About the PCAOB
Congress created the PCAOB to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and advance the public interest in informative and reliable audit reports. The PCAOB also promotes investor protection by overseeing the audits of broker-dealers.
From inspecting multinational audit firms to writing and enforcing standards of auditing and professional conduct, the highly skilled staff of the PCAOB share a commitment to fulfilling its mission on behalf of investors.
As a private-sector oversight body, the PCAOB offers competitive salaries, benefits, training and attention to the balance of work and life. As a public-interest organization, the PCAOB offers a collegial workplace of like-minded professionals, committed to fulfilling its mission.
Join the hundreds of audit professionals and others who have found a purpose-filled career at the PCAOB. Make a move. Make a difference.
Working at the PCAOB means you are working with extraordinarily skilled, highly credentialed professionals dedicated to public service. You also will have opportunities for:
- Professional Growth
- Mission-Driven Work
Currently, the PCAOB is seeking the following professionals:
- Accountants and Auditors, especially those with extensive auditing experience in:
- International Financial Reporting Standards
- Industry expertise (banking, broker-dealers, insurance, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, securities industry)
- Fair value measurements
- IT auditing
- Forensic Accountants
- Enforcement Attorneys and Accountants
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WHY CHOOSE A CAREER AT PCAOB?
The PCAOB offers the opportunity to be part of a team dedicated to upholding the highest standards of business ethics and excellence. You will be performing an important public service and helping to renew and maintain investor confidence in financial reporting. Grow your career, discover opportunities, and benefit from genuine work-life balance.
Greg, Associate Director,
"It all starts with the mission. We all have individual personal and professional reasons for joining the PCAOB, but the mission is the foundation. The most exciting part of working here is that we are still a fairly new organization. My experiences with the PCAOB have enabled me to utilize and expand on the skills I acquired both in industry and public accounting and still make it home in time for dinner. The world of inspections has exceeded my expectations and the outlook going forward is extremely positive for me and the PCAOB."
Jennifer, Deputy Chief Auditor,
"I was attracted to Standard setting because that’s where I knew I could have a direct impact on enhancing audit quality. We have the opportunity to interact with every other division within the PCAOB. We also work with senior partners at the firms and leaders at the SEC, GAO and IAASB. Gaining a broad perspective from top leadership, both within and outside the PCAOB, is one way our Standards group is able to make a difference to the profession."
Todd, Inspections Specialist,
"When I was recruited and interviewed, they talked about work-life balance. Everybody talks about having work-life balance, and I think as auditors, we all took that talk with a grain of salt. But then to come here and see it’s actually true, well, that was a nice surprise. At the same time, I continue growing here and developing my career. It really is a nice balance."
George, Deputy Director,
"I joined the PCAOB in 2003 because I believed in the mission. Since then, I have performed inspections of large and small registered firms and have assisted in the development of inspection methodology, guidance, and training. I am continually exposed to new accounting/auditing issues; no two days are the same. I remain challenged and am motivated by the Board’s mission as much today as I was when I joined. At the end of the day when I go home, I feel good about my work both from a professional and personal perspective."
Rebecca, Senior Manager,
"After spending more than 10 years developing my career and skills at a large public accounting firm, I took a position in the PCAOB's Division of Enforcement and Investigations. I was excited to use my public audit expertise in a new way and to take on a new challenge. From the very first day, my job has been rewarding. More importantly, I am impressed with the collaborative work environment, where my colleagues are focused on the Board's mission to protect investors."
Kimberly, Inspections Specialist,
"I have been through three inspections cycles now, and I’ve had a chance to work with large firms, small firms, and medium-sized firms. I have been able to see where we have influenced auditing quality at the firms first hand. I’ve seen the changes over the last few years and that’s been rewarding."
As the PCAOB continues to grow, we continue working to meet the needs and expectations of our employees by creating an environment and building a support system to help you be successful in your career and see to your personal well-being. When you know that you and your loved ones are covered by quality insurance plans, when you have the work-life benefits affording you the time off you need, the more you can remain focused on your work and the work of the PCAOB.
