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PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.4 132 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(36 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Breadth of technical development, but cookie-cutter corporate culture is not friendly to creativity

    Experienced Tax Associate (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Pros* Exposure to variety of technical issues
    * High profile clients
    * Decent salary, but note also that your hourly wages (net) will be $16 during busy times

    Cons* Cookie cutter mentality: not very adept at giving you tasks that play to your strengths, and in fact I think there is an attitude that everyone should have to "suffer" a bit in order to play on the team - ie, intentionally denying you opportunities to use your strengths.
    * Burn-out is high b/c staff is seen as highly dispensable
    * Associates are not eligible for end of year bonuses

    Advice to Senior Management* Practice what you preach: enforce flexibility
    * Give associates end of year bonuses, in order to retain talent

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

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    Lots of opportunities to try something different

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsPwC offers a variety of opportunities within the firm - client facing and internal. As you are looking for new challenges, you can easily find new opportunities in the Firm that will push you and challenge you in new ways. People are great and they make it so much more of an enjoyable experience. Firm provides great flexibility that (I have been told) you can't easily find in the industry.

    ConsHours during busy season can be challenging especially when trying to accommodate family and kids. Regulatory landscape is constantly changing and, while the Firm provides lots of training, auditing is not what it used to be.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Weak Management of Administrative associates

    Team Assistant (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsWell known company; good résumé builder; high level exposure.

    ConsHigh level administrative leaders employ coordinators that cannot do the work they are handing to the admins to do. They do not listen to process improvements and overload you with work. If you do not finish your work they question everything you did. I documented everything and was hailed one if the strongest on the team, however, the coordinator would never recognize my contributions. Truly a great place but staffed with the wrong coordinators.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the right people in there. Embarrassing to PwC culture to see this go on for so long.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Endless learning - little to no worklife balance

    Director (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIncredible opporutnities to learn - different competencies, different projects
    Great opporutnities to travel - if that's what you want to do
    Great training on issue based problem solving and storytelling - very helpful in any career

    ConsNo worklife balance
    Rain makers can get away with poor people skills
    (Very) risk adverse

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a cool culture (eg like Google)
    Increase variable salary eg give shares to people below partners

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

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    rewarding in terms of exposure, connections, access to learning

    Advisory Associate (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosamazing network of people and knowledge.
    Lot to learn from the people, business and industry!

    Consdidnt see too many promotions at my level as an associate.
    Work life balance is only a 'talk about it' thing

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

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    Great company, good Principals, some Directors needing soft skils lessons

    Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsAwesome people, great benefits, offices and amenities. Great for career building if you can handle Bureaucracy.

    ConsTravel (extensive in Advisory consulting); some Advisory Directors on the assignments need very urgent soft skills and project management training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work but also re-train or filter the few Directors in Advisory who do not deserve their position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work hard - move up

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat opportunities if you are willing to put in the hours
    Recent acquisitions have opened opportunities for lateral moves
    Good training programs

    ConsAs with any company, the quality of partners varies. Projects are poorly scoped causing havoc in the team's work-life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementCulture lacks inclusiveness, try to make people

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

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    Great company to kick start your career

    Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIt provides opportunity to create your own success path and provides really good opportunities and variety of work. Similar to any consulting , teaches you how to work with internal teams and clients

    ConsLong hours under tight timelines and budgets. Staffing continues to be a standing issue , but the work continues to increase with increasing demands.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork Life balance

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

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    A downhill enviornment

    Customer Service Technician (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsYou get health and welfare points for working out

    ConsThey are outsouring all of IT department to contractors and I can see stress level go up.

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

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    Great place to start your career.

    Associate (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood flexibility culture during the summer/off busy season period. Good learning and exposure. Challenging client work.

    ConsDifficult to manage personal life and work life 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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