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"Worked hard, but great experience."

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Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

As the first job out of school, this job is great. It really teaches professionalism, instills a hard work ethic, and even though you feel underpaid, the firm pays you more than your friends. When you start the job, there is a bunch of people who are the same age as you so it's easy to make work friends. The best part about this job is the people (not necessarily management, moreso your start class).

Earning vacation is easy to do, and also easy to max out on. The firm usually gives two or three extra holidays a year so that you can take the week between Christmas and new years off (there is usually a firm shutdown).

Cons

You work long hours and the hours are very inconsistent. It's hard to plan dinner dates with friends or significant others because your schedule gets very unpredictable at times. Expect your friends and/or significant other to not understand your schedule and possibly distance themselves because of this.

There is very little gratitude when working in public accounting. While management tries their best to compensate their staff for hard work, they really only give bonuses to those who work long hours. That being said, there is no compensation for efficient workers, and, in turn, management really only ends up compensating those who are probably inefficient.

Scheduling needs a lot of work. People get scheduled by a project's annual hours and not by the timing of those hours, so you could end up getting scheduled on projects that cause your schedule to have three projects overlap at once. When you bring it up to deployment, deployment is slow in responding.

Advice to Management

Management style is old school - they think that because they worked 80 hours a week and became successful in where they are that everyone should do the same without complaint. The new generation of workers need to be mobile and have flexible work arrangements (meaning taking time out each week/day to do what's important to them). Management needs to understand that if people leave early to do something that is important to them, this doesn't mean their staff is trying to work less. This means that they will still do the work, but work it around their most important values.

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. "It's not just a job....it's a lifestyle."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly professional working environment
    Opportunity to learn with industry thought leaders...the best of the best
    Strong culture of team work and information sharing

    Cons

    Very long work hours
    Inability to disconnect during vacation time


  2. "It started wonderfully but by the end the cut throat culture was not a healthy work environment."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities to expand your knowledge with the extensive network of trainings and other information to expand their accounting knowledge.

    Cons

    The environment isn't always healthy depending on your team, some people do not believe in working in a team atmosphere, so they will do their best to undermine the rest of their team.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize the importance of working in teams and not as individuals.

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