What it does: One of the ‘Big Four’ and the second-largest professional services firm in the world. Delivers quality services in accounting, advisory and consulting.
Staff Stats: Around 223,000 globally, with about 7,000 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 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
The PwC story
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.
PwC aims for what it labels ‘societal relevance’. It aspires to this though following three principles.
- Be good – This involves being diverse and inclusive and doing “the right thing to earn our voice in society and secure our foundation for growth”.
- Be part of it – This entails supporting PwC Staff who are “creating positive social change”.
- Be bold – This is about tackling worthwhile problems, promoting debate and investing in social change.
Like many corporations, PwC supports diversity but it 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 focusing on tech. It encourages staff to foster social change through three programs. PwC Volunteering allows staff to volunteer for not-for-profits, social enterprises and community organisations. PwC Onboard supports staff wanting to take a board or advisory position with a not-for-profit or social enterprise. PwC Giving makes it easy for staff to contribute financially to causes they are passionate about, with the firm matching any donations made.
The recruitment process
PwC is the Google of professional services firms. It can and does target the cream of the graduate crop. The encouraging news is that those with “all degrees” can apply for a spot in one of its grad programs. 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. At this stage, you’ll also need to nominate which grad program you’re interested in. (The options are Assurance, Consulting, Technology, Deals, Tax, Legal, and Private Clients.) If you make the cut, the next stages are a video interview then attending an assessment centre/interview day. 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 health insurance, gym membership, study support, and overseas secondments. One of the best perks is a flexible work culture, casual 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.
The vibe of the place
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 - whether that has you in sneakers or a suit! 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. Surprisingly for a business filled with hard-driving overachievers, PwC is a friendly and very social workplace, with a ‘Work hard then play hard’ ethos. 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
From the employer
Where are you going next?
We know it’s not easy deciding what you want to do with your career and there is never one path for everyone. With us, you will be supported to make a confident choice. We’ll give you the support and flexibility you need to create yourself and a career that grows as you do. And together, we’ll live our purpose to build trust in society and solve important problems.
What stands us apart is our people. We recognise that as humans we all have unique qualities and skills to bring to the table. We see our differences as a key strength and it is how we bring these together that truly defines us.
With us, you’ll create your own path. You will be able to blend your passions and interests with your work and your ideas will be heard. You’ll be challenged and grow more rapidly than you ever thought possible while having the coaching, mentoring and support to back you.
We look for people who are passionate, creative, agile and digitally savvy, the problem solvers and relationship builders. People who are ready to embrace the ever changing business landscape. Skills like problem solving, building trust, creativity, innovation, agility, relationships and leadership are what makes the difference.
To us, your job is not just a job. We provide a range of benefits that help you embrace work as a holistic part of your life. With no dress code, flexible work options and a number of employee-led diversity networks to join, you’ll be able to bring your whole self to work every day.
So what are you waiting for? Start creating.
What makes us different
We’re so much more than accountants: Operations, R&D, Software Development, Cyber Security, Web Design, UX, Real Estate Advisory, Risk Assurance, People & Change, Mergers & Acquisitions, Economics & Policy, Strategy Consulting, Performance & Remuneration, Analytics, Data Modelling and Project Management are all teams at PwC – just to name a few.
New offices and ways of working: We’ve got state of the art offices and new ways of working to ensure we are innovative, creative and can work collaboratively with our teams and clients to solve important problems. Whether you’re having meetings on treadmills, trying out our stand up desks, connecting with a client in Singapore using Google Hangouts or playing with lego on your brain break, you’ll completely challenge and change the way you work, for the better.
Tech focused: Technology has disrupted the way we approach business. From Artificial intelligence to Augmented Reality, Blockchain to drones, robots to the Internet of Things, and 3D printing to Virtual Reality, we’re on top of the megatrends. And with new technologies emerging constantly, we’re helping our clients transform the way they use technology to create an even greater advantage for their organisations.
The tech teams at PwC are as varied as they are unique. We work at the intersection of business and data-manipulation in Risk Assurance and Insight Analytics, creating and delivering the end-to-end UX for companies of tomorrow in The Experience Centre. Our Cyber Security team employs offensive security techniques to identify vulnerabilities in client systems, and we develop market-leading technologies and solutions for PwC’s workforce in AUiT and EPS.
We actively look for people with a keen interest in problem-solving and are fascinated with everything tech. In a world that is constantly changing, we’re searching for individuals who don’t shy away from asking the right questions and are eager to challenge boundaries to be able to make a real difference.
No dress code: You might be surprised to know our people do rock up to work in casual dress, yep, no dress code here! At PwC it is all about trust. We “dress for our day” and wear what is best for the work we do with both our clients and our teams.
Flexible work culture: Whether you work from the office, from home or from a cafe, our All Roles Flex policy is in place to help you work smarter and in a way that suits your lifestyle! We believe that by allowing people the flexibility to structure work around their lives (and not the other way around) they will be happier and more engaged long term. We trust people will make the right decision for themselves, their clients, and their teams about how, where and when they work.
Support and development: As someone new to the firm you’ll have access to a myriad of learning opportunities, including on-the-job training, support from a dedicated coach, access to further education like the CA Program, internal development programs, and study and exam leave should you wish to pursue other qualifications. You will also gain access to our very own Learning Hub where you can take up training to help you acquire new skills. With a genuine support structure around you, you will certainly feel comfortable to be yourself and perform your best from day one.