These are high-quality, competitive benefits tailored to our employees' needs and expectations. Periodically we review and modify our plans with the goal of continual improvement. As a PCAOB employee, you'll enjoy the following benefits, available to full-time and eligible part-time employees:
The PCAOB’s PPO plan (Preferred Provider Organization) helps you reduce out-of-pocket costs when you receive services from a network of participating health care providers. The plan also covers you, at a reduced rate, if you receive services from out-of-network providers.
Prescription drug benefits are part of your medical coverage at no additional monthly charge. You pay only a small copayment for covered medications. Mail order prescriptions for up to a 90-day supply are also available for additional savings and convenience.
Dental care coverage includes a broad range of services such as preventive care, fillings and restorative work, orthodontia (for children) and major services through the PPO network of participating providers. You also have coverage for services, at a reduced rate, if you choose a dentist outside the network.
You can elect a vision care benefit providing you and your family with coverage for eye exams, prescription lenses, contact lens evaluation and fittings, and elective procedures.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS
Flexible Spending Accounts for health care, dependent care and commuter transportation allow you to elect pre-tax deductions to pay for qualifying expenses.
401(K) AND RETIREMENT
The PCAOB offers a 401(k) retirement plan and company match. When you participate, the company matches your contribution dollar for dollar, up to 7 percent of your salary. You choose how to invest your money from a selection of mutual funds and pre-mixed portfolio strategies. There is no vesting period. Your personal contributions and the company-paid portion of the plan are yours immediately. Employees also may choose to make after-tax contributions and have an option to participate in a Roth 401(k) plan.
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE
Long-Term Care insurance helps protect savings and covers a portion of the cost of care if you or a loved one suffers certain disabilities or chronic illness; it includes assisted living, nursing home and extended home care.
GROUP TERM LIFE INSURANCE AND AD&D
To protect your family and loved ones if you die or have a serious injury, the PCAOB offers group term life insurance and accidental death and disability insurance. Employer-paid term life coverage up to a certain amount is available at no cost to the employee. The PCAOB offers the option to purchase additional coverage.
SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM DISABILITY
Short-term and long-term disability coverage provides replacement income if you are unable to work because of an injury, illness, pregnancy, or disability.
PAID TIME OFF
The PCAOB provides employees 12 paid holidays and the ability to accrue up to 45 days paid time off for vacations, sickness, or to meet personal or family needs. The PCAOB also provides employees additional paid time off for parental, military and bereavement leave. Our PTO plan gives you the flexibility you need to balance your work and personal life.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Employee Assistance Program is a comprehensive life-management resource, counseling, and informational support system available to you and your dependents.
The PCAOB International Travel Medical benefit covers you when you travel internationally on PCAOB business. It provides 24-hour multilingual customer service, pays hospitals and doctors directly, and is available at no charge to you.
The PCAOB offers tuition assistance, when the courses are part of a degree program, as one way to enhance employees’ career and professional growth.
All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to the employee's professional success and to the mission of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).
In its recruiting and hiring practices, and in all other terms and conditions of employment, the PCAOB complies with the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.
This policy applies to all PCAOB employees. In addition, the PCAOB expect that vendors, contractors, or others who do business with the PCAOB will not engage in discrimination or harassment against PCAOB personnel, and the PCAOB will take appropriate steps when those expectations are not met.
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at PCAOB full-time (More than 8 years)RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEORecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
great place to learn/improve technical skills
good work/life balance
political in-fighting at Board level has stymied initiatives
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hired a mediator/counselor to improve Board dynamics
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at PCAOB (Ashburn, VA).
Interviewing here was easy. Just tell them what you do. They are all so senior that they'll know if you're good and will hire you if you're willing to do the job.
- They didn't ask a lot of questions because I only spoke to each person for 20 minutes. Answer Question
We negotiated the salary before the interview so there was no negotiation.
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