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Worked hard, but great experience.

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

I have been working at PwC

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

As the first job out of school, this job is great. It really teaches professionalism, instills a hard work ethic, and even though you feel underpaid, the firm pays you more than your friends. When you start the job, there is a bunch of people who are the same age as you so it's easy to make work friends. The best part about this job is the people (not necessarily management, moreso your start class).

Earning vacation is easy to do, and also easy to max out on. The firm usually gives two or three extra holidays a year so that you can take the week between Christmas and new years off (there is usually a firm shutdown).

Cons

You work long hours and the hours are very inconsistent. It's hard to plan dinner dates with friends or significant others because your schedule gets very unpredictable at times. Expect your friends and/or significant other to not understand your schedule and possibly distance themselves because of this.

There is very little gratitude when working in public accounting. While management tries their best to compensate their staff for hard work, they really only give bonuses to those who work long hours. That being said, there is no compensation for efficient workers, and, in turn, management really only ends up compensating those who are probably inefficient.

Scheduling needs a lot of work. People get scheduled by a project's annual hours and not by the timing of those hours, so you could end up getting scheduled on projects that cause your schedule to have three projects overlap at once. When you bring it up to deployment, deployment is slow in responding.

Advice to Management

Management style is old school - they think that because they worked 80 hours a week and became successful in where they are that everyone should do the same without complaint. The new generation of workers need to be mobile and have flexible work arrangements (meaning taking time out each week/day to do what's important to them). Management needs to understand that if people leave early to do something that is important to them, this doesn't mean their staff is trying to work less. This means that they will still do the work, but work it around their most important values.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start your carrer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to begin your career but not after that

    Cons

    no work life balance, make you work like a dog


  2. Overall a very positive experience, lots of support from management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Support for career development is very good, opportunities to travel abroad on international assignments are easy to get if you want them. Excellent holidays and benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is average for the industry and you won't be getting banker-style bonuses. The organization can be very political and its important to get a good network within the firm to progress.


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