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Plante Moran Named to FORTUNE magazine's List of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For" for 15th Consecutive Year

Technology, Social Media and Key Changes Keep Firm Current with Changing Workplace Landscape

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Plante Moran PLLC, (www.plantemoran.com) one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has been named for the 15th consecutive year to FORTUNE magazine's list of the "The 100 Best Companies to Work For". The firm has been named to this prestigious list each year it has applied. Winners were announced today on FORTUNE'S iPad app and Plante Moran ranks #25, the highest-ranking accounting firm on the list. The full list of winners can be viewed tomorrow at Fortune.com/BestCompanies and will be featured in the Feb. 4 issue of FORTUNE.

"Plante Moran has maintained – and expanded -- the dynamic culture and staff retention practices that enable us to be recognized as one of the best places to work, even during a 15-year growth period," said Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA. "Since 1999 when Plante Moran first appeared on the FORTUNE list, the number of staff has increased from 978 to more than 2,000. That's a testament to the strong culture that has endured through our nearly 90-year history."

The workplace has changed significantly in 15 years and the firm has kept pace with those changes, in part by being a leader in technology and the prompt application of relevant workplace trends. For example, Plante Moran uses social media tools to attract the best and the brightest entry-level talent from campuses throughout the Midwest. The firm also has a Diversity Council, an initiative to promote women leaders, and several affinity groups including a GLBT resource group.

Additionally, the firm champions community outreach and involvement at all levels of the organization through the staff-led and driven Plante Moran Cares, the firm's grass-roots charity project. Plante Moran Cares connects staff with volunteer opportunities that increase the well-being of individuals in their local communities. By encouraging personal participation and interaction, Plante Moran Cares aims to share the firm's longstanding "We Care" philosophy which states, "We care about our clients, we care about our work, we care about our families and our communities, and we care about each other." This year's Plante Moran Cares project is literacy and involves 16 literacy organizations in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio receiving hands-on volunteer and financial support from Plante Moran and its staff members.

"With the Plante Moran Cares initiative, we provide a meaningful way for staff to deepen their sense of being part of a larger community through contributions of time and talent. Equally important, we see this as an opportunity to shape a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and giving back," Krater said.

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  

FORTUNE Methodology

To pick The 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America: 259 firms participated in this year's survey. More than 277,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. 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 management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on 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 practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.  Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible.

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