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PwC Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.4 125 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(28 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work(in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting(in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage(in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city(in 787 reviews)

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    Great learning experience and project scope

    Advisory Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCollaborative culture for the most part. Decent pay and great benefits.

    ConsDue to recent acquisitions there are various cliques in the company. Need to be on the right side of the right people to have career progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a democratized career growth path with proper training and coaching for people to meet the expectations for the next levels

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

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    Great place to jumpstart your review.

    Experienced Audit Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Large networking opportunities
    - Intelligent people
    - Early opportunities to manage projects and lead meetings
    - Unlimited sick days
    - 20 vacation days starting your 3rd year

    Cons- Minimal flexibility, long hours
    - Set promotions, difficult to be promoted early even with high performance
    - Compensation does not reflect hours or cost of living

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bait and Switch

    Advisory Associate (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsHigh pay for what the work was. They have great benefits. The on boarding experience was amazing. They clearly weren't shy about spending money on us, and making sure we were happy!

    ConsThe work was mind numbing. Really should have been a computer program instead. In consulting, you actually have to job hunt within the job, sell yourself to get on good projects. At the time I was hired, they hired a lot of extra people knowing they just temporarily needed to stick them on these terrible government projects. These projects would built zero business skills. Once the government project was over, it would be very hard to ever get on another good project. They sold it as a consulting job, however, it was more like a contract job for one crapy never ending project that sucked up a high % of the all of the additional entry level hires that year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont hire people to scroll pdfs and check boxes in excel, travel to a dead end project in the middle of nowhere 6 days a week.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for first work experience, becomes a sales job once you rise the ranks

    Advisory Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFun and inclusive culture, lots of benefits. In theory opportunity to move around a lot, and try different roles. Good for anyone looking for breadth of experiences, especially if new to the working world.

    ConsOnce a Manager work can become more about securing extensions and incremental revenue versus delivering quality work. Under the wrong Partner / Manager you can be treated like a cog in a massive wheel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on quality of delivery in the MAP process (work paper audit) and client feedback versus just checking the compliance box.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work and bulid relationships...

    Experienced Audit Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsA lot of options if you are high performer
    Very friendly people and everybody wants you to succeed

    ConsHard to switch LoS
    Promotions take longer than other Big 4

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salary
    Increase capacity during busy season

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

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    Great Place to Start A Career

    Risk Assurance Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSo many opportunities and great clients.

    ConsA bit lower of a salary that I anticipated, but the opportunities for bonuses and such are awesome.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good company to work. Please avoid

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

    ProsGood Package, Free meal, Travelling, Drinking, meeting people

    ConsWork-life balance sucks, Health issue. You join in the company telling there are projects in pipeline. If you are lucky you are in a project and they will suck all the juice out of you (14 - 18 hrs work but salary of 8 hrs). If you are not on a project then you are on a long time paid vacation and after few months they will fire you. No long term visibility. Don't join if you are looking for Technology Consulting. I cannot speak for Auditing, Tax and Assurance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease get some win project.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible work-life balance

    Audit Associate (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prostraining is good and the brilliant people start their career there

    Conswork-life balance is non-existent, they don't take into consideration your career , just fill out jobs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great starting point

    Audit Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prosgreat culture, great people, many different opportunities within the firm and after leaving, paid cellphone bills, paid vacation days, unlimited sick days

    Consstructured promotions, people are promoted based on years of service not work quality

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep the culture, keep working on promoting flexibility, especially during busy season

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

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    Great Place to Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsI enjoyed the opportunity to work along some of the best of the business. Everyone at the office was very friendly, and interesting. Everyone, even the partners, were very accessible and willing to mentor. I learned a lot, and PwC treated us to a Giants game and Disney World to celebrate our full time offers.

    ConsI cannot think about any cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, Bob Moritz is a great chairman.

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

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