Poor Management, understaffed and overworked.
Senior Associate, Assurance (Ancien employé) – Calgary, AB – 19 août 2019
PwC is not a great place to start off your career. You will be belittled and made to feel as if you are a worthless piece of garbage. You will receive extraordinarily low pay for the long hours that are required of this job. I worked for PwC for 4 years and have my CPA designation yet I don't know of anybody who was paid the same as or lower than I was - including new graduates and entry level postion workers. Further, everything is hidden from employees including performance assessments and reasons for bonuses and promotions. This is because the majority of the time employees are rewarded for who they know and not how they contribute - although there are a few standout employees who occasionally will receive the praise they deserve.
The more work you accomplish, the more gets put onto you until you reach a point where you are punished because you can no longer finish all of your own work, the work of your managers, and at the same time assist your associates. There is a reason why the firm has very high turnover rates and that most people leave before completing 4 years. In addition to this, there is an issue at the company of retaining high performing staff which results in the promotion of incompetent individuals to manager positions.
The only enjoyable part of this job are attending the company social events where you will often be rewarded with one or two free beverages.