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Plante & Moran Named to FORTUNE Magazine's List of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for 12th Consecutive Year


Celebrating 86 years of history and a dozen years as one of the nation’s best places to work.

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — Plante & Moran, PLLC, the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 12th consecutive year. The full list, which ranks Plante & Moran 66th, will appear in the February 8 issue of FORTUNE magazine (www.fortune.com).

“We are truly honored that FORTUNE has continued to recognize Plante & Moran as one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for twelve years,” said Managing Partner Gordon Krater. “Considering the average life cycle for an organization on the list is three years, our recurring presence is evidence that our team has created a truly unique and extraordinary work environment.

Plante & Moran doesn’t take this honor for granted,” Krater added. Two-thirds of FORTUNE’s judging criteria is based on confidential surveys in which staff evaluate the credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie of their workplace. In 2010, Plante & Moran’s survey percentages improved in each of the five categories and staff overwhelmingly supported the following statements:

  • Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulder.
  • Management genuinely seeks and responds to suggestions and ideas.
  • I’m proud to tell others I work here.
  • People care about each other here, and
  • There is a “family” or team feeling here.

Krater said Plante & Moran strives to be 100% jerk-free, which allows the firm to find and retain talented staff who provide quality service to its clients. “I speak for our staff in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Monterrey, Shanghai, and Mumbai when I say we are very excited to be recognized for our culture. It proves that wherever we are, practicing the golden rule and treating our clients and each other the way we’d want to be treated, is a timeless value that has served us for 86 years.”

As a sign of the times, the firm will announce its placement on the FORTUNE list to its 1,600 staff and partners through an online video. In addition, staff will be encouraged to contribute to an internal blog and share what being a part of the firm means to them. “This type of personal interaction helps cultivate the desired environment we want to build for our firm and its clients,” added Krater.

In the 12 years since Plante & Moran first appeared on the FORTUNE list, the firm has more than tripled its revenue and has nearly doubled its staff, all while maintaining a culture that promotes staff development, retention, and focus on client service. The result is lower turnover, which promotes unparalleled longevity and trust and drives exceptional client results.

About Plante & Moran
Plante & Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting, and wealth management services. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,600 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois and with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante & Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

About the FORTUNE list
To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and diversity.

Any company that is at least seven years old with more the 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible to be included on the list.

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