PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Risk Associate. Good Start.

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    Current Employee - Risk Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome place to work in bay area.

    Cons

    Hours are too long for starting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much! Its good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Grueling work environment, but best place to start accounting career

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    Former Employee - Audit Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great exposure to finance executives at small private and large public companies. Large learning curve, but the best way to get hands-on experience to launch an accounting career. Each year at a public accounting firm is worth approximately two years in industry, so well worth the investment. Great team environment where you can learn from staff at each level above you. If you take control of your career and want to take on additional challenges, they will be made available to you.

    Cons

    All public accounting firms struggle with compensation. For the amount of time that is put in by the average employee, there needs to be a bigger monetary value put into it or people will continue to work 2-3 years and then leave for a job with less hours and higher pay. There is a mentality that you need to continue working until those with more seniority have left. This leads to a lot of unproductivity and unhappiness from less work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be addressed at lower levels. Hanging a carrot out of what the partners make (granted, they have a lot more risk), isn't sufficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Frustrating, arduous, Consuming, Stressful- BUT it will get you a better job if you tough it out

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    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Connections
    -Its like a background check for employers- they know that you were top of your class- leaped hurdles and then were malleable enough to listen and perform under stress, deadlines, and ridiculous hours

    Cons

    -No more life- Extremely negative environment- hierarchical to the max- nit picky- busy work, pointless work- looooooooong hours for me it was 70-90 hrs a week 6 months out of the year- then the other 6 months were 55+ was given things to do with no introduction, then scolded for not meeting expectations, doing the best-best i could do only ended in not getting scolded- no positive reinforcement- deceitful management just trying to convince you it will get better. Our market team was understaffed for the whole time i was employed- and they couldn't stem the 50% turnover and kept telling us it would get better promising more staff and delivering nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon your business plan in Audit... it ruins too many of the young intelligent people- creates zombies who no longer have a drive to do anything but get by without getting yelled at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities and constant development of skills. Diversity. Great training program

    Cons

    significant workload, administrative tasks, stringent regulatory environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better execution of many people orianted ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    You work with lots of great people both inside the firm and with your clients.
    Constantly changing environment, always more to learn.

    Cons

    Regulators are taking some of the fun away.
    Getting harder and harder to add value to your clients due to ever increasing requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase and improve the communication to clients about what the increased pressure on audit quality is going to mean to their audit specifically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Financial Services

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    Current Employee - Experienced Associate Financial Services  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate Financial Services in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good working culture, can extend your thoughts and can grow up the ladder

    Cons

    You have no control over what projects you would like to do. Career path is not defined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into smaller things. Human capital is your best asset. Need to respect it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good to get your feet wet, but not the place to retire (unless you are admitted)

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Client service is a great place to get your feet wet but not. Internal positions provide great work/life balance, but less experience. PwC has the right long term vision, but continually trip getting there.

    Cons

    No career progression unless you are client service (but they don't have work/life balance). Vacation/holiday time is decent, if you can take it. Salary may cut it, but raises and bonus aren't good lately as business hasn't met goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize where the business is going. Time to retool!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people, good way for experienced mid-career folks to branch out

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    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are incredibly supportive, benefits are comparable with the rest of the valley, variety of work is nothing you'll find anywhere else (except another consulting group).

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Everything you heard about working for a consulting company is true. The travel will be extensive and the hours will be grueling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work... maybe work on keeping the hours a bit more reasonable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    it was a great job/career path for someone freshly graduated from college

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Deep learning curve. Fast promotion. Great training program. Overall it is the best job for someone graduated from college

    Cons

    very demanding working hours. Normally it ranges from 10 to 14 hours day. You change from client to client. sometimes it feels less stable. plus travel out of town work demands lots of time away from home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A professional organization for professional services

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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    PwC is a highly professional organization with world class infrastructure and organizational setup. Integrity is key at this organization and is often communicated internally.

    Cons

    People are the key assets of this organization. Poor HR support undermines the efforts of the company to nurture and retain talents. Many talented people have left the firm due to uncertainty with their career prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People retention starts with a world class HR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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