Assistant Manager | Welkom, Free State | 16 May 2013
I highly stressful work environment with limited oversight and a lot of responsibilities towards the succes of the bussiness.
A typical day would include the following:
Reviewing junior staffs' work files, coaching junior and other senior staff, budgeting projects, managing client resources and arranging audit projects. Performing timesheet reviews, approving budgets and expenses and managing staff bookings. Communicating deadlines with clients and report to the Directors of the company (as I report directly to the Director) on a daily basis. Review accounting records and auditt files and compiling audit files and financial statements to report to management and following up on exceptions and crisis management.
I believe I contributed to management by showing the importance of appreciating staff and being involved in the development and coaching of junior staff.
My co-workers are very experienced and is fun to work with. In the profession it is difficult to afford time for social events and social discussions, as we all have to work 90% + productive and we all have extremely high productive work days to finish our duties.
The hardest part of the job is time management, always working late and not being able to obtain leave as client commitments are to important.
The most enjoyable part for me is the part where you develop younger article clerks, coaching and developing them to growth into qualified CA's. The interaction with clients and the fun of sharing your technical knowledge with other, e.g clients, staff, directors and other charged with governance.
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ProsExposure to various industries, Excellent technical support structure available, Excellent client profile exposure
ConsLong work Hours, Difficult to plan & obtain leave, Overbooked Schedules, Poor Reward System vs Responsibilty
Contractor | Sunninghill, Gauteng | 04 Feb 2015
A very productive, fun workplace, exactly where one wants to be.
A memorable day in my job is when I had to take a bite from my Team Leader for poor performance of my subordinate consultants in a particular project. I refused to take the blame as I was not responsible for their appointment to the project, as we were all appointed at the same time. The Team Leader was losing his cool on me due to project management pressures. Though the situation was so annoying, I decided to be assertive and I showed him interventions that I had to put in place to ensure improved performance like training of the consultants, that I also had to go an extra mile to get things done, working very long hours. I displayed professionalism during the confrontation and I remained calm. The lesson learnt out of that situation is that emotional intelligence is the best tool to apply, especially when you are under pressure. The best part of my job is making businesses improve their performance, through imparting of best practices. The spin-offs are seen in the improvement on audit outcomes of the clients and further improvement to service delivery in our country. The hardest part of my job is chasing targets and having to sleep very late at times. Management in my current company are very professional and accommodative. The latter goes for my co-workers as this culture is inculcated from the top.
ProsFree Coffee, Free Internet Service, Flexibility in hours of work
ConsLong hours when due
IT Manager | Johannesburg, Gauteng | 09 Dec 2018
Very relaxing environment
Upgrading the hosted Exchange infrastructure was my priority when starting the job. There was a couple of infrastructure and outages that had to be stabilised first. Migrated from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013. We had about 150 customers and 7000 users at the time and had to make sure service interruption are as low as possible.
I learned new features in Exchange 2013 and how the roles has changed had some unexpected behaviour and we had to work through those.
Management again gave me the freedom to setup the infrastructure propose and implement improvements and necessary changes for stability and good health of the infrastructure. I had a really good relationship with the Director of the department who was also my manager.
Initially it was hard keeping services up and there was many companies affected during any outage. This was however resolved in the majority in the first month all the critical solutions and then over the next few month the rest to ensure all works well.
Deploying Exchange 2013 which was the latest version at the time and cutting edge. Getting more exposure to Skype for Business and integration with Exchange and Polycom Conference units.
ProsGood compensation, lots of opportunities, education on quarterly release programs
ConsI cannot think of any, the working environment and everything was professional and in a healthy balance
Financial Consultant | City of Johannesburg, Gauteng | 27 Nov 2018
Fast pace environment
Risk Management, Treasury and Internal Audit:
- Oversaw and analysed banks’ exposure to credit risk
- Ensured that the banks comply with regulations that govern credit risk
- Developed, reviewed and recommended risk management frameworks for policies and procedures within which management can operate
- Reviewed corporate treasury environments and their business processes
- Performed detailed walk-through procedures of transactions within treasury to verify that identified internal controls are operating efficiently
- Reported findings and recommendations to the client and the PwC Partner
- Analysed company financial statements to interpret all financial information regarding results
- Analysed trends and provided insights into improving monthly budgets and cash flow forecasts.
The hardest part of the job was the administration of billing the hours worked each day.
I really enjoyed the fast pace environment of PwC and how we would rotate clients to get vast experience and knowledge.
ProsFlexible hours; Team and individual performance incentives; growth environment
Extern | Cape Town, Western Cape | 11 Mar 2016
Excellent working environment
As a vacation student, my daily duties included shadowing tax consultants, attending seminars and preparing presentations. A typical day at work was always busy, with meetings in the morning followed by theoretical and practical exercises. The programme taught me the importance of preparation and due diligence. It also taught me the importance of team work and effective communication. As a diverse group from different backgrounds, we had to learn to work together efficiently and effectively. The training and coaching we received from management made it easier to adapt to the new environment and carry out the required duties with ease. The most difficult part of the job was to deal with tax related transactions, because I did not have a background in tax at the time, however, we were provided with the necessary training materials and that helped a lot. The most enjoyable part of the job were the presentations and team activities.
