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Washington, DC
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
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Congress created the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and advance the public interest in informative and reliable audit t reports. The PCAOB also promotes investor protection by ... Read more

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board – Why Work For Us?

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board oversees the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of broker-dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.

Our Mission, Protecting Investors

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board oversees the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of broker-dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.

Our Vision

The PCAOB seeks to be a model regulatory organization. Using innovative and cost-effective tools, the PCAOB aims to improve audit quality, reduce the risks of auditing failures in the U.S. public securities market and promote public trust in both the financial reporting process and auditing profession.


The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board performs its mission of audit oversight with a dynamic team.

We rely on the skills of experienced auditors to perform the vital functions of inspecting registered accounting firms and setting the standards for audits and professional practice.

The international scope of our authority—covering almost 1,000 accounting firms in 90 jurisdictions outside the United States—requires special awareness of the PCAOB's role as a model for audit oversight.

Sharp legal minds and financial experts enable every aspect of the PCAOB's work, from standard setting and rule-making to enforcement and investigations.

Underpinning all of the PCAOB's efforts is a dedication to careful stewardship of our own resources and those of the firms and companies we affect. Top-notch economists and analysts assure that the PCAOB's operations, standards and rules are not just cost effective but truly fulfill our goal to further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports.

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What it is like to work at PCAOB?


"I work with people across the divisions and am always impressed at the professionalism, respect, and hard work."

- Shaneen, Senior HR Manager


"We have the time, resources, and peace of mind to do our best work. Some of the sharpest people in the field want to work here. We make a difference and that matters greatly at the end of the day."

- Thao, Inspections Specialist


"The PCAOB's reputation for high ethical standards has instilled the public's confidence in us. Our culture is deeply rooted in the integrity, talent, and professionalism of our employees."

- Barbara, Ethics Officer and Senior Compliance Counsel


"I can't put a value on how good it feels to enjoy coming to work and experiencing such camaraderie and support all the time. It's truly a wonderful culture."

- Jessica, Associate Chief Auditor

What is the intern experience like at PCAOB?

"This internship gave me the opportunity to apply what I learned in school to what I do at the office. Instead of just reading about auditing standards in class, I am actually observing and researching the process of developing these auditing standards in the internship, which is very exciting."

- Jessica, Intern, Board Member Steven B. Harris

"As an intern I always feel that I have someone to come to with any problems that I may have and that they will do their best to help me. This attitude truly makes you feel part of the organization and not just a temporary employee, which generates a more enjoyable environment."

- Nir, Intern, Division of Enforcement

"Interns directly contribute to meeting our goals of the accurate and timely assessment and collection of the PCAOB’s revenue streams."

- Annie, Senior Manager, Office of Finance

What makes the PCAOB truly unique is our people.

Strength in Diversity

We are respected professionals from different backgrounds, yet our shared passion for protecting investors bonds us together. The PCAOB is a positive, open environment with a commitment to diversity - we're not just a group of experts; we're a vibrant community.

A Culture of Respect

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission.


Make an impact.

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board relies on professionals, like you, with confidence in their skills and enthusiasm to collaborate with their peers to provide the best possible oversight of audits and auditors.



Rewarding Excellence

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board rewards your commitment with competitive benefits, including a generous employer match on savings plan contributions and immediate vesting; coverage for medical, dental and vision needs; and paid time off that encourages a work-life balance.


The PCAOB offers high-quality, competitive benefits tailored to our employees' needs and expectations. Periodically, we review and modify our plans with the goal of continuous improvement. As a PCAOB employee, you'll enjoy the following benefits available to regular full-time and part-time employees:

401(k) and Retirement

The PCAOB offers a 401(k) retirement plan and employer match. When you participate, the PCAOB matches your contribution dollar for dollar, up to 7 percent of your salary. You choose how to invest your money from a selection of mutual funds and portfolio strategies. There is no vesting period. Your personal contributions and the employer-paid portion of the plan are yours immediately. Employees also may choose to make after-tax contributions and have an option to participate in a Roth 401(k) plan.

Paid Time Off (PTO)

The PCAOB provides employees 10 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays per year along with the ability to accrue up to 240 hours per year PTO for vacations, sickness, or to meet personal or family needs. The PCAOB also provides qualified employees additional paid time off for parental, military and bereavement leave. Our PTO plan gives you the flexibility you need to balance your work and personal life.

Medical Care

The PCAOB offers two Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) medical plans to meet the needs of our employees. Both plans allow you to reduce out-of pocket costs when you receive services from a network of participating providers. One plan offers more flexibility by requiring lower participant cost for the use of out-of-network providers.

The other plan has no deductible and no coinsurance when you use in-network providers, so that you may be able to further reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug benefits are part of your medical coverage at no additional monthly charge. You pay only a copayment for covered medications. Mail order prescriptions for up to a 90-day supply are also available for additional savings and convenience.

Dental Care

Dental care coverage includes a broad range of services such as preventive care, fillings and restorative work, orthodontia (for children) and major services through the PPO network of participating providers. You also have coverage for services, at a reduced rate, if you choose a dentist outside the network.

The PCAOB also offers a dental option that provides a higher level of coverage such as a higher annual maximum, higher orthodontia lifetime maximum and orthodontia for adults and dependents.

Vision Care

You can elect a vision care benefit providing you and your family with up to 100% coverage for certain services.

Group Term Life Insurance and AD&D

In addition to company-paid life and AD&D insurance, you can purchase supplemental insurance for yourself, your spouse or domestic partner and children.

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

Short-term and long-term disability coverage offers financial protection for qualifying employees who are unable to work because of an injury, illness, pregnancy, or disability.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program is a comprehensive life-management resource, counseling, and informational support system available to you and your dependents.

In addition to these core benefits, the PCAOB also offers flexible spending accounts, transportation spending, and a commuter subsidy.


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    Whoever you work with are so professional in this organization. Flexible - lots of PTO, and work from home arrangement.


    The job is so specialized (auditor of auditors) - nobody in industry is going to hire us after the PCAOB tenure.

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