PwC Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Intern  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assurance Intern in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The work is incredibly fast paced and you always feel like you are learning something new. Most people at the firm are very driven and tend to work well with others. The support system given to you is quite robust with employees at various levels who are assigned to you. This gives you a good lookout on your future career, as well as a multitude of advice.

    Cons

    The hours are very long for some periods each year. While most people at the company are driven many people also want nothing more than to leave to company to find a position in industry. Depending on your team and client your experience can vary greatly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider finding ways to enhance and actually deliver on the "work-life balance" that is often touted by recruiters. The justification of "the first few years of your career are supposed to be like this" is a terrible outlook.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Area for development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Opportunities for training
    - Generous vacation time and sick time
    - Working here looks great on your resume

    Cons

    - Lack of appreciation for IFS staff
    - Tracking your hours in multiple databases
    - Unrealistic admin to partner ratios (some EAs support 6-7 partners)
    - Compensation is way below SV market but the firm will only compare itself to other Big Fours firms that also pay under market rate
    - No real career growth for IFS and performance management tools are a joke
    - Benefits are so so. You have to pay a deductible for all medical plans which can be challenging for IFS and junior staff that earn modest salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would treat your best customer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This was the best decision that I in I have in my 25 year career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    PwC is a very structured company and they expect that you will make a difference with the lives and companies that you touch, and you will. You are expected to be human, but excellence is expected. PwC grows their employees and expects you to grown those around you.

    Cons

    Not to many so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to grown your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Public accounting is a great career starter.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience of working with smart and driven people.

    Cons

    Salary is not fair for the amount of time and work that you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start your career but very stressful environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In terms of learning curve, if you are smart enough to figure out by yourself, it is very steep. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time but not necessarily in details. Still, you will experience lots of stuff in Accounting, so you can get a general picture of Accounting concept really quick.

    Cons

    Very inefficient structure and the quality of people you are dealing with is very extreme. Only half of employees is smart enough to get the job done but the other half raised a question how they even got the job. Very high-turn over, so always lack of resources and they just bring people from Singapore. Top-down culture is very exhausting and some managers treat you as almost like a work slavery. No weekend, holidays, or vacations. Lots of health issue can come up because you don't have any time to exercise or take care of yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your associate better. If manager is not qualified, the senior management needs to step in rather than just watching over the associates are suffering from managers. If the senior management doesn't change the culture, you cannot stop the high turn-over rate. Bring people from Singapore will never be a solution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to transform yourself, if you know what you want

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is always somebody, somewhere, doing something you're passionate about. If you're lucky enough to find the team and get involved, there's so much you can get out of the PwC experience. I was not the happiest employee for the first few months, but was fortunate enough to find a group of people who were working on what I love. I wake up motivated every morning, believe it or not.

    Cons

    Not all teams are alike, and finding that one niche is difficult, especially for new associates and senior associates. Some groups are more intense (I-banking-like), hierarchical, and don't treat you well, while others are more egalitarian, and understand the value of work-life balance. It truly depends on what you are doing, and with whom you're doing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Engaging and Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great starting salary + wonderful team.

    I have the pleasure of working for a company that gives me flexibility and choice to shape my career.

    Cons

    I do not have a lot of negative experiences so far, but every company has them. To succeed one needs to balance work priorities with personal priorities. Finding a balance in Big 4 is a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PwC RA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Audit Associate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Audit Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities, especially right out of school.

    Cons

    Long hours and high learning curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Disappointing Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Still trying to figure this out

    Cons

    Fear based performance metrics, anyone in management has only worked within the firm so they completely lack perspective. Average age is 21 so that totally sucks too...who want to build a network full of millennials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Assurance Experienced Associate

    Former Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, gain a lot of experience in the industry, makes you marketable for other jobs, ability to be early promoted if you can navigate the system

    Cons

    Some months there is no work life balance. Sometimes clients may be fr from where you live so you might be commuting for a long time. Also the office is full of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to your junior staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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