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PwC Vancouver Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is very hard to have at consulting firms in general (in 2396 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2475 reviews)

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  1. "Accounting Associate in Vancouver, Canada"

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    Former Intern - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very healthy environment to work in

    Cons

    No any cons. Very healthy environment to work in


  2. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best tax firm internationally
    Technical people
    Great clients

    Cons

    Internal politics and competition
    Partners don't care about you

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff

  3. "Working for Uncle Peter"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Work Life Balance
    - Co-Workers - Some of the funniest people I have met in my life

    Cons

    - Work Life Balance (Sometimes just a program and not a way of life)


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    "Admin staff"

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    Former Employee - Manager Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff, good salary ( for contract work), the admin (managers assistants, partner assistants & IFS staff) generally look out for each other, good social events. Centrally based in Downtown Vancouver.

    Cons

    No consistency in approach towards work, templates and "rules" constantly changed, little or no flexibility with hours or working from home, very little job specific training provided, team leads seem to bend policy to suit themselves or their favorites, very little feedback from staff making it to the Partner level, embargo on permanent contract for admin staff.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten up communication between your team leads and management, encourage staff by initiating incentives or providing proper feed back - a very bad atmosphere to work in even though most of the staff are lovely!


  5. "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    It's a Big 4. You may have good learning and working experience if you're lucky and have a good manager and team.

    Cons

    The management may feel sorry for you but they don't really care about your career and life. They would hire external employees instead of promoting good employees internally. I don't think the firm knows how to increase employee morale and it could be very disorganized. Lots of red tape that prevent good business decision-making. They give out a chocolate bar to some employees who worked the most overtime in the previous week, while another Big 4 provides unlimited snack throughout the day. Really? Working from home may hinder your career even though the firm keeps advertising it has flexible work arrangement. One's experience varies widely depending on the team but most of the time, it could be disappointing.


  6. "Assurance Associate"

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    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


  7. "Great place to work"

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    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

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    "BC Region"

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    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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    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.


  10. "A hard few years"

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    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


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