PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
4,915 Reviews

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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    Assurance Experienced Associate

    Former Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steep 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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to your junior staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company to start out your career.

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

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Breadth of technical development, but cookie-cutter corporate culture is not friendly to creativity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunities to try something different

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    PwC 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.

    Cons

    Hours 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A downhill enviornment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Technician  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Technician in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get health and welfare points for working out

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    High profile client names, top notch training

    Cons

    Long hours, no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do more to retain talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great opportunities but not a very professional environment in terms of bad practices related to favoritism etc..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great work opportunities as the brand gets great opportunities

    Cons

    very 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 ManagementAdvice

    show the values of a professional services firm and remove arrogance at high level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good, short term growth opportunity

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities 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.

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Grueling work environment, but best place to start accounting career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    Compensation 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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