What it does: One of the ‘Big Four’ and the second-largest professional services firm in the world. Delivers quality services in Assurance, Consulting and Financial Advisory
Staff Stats: Around 250,000 globally, with about 8,000 people in Australia.
The good bits: Getting to work alongside people from a range of different disciplines on meaningful projects, while servicing prestigious clients both in Australia and across the globe.
The not so good bits: The work is challenging. The hours can be long at times, depending on the team and the nature of the work you do.
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a product of a merger. In 1998 Coopers Lybrand, which began life as a London accountancy practice in London in 1854, combined with Price Waterhouse, another London accountancy practice that began around the same time and which had also grown into a multinational powerhouse. PwC now has offices in 776 cities across 157 countries and three service lines: Assurance, Advisory and Consulting.
PwC works with governments, private businesses and not-for-profits to “assess their performance and improve the way they work”. Domestically, PwC does everything from undertaking due diligence on the nation’s biggest corporate deals, to crafting policies to improve the nation’s health system, to advising some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Like many corporations, PwC supports diversity and has taken the extra step of putting a concrete goal in place. It has targets mandating that at least 40 per cent of new partners be women and at least 20 per cent (rising to 30 per cent by 2020) be from a “diverse cultural background”.
PwC is a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and PwC Australia's Luke Sayers was named CEO of the Year for diversity and inclusion at the 2018 Pride In Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) awards.
PwC’s global purpose is to “build trust in society and solve important problems”. In Australia, they try to bring this to life by through the work they do for their clients. Such as improving the livability of Australia’s cities with better transport networks and housing affordability, creating better food production & distribution, redesigning the health & education sectors and tackling homelessness. They’ve also encouraged governments to engage in comprehensive tax reform and prepare students for the jobs of the future by promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). PwC encourages their people to think about how they can contribute to social impact through Social Impact time. This provides people with the opportunity to volunteer, mentor and champion issues.
PwC hires people from all educational backgrounds for roles within consulting, technology, accounting & finance, tax, law, analytics and project management. No CV’s or academic transcripts are requested up front and there is one application for all, ensuring a fair and equitable process right from the start.
You start the process by submitting an online application (takes about 10 minutes) via the careers’ section of the PwC website. The next stages are a digital interview then attend an assessment centre (Career Jam). Here, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re “driven and agile; innovative and commercially aware.”
PwC offers grads a salary that is competitive with industry standards. As an entry-level employee, it is all about gaining experience to start but once you ascend to more senior positions, you will have further opportunities to be rewarded for your performance through salary increases, bonuses and other incentive schemes.
Benefits include discounts on everything from phone plans to gym membership, study support, and overseas secondments. Some of the best perks are a flexible work culture, no dress code and free coffee. As a member of the Social Club, you can also snap up discounted movie, entertainment and sporting tickets and as well as a spectrum of other party and retail discounts.
There’s a structured career path, with transparent performance metrics that take you from graduate to senior consultant and right through to Partner. If you’re a strong performer, you can expect to be promoted every two to three years. It typically takes 10-15 years to make partner.
You can expect to be based in well-appointed offices in stunning locations with access to some of the best technology around. PwC has a trust-based culture. With no dress code, you will be able to wear what is appropriate for the work you do with both your team and clients. You may also find yourself working from the office, home or a cafe thanks to PwC’s All Roles Flex Policy which encourages you to structure your work around your life. PwC is a friendly and very social workplace, there's a big emphasis on teamwork and both managers and partners make themselves available to those in the grad program for both mentoring and support.
Overall satisfaction rating among grad employees: 4.1 stars
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