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PwC Reviews

Updated 19 August, 2014
Updated 19 August, 2014
4,865 Reviews

3.6
4,865 Reviews
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PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz
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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.  

    Interesting people to work with but very demanding

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

    Pros

    Intellectually 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.

    Cons

    Unbelievable 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Never going back

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Expectations are Unexpected

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

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall great people and excellent training ground

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

    Pros

    Provide great training, comparable compensation, people are very good to work with (developed strong relationships), lots of opportunity to develop your career, travel opportunities if you are interested

    Cons

    Long hours (same goes for any Big 4 firm), generally required to specialize in a particular industry, often staffing/turnover issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance and send less staff on secondment (staff that stay become over-worked)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good company to work for as it provides solid learning ground.

    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities primarily because of the nature of clients it services. You can be allocated variety of projects and the skill set you acquire gives the leading edge.

    Cons

    The change management issues for the firm internally are not managed. Internal Communications about the anticipated changes and how it impacts employees are not communicated and you are just left to manage on your own.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Treated well but ideas only come from partners

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to different businesses. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Partners only listen to partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor salary increases

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

    Pros

    Not bad salary to start

    Cons

    Below inflation increases- a lot of unpaid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure raises are distributed in a fair way so that persons are not "loosing" money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    learn lots, salary jumps are high and quick

    Cons

    Many hours, lack of work/life balance

  10.  

    Mixed feelings

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

    Pros

    People are very nice, career growth is very possible is you are persistant. Positive environment altogether

    Cons

    Work/life balance is basically null. Depending on the department, staffing model is a bit off and not in accordance with the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more junior staff to do the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My personal view

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, great people, positive work environment

    Cons

    Long hours, not consistent point of views from partners, lack of unified approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear focus on values is lacking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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