Manager, U.S. corporate tax (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 19 May 2018
Overall PwC is a great place to work with. You can stay current with the most recent developments in your field. The firm did not spare the money in training. The downside is a lot of overtime and the lack of work-life balance
Senior Associate Audit & Assurance Group (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 13 May 2018
Great internal training and learning opportunities; but work long hours under tight deadlines. Annual salary is under the market benchmark for managers and below. In general a great start of professional career.
Internal training and learning opportunities
Long hours, tight deadlines, under the market salary
A necessary place to start a career as a professional accountant?
Senior Associate (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 7 May 2018
Working at a professional accounting and services firm can get a bad rap. Yes, you are going to be working long hours and, yes, it's often going to seem like the work you're doing isn't taken seriously by some of your clients, especially in an audit capacity.
However, the skills you develop and the people you meet can have a lasting impact on your career. You will be exposed to financial managers from many types of businesses and can form some strong bonds with both clients and coworkers. This can lead to building a great professional network. And really, the relationships you form during your career will help propel you upwards much faster.
Further, you are thrust into positions where you have to think, and work, quickly and on your feet. You are expected to manage other staff within 18-24 months of starting at the firm. It also gives you a true respect for what hard work is, and forces you to critically think. Not only about your current tasks, but how they fit into the big picture of your entire projects.
I feel that starting my career at PwC has helped me advance my career much faster than if I had worked somewhere outside of a Big 4 accounting firm.
Development of important skills, a professional network, engaging and fun coworkers. Helps to build necessary skills to start your career
Great learning and networking with excellent professionals from all over the world
External Audit Manager (Former Employee) – other – 24 April 2018
Excellent company to work, as it always seeks to train highly qualified professionals and provide quality services. As an audit manager, my normal work day consisted of serving my clients to help them solve accounting problems. I had the function of supporting with technically appropriate and creative solutions for each client. I also had support functions with business negotiations, seeking new projects to sell to current clients or prospect new clients. I served customers located in several cities and regions, so traveling was an almost daily routine.
The most difficult part of my job was to be able to reconcile my personal life with the routine of travel and attendance or virtual attendance of all my clients. The best part of the job was the high development as a person and as a professional provided by the company. In addition to having the opportunity to do many courses to be always updated technically, the company environment is largely geared towards the quest to learn and share knowledge.
The benefits and salary were also very good. The work environment with people motivated and focused on teamwork was also a very positive factor during the nine years I worked in this company.
High development as a person and as a professional
Great accounting career work, but burns you out quickly
Senior Associate (Assurance) (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 21 April 2018
Pros: - Fast paced work environment - Ahead of the curve of technology - You learn a lot very fast, lots of responsibility quickly - Fun social events - Fun to lead teams 2-3 years into a job - Exposed to accounting/business problems and you gain a unique skillset - Recruiters contact you alot around your senior year+ - Leadership team is good and taking firm in right direction - Lots of training - Meet lots of great people - Good benefits program
Cons: - long hours - brutally long hours - performance review system is not efficient/best approach - work with clients/other colleagues who can be hard to work with - churns through staff so hard to have continuity on engagements
Audit Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 9 April 2018
Always worked on multi-tasks, learned new concepts or programs on a daily basis, there was always someone available for you to share the knowledge, in the meantime, I shared my knowledge of audit and project management with others as well.
It's challenging to maintain high quality of work on multiple engagements but it can be done through task prioritization, good on-job coaching, closely monitoring work progress and good communication with both PwC and client's management.
Clients always appreciated your hard work and on-time report delivery.
Tax Compliance Specialist (Former Employee) – London, ON – 3 April 2018
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Staff are treated to specialize in a smaller area of expertise. (Eg- US taxes and Foreign Tax Credits
Senior Tax Associate (Former Employee) – Toronto Downtown – 21 February 2018
Not very enjoyable working as the area I was working was too specialized on US taxes and Foreign Tax Credits. Since there was not much variety, one may become not employable in other areas of Auditing or Accounting.