies photo of: Can't make it to the ballpark to see opening day live during peak season? Don’t worry, we will bring it to the office!
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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at PKF O’Connor Davies in November 2016.


    I applied through my school and had an on-campus interview. I was able to get a second round interview in the office. I was called within a day with an offer to be a seasonal Tax Intern

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PKF O’Connor Davies Awards & Accolades

  • Vault Accounting 50,, 2016
  • Top 100 Accounting Firms, Accounting Today, 2015
  • Top 100 Firms, Inside Public Accounting, 2015
  • A Leader in Audit and Accounting, Accounting Today, 2014
  • "Top Firms in the Mid-Atlantic", Accounting Today, 2014
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