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PwC Reviews

Updated 20 August, 2014
Updated 20 August, 2014
4,878 Reviews

3.6
4,878 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Vancouver, BC

    Pros

    Offers tons of professional development, promotes when we are ready and allows employees to work in different departments. They are flexible with work schedule and sometimes the employee can work from home. Vacation is negotiable, as is he overtime (bank or pay).

    Cons

    Overtime at tax season . Also, there are some pretty complex corporate tax returns to prepare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up the team sense and the door open policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging, skill-building, thought provoking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Calgary, AB

    Pros

    challenging projects make you really think. great exposure to complex problems. opportunities to learn and solve those problems.

    Cons

    different working styles of project managers (partners, directors, managers), coddling environment for rotation program, extremely lean staff teams with tight deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    important to ensure fringe benefits are shared fairly, do not exclude employees, strive for cohension

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for career advance through a diverse set of client experiences

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Never want to come back

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to get exposed to diff clients, lots of training, coaching and very steep learning curve.

    Cons

    Work life balance is always a struggle. Tight deadline, high turnover rate, busy season can be all year round, some jerk managers, hard to get to manager level, pressure to learn about diff client business within very short time, too much pressure, no personal life etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of ur employees and treat them properly! I know you have thousands of us here, and u r used to high turn over rate, we r not machine but human being. We put every efforts to meet client deadline, what did we get in the end ? Nothing but just a thank you, u deserves it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome culture, great support from good people, interesting work, but satanic workload.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sydney, NS
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney, NS

    Pros

    The people are great, very supportive and the team culture is fantastic. Everyone in the firm is young and energetic with awesome creative ideas. Progression is fast if you're good, and merits are generally rewarded.

    Cons

    The workload is insane and the expected work hours are unreasonable. There is no work life balance whatsoever. 60 hour weeks are standard and it could go higher during crunch time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The remuneration should be consistent with the effort required to work here.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Training, experience and lot of opportunities

    Cons

    they lay off people without cause

  8.  

    Normal big 4 company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Halifax, NS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halifax, NS

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not enough growth, too much admin

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

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Increasing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Three Years Advisory Services

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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