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
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.
Supervising Senior (Former Employee) – Sindh – 30 August 2017
There were always work for those who wanted to work. Since it was a mandatory training program, I ensured that apart from completing my qualification, I apply the skill set I was learning at school. The workplace was intense; there was always a deadline to be met. The hardest part of the job was starting it at a very young age with long hours a norm. The most enjoyable part was spending those long hours with your team.
Network Administrator, Technician (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 21 August 2017
Worked with the Management Consulting Group and always had access to the latest technology. Management provided any level of training I required and I was able to start my career in technology thanks to that ongoing training.
An Internationally recognized firm of Chartered Accountants
MANAGER/ RECEIVER'S AGENT (Former Employee) – St. Andrew & St. Catherine Jamaica – 11 August 2017
I worked as a Consultant with a free hand to manage the resources given to me and to fulfill the mandate of my given responsibilities. The period of employment gave me great insight into the depths of financial difficulties encountered by manufacturing type organizations and revealed processes and decisions which sometimes lead to financial losses. I was able to impose my own style of management for the projects and companies i managed with proper support when necessary from the PWC management team. The difficulties of these assignments revolved around insufficiency of funds to operate the business on a going concern basis given the need to have funds to meet commitments to employees and creditors.
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 7 August 2017
PwC recognized as one of the top accounting firms in the world. The firm is a great place to work with talented individuals. There are many service lines to work in and you will be nurtured into a high performing organization developing great skills along the way.
Great company to work for that promotes collaboration & team work
Security Consultant (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 31 July 2017
People working together to ensure that projects are completed. Opportunities to move within the company both locally & globally. A supportive environment where people work together to ensure that corporate goals are met.
Work from home, work life balance
Support for systems is off-shore, some of the global iniatives are managed from UK so time differences can be a issue