PwC Reviews in Vancouver, BC

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
5,057 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 249 reviews)

  • I believe any of Big 4 firms is a great place to start your career (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 864 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 830 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, great experiences gained

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Looking back I am extremely happy that I signed with PwC over one of the other Big 4 accounting firms. PwC has offered me a very relaxed environment from flexible billing to casual Fridays.

    Though times were tough during "Busy season" this was matched with a more relaxed schedule during the summer months.

    Finally the team atmosphere that you get at PwC is Barr none a great time.

    Cons

    My only complaint is in regards to how performance and pay is determined. Here staff is required to do numerous activities to show why they deserve a raise/bonus only to the results being practically determined by one person for each department.

    Additionally I have found that there is little flexibility to rotate into different departments while at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best place to launch your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Developing your business network
    - Learning different businesses and how they operate
    - Opportunities to go on secondment
    - Very flexible
    - Lots of training

    Cons

    - Compensation is not up to industry standards which is to be expected for public practice
    - Performance review process is not transparent at all and very political when it comes to ratings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Offers tons of professional development, promotes when we are ready and allows employees to work in different departments. They are flexible with work schedule and sometimes the employee can work from home. Vacation is negotiable, as is he overtime (bank or pay).

    Cons

    Overtime at tax season . Also, there are some pretty complex corporate tax returns to prepare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up the team sense and the door open policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Never going back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Senior Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on resume. Able to work on large corporate clients.

    Cons

    There's no work-life balance no matter how much they try.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    pretty satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great hands on experience. seniors are very supportive and the culture was positive and cheerful. pay was good compared with other competitors. great firm reputation.

    Cons

    very hard to get through the recruitment. once at work, you are busy with lots of repetitive jobs assigned by seniors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Very friendly staff, but hard to get to know people at such a big company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good compensation and caring staff. My boss really cared about the well bring of all his staff.

    Cons

    Being in Internal Firm Services, I felt a bit ostracized from the accountants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Senior Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Experienced Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -The people- in the Vancouver Canada office, I think PwC has BY FAR the most personable and great people of the big 4
    -The flexibility is amazing, I have heard differing reviews but once you are a senior associate (after 2 years), there is a ton of flexibility as to working from home, leaving early, coming in late etc. You just really need to work when you have work to do and if you get it done- no need to hang around doing nothing
    -Great training and the company culture of coaching people through things is good for professional/ personal development

    Cons

    -As in any company, you will run into some bad apples along the way
    -Performance ratings can get kind of political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I find management has knee-jerk reactions to staffing, one year they will think we are so short and hire way too many people and then we will have too many people and they have to encourage people to leave. I think they need to really think through their historic attrition and if you have a period of higher or lower, realize that it's probably one-off so no drastic measure to bring a ton of people in is necessary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Don't like working here, but opened a lot of doors for me.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -PwC looks great on a resume, opening the door for other opportunities later.
    -The company has a fairly positive internal culture.
    -Good international opportunities within the firm.

    Cons

    -Pay is standard for the Big 4, which means that it's lower than in industry.
    -Work is soul crushing.
    -Hours can be quite long during the "busy season".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Good quality of work

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucratic
    Slow to move
    Work not always appreciated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - brand name
    - working with the best and brightest
    - great training and coaching opprtunities
    - build solid foundation to launch an accounting career

    Cons

    - underpay considerng the long hours and work weekends
    - elitst mentality
    - poor work life-balance
    - revolving door. Lack of long-term retention programs and career development opprtunities for those not interested in making partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to invest in people for longterm and fix the attrition to build a team of experienced accounting professionals. Under the existing model only the partners have solid experience and the rest are mostly young and inexerienced and just assing through.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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