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Multi National corporation with very high expectations to deliver exceptional quality work, great place to learn and build relationships
Experienced Associate (Jr. Accountant) (Current Employee), Toronto, ONJanuary 12, 2014
Pros: job security, future advancement, exposure to multiple industries and organizations, close contact with top level management of million dollar corporations.
Cons: work lifestyle, long hours, stressful
- Travelling to client site, have meetings with client and team members. Obtain assurance over client business processes by conducting tests over high risk areas to satisfy investors and lenders. Coach and lead team members in their areas of work assigned.

- Each day there is something new to be learned or improve. Ex. Develop ways to enhance our testing methodology conducted in prior years by critically thinking of new ways to make work more efficient at the same time improving the quality of work delivered.

- Any improved methodologies or risk identified must be communicated to client and upper level management with my organization. This can be challenging as I will have to provide constructive arguments to prove new approach or risk identified is in fact appropriate.

- It is very challenging to be able to multitask and think critically when you have to meet the tight dead lines with set number of staff assigned to the client project and at the same time working on a separate project in another industry with different team members. This requires patience, strong multi-tasking capabilities, ability to handle stress, and excellent organizational skills.

- I enjoy the feeling of completing projects within the assigned time metric and celebrating with team members on our successful completion. It is also rewarding to hear positive feedback from clients on how they appreciated my work and ethics during the engagement of the project and looking forward to working with me again.
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Great opportunity for a new graduate!
Executive Assistant (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJanuary 22, 2013
• Coordinated formatting and editing of letters, memos, reports and presentations from draft stage to client-ready work
• Reviewed documentation for content, consistency, branding compliance and appearance
• Followed an organized filing/document management process for electronic and paper documents
• Prepared the partner for meetings, including compiling and organizing information and documentation, as well as debriefing the partner on pertinent information
• Executed and monitored tasks on various projects. Acted on behalf of the client serving executive, managed stakeholder expectations, updated project plans and ensured timely and appropriate project communications
• Proactively identified project risks and opportunities. Followed up on identified matters and liaised with client serving team members for completion of action items
• Received, prioritized, and delegated a variety of project related inquiries directed to the client serving executive
• Worked with standard firm software and other relevant software at an intermediate level, and appropriately used technical/office equipment
• Used appropriate tools to ensure compliance of time and expense tracking/reporting. When requested, reviewed client engagement workbook and conducted further research or interpretation of financial data to resolve discrepancies
• Proactively assisted partners and their teams with client billings
• Opened, sorted, routed and prioritized mail as needed
• Assisted with faxing of client documents and with photocopying as requested
• Responded to client calls (answering of telephone, screening – more... calls, transfer to another party/voicemail, taking messages)
• Performed meeting and event coordination as well as travel planning and booking – less
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Working out side your home territory make you feel how powerful is the global networking
Assurance Manager - CIPS (Former Employee), London,January 14, 2014
• Responsible for a team of professionals to deliver quality service to top tier clients in the Assurance practice.
• Develop a flexible annual audit plan for my portfolio using an appropriate risk-based methodology’ and submit that plan to the Assurance Leader for review and approval as well as periodic updates
• Provided conveying solutions to the client's complex business problems through the use of written reports and presentations.
• Advised clients on accounting implications of corporate finance transactions including goodwill minimization strategies and restructuring
• Performed due diligence for several clients prior to acquisition of public entities.
• Audit staff management, motivation, training, recruitment and selection.
• Contributing to strategic planning and development as a member of management team.
• Other areas of responsibility: Resource management, Counselling, Client satisfaction Survey analysis, and training need analysis for practice staff.
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Pressure
Auditeur - Chef de Mission expérimenté (Current Employee), Montréal, QCAugust 28, 2014
Many interesting trainings throughout the year.
Coworkers are like a family
Pressure on the cost and many people got laid off in the past 2 years. But work load does not decrease, therefore, lots of pressure on staff and flexibility (work life balance) becomes more theoretical than practice.
Hardest part of the job is to never know what to expect, schedule can change at any moment and you need to have a flexible personal schedule to accommodate. Most enjoyable part of the job is the ownership of your work. You get a lot of independence and trust from management.
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Challenging, good culture
Senior Auditor (Current Employee), Concord, ONSeptember 19, 2012
Pros: free professional development
Cons: long hours
-audit clients' financial information, prepare working papers and draft financial statemnts
-Understand the big picture of the clients' financial information to plan the audit, conduct various tests,document test finding and results. Draft financial reports in compliance with ASPE/IFRS.
-time managemnt skill to meet deadlines and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities
-Supervise junior associates and maintain positive relationship with team members and clients
-Hardest part of the job is to deal with different client with different preference
-the most enjoyable part is the continuing professional development which enable me to keep current with ASPE/IFRS
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Great opportunity
Executive Assistant (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJanuary 22, 2013
• Typed, formatted and edited standard and non-standard documents using MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Drafted standard and non-standard correspondence
• Organized invitations, materials and logistics (reserve meeting rooms, AV equipment and catering) for internal and external meetings
• Arranged conference calls
• Responsible for making travel arrangements using AMEX travel
• Prepared expense reports
• Calendar Management
• Printed, faxed, photocopied and scanned documents
• Answered and responded to telephone calls transferred from managers’ voicemail
• Sorted and circulated incoming mail and file incoming and outgoing correspondence
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A great place to learn
Chef de mission expérimenté (Former Employee), Montréal, QCJuly 17, 2015
Working at PWC offers a lot of opportunities for learning and enhance accounting and finance knowledge. The busiest months of the year were from January to March.

