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PwC Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.4 122 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good platform but you need to navigate through some mediocrity

    Senior Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGlobal reach and depth of expertise

    ConsToo big, too rigid and too risk averse

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnhance performance culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for career development

    Assurance Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGlobal network, fair, advanced in technology, keeps up with the times

    Conscompensation is not as competitive is industry, but considered good for a CPA firm. long working hours.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to hire more people to ease the workload

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    Great place to start your career in accounting

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros-Work with great, smart people and have an organized support system
    -Training and learning opportunities are abundant
    -Many opportunities to move within the firm
    -Opportunities abroad

    Cons-Annual review process
    -Long commutes to clients
    -Ratio of compensation to cost of living

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work Hard... Play Occasionally

    Senior Associate - Advisory (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- See the world (or at least a variety of small towns and corporate headquarters) on the company dime
    - Work with some of the smartest folks around
    - Lots of great exit opportunities
    - Can save tons of money if you know what you're doing

    Cons- Pay isn't worth the work load
    - Heavily political
    - Many people don't actually contribute anything of value and are heavily rewarded for it
    - Fratty culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetention does matter

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is okay

    Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFlexible work hours but may not be necessarily a good thing

    ConsYou have to compete and do extra activities rather than focus and do the job you like

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention what lower ranking employees think and feel

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    Great learning experience. They let intern do real work.

    Risk Assurance (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsPeople are super nice, smart and willing to help. It's definitely a firm with great culture. Interns are put on lots of responsibilities.

    ConsHours are quite long but depends on your division and industry group. I was in the assurance team. I saw people in different groups have a great lifestyle.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great name recognition, some cool people, terrible hours/pay

    Associate (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros-Exposure to a Big 4 firm, and lots of interaction with big clients
    -Opportunities to travel to different places.

    Cons-Long hours with compensation that's way too low
    -Very political environment. HR has too much power.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake your promotions based on merit, not personal relationships. Most people who kiss up to management get much further than qualified individuals who are excellent at their job. Many people leave the firm because management simply doesn't take merit into consideration.

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    Promise work life balance but do not come through

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsJob security, ability to switch services

    ConsLong hours, commute, management is too busy to help when needed

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked for multiple years

    Senior Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood People for the most part, chances of getting a mentor are good

    ConsOpaque review process, some people are always favourites

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the review process more transperent, including why some people are favored. All it takes is knowledge transfer as to why some people are prefered, it may be that they are genuinely talented. If so then let the world know.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sr Assoc Tax (San Francisco) ... Great training, too political

    Tax Senior Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsI started in 2005 when we had national trainings where we were sent somewhere for one week a year to train and network. It was a great experience and it helped build my professional network. As my personal life has taken me to different parts of the country, I still run into people I meet from these trainings because the accounting world is pretty can be small.

    Also, the clientele is top notch. If you want to work on anything in the investment industry, you have to go to PwC or EY. The mid-tier firms just do not have this level of work. The myriad of issues you will see are great for building a solid foundation.

    ConsWhere do I start? Advancement can be really political. Putting a carrot in front of people regarding promotions is pretty standard and then not delivering. The pay is pathetic when you count how many hours your work. Also, beginning in 2009 they cut the national training program. Instead of us flying for a whole week to another city, they brought the trainings to the big offices throughout the year and people from other offices weren't invited. This was detrimental to us building our professional networks.

    I'm going to be honest, a lot of people leave bitter. Due to hours, lack of promotion, or whatever. But if you want to succeed in this field, this is a necessary evil. The training and education I received at PwC was superior in every way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people based on their ability and accomplishments. If you think you're not very good, the last thing you want to do is only promote people that don't threaten you. If you could actually hold your own, you would promote the best person for the job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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