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PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated May 31, 2014
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3.4 130 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(34 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Assurance Experienced Associate

    Experienced Assurance Associate (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsSteep learning curve, gain a lot of experience in the industry, makes you marketable for other jobs, ability to be early promoted if you can navigate the system

    ConsSome months there is no work life balance. Sometimes clients may be fr from where you live so you might be commuting for a long time. Also the office is full of politics.

    Advice to Senior Managementpay more attention to your junior staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to start out your career.

    Audit Associate (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsResume builder, swift push into the real world out of college.

    ConsLong hours and monotony. Like anything, you have to make sure its for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Breadth of technical development, but cookie-cutter corporate culture is not friendly to creativity

    Experienced Tax Associate (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Pros* Exposure to variety of technical issues
    * High profile clients
    * Decent salary, but note also that your hourly wages (net) will be $16 during busy times

    Cons* Cookie cutter mentality: not very adept at giving you tasks that play to your strengths, and in fact I think there is an attitude that everyone should have to "suffer" a bit in order to play on the team - ie, intentionally denying you opportunities to use your strengths.
    * Burn-out is high b/c staff is seen as highly dispensable
    * Associates are not eligible for end of year bonuses

    Advice to Senior Management* Practice what you preach: enforce flexibility
    * Give associates end of year bonuses, in order to retain talent

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

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    Lots of opportunities to try something different

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsPwC offers a variety of opportunities within the firm - client facing and internal. As you are looking for new challenges, you can easily find new opportunities in the Firm that will push you and challenge you in new ways. People are great and they make it so much more of an enjoyable experience. Firm provides great flexibility that (I have been told) you can't easily find in the industry.

    ConsHours during busy season can be challenging especially when trying to accommodate family and kids. Regulatory landscape is constantly changing and, while the Firm provides lots of training, auditing is not what it used to be.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, good Principals, some Directors needing soft skils lessons

    Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsAwesome people, great benefits, offices and amenities. Great for career building if you can handle Bureaucracy.

    ConsTravel (extensive in Advisory consulting); some Advisory Directors on the assignments need very urgent soft skills and project management training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work but also re-train or filter the few Directors in Advisory who do not deserve their position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A downhill enviornment

    Customer Service Technician (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsYou get health and welfare points for working out

    ConsThey are outsouring all of IT department to contractors and I can see stress level go up.

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

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    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsHigh profile client names, top notch training

    ConsLong hours, no work life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to do more to retain talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great opportunities but not a very professional environment in terms of bad practices related to favoritism etc..

    Director (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Prosgreat work opportunities as the brand gets great opportunities

    Consvery political and no respect for true subject matter expertise or consulting capability. Most promotions are for people who do project administration type of of work. These are all in the consulting practice.

    Advice to Senior Managementshow the values of a professional services firm and remove arrogance at high level.

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

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    Good, short term growth opportunity

    Experienced Audit Associate (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsOpportunities to work on areas that would take someone going directly into the industry from school a while before they would get exposure. Lots of recruiting to big 4 companies, easily marketable. PwC is probably the best public company out there. I work in San Jose, so we get exposure to neat companies.

    ConsLow salaries for what you contribute and the overtime you typically incur, and its not just for new associates. Basically, everyone but the partners are underpaid by a mile, but all big 4 are like this. Partners often too concerned about their budget that they give little attention to the money makers behind the budget. Big company, big office, lots of politics. "Diversity" rules the office, company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Grueling work environment, but best place to start accounting career

    Audit Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat exposure to finance executives at small private and large public companies. Large learning curve, but the best way to get hands-on experience to launch an accounting career. Each year at a public accounting firm is worth approximately two years in industry, so well worth the investment. Great team environment where you can learn from staff at each level above you. If you take control of your career and want to take on additional challenges, they will be made available to you.

    ConsAll public accounting firms struggle with compensation. For the amount of time that is put in by the average employee, there needs to be a bigger monetary value put into it or people will continue to work 2-3 years and then leave for a job with less hours and higher pay. There is a mentality that you need to continue working until those with more seniority have left. This leads to a lot of unproductivity and unhappiness from less work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation needs to be addressed at lower levels. Hanging a carrot out of what the partners make (granted, they have a lot more risk), isn't sufficient.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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