PwC Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
5,221 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 254 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 129 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 902 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 855 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learn a ton; work more.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with smart people, work with the top companies in all industries, learn a lot, job opportunities after. Lots of opportunities to learn and volunteer outside of engagements. Able to switch into different departments of the company pretty easily. Great opportunities to travel for work and to work abroad.

    Cons

    Work ridiculously long hours without pay that compensates for all the time working. Run across a lot of sad people working. No work-life balance. Not much room for creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having more flexible work-hour arrangements (working from home, every-other Friday off, etc) may improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Joined as associate, progressed fairly ok, then stuck.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clear career path. Reputable company.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Lots of PwC propaganda but not all the glamorous talk is translated into real actions. It all comes down to the team of people you work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your loyal employees happy. Appreciate them. Respect them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great exposure to many large clients, but hard to gain exposure outside of your LOS.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, lots of young people, high profile clients

    Cons

    Long hours, modest pay, poor bonuses, poor performance metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance metrics need to be completely changed and bonuses/incentives need to be directly tied to performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work Hard... Play Occasionally

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Retention does matter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good platform but you need to navigate through some mediocrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global reach and depth of expertise

    Cons

    Too big, too rigid and too risk averse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance performance culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for career development

    Current Employee - Assurance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to hire more people to ease the workload

  8.  

    Great place to start your career in accounting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It is okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours but may not be necessarily a good thing

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention what lower ranking employees think and feel

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

  11.  

    Great learning experience. They let intern do real work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk Assurance in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Assurance in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hours 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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