PwC has an incredibly social culture. When you come in as an Intern or a Grad there are always lots of people around at a similar early stage in their career…and employees of all ages and levels of seniority are keen to be involved in social events and have a good time.
When you think about accounting and professional services firms, PwC is the biggest, the best and has the strongest reputation amongst the Big 4. I saw it as the best solid base to build my career. I came through the Scholarship programme and found this a brilliant way to understand more about how PwC operates and which path I wanted to go down when it came to starting my role.
As cliché as it sounds, the people are the highlight of working at PwC! Working in an environment where people actually care about our development and want to teach us is priceless. There is nothing worse than when you’re stepping into the unknown in your first real job and you’re afraid to ask questions and really develop yourself in fear of the people around you. At PwC that isn’t the case at all.
Another highlight would be the opportunities that we receive. In my case, in the Assurance team, I am exposed to work that not many others at my level in other firms would be. We get opportunities to have conversations with the Financial Controllers, CFO’s and CEO’s of some of New Zealand’s most influential companies. I also get the opportunity to learn about how multiple different businesses work rather than being pigeon-holed into a single role.
I have exceeded my own expectations with the help of PwC. Coming into my role I didn’t know much and thought that everyone around me was extremely smart and if I could learn half as much as them in my first year then I would be happy. A year on I feel like I have learnt so much more than I ever thought possible. I am having much more meaningful and challenging conversations with my managers and I feel like I really understand what I am doing now and can add value to the firm. All of this is due to the amazing coaching I have received over the last year, the opportunities to work with clients in industries I am interested in, and a willingness from the firm to invest in me and help me develop.
PwC has an incredibly social culture. When you come in as an intern or a Grad there are always lots of people around at a similar early stage in their career. What really enhances this is that employees of all ages and levels of seniority are keen to be involved in social events and have a good time. We work hard but we always make sure to organise events, meet up for lunch and just generally enjoy our time at work.
PwC really cares about each of their staff members individually and giving them their own opportunities. Where someone has a specific interest, they will endeavour to help them get exposure to it. Where someone needs extra help or isn’t being challenged enough, they will look to ease or expand their workload appropriately. Essentially, no one is left on their own feeling overwhelmed, there is a culture of there always being someone who has your back and can support you. That may be through one of the formal coaching relationships or just a fellow peer group member who you feel comfortable with.
The Graduate experience is all about being yourself and not the person you think PwC wants you to be. Do not think you will be expected to know everything, it’s more about getting along well with people, having a willingness to learn and turning up with a positive and friendly attitude. Coming to work at PwC is an enjoyable place to be.