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PwC Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.5 4,744 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(918 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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    Normal big 4 company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Halifax, NS

    ProsGood company to have on your resume
    Good opportunity for growth if your in the right spot

    ConsSenior management talks a lot of strategy but cannot execute
    What have you done for me lately mentality common in the big firms

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not enough growth, too much admin

    Tax Associate (Current Employee) Calgary, AB

    Pros- Good off-season perks
    - Employee benefits are decent
    - Flexible schedule (off-season)
    - Reputable company name

    Cons- Too much work politics
    - Policies can easily change without notice
    - Honest, hard-working employees don't get recognition
    - Does not reward good talent and productivity
    - Too much emphasis on being billable over giving employees their own autonomy to grow and learn on their own

    Advice to Senior Management- To decrease high turnover/low morale, listen to your employees
    - Never give into work politics and make sure they are rewarded by productivity and work habits rather than favoritism
    - Give recognition where needed and understand why good workers will end up leaving for another company
    - As management and team leader, be sure to keep employee's motivated and morale high. Solving problems earlier while reduce headaches for both you and the employees
    - Don't disregard any feedback from employees as they may be the only ones courageous enough to speak up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Audit Senior Associate (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsTraining, experience and lot of opportunities

    Consthey lay off people without cause

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    Great opportunities in Risk Consulting, new emphasis on increasing revenue at all costs (at least in Canada).

    Senior Associate, Consulting (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsGreat opportunities to learn new industries and new things;
    possibly very interesting projects;
    access to best practices, mostly from the US and Europe;
    variety of clients, hence connections;
    very talented and motivated colleagues, well, for the most part;
    international and domestic travel,
    recognizable brand.

    ConsIncreasing revenue at all costs became priority #1 in around 2012. This somewhat changed the culture. The pressure to hit new higher (not always realistic) targets translated into fear, political games, back stabbing and treating people like dirt at times.

    You are expected to learn things on your own. Formal training is rudimental at best.

    Choice of engagements in Risk is becoming smaller. Mostly Internal Audit varieties which do not require extraordinary mental abilities. I don't mean to offend internal auditors but IA is not the reason why most of us went into consulting. To be booked on a good project, you have to jump through some hoops, constantly network with Directors and do a little begging.

    Hours can be terrible but it is normal for consulting. Forget about work-life balance. It is a myth.

    Salary is on par with other Big 4 firms but far below of what strategy consulting firms, banks, mining and companies from pretty much any other industry offer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease remember that you are selling mental abilities and qualifications of your employees. Make an effort to retain talented, qualified and motivated people.
    Don't go only after a "low hanging fruit" type of projects. Consultants want to be interested in what they do and challenged.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting people to work with but very demanding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIntellectually stimulating, fast paced with some truly interesting people. Consulting can be a lot of fun, especially when you are hitting your utilization targets and getting staffed on interesting gigs.

    ConsUnbelievable work loads with an underlying expectation that work and only work comes first. While things are improving, there are way to many workaholics in this place, whose sole aim seems to be to judge others by the number of hours they plug in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Never going back

    Experienced Audit Senior Associate (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC

    ProsLooks good on resume. Able to work on large corporate clients.

    ConsThere's no work-life balance no matter how much they try.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Three Years Advisory Services

    Senior Associate - Advisory (Former Employee)

    ProsHighly qualified, intelligent co-workers
    Strong ties to industry leaders
    Provide staff with an amazing breadth of experience
    Not too shabby on resume

    ConsVery bureaucratic
    Not really a con, but you must understand that you are a nobody until you prove yourself which can be difficult given the size of most departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor salary increases

    Senior IT Specialist (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsNot bad salary to start

    ConsBelow inflation increases- a lot of unpaid overtime

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure raises are distributed in a fair way so that persons are not "loosing" money

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslearn lots, salary jumps are high and quick

    ConsMany hours, lack of work/life balance

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    Expectations are Unexpected

    Audit Senior Associate (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    Pros- Broaden Professional Network
    - Exposure to technical experts in the field
    - Challenging Work Environment - really enhances one's skillset
    - Great People
    - Great Travel Opportunities

    Cons- Work/Life Balance - lack thereof
    - Compensation is at least 10% below similar, if not smaller, firms
    - Performance Review Criteria (and achievement of which) are inconsistent between reviewers

    Advice to Senior Management- Improve clarity in expectations
    - Enforce update meetings mid-audit/project to review performance and measure against reviewee's performance goals
    - Move away from the "Exceeds Expectations", "Meets Expectations", and "Does not Meet Expectations" to a 5 point scale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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