For the second year, Accounting Today magazine and Best Companies Group delved deep into the results of their annual list of Best Firms to Work for to take a closer look at one special subset. Of all the firm’s who made the annual list, which ones had set themselves apart when it came to offering women the best opportunities and support in the workplace?
The answer was fifteen U.S. firms, including 4 based in Texas. Taking the number one position on the 2018 list of Best Accounting Firms for Women was ATKG, LLP. The firm moved up 9 spots from its 2017 ranking, an accomplishment firm leadership is proud of.
When asked what led to the firm’s success in attracting and retaining a high percentage of female professionals, ATKG managing partner Melanie Kirk, stated “Women account for 75 percent of our workforce. However, we hardly have any initiatives I’d categorize as directed at women only. Instead, we try to make the whole firm more flexible.” The benefit is universal, Kirk said, “because, as a profession, our challenge is keeping people in public accounting. It’s not uncommon for them to decide public accounting is terrible, and go to industry, or another career entirely.”
The firms recognized by Accounting Today as the Best Accounting Firms for Women notably had several things in common. They adopted more progressive policies to help combat the profession’s negative stereotypes. They offer clearly defined pathways for advancement and they believe flexibility is key when it comes to keeping a workforce engaged and loyal to the firm and its clients.
Melanie Kirk, along with several other managing partners whose firms made the list, spoke with Danielle Lee, managing editor of Accounting Today. Lee asked each managing partner to shed light on how they are operating women-friendly workplaces, and what the profession can learn from their success. Read the full article The Best Firms for Women – Building New Networks of Support