ProsFree lunch, free training material and friendly tax consultants and staff
Conslong hours, unpaid programme
Transaction leader Infrastructure | Johannesburg, Gauteng | 09 Jan 2015
Collaborative and focussed environment
PwC is a productive and meritorious environment to work.
My specific role was business development, client relationship management and origination.
I motivated several workshops with clients in an effort to fully articulate the exact requirements and how they can improve their processes and bottom line.
My work was cross border in that I travelled extensively to meet with global clients who had a vested interest in developing businesses in emerging and frontier markets in sub Saharan Africa.
The job was exceptionally gratifying and very enjoyable.
ProsThe firm gave me a lot of independence, to interact and develop the business, It made me feel accountable for my actions, an approach which i appreciate and have come to understand.
ConsUnrealistic expectations form senior partners, who expected more from less budgetary allocation, in an ever increasing competitive environment, It put unnecessary stress on individuals, and reduces effectiveness in the market.
Systems Administrator | Johannesburg, Gauteng | 17 Jan 2017
My interest are working to develop solutions for identified issues in the organisation. Working with other Business Analysts to try and come up with the most suitable way of solving the problems at hand. I have interest in writing specification documents after analyzing the provided information from the client. I also like meeting with clients to update them of the progress of all the projects that are going on. The most important thing is working in an agile environment and being able to add stuff to the documentation while the project is in progress. Working closely with the developers also allows me the opportunity to keep aware of the most recent technologies in the development side of things and how IT is still growing. Liaising with external suppliers could assist me built the best contacts and working relationships with different stakeholders in order to provide the best solutions for the business.
Accountant | Stellenbosch, Western Cape | 06 Mar 2019
Big names aren't always the best
The job was very demanding as the teams were not big enough to complete all the work. Therefore many employees were over-worked.
Although you get benefits like medical aid, etc. the salary itself did not do justice for the number of hours you would need to put in to complete all the work.
The company promotes a balanced lifestyle however it did not seem evident that anyone was successfully implementing this balanced lifestyle they were promoting.
Management seemed to care about your wellbeing, but in the end, the job needs to get done and deadlines need to be met.
Employees and co-workers seemed drained and depressed and were living from weekend to weekend if they had all their work up to date, which was not always the case.
Clients take long to send the required information and therefore played a big role in the deadlines.
ProsFlexible working hours
ConsLong hours; Underpaid
Clerk | Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape | 01 Apr 2014
No regard for personal circumstances and obvious favouritism
PwC has no regard for an employees circumstances when it comes to assigning staff to certain projects for long periods of time. I understand that it is part of the job to travel but to only be home for 3 weeks in a 4 month cycle whilst your wife is far pregnant (having experienced complications during the first pregnancy) is not right.
It is also obvious that there is huge favouritism towards certain staff members especially when the certain staff members become "clicky". Promotions are not dealt with on a person's ability and work experience but merely based on level of qualification, even if a person that does not hold such a qualification is and keeps on performing at a better level than some of the people with the technical qualification.
ConsA lot of travelling
Vacation Work Student | Johannesburg, Gauteng | 13 Mar 2017
a great learning experience about balancing work and social life
We were grouped with people we did mot know in order to build teamwork and show we can work with anyone were assigned to.
I learned that to become an accountant you must be open minded and a well rounder. It's not just about academics and lack of people skills can work against you.
In terms of work place culture, i liked how everyone was welcoming and backgrounds did not matter we all got along and worked well together. we were assigned a great team of trainees to supervise us and work with us during that week.
The hardest part about the job was the travel hours, other than that I enjoyed my experience.
the most enjoyable part was the fashion show, and visiting the different clients the firm audits.
Constravelling hours because of the distance
Questions And Answers about PwC
How did you feel about telling people you worked at PwC?
Asked 27 Apr 2017
Answered 29 Oct 2019
I am highly motivated i can work under pressure am good with people and i can work as a team
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What should you wear to an interview at PwC?
Asked 24 Apr 2017
Free and fair enviroment
Answered 07 Mar 2019
Smart and casual
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What are the working hours at PwC?
Asked 02 Aug 2017
From 08h00 to 17h00
Answered 16 May 2018
Most of the staff starts at 8 but there are a few who starts earlier and most of them leave at 5
Answered 01 Feb 2018
What is the interview process like at PwC?
Asked 22 Aug 2018
They call you in advance to give you sufficient time to prepare yourself.
Be there on time and speak freely and clearly.
Answered 06 Mar 2020
It is very formal
The interviewers are not intimidating at all, they are friendly
Answered 04 Mar 2019
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