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PwC Vancouver Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 568 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 341 reviews)

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  1. "Assurance Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good Working Atmosphere. Large National Firm

    Cons

    Requires a lot of hours

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing partners and senior managers running the Vancouver practice

    Cons

    None to provide right now but always areas to improve

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring and promoting the best of the best. Keep providing great development opportunities


  3. Helpful (1)

    "BC Region"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    -You will learn more than you thought possible in a very short amount of time.
    -You will be fully prepared to work in any situation in your career.
    - You will get a good range of experience.

    Cons

    - You will work almost every waking hour and the pay is so low it's laughable.
    - The leader of one of the teams in the valley office plays favourites and the blame game. This pits staff against each other.
    - They structure feedback as a way to hold staff back from promotion levels but tell staff that it's to help them 'develop'.
    - The culture in this office is highly toxic with a handful of associates getting treated significantly better than the rest.
    - In this office everyone is so afraid of getting bad feedback that everyone looks out only for themselves and will throw someone else under the bus to survive. It's an 'eat or be eaten' culture.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to start treating people with dignity and respect. You're bleeding staff for a reason and it's time to take a look at the leaders of groups. As well, it's time to look at paying your staff a living wage. Staff are tired of hearing that it's the market rate- we know the big 4 fix the rates.


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    "Great experience, no time for life"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the sharpest business people in town and they are (especially at the junior level) pleasant to spend long days with.

    Cons

    You're usually expected put in far more hours than discussed during recruiting. This seems to happen at all levels of the org but is most startling for juniors (associates) who can be overwhelmed trying to balance work expectations with commitments to the CPA education program. There is little to no time left to recharge.

    On-the-job training can be a challenge since the firm has a philosophy of "teach, don't tell", which essentially means "figure it out yourself". If you're stuck with ineffective seniors, you better have some other support or you'll sink.

    A group of people are cut from the firm each year with little to no effort to accommodate them in other roles where they might be more productive. It's sad to see decision makers' total lack of creativity and entrepreneurial ability. Square pegs, leave while you can.

    Advice to Management

    The recruiting process is intense and everyone who makes it through is top notch. However, management is narrow-sighted in managing this pool of talent. Some people could perform better in roles other than the one into which they were hired, but too little effort is made to tap their potential. Can you not be more creative? In such a large organization, there must be so many options available. What a waste of HR expense to let so many people go so regularly. Unfortunately for the firm, the people who stay are typically not as effective as those who have left.


  6. "A hard few years"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great for the resume - big 4 firm
    Opportunity to work with different people - good for networking and meeting friends

    Cons

    Salary is below industry standards, particularly when you consider the amount of hours you are required to invest.
    The organization is "top heavy." Too many managers and too few individuals doing the grunt work. For your first 3 years at PwC you will work hours that are completely unreasonable (12+ hours per day, plus weekends). If you stay long enough to become a manager, the job is smooth sailing. If you can stick it out it is worth it, but it's a high mountain to climb to reach the top.

    Advice to Management

    1. Better delegation of work
    2. Don't make staff feel like they are expendable. No you can't replace a 2 year associate who leaves because he is unhappy with a person straight out of university! Focus on keeping your staff happy and retention.
    3. Delegate the work more fairly, and be considerate of acceptable working hours


  7. "Experienced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, great education of business. Culture is great it is really the people that make this a great place to work

    Cons

    Very long hours and the work is very tedious and monotonious. The work itself is awful and doing it while doing school is very tough.

    Advice to Management

    None, there is nothing management can do i think the pay should be a bit more however for the amount of hours you put into it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The firm is not what it was"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Partner in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name, ( but the brand is tarnishing)

    Cons

    Too political, don't get projects that are strategic, competition are stronger in growth industries like tech

    Advice to Management

    Start rewarding teamwork instead of fostering competition


  9. "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large firm with lots of mobility opportunities
    Working on teams with many other young people
    Great social events and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season
    Salary levels are below industry standards
    Can be political at times

    Advice to Management

    Consider providing staff with more work life balance and flexibility opportunities, this will allow for staff to recharge after an exhausting busy season.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, great network, global transfers, great firm socials.

    Cons

    Long hours, many demands, flawed chain of command

    Advice to Management

    Pay better!


  11. "Great start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great start to your career..

    Cons

    Uneven distribution of work load


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