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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start your career, then jump.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good but oddly is heavily weighted towards salary instead of bonus. If you make friends with partners you will keep a steady stream of work, which is key. You can get as much work and get involved in as many things as you like, which gives you more exposure.

    Cons

    pwc is an up or out firm, no matter how they try to deny it. The forced grading on a curve ensures that some are forced into ratings that aren't necessarily accurate because they need to meet the arbitrary curve. one of the moments that sticks out to me most: at a director's meeting, an executive got up and talked about how its not important to be home to tuck your kids in bed at night or to be at every soccer game. According to him, being a parent, and what your kids remember are the "milestone moments" like when he rented out the dallas cowboys stadium for his kid's birthday. Sorry- being a parent IS about being there for all the small moments.

    Advice to Management

    pwc will continue to be a fast moving treadmill that people jump on and off of. Sometimes the machine is so big it doesn't matter who is in what spot, its just a job.

  2. Area for development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunities for training
    - Generous vacation time and sick time
    - Working here looks great on your resume

    Cons

    - Lack of appreciation for IFS staff
    - Tracking your hours in multiple databases
    - Unrealistic admin to partner ratios (some EAs support 6-7 partners)
    - Compensation is way below SV market but the firm will only compare itself to other Big Fours firms that also pay under market rate
    - No real career growth for IFS and performance management tools are a joke
    - Benefits are so so. You have to pay a deductible for all medical plans which can be challenging for IFS and junior staff that earn modest salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you would treat your best customer!

  3. Good place to start your career but very stressful environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In terms of learning curve, if you are smart enough to figure out by yourself, it is very steep. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time but not necessarily in details. Still, you will experience lots of stuff in Accounting, so you can get a general picture of Accounting concept really quick.

    Cons

    Very inefficient structure and the quality of people you are dealing with is very extreme. Only half of employees is smart enough to get the job done but the other half raised a question how they even got the job. Very high-turn over, so always lack of resources and they just bring people from Singapore. Top-down culture is very exhausting and some managers treat you as almost like a work slavery. No weekend, holidays, or vacations. Lots of health issue can come up because you don't have any time to exercise or take care of yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your associate better. If manager is not qualified, the senior management needs to step in rather than just watching over the associates are suffering from managers. If the senior management doesn't change the culture, you cannot stop the high turn-over rate. Bring people from Singapore will never be a solution.

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  5. Be prepared to work very hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you take the initiative, you can generally seek out the type of work and projects you most enjoy

    Cons

    male-dominated culture; access to some high-profile clients seems to be confined to the "boys-club"; associates and seniors are hired in with the knowledge that PwC will just grind them down and burn them out--PwC should be honest about the fact that long-term career potential won't exist for the majority of the young staff it hires.

    Advice to Management

    I think it is inappropriate the way that PwC will continue to try to shape who ends up at which clients after we have resigned from PwC. There seem to be a lot of "off the record" conversations which are very unseemly.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Weak Management of Administrative associates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Team Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well known company; good résumé builder; high level exposure.

    Cons

    High level administrative leaders employ coordinators that cannot do the work they are handing to the admins to do. They do not listen to process improvements and overload you with work. If you do not finish your work they question everything you did. I documented everything and was hailed one if the strongest on the team, however, the coordinator would never recognize my contributions. Truly a great place but staffed with the wrong coordinators.

    Advice to Management

    Get the right people in there. Embarrassing to PwC culture to see this go on for so long.

  7. Frustrating, arduous, Consuming, Stressful- BUT it will get you a better job if you tough it out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Connections
    -Its like a background check for employers- they know that you were top of your class- leaped hurdles and then were malleable enough to listen and perform under stress, deadlines, and ridiculous hours

    Cons

    -No more life- Extremely negative environment- hierarchical to the max- nit picky- busy work, pointless work- looooooooong hours for me it was 70-90 hrs a week 6 months out of the year- then the other 6 months were 55+ was given things to do with no introduction, then scolded for not meeting expectations, doing the best-best i could do only ended in not getting scolded- no positive reinforcement- deceitful management just trying to convince you it will get better. Our market team was understaffed for the whole time i was employed- and they couldn't stem the 50% turnover and kept telling us it would get better promising more staff and delivering nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Abandon your business plan in Audit... it ruins too many of the young intelligent people- creates zombies who no longer have a drive to do anything but get by without getting yelled at.

  8. Work hard and long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Auditor in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning opportunities
    Great, known, clients
    Exposure to hard-working individuals (could be good or bad)

    Cons

    Long hours (almost every task is urgent)
    No work-life balance (similar to other reviews - if you have a life or a family, then this is not the ideal place, unfortunately)
    Under-staffing
    Pay not so competitive

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff
    Need to improve management/people skills (from senior associate level & up) & communication skills
    More work-life balance and flexibiity (not just in theory and goals but in practice)
    Productivity is not equal to long hours

  9. It's a good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn a lot very quickly.
    You work with really intelligent people.
    There are lots of different opportunities within the firm if you want to move out of audit

    Cons

    The communication from the top down is absolutely horrible.
    No matter how hard you work, you will not be distinguished from your peers who are average in terms of compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate things down to the associates; they do the work and you don't explain anything to them.

  10. Helpful (1)

    First two years were great, not a long term Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I was hire I felt like it was a collegiate atmosphere which was great coming out of college
    -Benefits
    -People
    -Resume Booster
    -Training Programs

    Cons

    You are just a number in the system. This is a great firm to put on your resume, make senior then leave.
    No Work life balance

  11. Great place to start your career but move elsewhere if you want career advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Vacation, and Co Workers

    Cons

    No work life balance, Compensation

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