PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 253 reviews)

  • PwC is a good place to start out if you are coming right from college (in 127 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 885 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 845 reviews)

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  1.  

    Core Assurance Intern- Summer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Core Assurance Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Core Assurance Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Lots of fun, you make a lot of friends
    - You are placed in a team with varied levels of experienced associates so you are never left behind.
    - Company name goes a long way
    - Pay is great, overtime is even better
    -You get plenty of mentoring from people within the firm during your internship so you never feel lost or out of place.
    Overall, I had a fantastic experience during my internship and I still stay in touch with the partner and my team. You have to make the most of it!

    Cons

    I had a wonderful experience but some people were placed in teams where they didn't enjoy their experience as much. However, if you are invited to be a part of the summer intership- they recruiting team and the management makes sure that you are taken care of and enjoy your experience while learning a lot.
    Be prepared to work a lot, but make sure you know your team so you can enjoy it. Rest assured, your summer will be all about your internship (time commitment).

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working mother friendly
    smart people
    challenging opportunities

    Cons

    can be slow to adopt new technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move faster on adopting new technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This was the best decision that I in I have in my 25 year career.

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    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    PwC is a very structured company and they expect that you will make a difference with the lives and companies that you touch, and you will. You are expected to be human, but excellence is expected. PwC grows their employees and expects you to grown those around you.

    Cons

    Not to many so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to grown your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to transform yourself, if you know what you want

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is always somebody, somewhere, doing something you're passionate about. If you're lucky enough to find the team and get involved, there's so much you can get out of the PwC experience. I was not the happiest employee for the first few months, but was fortunate enough to find a group of people who were working on what I love. I wake up motivated every morning, believe it or not.

    Cons

    Not all teams are alike, and finding that one niche is difficult, especially for new associates and senior associates. Some groups are more intense (I-banking-like), hierarchical, and don't treat you well, while others are more egalitarian, and understand the value of work-life balance. It truly depends on what you are doing, and with whom you're doing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly professional organization

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    growth-focused; performance-driven culture and pay; mentoring and training focus; challenging opportunities and expectations; distributed ownership and decision-making

    Cons

    risk adverse and slow-moving (both a strength but also a little frustrating sometimes)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working at PwC was a nice change from my previous work at the IRS in that they treated you as an adult.

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    PwC has a fast-paced work environment - if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. They hire the best and brightest, no matter what package they come in. Training is first-rate and plentiful.

    Cons

    PwC's business model tends to heavily leverage young talent. There is a high level of turnover amongst young staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Access to clients through IEPs tends to be somewhat restricted. Even access to IEPs to present ideas tends to be a little difficult. There needs to be a better process for getting new ideas to clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Be prepared to work.... but the payoff is great

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong training and development, career opportunities, alumni involvement, brand recognition, constant learning, daily challenges and growth. Stay on top of current issues and be a thought leader. Grow your network exponentially.

    Cons

    Long hours, nights, weekends, holidays... whatever is needed to get the job done and ensure client satisfaction. Difficult to make work-life balance and get the most out of the opportunities available. Easy to get buried in your work unless you are mindful about setting boundaries with yourself and others.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Risk Associate. Good Start.

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work in bay area.

    Cons

    Hours are too long for starting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much! Its good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Associate

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I got to work with amazing clients. The work was really amazing. I was on an IPO and got to go through the process and it has propelled my career.

    Cons

    Long hours but always valuable learning experience. Long hours but the teams was nice. Long hours but I could order anything I wanted for dinner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unbeatable experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic client base (SF Bay Area)
    Working with Smart People
    Rewarding work
    Excellent compensation

    Cons

    Regulation of the industry
    Long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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