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PwC San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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).


  2. "Corporate Factory"

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    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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    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.


  5. "Great Company to Grow"

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    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "PwC Advisory - Technology Consulting"

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    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


  7. "Valuation Specialist"

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    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.

  8. "Segregated Offerings"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Typical with MC: travel, new projects, decent perks, fun folks, etc.
    - Great flexibility

    Cons

    - Tries to be "strategy through execution," but Booz folks are too territorial and result is simplistic offerings that tend to be cookie cutter
    - Clients are wise to MC and are so price conscious, we're often not even encouraged to be strategic
    - Pay is way too low comparably and we're suffering a brain drain because of it
    - Not as easy to find an industry job as one would think... BEWARE

    Advice to Management

    - Simplify the verticals and stop trying to be everything to everyone... just waters down the product
    - Cohort compensation is terrible


  9. "Great learning opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting work, smart people, great foundation

    Cons

    long hours, extended travel,


  10. "Audit associate"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PWC is one of or maybe even the best accounting firm in the world. So the knowledge picked up will, help you throughout your career.

    Cons

    Very hecctic and long hours, during busy season. However, this is a very common practice in this industry. Pay is not the best; however, it's better than other big 4 firms

    Advice to Management

    Need to take care of their associates more.


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