Productive workplace - large matrixed environment.
Marketing Specialist, Immigration Law (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 11 October 2017
Days were always busy. Co-workers were good people. General feeling of under appreciation. Always too many meetings to go to and not enough time dedicated each day to accomplishing work. Needed to learn a new computer system every year - better suited to younger graduates who have a lot of free time on their hands and no family commitments.
Administrative Assistant, Corporate Tax (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 10 October 2017
A busy role supporting a senior corporate tax partner, I found the job rewarding and fulfilling. I was provided with lots of opportunity to exhibit my value to the firm by taking on projects normally considered outside of my role, such as basic research, assistance in filings for corporate returns and being included in large projects that sometimes had me performing ad hoc tasks that were not part of my daily workload.
While the firm had a very cohesive corporate culture and encouraged collaboration, teamwork, cooperation and workload sharing, it often put a greater emphasis on the work end of the work/life balance. The culture rewarded those who were willing to go above and beyond, but standard job performance did not yield as many opportunities for those constrained by regular work hours.
Performance-driven workplace, ideal for type A personalities
Senior Associate (Former Employee) – Melbourne – 9 October 2017
Great company to work for if you're driven and competitive. Expectations are high, but consideration is given when it comes to personal commitments and health. Achievements are recognised, but mistakes are not well tolerated.
Diversity in working styles and thinking styles is encouraged on the surface, but the culture does not reflect this. However, this depends greatly on the people you work with. The org structure is quite fluid so you need to be ready to adapt quickly.
Partner Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 7 October 2017
electrically filed all documents attending weekly meetings set up internal and external meetings photocopied, anseered phones and put away office supplies filtered through all internal mail Created and submitted expenses Answered phones for client questions or concerns planned internal lunches and events
Exciting work environment with ambitious and self motivated coworkers
Senior Associate (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 6 October 2017
- A typical day at work involves managing engagement teams of up to 7 people for audit, review, and special engagements for public and private clients in a variety of industries as well as developing and proposed resolutions to complex accounting issues
- I have learnt how to budget the management process from preparation to engagement budget tracking, as well as proposing ways to increase efficiencies
- Management teams at PwC consists of highly competent and friendly staff who promote open communication while holding the teams accountable for their deliverables
- The workplace culture is work hard, play hard!
- The hardest part of the job would be managing multiple deliverables for several clients at the same time wile working with tight deadlines. However, I have learnt so much over the years on how to ensure deliverables are submitted within the deadlines and produced in the most efficient manner.
- The most enjoyable part of the job for me would be the people and all the connections I have made throughout the years.
Supportive work place with structured teams and a positive work environment.
Experienced Preparer (GMS) (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 30 September 2017
I worked in a very tax focused group and learned a lot about personal taxes and US/Cdn taxation when individuals transfer. The work environment was supportive of growth but focused on staying within tax as a stream.
Senior Associate (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 27 September 2017
Preparing and submitting the Corporate Tax Returns and with-holding tax formats Reviewing clients' books, records and documents for tax inspection purposes Completing and submitting corporate tax returns for domestic and international companies Negotiate with tax authority to achieve the most appropriate results and challenge the tax authority for achieving maximum benefits of non-double taxation treaties and minimize the local law risks Excelled within fast-paced environment, continually taking on increased levels of responsibility Consistently demonstrated talent for quickly learning new tasks and completing assignments ahead of schedule while maintaining a high degree of accuracy
Senior Associate (Current Employee) – Vancouver – 27 September 2017
Provide plenty of coaching and training opportunities. Work life balance does not exist during busy season, or if you are on a big client. Expectations are too high and too unrealistic, given the tight deadline and shortage of staff. Will have a good client portfolio and able to work on large well known clients. Salary is low compared to industry accountants.
Senior Associate (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 25 September 2017
Excellent place to learn and develop. Work and life can be difficult to maintain, especially during the busy season. However, great exposure to very different industries, fast learning curve, and good opportunity to lead and manager direct reports and interact with senior level persons at your clients.
As with the other big 4 firms, PwC heavily invests in its staff whether it be on a professional development level or a coaching level. The culture is fantastic with a very diverse range of people and skills.
PwC is a great company to work, full of talented people and great opportunities.
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Concord, ON – 20 September 2017
I worked at PwC for 18 years as a partner assistant supporting multiple partners at leadership level. It was a difficult decision to leave such a great workplace, but PwC is moving to Virtual Assistants (outsourced services). The firm offered a voluntary departure package to some assistants, so I decided to accept the opportunity and explore other prospects.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 September 2017
Would prefer not to provide a comprehensive review of the company other than to say that it may be a good company to work for as a professional. Support staff are not treated well, salaries are low, no chances for advancement, little recognition.
Senior Associate - Consulting & Deals (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 16 September 2017
Implementing strong cost cutting measures, reducing compensation for staff below manager grade. Competitive industry with slim margins. Staff are required to work far more than is reasonable in the context of their compensation. Primary upside relates to the potential to exit for a more attractive opportunity based upon the brand name recognition in the market place.
Experience, brand recognition, exit opportunities
Long hours, poor pay, little recognition from management
Great employer, offered work-life balance and teaming.
Resource Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 11 September 2017
During the years working at PwC, I developed life-long friendships and had the opportunity to learn from great leaders. The workplace culture offered flexibility and encouraged collaboration and teaming throughout the firm.
Experienced Associate - Assurance (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 September 2017
Experience within the firm is heavily influenced by the teams that you are on - if you are on a team with poor management or incompetent team members it is unlikely that your experience will be good. Vice versa - if your main team(s) are good (and you enjoy the work being done) it is possible to have an extremely good experience. Work hours also follow this logic. Some teams worked approximately 80 hours a week during busy season while others barely met the 50 hour a week minimum. Very accommodating as you are allowed to work from home or other locations if needed. There are many opportunities for career and personal development if you take the initiative to seek them out, and as a whole the firm is quite supportive.
Member (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 September 2017
Gen Next is an great initiative put on by United Way Calgary that builds awareness for social issues within the community. It is aimed at young professionals and encourages leadership development and involvement. PwC has built it's own chapter of this initiative to education and develop the professionals within our company.