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PwC San Jose Reviews

Updated January 19, 2018
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  1. "Where does Big4 Stand in keeping internal customers happy ?"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career Opportunities
    Employee Morale
    Fairness

    Cons

    Long work hours and a lot of work pressure

    Advice to Management

    Work pressure needs to be reduced and international employees should be given fair salary


  2. "PwC is one of the best places to work providing opportunity and diversity"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity is self directed but with quality coaching
    Training opportunities are substantial and open ended
    Experience leads to more experience with top executives and leading companies

    Cons

    Early entrants will have long hours
    We work at the client sites which could mean a lot of travel
    The partner model is not the easiest to work in as there is a tendency to be stratified by rank
    The up or out model has be repudiated but there are still many aspects in practice

    Advice to Management

    There is an enormous amount of talent and innovation within the staff which is often overlooked. There is too frequently the behavior that the best ideas come from partners.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly all talk about how great they are."

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

    Pros

    An important way to build your resume, and a great place to start your career in accounting, finance, or management. You will make many professional connections, both accountants and industry leaders, from client work (which really helps when you're ready to leave PwC for a happier place, and trust me, that will happen.) And sadly, you learn how to appreciate the little free time you have.

    Cons

    You sell your soul, work-life balance is just talk, and work opportunities are assigned by who you know (so no matter how much you want to work on something, you may not get it because you're not close with the manager on that project.)

    Advice to Management

    Set a culture of work-life balance by example. Communicate expectations about projects early, clearly, and often.


  4. "PwC - Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great experience, training, and exposure to variety of companies. Tons of client exposure depending on which group.

    Cons

    Long hours, working for multiple managers at at once. Pigeon holed into 1 product

    Advice to Management

    Anticipate fires and support staff when they come up


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Learn"

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    Current Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with very skilled and talented people on great clients. Thus, it is a great place to learn and to develop as a professional. Flexibility is available for those who are "on top of their game". High performance is rewarded.

    New tax staff are encouraged to rotate through various groups and are required to get diverse training. This provides a broad skill set to build upon.

    You will attend a national training for a week every year and local trainings and online training is always available if you have the time.

    The San Jose office is very oriented toward technology clients and venture capital clients.

    Cons

    Just the normal stuff you would expect working at a large client service organization -- resource managment issues and quite a bit of admin. Lots of hours at times.

    Clearly working for a big four accounting firm is nothing like working for the government. If you are looking for a eight to five job then most of the time this isn't it. Overtime is part of the deal but doesn't have to occur while you are at your desk. Beyond office hours no one really cares if you are at your desk or not. If you get your work done right and on schedule it will show up in your reviews and you'll be rewarded for it.

    Advice to Management

    The firm has great leadership right now. They could make PwC better by finding innovative ways to improve resource management and streamline adminstrative tasks.


  6. "Some of it is broke, so fix it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, some supportive people. It's always the people that you miss when you leave a job. There are alot of great people who come to work here. Benefits are good, sometimes partners give extra days off per year or a $500 bonus, so those perks are nice. The work is given to you to help you learn and grow to the next level, so there are opportunities to grow your career. It's a good place to work with people from different countries and cultures. So there is the chance to take an assignment in another country, if you want.

    Cons

    Too much work and the pressure that comes with it. They say that Work/Life Balance is important, but the only important thing to them is getting it done, no matter what the cost to the employee. The work is meaningful, but the hours and expectations are ridiculous. I have been there long enough to see really good people burn out and leave. They liked the people they worked with, but the demands on their time were too much to keep that kind of pace continuous. Also, some of the managers are really rude to the billing staff and these are the people that collect their money.

    Advice to Management

    Get real about promotions here. You promote people because you are scared that they will go to another firm, not because they are qualified. It makes the underlings not have much respect when they go to a manager and that so-called manager doesn't even know their stuff. Also, our compensation across the board is too low. If you don't want people to burn out, then at least pay them $$$ to entice them to stay.


  7. "Great place, if you can take the long hours"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Awesome place to start your career since there are a lot of different roles you can play.
    -Great opportunities to grow. You will always be given responsibilities beyond your position and pushed to the limit. It can be stressful, but what better way to learn than to be thrown into the fire?
    -Excellent Directors and Managers, who are down to earth and easy to talk to. If asked, they will make the time for you. But my experience could be unique as I've heard of different situations in audit and tax. I work in advisory.
    -Interesting Projects to work on. You will always be working on different clients with different people and different projects.

    Cons

    -Extremely long hours. I usually work 60 hours a week and some weeks that number jumps up to 70 or 80. It's kind of sad to work investment banking hours for big 4 pay, but that's how it is.
    -Working on weekends. I've had to work a couple of weekends as well.
    -Fast turnover of colleagues. Someone leaves every week at least. Half of the fun at work is who you work with, but that is not a consistent thing at PwC since people leave all the time.
    -Competitive environment. Everyone here is trying to get to the top, so you have a lot of people to compete with to get there.
    -High stress job. This job can be extremely stressful when there are tight deadlines. Most of my managers and directors have sleeping problems.
    -Can get pigeon-holed into an sector if you're not proactive

    Advice to Management

    -Hire more staff to spread out the work
    -Push down the leadership messages to the Managers and Directors better

  8. "Good place to work however needs drastic improvement in some areas"

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    Former Employee - Audit Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and knowledge sharing environment, excellant knowledge management, exposure to great clients and best practices, always on the cutting edge, contineously learning. Relatively informal work atmosphere, flexibility in work hours during summer months. Opportunities to network.The work exposure at PwC proves to be very valuable for a finance and accounting professional.

    Cons

    Lack of worklife balance, compensation and benefits are average, lack of transparency on promotions to certain levels and the annual ratings seem to be predecided without having much regard to individual job ratings throughout the year. A lot of things are committed to the small clients however client service for smaller clients is not upto the mark.

    Advice to Management

    Improve client service quality, improve upon compensation and benefits structure to retain, be more transparent regarding promotions to certain levels.


  9. "na"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    prestige, recognition, variety of experience

    Cons

    complex reporting structure, lack of guidance

    Advice to Management

    streamline communication channels, provide interesting opportunities


  10. "One of the better Big Four"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work, one of the better of the big four. Hours can be long but you should expect it coming into public accounting. Opportunity for other jobs increase as you progress in the firm and promotions are almost on a tick tock schedule. Only big four firm that promotes in three years from associate to the senior associate level but responsibilties expected of senior associates at PwC are higher then those at the other three firms. The firm does invest a lot into training its staff though.

    Cons

    Typical of a Big Four Firm - long hours, schedules based on client time frames, etc. Benefits could be WAY better and pay could be increased as well.

    Advice to Management

    Consider communicating with staff greater relating to the current economic turn down. How will this effect us and how is our leadership reacting to the crisis?


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