PCAOB Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
26 Reviews
3.3
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PCAOB as an intern

    Pros

    People are so knowledge and nice ! They are always happy to help and give your guidance.

    Cons

    Well, they don't offer many openings for entry-levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Like a government with private sector pay

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Easy, no pressure, no real deadlines. Board members or senior management don't care about how the organization is operating. Over paid with easy bankers hours work.

    Cons

    No motivation, incompetent IT department - but no one cares since it can't be any worse how it is. SEC is totally ineffective in overseeing PCAOB. It should be better off as part of Government, and have GAO audit them. There is no independent audit - SEC OCA and PCAOB senior management know each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop believing what IT is telling you. Have some really know IT audit your IT projects and their sendings. Should pay attention to internal operations more. Adjust salary by location. Cost of living is not same between DC or NY vs Tx or Colorado!!! Especially when those people work from their home most of the time!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, Promotions harder to come by

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCAOB

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, professional and respectful colleagues, flexible work arrangements, meeting different people and visiting different locations in and out of the country. You'll enjoy being an inspector if you like to travel.

    Cons

    Getting top heavy and promotions harder and harder to come by, little to no raise/bonus, must find ways to standout (i.e. create every little tiny perceived value) among hundreds of colleagues who do the same thing and have the same title in order to be promoted, limited work variety beyond reviewing audit workpapers, demanding travel schedule, interesting international locations snatched by senior staff and others left with not so interesting domestic locations.

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  5.  

    Interesting organization as they try to hard to meet their mission. Have leadership issues which can make it difficult.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PCAOB

    Pros

    Audit Mecca, decent work-life balance, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Inconsitent leadership skills and don't truly care about staff. Feels like you're a government employee at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smart and work hard to take care of staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at PCAOB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent learning workplace and life balance

    Cons

    seldom have entry level positions because it requires a lot of experiences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice place to hone your technical skill and build your networkh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCAOB part-time

    Pros

    It's a great place to start your career, you won't bother with printing or copying. Instead, you will gain knowledge and expertise about accounting as well as auditing. The people here are very professional and nice, so you can build your new network here.

    Cons

    It's kind of slow some times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCAOB full-time

    Pros

    Mission. Great place for auditors and lawyers with a lot less stress with great pay for not much of work to do. For auditors, other than some traveling during the inspection, not much to do without worrying about getting fired - job security! For attorneys, it's a great place for you. Although you don't add much value to the business, you are almost as powerful as the auditors - job security!!!

    Cons

    The worst IT group in the world!!! They don't know how to manage and lazy. They haven't delivered anything for the past several years. Incompetent senior leadership. No one should hire anyone who used to work for the PCAOB IT. The management can't leave the company event though they hate their top dog, because they can't find any jobs that pay similar salary for what they do!!! Their security is a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit IT finance and contract. SEC is not doing a good job in auditing the pcaob's IT. The IT doesn't know how to budget or manage the budget! Why isn't any of the board members or division leaders ask what CIO is doing? Too many overpaid employees for the government like environment!! (Good pay, good benefit, slow, job security, lots of free time)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Intern experience at the PCAOB

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    Current Employee - Research & Analysis Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research & Analysis Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at PCAOB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This place has very lay back culture. Every working professional is very experiecned and most of them are pretty nice. Great chance to learn about the accounting industry.

    My supervisor is very good. Lots of down to earth people here.

    Cons

    Because the company has pretty lay back culture, sometimes it is a little bit slow to push things forward. You might get too many projects to finish right before the deadlines.

    Employees are expected to work cross functionally. For example, you are a accouting person, but you could definitely do a lot of IT ( business intelligence) related work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place for Inspectors but Nightmare for IT Professionals Double Standards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCAOB full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Generous Leave 6 weeks per year. Good Company but very disconnected from the IT staff and only cares for the Inspectors and auditors.

    Cons

    Low Salary, Double Standard, IT Micro Managed to extend where the management will watch your bathroom time, socializing is not allowed and frowned upon. All work no play no fun long hours expected to work on holidays and weekends.
    Stay away if your in IT they will crush your soul. Where you will feel worthless and stupid. Especially you are sharper then the manager they feel threatened since they believe they are the smartest people on earth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect if you want their respect. Respect earned not demanded. Stop the double standard by treating your favorites like Gods where they can not do any wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Important and Great Mission

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smart, well respected peers that I am proud to be affiliated with. Work life balance is very reasonable. The mission and the work is well regarded and important.

    Cons

    Internal politics can make things very difficult here. For an organization of a 1,000 it is very bureaucratic. Poorly run and not efficient from an operational perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business process re-engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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