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PwC Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jun 20, 2014
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3.4 123 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(26 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not a good company to work. Please avoid

    Senior Associate - Advisory (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood Package, Free meal, Travelling, Drinking, meeting people

    ConsWork-life balance sucks, Health issue. You join in the company telling there are projects in pipeline. If you are lucky you are in a project and they will suck all the juice out of you (14 - 18 hrs work but salary of 8 hrs). If you are not on a project then you are on a long time paid vacation and after few months they will fire you. No long term visibility. Don't join if you are looking for Technology Consulting. I cannot speak for Auditing, Tax and Assurance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease get some win project.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible work-life balance

    Audit Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prostraining is good and the brilliant people start their career there

    Conswork-life balance is non-existent, they don't take into consideration your career , just fill out jobs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Corporate slavery

    Audit Senior Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe only good reason that I can think of for which anyone would want to work here is to learn. Since the industry is ever changing, this is a great way to keep updated on the latest pronouncements. Of course, if the political BS in Washington stopped, maybe there wouldn't be so many changes every year. The politicians in Washington seriously need to focus on more important issues.

    ConsThere's so much cons to working at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    First, there is WAY TOO MUCH politics going on. The partners have their favorites. It's incredible how much favoritism they show to their favorites. The same people keep on winning awards because they are being favorited by the partners.

    Second, you are well underpaid for how much work you do. It's almost like slavery for the amount of hours they expect you to work versus the money they compensate you with. My suggestion is to treat this job as a learning experience and move on when you think you're ready. Benefits compared to other companies are not that great either. I still pay a lot out of pocket for my medical bills.

    Third, there is no work life balance. They love to preach this idea of work life balance to you. Don't believe anything that they try to sell you. There is no such thing as work life balance here. Their idea of work life balance is that they allow you flexibility in your work hours for things like emergency, doctor's appointment, other commitments, etc. Except the work is still there. You still need to make up your hours and more to compensate. To be honest, work consumes your life. Just say goodbye to your friends and family before you begin your first day of work here.

    Fourth, people are fake here. They act like they care about you and want to look out for your best interest. Truth is that this is a cut throat industry. People will step over you to climb up the ladder. You're pretty much on your own and need to look out for your own interests. Or else, your fake co-workers will stab you in the back and step all over you so that they can move up.

    Finally, after a certain point, I came to a realization. Does any of this work really benefit society? Who in the world really cares if you get your controls testing done today. Or who cares if you get this analytics right today? No one cares. You do all this work that no one cares about. The work gets scrutinized by seniors, managers, and partners, whose purpose to find mistakes to cut you down to size. Partners sign opinion letters that no one really reads. It gets filed away for a number of years only for it to get trashed years down the road. It's a meaningless cycle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop it with the politics. Be fair and be respectful to your employees. Stop trying to cheat your employees and pay them what they deserve, especially if they'll be working 80 hour weeks for you. Stop it with all the lies and have some ethics. Be honest to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Office Politics; poor leadership

    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsLooks good on a resume

    Conspoor leadership; office politics; churn n' burn

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do an internship at PwC for your resume, but DO NOT accept a full-time position

    Audit Associate (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsWorking at PwC gives you the CPA experience you need. Additionally, the name PricewaterhouseCoopers looks good on your personal resume.

    ConsSimply put, you are expected to be a mindless minion. No one has any respect for a work/life balance, whether or not they know about the commitment, you come in extra early, get your work done early or on time, and get compliments from the client. If you book vacation ahead of time (despite being available when you book), you will most likely be "asked" to change it, and if that is not possible, you will have to make up the hours you are taking as vacation. People will consistently throw you under a bus and be two-faced. Rumors, trash talk, and gossip are prevalent, even among Managers, who also partake. I've had an associate tell me (when the senior was not in the room) that he will help me with an assignment, and when it came due and I asked him for his part, he said, "I never said I'd do that. That was YOUR responsibility." (to me in front of the senior) I've also had an experienced associate tell me to do controls testing, and then, when I did it and the manager asked why I did, the experienced associate said they had never told me to do the testing in the first place. Those are only two of many examples in my short one year term here.

    Senior Associates and Managers do not think for themselves either; they are the ones that clawed their way to the top, but never really knew or understood what they were doing along the way. You do something because it was done last year (even if excessive, unnecessary, and time consuming). If you bring up the fact that a procedures may be any of the above, you will do it if only to satisfy the person's power trip and if later, the Manager or Partner calls it excessive, you'll find that the Senior and/or Manager will put the blame on you, saying that you mindlessly followed prior year. And by the way, you will be considered "difficult" for having ever questioned a procedure in the first place, regardless of whether or not you were right or how sweetly you bring it up.

    Another thing to note: people do not leave PwC having loved the firm. People leave PwC because they hate it. It's not just the work they hate, but the people that make the work that much more unbearable.

    One final point: NO overtime pay. If you work 8 hours or 16 hours, the firm doesn't care. You are booked for engagements knowing that the number of days you have to complete the engagement is not enough and instead of adjusting resources properly, the idea is that it will get done no matter what (normally, excessive overtime). You are also told to keep your hours within budget (i.e. eat hours) and you are unappreciated if you are honest about your hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhether your firm looks good on a resume or not will only get you so far when it comes to the quality of people you are able to retain. How you compensate and treat your employees defines whether or not you will keep the good ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the best choice for everyone (especially for people of color)

    Associate, Tax (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe benefits are decent, and you gain exposure to a wide variety of projects.

    ConsPoor management, poor management communication, inadequate salary given the hours, billing practices are not perfect, lots of "squeaky wheel" mentality in management prevents many sharp, hard working folks from progressing, esp. amongst people of color.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote evenly- not just those who are loud and vocal. Reward the hard workers and non-kiss-uppers. Lots of work to do in the area of diversity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PricewaterhouseCoopers....the best place I've had the pleasure of working.

    Executive Assistant Team Leader (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsPwC is a great firm which provides unlimited learning opportunities, an excellent knowledge sharing environment, and has a corporate culture in which an ethical attitude and respectful conduct is a must. PwC rewards hard work through a generous benefits package, bonuses and incentive rewards. PwC is serious about providing work/life balance for all of its staff members.

    ConsBeing employed at PwC involves lots of hard work in an challenging environment. If you are looking for an 8am-5pm job....PwC isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKudos to each of you regarding the excellent planning and organization involved in our redesign.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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