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BIG 4

 
#1 BIG 4
11/04/2011 13:55

X

There seems to be a bit of a confusion ( atleast in my head). Can you please clarify who are BIG 4 consultancies?

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#2 RE: BIG 4
11/04/2011 13:59

AD to X (#1)

I could mock you for the lack of independent research skills but I won't (too many miserable people around me for me to add one more to the list).

Here you go -

Deloitte

PWC

KPMG

EY

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#3 RE: BIG 4
11/04/2011 15:48

Headhunter to AD (#2)

Wow....

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#4 RE: BIG 4
27/05/2011 17:17

HRandChange to AD (#2)

I thought accenture was one of them?

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#5 RE: BIG 4
28/05/2011 03:02

SecretSolicitor to HRandChange (#4)

Accountancy firms only, albeit ACN used to be Andersons and they were #1 until Enron.

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#6 RE: BIG 4
06/06/2011 16:12

Village Idiot to X (#1)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Four_(audit_firms)

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#7 RE: BIG 4
07/06/2011 12:14

Bob to X (#1)

On the audit side it used to be the 'Big 5':

- Andersen

- Deloitte

- E&Y

- PwC

- KPMG

One went bust and the rest became the Big 4 (also known as the Fat Four).

On the consulting side, the term Big 4 is more un-defined. In fact this message board is probably the only place where I have seen the term used. I've always read it as referring to the biggest consulting firms with a Big 5 audit firm background:

- Accenture (used to be Andersen Consulting, and before that used to be part of Arthur Andersen. The biggest of the ex. Big 5 consulting firms.)

- Deloitte (still part of the Deloitte partnership. Reasonably large).

- E&Y (original consulting practice sold to Cap Gemini, but has since started up a new one with aggressive growth).

- PwC (original consulting practice sold to IBM, but has since started up a new one).

KPMG also sold its original consulting practice to Atos Origin, and I think has since started up a new one, but I see it as so insignificant that I wouldn't see it as a 'big 4' consulting firm.

Other firms that aren't in this list include:

- Cap Gem

- IBM

- Atos

- PA

- Logica

- EDS

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