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PwC Reviews

Updated 22 November, 2014
Updated 22 November, 2014
5,322 Reviews
3.6
5,322 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 254 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 129 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 902 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 855 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company with lots of opportunity

    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great support for getting accounting designation; partners who care about your future; huge focus on learning and development, wide variety of work assignments to develop skills; employees have a voice and can make a difference

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a challenge but PwC is open to different scenarios; working from home, part-time, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing all of the positive things you're focused on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Prof Development opportunities, Great setting

    Cons

    Difficult to balance work life at times but to be expected in the nature of project oriented work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company and good platform

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    CPA, CA designation;
    Friendly environment;
    Great city

    Cons

    Sometimes need to work overtime, but that's common for the whole industry. Can't blame the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brain drain might be a problem, hope management could handle it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in London, ON
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in London, ON

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

    Pros

    Friendly culture, looks good on CV because ot is one of the big 4 audit firms, a lot of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Low pay, very long hours which is not reflected in the salary, competition amongst colleagues and friends, same as most big4

    No opinion of CEO
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    Don't drink the kool aid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    - Busy environment (a pro because you aren't bored any time during the day)
    - Prestige on resume
    - Learn from a few (only a few) good Managers

    Cons

    - Sick game of constantly throwing others under the bus
    - Severely underpaid
    - Look hours (the con portion of my first pro)
    - More emphasis on getting jobs done instead of doing them completely right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing will change because the business model of having the worker bees come from university will always be effective. This is due to uni grads needing to start somewhere and partners need desperate grads to do work at a lower cost. With the CA gone now, I do not see the prestige of having to go through a PA firm to get the new CPA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    PwC - Senior Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    The people are young and fun, which is always great and makes it harder to go to the corporate world. Parties at the firm are also great and open bar most of the time.

    Cons

    Every year, they cut down on the salaries and reduce other perks like food in meetings/training. They say they don't specialize but they are highly specialized when you join the firm. If you are in audit, you will be placed in asset management. No work life balance. They like you to work weekends and late nights, but they will send you home before 7 pm (to work from home) so they don't have to pay for your dinner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience, Work/life balance, people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    - The experience is second to none. Great company and great tools and resources
    - The people you work with top to bottom are not just smart and hard working, but extremely ambitious and almost everyone has exceptional ability when it comes to understanding different people and being social.
    - Great work environment and the ability to take a significant amount of time of in the summer.

    Cons

    - Work life balance does not exist, you can end up working 14-15 hour work days and that can become a habit
    - Almost always end up working on the weekends, hard to get away from work because of the tight deadlines.
    - Senior management can put further pressure on teams in order to beat budgets / expectations from prior year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Office culture is great, the people you work with become close friends
    - However, a large amount of the conversations end up talking about the ridiculous amount of work there is.
    - Management needs to take better care of their people and need to accommodate more flexibility in to employees life
    - Need to put less pressure on employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    good flexibility during the day

    Cons

    longer hours than most people expect

  10.  

    A lot of fun and informative internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Montreal, QC

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and you learn a lot

    Cons

    The salary was too low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    People are nice and personable. Willing to teach. They have a method called Enhanced workplace process.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at PwC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very competitive hourly rate. and rewarding learning experience with enhanced skills

    Cons

    The hour is crazy during tax season. Be prepared to work overtime. It could be 60-70 hours per week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technical updates could be done frequently and in a more interactive form.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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