Poor Management of Assurance Department- Unprofessional and Non Skilled Managers - No Growth
Assurance Supervisor (Current Employee) – London, ON – 6 November 2018
i am working as an Assurance Supervisor at PwC Canada London SDC. There is no professional growth. Managers usually hire people who are their friends. Salary is super low. If you are diploma holder with 1 or less year of experience, this is a good place to start your career but don't expect that you'll be promoted to a senior position with good salary within 7-8 years. Employee turnover is 92% because of low salary. There is one confusion among people who are doing CPA that they can count working hours towards their CPA hours, this is not the case. CPA Ontario doesn't approve London SDC hours towards CPA as this place is supposed to work on admin stuff related to assurance and tax instead of actual work. Assurance Managers and Directors don't value the work you do.
Long Hours - Daily 13 hours minimum or 70 hours/week
Law Clerk (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 21 June 2018
Terrible environment. No team building or team feeling whatsoever. People constantly blame one another and backstab one another (management included,) No regard for work/life balance. Benefit packages were the only pro, but salary was absolutely terrible and not worth the way that employees are treated.
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
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
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 - 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