I have learned to work in a team and be an excellent team player over the years there.

There most enjoyable part of the job was to be able to assist the clients on how to improve and make their business more profitable for the long run.
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Proceed with causion
Business Systems Analysis (Former Employee), Ottawa, ONFebruary 16, 2015
Pros: free lunch
Cons: management is out of touch
Their management is not up to speed with industry. very top down approach with no understanding of today's environment. Old school mentality, (my way or the high way). Takes advantage of situations in their favor. New to the consulting arena. Management need more training to today's standards. Too much pride in getting Government contracts. Free lunch to cover their mistakes. To bad so sad attitude.
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Let me OUT!
Event Coordinator/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Toronto, ONSeptember 19, 2012
Pros: good pay
Cons: poor management
Worked in the L&D department. Contract job. Seems to be a lot of contract jobs and not enough perm.

I was micro managed. Trained by a young rude person. Left the job after 6 weeks.

It all depends on who your manager is. I hear others are happy in different departments.
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A nascent management consulting firm in the early days
Principal Management Consultant - Energy Practice (Former Employee), Toronto, ONDecember 24, 2015
Pros: Professional training
Cons: Little expertise in mentoring at the time
PWC developed into industry silos and provided a management consulting service during the start up of this skill offering. Providing SI expertise in the Utilities, Finance, Health industries. The Hardest part of the job was changing clients mid project. The most enjoyable part was the successful delivery of a project,and a happy client.
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Inputted information and made binders for quick obtainable resource records for all Tax Departments across Canada, and the United States.
Tax Assembly (Former Employee), Calgary, ABSeptember 14, 2012
Pros: worked with a great team
Cons: extremely long hours and worked 7 days a week till the job was complete.
This was a Term Position.

This position required working a 12hr day and for most part a seven day work week, the atmosphere was all-consuming in order to fulfill tax deadlines.
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A productive workplace, associating with new hires on board, giving the best of my knowledge and sharing my experience, to promote PwC culture & valu
Purchasing/Admin Assistant (Former Employee), 18 York St, Toronto, ONJune 12, 2013
Pros: giving guidance with others who are not familiar with the company policy.
Cons: be patience
the most enjoyable part of the job: to be working as a team and fulfill the request of others.
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Edmonton office
Senior Associate (Former Employee), EdmontonFebruary 11, 2015
The Edmonton office is still working in a culture from the 70 and 80's . Many of the partners are close to retirement and not ready for change . If you are planning on working here be prepared to work a lot of overtime during peak seasons with no extra pay
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Great place to learn
Expatriate Tax Associate/Training Facilitator (Former Employee), Toronto, ONSeptember 4, 2014
Pros: meal reimbursement
Cons: long hours
Typical day starts at 9 and goes to 5:30-6:30
learned complicated tax issues
management is supportive
co-workers are friendly
hardest part is the volume of work
most enjoybale part: continuous challenge
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fun workplace with friendly co-workers and seniors
Summer Associate (Financial Service Industry) (Former Employee), Toronto, ONMay 31, 2014
Pros: working with fun people, and free coffee
Cons: long working hours
there is no typical day at work because engagements vary. The company has good culture. The most enjoyable part of the job is the after work hang outs with my co-workers.
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PwC is an excellent employer
Partner Admin. Assistant, Enterprise Applications (Former Employee), Toronto, ONAugust 14, 2015
Pros: Very professional environment
Cons: Long hours
It has been a pleasure working for 10 years at PwC. It is a very professional environment that promotes learning and advancement.

I am proud to have worked with groups of smart and amazing individuals.
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great company to work at
National HR Generalist (Former Employee), TorontoMay 25, 2015
Pros: use of up to date technology
Cons: long hours
lots of work and always challenging...I had the opprty to learn a lot and take that with me to the next role. I was able to gain technical experience with peoplesoft and many other sophisticated applications.
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Same as above
Partners Assistant - Assurance and Audit Group (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABOctober 22, 2012
Pros: n/a
Cons: n/a
People work hard at this company and are very focused.
Not enough support in my field
a majority of the company focused on auditing, taxes, and assurance, for an administrative assistan you needed to have this background.
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No work/ life balance.
Audit (Current Employee), Toronto, ONMay 27, 2012
Pros: great medical & dental benefits.
Cons: expect to work ridiculous hours.
It's a workaholic culture where you are expected to work ridiculous hours without any overtime pay. The turnover is high and most people do not stay longer than a year or two.
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Great Corporate Culture
SENIOR ASSOCIATE (Former Employee), Toronto, ONAugust 14, 2015
Pros: Strong Learning & Development
Cons: Long hours, seemingly non-value added work
Builds a strong foundation for work ethic and a great accounting knowledge base. Busy season hours are quite rigorous, and off-season hours are no longer "lite", since 2008.

Great opportunities to travel and work abroad. Great corporate culture.
Claimed Profile
Headquarters
New York New York, United States
Revenue
more than $10bn (CAD)
Employees
10,000+
Industry
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PwC website

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