Additional perks: We know things like birthday leave, the ability to purchase up to an additional 12 weeks of annual leave, 18 weeks paid parental leave and $295 to spend on wellness activities each year, makes working with us more enjoyable. We get it. Living your life to the fullest is just as important as investing in your career, that’s why we help our people achieve both! Did we mention the free coffee? Yes, most of our offices have baristas on hand!
- Act with integrity
- Make a difference
- Show care
- Work together with others
- Reimagine the possible
What’s important to us
Diversity & Inclusion: At PwC we foster an inclusive culture which embraces differences – one that allows us to live our values every day, be ourselves and to feel empowered to realise and discover our potential. Because we know that when people from different backgrounds and different points of view work together they create the greatest value - for our business, our clients and society. We’re proud of our employee-led diversity networks that promote cultural, disability, LGBTI and gender equality. We aim to create a shared environment that challenges the status quo and sees difference as strength, ensuring you feel comfortable to not only be yourself, but to be heard.
Did you know PwC Australia's Luke Sayers was named CEO of the Year for diversity and inclusion at the Pride In Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) awards? And that PwC is the only employer to be twice named Australia's top LGBTI employer??
Creating equal opportunities for women: We do awesome groundbreaking research on how employers can support women in the workplace. But it doesn’t stop there. We walk the talk. We have some of the market leading policies around maternity leave and flexible work options in place. Plus, we always aim to ensure our graduate intake is 50% female! We have some incredible women in leadership roles who have worked with the UN and the government influencing legislation around domestic violence policies. PwC is a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citations from WGEA.
A Certified Indigenous business: We’re a certified Indigenous business and acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands, where we live and work is always at the forefront of our minds. We’re committed to our own unique Reconciliation Action Plan, outlining alliances to the Indigenous community and our actions as a firm to ensure positive change.
One of the achievements our community is most proud of was the launch of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC), in 2013. Majority owned by four Indigenous Consultants and co-owned by PwC, this collaboration is creating positive change for Indigenous communities by providing trusted professional services and advice to government, corporate and community clients on Indigenous matters.
Passion meets purpose: We all want to engage in work that fulfils us with a sense of purpose. We believe that everything we do must be driven by our human spirit – our collective creativity, authenticity and difference. This is why we’ve fostered an environment that encourages you to be yourself and tap into what makes you tick. We aim to align you with projects you are interested in and help bring out your strengths for the greater good.
Making an impact: PwC has a dedicated team driving firm wide Corporate Responsibility initiatives and we encourage our people to lend their time and skills to activities such as volunteering, mentoring and non-profit engagements. Every employee is granted one day of volunteer leave per year, with flexibility for additional leave when applying their business skills.
Hiring from all degree backgrounds: We hire people from all degrees, including science, technology, engineering, maths, medicine, arts, business, communications, psychology, and law – just to name of few. The type of work we do is so diverse, but what binds us together is creative problem solving. It is all about how you approach a problem and how you collaborate with your team members to solve it. We will skill you up, no matter what business area you join.
Programs and entry paths
Graduate program: Structured program where you’ll receive technical and professional development supporting your future progression within the firm.
Vacation program: 3-8 week program for students in their penultimate year (2nd last year). As an intern, you will work on relevant client engagements, attend networking events and participate in a community service project.
Trainee program: A unique 3 year program that allows you to incorporate real paid work experience whilst completing your degree. You'll start as a Trainee with us in either your second year of your single degree or your third year of your double degree, and work full time and study part time for two years. Once the work experience period is over, you return to finish your degree on a full time study basis. Many Trainees will be offered full time graduate positions to return the following year.
Legal Clerkship program: As a summer or winter clerk, you’ll gain valuable real-life experience and insights through a program that was awarded the AFR’s Most Popular Legal Clerkship. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with our lawyers on client engagements, conduct legal research, prepare alerts and updates on legal developments, draft legal documents and legal advice, attend networking events and participate in social impact projects and potentially pro bono work.
Higher Apprenticeship program: Our new entry path for high school leavers.offers an alternate pathway to the traditional graduate route. You can earn a competitive salary while studying towards a paid professional qualification from a leading training organisation.
Tech Academy: An interactive one-day event that allows students to come together and confidently test ideas to help shape a better world. If you’re a university student or a recent graduate fascinated by everything tech, and are interested to explore the exciting opportunities available at PwC, then Tech Academy is for you!
Insight Academy: A one day experiential event for students with two years remaining on their university degree. Learn more about our different business areas, our culture and the learning and development opportunities available to you throughout your university years.
We have shaken up our recruitment process...
We look for people from a range of different university degrees, backgrounds and experiences and our recruitment process reflects this. We no longer request CV’s and have one application for all. What’s more? Our assessment days for the Graduate program have now evolved into an exciting event experience called Canvas - PwC’s Career Jam. At this event, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in our culture, learn more about what we do and discover where your passions and skills may fit - and all this, prior to sitting your final assessments! At PwC, we are committed to helping you bring your most authentic self to work every day and we want you to choose us, as much as we choose you.
What are others saying about Canvas - PwC’s Career Jam:
“I feel super pumped after Career Jam. PwC is changing the recruitment process in such an inspiring way.”
“It was a brilliantly organised assessment centre experience, made for the 21st century to bring the best out of me.”