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PwC San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 591 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 358 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Financial Services Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Financial Services Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've had a very pleasant experience being on teams of people who are truly supportive and invested in my professional growth.

    Cons

    As with every big corporation, there are politics to navigate and decisions are slow to be made since there are multiple rungs of decision makers that you have to climb through for approval. projects you are staffed on may be hit or miss in terms of the hours and the people (SF office tends to be great at recruiting like-minded down to earth individuals but other places are not as consistent.)

    Advice to Management

    try to keep employees out of your own internal battles up top


  2. "Experienced Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, collaborative environment, opportunity to learn a ton in your first few years

    Cons

    Terrible compensation relative to the amount of hours spent working, partners/managers do not embrace role as mentor

    Advice to Management

    Be mentors to associates and senior associates and make a better effort at showing apprectiation for your people

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good way to start career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning opportunities were beyond expectations

    Cons

    Can get very political and partners more focused on bonuses than employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I feel the starting salary for all big fours in the Bay Area are basically on the same level."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities. You have the chance to learn things very fast. Besides that, the work schedule is very flexible at PwC.

    Cons

    You get paid much less than the average in the Bay Area (Tech and Med are two mainly industries here).


  5. "Corporate Factory"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Smart people, good benefits, exit opportunities
    -Name recognition
    -People care about their work and flexibility of work location is very nice
    -Generous vacation days

    Cons

    -Not incredibly interesting work
    -Office feels very stale at times, especially compared to other SF-based Companies
    -hours can be long at certain points and travel can get exhausting


  6. "Great Corporation, easy to get overlooked"

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    Current Employee - Client Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Strategist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, very flexible in regards to work life balance. However, with that being said long hours are to be expected.

    Cons

    When working in the Internal Firm Services ("IFS") you are viewed as a second class citizen and there is not career trajectory.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Excellent clients and project.

    Cons

    So big that it is hard to manage.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "PwC Advisory - Technology Consulting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will get to travel to different locations across the country and might even internationally. However, this is what traps most college grads are looking for that "traveling" lifestyle however, it will get old real fast and you realize that you will lose most of your time with your friends and family.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is that PwC will tell you there are countless number of opportunities avaiable. Although it is true that there are countless number of clients and projects, the individual role of an associate is not flexible and more of "do the work, or move on". There are no consideration of what you as the associate want to do because you do not have a chose. They will tell you that you can switch to other competencies but the issue is that because you have no reputation within the department you want to switch into, it is impossible for you to get staffed. Please do not fall into the trap of hearing all the good things about traveling and diverse experience. The truth is different locations and projects but the role is very much the same. You do not actually find out what department you are in until 2 weeks before your orientation starts.

    In terms of career growth and outlook, the RP (Relationship Partner), the person that manages your promotions, salary, bonus, your life at the firm will talk to you like 2 to 3 times a year. This is what makes most of my peers frustrated because how can you learn about the person and make sure they are going that path they want with just a few 30 minute phone calls. The unfortunate true is that no matter how good of work you are doing on your project, nothing will arise unless it's something bad.

    I would highly encourage, college graduates seek out opportunities in the startup environment, especially if you are in the SF Bay Area because you will work just as hard but with people that actually care about you more than just co-worker. PwC might be the place for people that have been in industry for a long time, but it is definitely not a place for new graduates looking for the proper mentorship and guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not "sell" to new college grads about the different opportunities because you know that is not the truth for any vertical or horizontal level


  9. "Great Company to Grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Challenging work but rewarding. A lot of problem solving

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season, but busy season is not all year


  10. "Valuation Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst/Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst/Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Team culture
    Growth in the company
    Diverse Culture

    Cons

    Work life balance.
    Long hours.


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