PwC Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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PwC Chairman Dennis M. Nally
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Pros
  • PwC provides a solid work life balance (in 257 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot if you have the right people teaching you (in 132 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolute lack of work/life balance consideration (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours but you know when it is going to end (in 866 reviews)

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  1. Senior Associate - Advisory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and international opportunities

    Cons

    Underpaid and the bonuses are not representative of performance

    Advice to Management

    Increased Flexibility and More Pay


  2. Partner Assistant

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    Former Employee - Partner Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Partner Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Lots of social activities. Good to put in your resume. Extended health & dental coverage were decent.

    Cons

    Long hours but hard to get paid overtime unless pre-approved ahead of time. Policies changed just before I left. Most of t u e time they do not replace EA's right away or not at all.

    Advice to Management

    Replace EA's after one leaves so the others do not have extra work without extra pay and don't expect them to be happy about it.


  3. Got my CA there!

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot very quickly, always learning new information and skills, worked with some of the most amazing people.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, depending on what jobs and with which managers you work with, you will either love it or hate it.

    Advice to Management

    We aren't saving lives here, take a chill pill.


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  5. Great people, great experiences gained

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (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


  6. Best place to launch your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (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


  7. Great culture

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (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 Management

    Keep it up the team sense and the door open policy


  8. Never going back

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    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (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.


  9. pretty satisfied

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    Former Intern - Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PwC as an intern (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.


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

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC as an intern (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.


  11. Amazing place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Experienced Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Experienced Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (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 Management

    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



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