Clayton & McKervey named a top workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 6th consecutive year

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, is pleased to announce it has been named a 2017 Free Press Top Workplace. It is the sixth year Clayton & McKervey has been included on the Free Press list, which ranks the best places to work in Michigan. The firm was among the honorees recognized at the Top Workplaces 2017 Awards reception on Nov. 2 at the Troy Marriott.

“We are honored to be recognized once again as one of the top workplaces in Michigan,” said Clayton & McKervey President Robert Dutkiewicz. “Public accounting is a competitive field for talent and its important to our client service efforts that our staff see Clayton McKervey as a positive place to work and build a career.”

The Top Workplaces survey gathers employee responses and measures organizational health in four categories:
1. Alignment – being aligned as an organization
2. Effectiveness – executing effectively
3. Connection – genuinely and meaningfully connecting with employees
4. My Manager – managing employees well

Clayton & McKervey ranked in the top third of the small company category, notably receiving a 4.9 out of 5.5 for staff response to the “My Manager” query.

Clayton & McKervey promotes a collegial and responsive work environment. The firm, already an industry leader in promoting women to partnership and other roles of high-level responsibility, introduced the Women’s Network in 2016 to engage female leadership talent with a four-tier approach that increases access to role models; improves marketing opportunities; provides education and support for career advancement; and enhances the culture of the firm to ensure the successful retention and recruitment of women.

In addition, Clayton & McKervey’s young leadership training program taps employees before they are managers and turns them into the firm’s leaders of tomorrow through technical training and leadership conferences, off-site learning, daily mentoring and in-house coaching, and community involvement. The firm also emphasizes the importance of making time to have fun and connect outside of working hours to foster visible, deeper levels of engagement with each other and the community.

About Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces
The Detroit Free Press Top Workplace rankings are based purely on anonymous employee feedback provided in a survey asking about leadership, benefits, training and flexibility. Along with Workplace Dynamics, an independent research company, the Free Press evaluated responses to questions about culture, salary and benefits, workplace amenities, and reasons they value both their job and leadership. The survey also included a comment section capturing respondents’ views of their current employer. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Top Workplace recognition is about a company “winning a culture of respect and continued learning.” To see all Top Workplace rankings, click here.


About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran as a 2014 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women

Southfield, Mich. – June 26, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was recently named by the Accounting MOVE Project as a 2014 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women.

The MOVE project, now in its fifth year, surveyed 50 firms using benchmarks to evaluate the retention of women leaders in public accounting and their advancement to partnership.
Firms participating in the Accounting MOVE Project were ranked on the range, depth and success of programs and a workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women’s success, especially at midlevel and above.

The Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran for the firm’s nationally known work-life programs, strengthening the tracking of leadership-bound women and building out the firm’s network of champions for women in the firm’s 19 domestic offices. Specifically, the report applauds Plante Moran for its Women in Leadership program, or WIL, which is designed to accelerate the firm’s ability to both attract and retain women leaders. Introduced in 2013, the program’s long-term goal is to have equal presence, impact and influence from men and women at all levels of the firm, including partnership.

According to Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, the firm has seen great success in the first year of the program.

“For more than 25 years, Plante Moran has been a leader in work-life programs and a pioneer in women’s career advancement issues,” Krater said. “The Women in Leadership initiative came into play because we needed to reassert our leadership position in attracting, retaining and advancing women to partnership and other positions of increasing responsibility.

“Since implementing the program last year, we have seen an increase in development opportunities for our staff, creating avenues for women to become partner and further advance their career during partnership. For example, Dianne Wells, who leads the firm’s retail dealer industry, one of the largest practices in the nation focused specifically on auto dealers, was appointed as office managing partner for the firm’s new Detroit office in November 2013. Recently, Dianne was named one of the winners of the Michigan Association of CPAs Women to Watch awards.”

The 2014 Accounting MOVE Project focused on a firm’s return on investment in women through internships, initiatives and influence. According to the report, internship experiences are the single most important factor in a student’s acceptance of a job offer. Eighty-one percent of MOVE firms offer paid internships and successful programs set high expectations and follow-through when those interns are hired as associates, increasing the chance of retention. As an example, the report introduces Michelle Goss, who started with Plante Moran as a winter intern in 1996 and is now a partner and mother of three.

To gain a return on initiatives, the report reveals that weaving succession planning with programs that equip women with key business development, leadership and confidence-building skills, such as Plante Moran does, are the most successful. When tracking a return on initiatives, key metrics are identified and tailored to the firm’s retention, growth and succession goals, as well as new business resulting from the initiative by individual, practice area, office and specific program.

In gaining a return on influence, the report notes that with male partners and principals outnumbering women four-to-one, these senior women have a higher profile with younger professionals, especially women. This increased exposure has resulted in many surveyed firms winning new business, developing brand ambassadors, increasing the firms’ credibility, and giving women the authority to advocate for diverse rising talent.

