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Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Reviews

Updated October 19, 2018
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William D. Duhnke III
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  • "There is also a lot of red tape, it can take a lot of time to get anything done" (in 4 reviews)

  • "limited opportunities for advancement depending on your role" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Quality people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Chaotic times for the PCAOB"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time

    Pros

    The organization has a strong sense of mission, is fairly good about work-life balance, and there is more opportunity for advancement than in the past. New leadership has some good strategic ideas, though execution has been rocky so far, as noted below.

    Cons

    The organization is going through a restructuring right now, which seems to be more chaotic and unfocused than it needs to be. I give the PCAOB a 3 right now just because I believe strongly in its mission, and perhaps once the transformation takes hold, clumsy though its execution has been so far, something higher than a 3 will be merited. But looking just at a snapshot of the organization as it exists today, 3 is really generous.

    Advice to Management

    Communication with the staff has deteriorated sharply. This seems like it would be an obvious and easy fix, but it doesn't seem to be in the nature of this board to want to explain itself clearly, much to its own detriment. The basic message seems to be that everything is a priority, which means that nothing really is. Operating by consensus is great, but many of us have the sense that the Board doesn't want to make hard choices or set clear priorities. The purge of senior staff leadership last spring, while arguably necessary in some respects, was also poorly handled. Rumors were flying for weeks without any explanation about what was going on, and a lot of people were left wondering if the Board has their backs. That has created some distrust that may linger.

  3. "Great Benefits - Freedom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are top notch. You get a lot of freedom to complete projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes the projects you work on don't come to fruition so that can be a little frustrating. There is also a lot of red tape, it can take a lot of time to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "RUN"

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    Current Employee - Inspector in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Inspector in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly educated staff, compensation, benefits

    Cons

    Lack of transparency with new Board, SEC oversight is ridiculous, inability to make decisions, terrible IT department, cannot be empowered to get the job done

    Advice to Management

    Trust staff


  5. Helpful (4)

    "yuck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time

    Pros

    a beautiful pair of golden handcuffs to show off to your friends.

    Cons

    hierarchical, micromanaging, toxic, unfocused, miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly, even if they are not a lawyer or an accountant.


  6. "Inspector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission. Work life balance. Mission. Great coworkers. Mission. Work from home. Mission. Travel. Mission. Exposure to public accounting firms. Mission.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities. Travel. Government like approach without government pension. Travel. Public scrutiny. Travel. Travel. Decentralized office structure. Great if in DC or nyc.

    Advice to Management

    To keep attracting talent you must keep opening opportunities.


  7. "Great mission and people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time

    Pros

    Really great people who are mission driven, smart, hard working.

    Cons

    Work priorities can change with the administration and can start and stop; workflow can be very inconsistent; organization doesn't quite have the visibility as others in financial services which makes transferring skills a harder sell.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
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    Pros

    Colleagues are so friendly. You are gonna to look at accounting at a much higher level. Flat management - get involved in various projects. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Doesn't have a big work space.


  9. "Administrative Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    One of the best benefit packages in town. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    If you drive to work, the location is in one of the busiest parts of town.


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Knowledgeable supervisors and analysts with great experience

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for interns to involve with ongoing projects

    Advice to Management

    Great internship programs with appropriate training and meaningful guidance.


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