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Monday, May 4, 2015

Top 5 Firms for fresh CPA Passers

Most new CPA Passers prefer to be employed in a professional firm in their first try to apply the knowledge and concepts they learned from 4 to 5 years of challenging but meaningful stay in college. One compelling reason for this is the notion that job experience provided by professional firms help them fast track their career and eventually increase their market value in a short period of time.

There are many firms, sole and partnership, in the Philippines offering services related to audit, advisory and taxation. Six of them are the biggest and most prominent. A short description of each firm is provided as follows:

1. Isla Lipana & Co., a member firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers

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Isla Lipana & Co. is the Philippine member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)—a leading multinational professional services network operating in 157 countries around the globe and employing more than 195,000 professional staff. With its main tagline “Building relationships, creating value”, PwC aims to create lasting relationships to its people and impact their lives both inside and outside of their professional career. Furthermore, Isla Lipana & Co. is known for its “work-life balance” concept wherein it tries to provide its people the highest flexibility they need both in work and personal life.

Meanwhile, the hiring is now up. Vacancy for CPAs include associates, senior associates and managers for the areas in financial audit, internal audit, IT audit, Tax, Finance & Accounting Consulting, Risk & Forensics, Deals and Corporate Finance, Financial Risk Management Consulting, and Risk Management. The Firm is expanding its workforce considering the increase of client jobs that are currently in the pipeline. You can find out more by visiting their career site through

2. Navarro Amper & Co.

Navarro Amper & Co. delivers the Philippine practice for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Global Network. Deloitte retained its position as the largest professional services firm in the globe reaching total revenues of $33.952 billion in 2014. Deloitte was only second in 2012, PwC being the largest until it outperformed PwC in 2013.

Similar to PwC, Deloitte attracts the most business professionals seeking additional training, experience and opportunities. In the 2014 rankings survey report of the Universum APAC Most Attractive Employers, Deloitte ranked as the second most ideal employer among business students of the Asia and the Pacific.

3. R. G. Manabat & Co.

R. G. Manabat & Co. is the Philippine member firm of KPMG International. The firm was previously branded as Manabat Sanagustin & Co. until it was relaunched as R. G. Manabat & Co. effective February 1, 2014. It is the fourth largest among the big four firms next to its closest rival Ernst & Young. KPMG offer services in audit, consulting and taxation.

4. Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co.

Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co., popularly known as SGV is the Philippine member firm of Ernst & Young-- the third largest firm in the globe. The firm was founded by one of the most highly respected personality in the business arena, Washington Sycip, who was also then the founder of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). SGV has developed a reputation of being the largest multidisciplinary professional services firm in the country employing more than 1,800 business professionals.

You can visit the career site of SGV by clicking

5. Punongbayan & Araullo

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Although not part of the Big Four Firm, as enumerated above, Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A) established a good reputation among the businesses in the Philippines. A member of Grant Thornton International, P&A is ranked as the fifth largest professional services firm in the Philippines. On 2014, P&A has announced its plans to merge with the largest firm worldwide, Deloitte Touche Tomatsu Limited, along with the latter's Philippine unit Navarro Amper & Co. However, it did not materialize due to certain major issues that were not resolved during the impending wedding of the two firms.

Meanwhile, P&A is also one of the most celebrated firms in the Philippines attracting the best talents nationwide. You can find out more about the career opportunities offered by P&A by visiting

Professional firms provide their people an invaluable learning experience and equip them with the latest tools and skills to keep up with the competition in a fast-changing business environment. They are like business schools that offer you an extension of education you earned during college. However, working in a professional firm is challenging and would sometimes push you out of your comfort zone. Nevertheless, it is quite logical—increasing your market value means paying a higher price.

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