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PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Prestige is not worth it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of structure, policies, and procedures, guidelines make it helpful and the departments are well allocated so you know who to go to for what
    Formal coaching program

    Cons

    Absolutely no work life balance
    Lots of hours
    Poor culture, quantity of hours more important than efficiency and quality of time spent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid and go for any other big 4 (Deloitte is great)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Training- looks good on your resume- get a chance to work with different teams and clients-a lot of resources available

    Cons

    San Jose office is horrible. As soon as I joined I was working until 2AM including weekends. There is no work life balance. Actually you even destroy yourself and your life as well as your health by being there. They make sure you move from busy client to another busy one. They did not even assign a coach for me and I did not have any coach until I resigned. This office has a very high turnover so every one really leave. May be other offices are better but I had a really bad experience. The first time I met the HR, I was really happy as I wanted to talk to her about my goals and the clients I am interested in, but unfortunately, she said " oh these things you can talk to your coach about and for your schedule you can talk to the scheduler. I just wanted to meet you to say hello". I was really upset as I did not have a coach and she knew that and she did not want to listen to me. She just wanted to say hello. As such I was more than happy to say goodbye .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please care about your employees. I know revenue is the most important thing for you (achieved by having long hours) but it cost you more when employees leave. Also please change the way you choose your HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very Disappointing Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Still trying to figure this out

    Cons

    Fear based performance metrics, anyone in management has only worked within the firm so they completely lack perspective. Average age is 21 so that totally sucks too...who want to build a network full of millennials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pay a Living Wage! I made more money as a bartender.

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Still trying to figure out...

    Cons

    The pay is so undermarket for this area, I live with roommates, drive an old car and STILL struggle to buy groceries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a living wage! This is impossible to show up to work while I am so hungry!

  6.  

    Over worked for what you can make in industry

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

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot about accounting

    Cons

    The problem with PwC is that if you want to have a life or a family this isn't the place. PwC is full of people that are committed to their work and/or want to land a sweet job somewhere else after making manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a lot of work, industries, ambitious people

    Cons

    NO work-life balance, cut throat environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Place To Work? What a Joke

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    It's very easy to advance within PwC. The only people who stick around are people who can't get jobs elsewhere, so it's easy to look good compared to people who have been there longer than you. If you're motivated it's pretty easy to be an all-star.

    Cons

    Work life balance does not exist. Grossly underpaid for the hours worked. Don't even dare try to calculate your hourly wage. Unless you like working 80 hours a week and booking 60 of those so that your manager and partner don't get pissed for destroying the budget, look elsewhere. There are a number of firms in the area who will respect your contributions much more. At the San Jose PwC office you're just a number. There's a reason that turnover in this office is hovering between 35 and 40% right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider listening to employees and addressing issues within the company. Stop holding office-wide events to discuss all of the improvements that are "coming" and actually do something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    This is a high pressure workplace. I actually left before 2005.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Classy firm outings, polite management and superiors, anonymous upwards feedback program to superiors, the firm solicits your take on your performance at review time.

    Cons

    Surprise evening overtime, not being able to count on leaving at a set time, work requestors fighting to have their request done first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the office down into subunits to give a more friendly small firm atmosphere. Instead of having a department of a couple people serve the whole office, have a few people serve one fraction, another few serve another fraction of the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Get your experience, then run for the door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a number of different companies and number of different areas within accounting and finance.

    Cons

    Inhumane work hours with NO overtime pay (on top of already low pay).
    Benefits are not nearly as great as management thinks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    PWC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    It is a great learning experience and will help open a lot of doors for you after you are done working at PWC

    Cons

    The hours are very long and there is not a lot of respect for employees. People are rarely treated like "people."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees work very hard and should be treated with a lot of respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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