In responding to the report’s reminder that, “Business skills can be taught. Influence is caught,” Plante Moran partner Sue Perlin, who leads the firm’s WIL program, said her experience bears this out.

“Plante Moran recently elected 18 new partners, 11 of them were women,” Perlin said. “Our ability to have more women in senior leadership positions in the firm depends upon our ability to build a strong bench of women partners. It’s good to see the firm making strides in that direction.”

To read the full report, visit the Accounting MOVE Project website here.

About the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project
The Best Firms were among the 50 that participated in the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project. Through the project and its sponsoring associations, the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, the profession can consistently measure the status of women and collaborate on proven and promising practices that advance and retain women. The Accounting MOVE Project research partner is Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which has been measuring and supporting the advancement of women since 1998.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’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 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; 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.

Plante Moran Named a “National Top 150 Workplace” by WorkPlaceDynamics

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan – February 1, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has been named to the National Top 150 Workplaces by WorkPlaceDynamics. The announcement was made that Plante Moran ranked 19th nationwide out of 150 organizations. The national list was compiled from the 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees that participated in regional top workplaces awards programs. The full list of 150 winners can be viewed at www.topworkplaces.com.

The National Top Workplaces list was determined solely by feedback gathered through an objective employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP. The survey consisted of a proprietary set of 22 questions to rank companies. Survey results highlight that employees want to work at companies with high levels of organizational health, meaning the company has set a clear direction for its future, executes business objectives well and brings real meaning to work.

Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA, welcomed news of the award. “Workplace awards such as the National Top 150 Workplaces have added meaning when they are based on staff input. Nurturing our unique culture and fostering open communication with staff is critical to Plante Moran’s success,” said Krater. “I really want to thank our team firmwide for their belief in and dedication to our client service goals and to each other, because that is ultimately what this award acknowledges.”

This is the second national award Plante Moran has received in 2013 for workforce satisfaction. On Jan. 16, the firm announced it had been named for the 15th consecutive year to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies to Work For.”

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 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India.

Plante Moran has local offices in the following cities:

Michigan: Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Macomb, St. Joseph, Southfield (two offices) and Traverse City
Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo
Illinois: Downtown Chicago (two offices) and Elgin

ABOUT WORKPLACEDYNAMICS
Founded in 2006, WorkplaceDynamics is the fastest-growing employee survey provider in the United States. Based on their “on-demand” employee survey, last year they surveyed more than 5,000 organizations, polled 1.7 million people, and handled more than a million employee responses.

ABOUT THE SURVEY
The Top Workplaces program accurately reflects the opinions of employees through measurement of engagement, organizational health and employee satisfaction. The survey is utilized year after year by human resource professionals and C-suite executives nationwide as the gold standard in internal measurement of organizational health and employee satisfaction.

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Contact: Dan Artman, Plante Moran Public Relations, 248.223.3469

Plante Moran Receives Top Workplace Recognition

Firm Also Receives Standout Award in “Training” Category

Southfield, Mich. — November 26, 2012 -Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was named one of the top five workplaces in Michigan in the 2012 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces survey. The state-wide survey looked at companies in small, midsize and large categories; Plante Moran was named number three in the large companies category.

Plante Moran has a tradition of workplace success and has received numerous workplace awards through the years, including the coveted national award from FORTUNE magazine, which has named the firm one of the country’s best places to work for 14 consecutive years. Plante Moran Managing Partner, Gordon Krater, CPA shared the firm’s core belief.

“We thank the Detroit Free Press for commending our efforts to remain a top workplace,” said Krater. “Our culture is at the center of our client service efforts and we continue to invest in programs and policies that optimize the career satisfaction of our staff, who then in turn are motivated to provide outstanding service to our clients.”

Highlights of Plante Moran’s workplace policies supporting individual and team development include:

• The assignment of a team partner and experienced staff member to serve as a “buddy” beginning on the first day of employment to encourage and sustain long-term relationships among staff and promote professional development and personal satisfaction
• A nationally recognized professional training program that includes social media to help ensure effective networking and relationship building with current and future clients and friends of the firm
• A PTA (Personal Tightrope Action) Committee that researches and recommends programs and policies that address and support balance of life issues; examples of PTA programs include a PTA buddy program for first-time parenting staff and on-site child care on Saturdays during tax season.
• Firm-wide volunteer initiatives, including paid time off to support community efforts

As part of the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces award, Plante Moran received a special award as a Top Workplace Standout in the Training category. The training award was given to Plante Moran based on staff responses to the following statement: “I get the formal training I want for my career.”

The Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces survey was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics. To view the Detroit Free Press article about the awards, which was published on November 18th, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bbr565c.

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 2,000 professionals in 22 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, 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.

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