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  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 600 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 364 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Tax Associate"

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience to move to a new company

    Cons

    Work-life balance does not reflect what company preaches

    Advice to Management

    Employees aren't happy


  2. "Great brand, great start for college grads, but lower your expectations"

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    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart co-workers, both intellectual and emotional intelligence are very high. A lot of cool technologies and tools that you can use and apply within the company. The firm truly values for diversity and corporate responsibility.

    Cons

    -Long working hours
    -Low retain rate
    -Poor staff resourcing
    -Could get political sometimes, you can feel it even at staff level
    -A lot of very competent employees have left after they made seniors, and even before making it to seniors, due to the low salary compared to long working hours. You really need to learn how to say no from time to time and being polite (or political if you really do care about the relationships you have with the people here). Firm just change the bonus program and lots of people are really upset about it.
    -Firm don't provide a lot of support for international student either. I had to fight for my case so they could agree to sponsor for my H1B lottery application during my STEM OPT Extension period if I couldn't get my working visa the first time I applied. And firm only sponsors for green card when you survive to the manager level where in industry, some companies start to apply greencard for you right away. Just don't give me the feeling that the firm would like you to stay

    Advice to Management

    Please listen and show that you do care about us instead of just saying.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Assurance Director"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assurance Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to best-in-class thought leadership, white papers, and resources.

    Cons

    Highly political once you get to Senior Manager/Director level with very visible favoritism by the partner group

    Advice to Management

    Although this is a partnership and partners are given full power to run their local practices, National HR SHOULD have checks and balances in place to ensure the partners operate within the policies and laws.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your luck"

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    Current Employee - Data Solutions Experienced Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Solutions Experienced Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    learn soft skills. majority of practices are client-facing, so you have the opportunity to check out different companies

    Cons

    politic playing, long work hours, low pay...basically top level management view you as nothing than a resource so they just use you till you are drained.

    Advice to Management

    need to really care about your employee, and add salaries since work hours are so long.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Unfair"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and exposure to big name clients.

    Cons

    Annual rating is based on favoritism. Lower salary rates compare to other Big 4 firms. Some staff levels have unfair adjustments to their salaries and end up making just as much (or slightly higher) than a new hire.

    Advice to Management

    Show your staffs some appreciation for their hard work.


  6. Helpful (6)

    ""Grow Your Own Way" is not attainable unless your "way" is onto another job"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training and the client base is the best. If you pick a Big 4 firm, pick PwC! On-boarding is some of the best in the world in my opinion, and if you're not unlucky you will have a solid network of coaches and coworkers who can help you get amazing experience quickly.

    Cons

    The San Jose location has really become a black hole of despair. The hours are ungodly, and be prepared to be completely thrown for a loop schedule wise at any time. Live in Campbell? You now work on an IPO in San Francisco! Just finished a tough year-end and have a week unassigned? Here, have another year end that bleeds into the weekend!

    I've also worked with seriously rude people that made me question my sanity for working here, but I don't know what's worse- people yelling at you, or people resigned to spending their whole lives in an audit room. If you're unlucky, you'll never quite get your network sorted, and if you're on a hard client ,you are most likely stuck there. The perks of a big company ultimately do not outweigh all of these problems. If you want to really be a major part in the success of where you work, this isn't the job for you. It really does have that "cog in a wheel" feeling.

    Advice to Management

    Put your money where your mouth is- demand flexibility, don't just suggest it! Older generations don't know how to remotely work, and what's the point of implementing new technology if no one in upper management uses it! Also- you need to sort out your client base location wise. It isn't fair to ask people to work over the whole of the Bay Area when our traffic is so bad. Consider splitting or giving some clients to the SF office!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Underwhelming"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to clients. Chance to lead early. Some nice people.

    Cons

    Underpaid. Overworked. Senior management and partners are not in touch with the people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and give a genuine focus on work life balance.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Non-uniform promotion criteria"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with clients
    Access to lengthy training materials/pdf (good that it's comprehensive, but when you are out of time, everyone wants point form & examples)
    You learn (mostly by yourself)
    I think all these pros are available at other CPA firms or big 4s. Nothing really differentiates pwc.

    Other good things are the excellent "software" the firm has for audit work - outsourcing, computer software to aid etc.

    Cons

    Promotion criteria from 3rd year associate to senior associate is not uniformly applied across the board - there were those who promoted by performing normally (not stellar) while those who put in the extra effort & had great attitudes were delayed. Many who even joined midseason and were not used to industry specific accounting rules were promoted from 3rd year associate to senior associate.

    Some teams have a much larger say than other teams that you've worked with who support your promotion. So it encourages politiciking and resources focused on this rather than actual quality work.

    Upward feedback process doesnt get taken seriously. Rigid and anal senior associates get promoted to managers who lack the "people" touch to get things done.

    compensation is linked to how much non-work contribution you made to the firm - hiring, volunteering, committee involvement etc. So in other words, this becomes officially on your job description if you want more pay and if you aren't active enough, your next level of compensation gets dinged. Look, if you want people to do all this crap, either lessen the work load or hire full time resources who can do volunteering, hiring etc. Even with getting involved in all this, one must push one's involvement to the max. 1-2 months of this isn't sufficient to get a higher comp rating. The comp would be equivalent to one who was inactive.

    Employees have lives. And their lives don't just revolve around their work, pwc & pwc & pwc.

    Advice to Management

    Relook into the promotion criteria. How did so many people are slipping through the cracks and how did the others succeed?
    That's how you lose talent.

    Cut the crap on not promoting staff & saying that the firm is "setting you up for failure". That's bull.

    Lessen the politics between teams that support and dont support for promotion. At the end of the day, if the person who represents you was on the team that didnt support you, it goes to say that the work done on the team that supported you really wasnt appreciated.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to start your career, then jump."

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    Former Employee - Advisory Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good but oddly is heavily weighted towards salary instead of bonus. If you make friends with partners you will keep a steady stream of work, which is key. You can get as much work and get involved in as many things as you like, which gives you more exposure.

    Cons

    pwc is an up or out firm, no matter how they try to deny it. The forced grading on a curve ensures that some are forced into ratings that aren't necessarily accurate because they need to meet the arbitrary curve. one of the moments that sticks out to me most: at a director's meeting, an executive got up and talked about how its not important to be home to tuck your kids in bed at night or to be at every soccer game. According to him, being a parent, and what your kids remember are the "milestone moments" like when he rented out the dallas cowboys stadium for his kid's birthday. Sorry- being a parent IS about being there for all the small moments.

    Advice to Management

    pwc will continue to be a fast moving treadmill that people jump on and off of. Sometimes the machine is so big it doesn't matter who is in what spot, its just a job.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Area for development"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities for training
    - Generous vacation time and sick time
    - Working here looks great on your resume

    Cons

    - Lack of appreciation for IFS staff
    - Tracking your hours in multiple databases
    - Unrealistic admin to partner ratios (some EAs support 6-7 partners)
    - Compensation is way below SV market but the firm will only compare itself to other Big Fours firms that also pay under market rate
    - No real career growth for IFS and performance management tools are a joke
    - Benefits are so so. You have to pay a deductible for all medical plans which can be challenging for IFS and junior staff that earn modest salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you would treat your best customer!


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