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Columbia’s BPS CPAs Named a South Carolina Best Place to Work


Courtesy of Soda City Business Wire

Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. (BPS) has been named among the top ten in the 2023 Best Places to Work in South Carolina rankings conducted by SC Biz News. The announcement was made at a gala celebration held recently at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center honoring winners across three categories: small, medium and large employers. At number nine, BPS was the highest-ranking CPA firm in the medium-size company category.

Best Places to Work recognized 111 companies and organizations in three categories based on size. Honorees were chosen based on criteria established by the Best Companies Group. Nominees were required meet a minimum response rate on an employee survey to be considered. The employee survey was worth 75 percent of a company’s score with the employer survey worth 25 percent. One hundred percent of BPS’ team members participated in the survey, exceeding the participation requirement.

BPS Managing Shareholder Russell Bauknight says being named among the top ten employers in South Carolina is an incredible honor and invaluable in recruiting new team members, but the support BPS received from its people was incredibly humbling.

“The feedback provided in the survey was overwhelmingly positive. Reading the comments was a little emotional for me, having grown this firm from four people in 1991 to the nearly 100 that we employ today. It’s very challenging to establish and maintain a great culture for any business, but from the beginning, BPS put our people first. Public accounting is a demanding profession, and a lot of people aren’t up to the challenge. To make sure our people are sticky, we stress work-life balance, professional development, mentoring, financial and other incentives, plus social activities that make BPS much more than a job. It’s a career people enjoy and a workplace in which they thrive.”

He adds, “This honor and the comments from the employee survey validates the culture we’ve created is working and much appreciated.”

Sample comments include:

“They (BPS) are a very employee friendly company. Most new people are shocked by how well they treat their employees and have never worked at a place that has such an employee friendly environment.”

“The people at all levels of this organization work together as a team and want to do well. The company is always striving to improve, provide opportunity to employees and maintain the best work/life balance possible for all.”

When asked how BPS could improve, the majority of respondents answered, “Nothing.”

BPS extends its sincere congratulations to the other 110 South Carolina companies honored among the state’s Best Places to Work. Find the complete list of honorees here:

About Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. (BPS)
Established in 1991, BPS is among the Southeast’s premier accounting and consulting firms and among the largest locally owned public accounting firms in South Carolina with more than 85 Certified Public Accountants and professional staff. BPS is a strategic, trusted partner to clients in the insurance, construction and real estate, trusts and estates, employee benefits, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, telecommunications, and technology industries. BPS is a member of Prime Global, an association of private accounting firms, and was recognized as one of America’s 50 Best of the Best Firms in 2020 by INSIDE Public Accounting, the top tax advisory firm in the U.S. by Captive Review, and in 2019 and 2020 was recognized by Forbes as among the top recommended tax and accounting firms in America. Learn more at www.BPS.CPA.

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