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"You get the opportunity to give everything a go"
van der Heyden
In my first week at PwC I was attending client meetings and contributing to projects. Since then I’ve had the chance to work with people from Argentina, South Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, China and the United States.
The fantastic thing about PwC is the quality of the people around you; they’re friendly, enthusiastic and supportive. It’s an encouraging environment where you get the opportunity to give everything a go. There’s the possibility of secondments and international transfers, which is great as I plan to work overseas at some point to gain international experience.
A highlight of my job so far has been developing a financial model for a public sector client. This tool helped the client to forecast their business operations and see what impact different decisions could have on their organisation. It’s really satisfying knowing we’re making a difference to our clients and the way they do business.
Another highlight would have to be our themed annual ball. This is an extravagant night which includes entertainment, dinner, drinks and live music. There are plenty of other social functions supported by the firm that provide great opportunities to meet other colleagues from around the office.
“PwC has opened doors to so many opportunities”
Private Business, Christchurch
I first heard of PwC through a high school presentation and knew that’s where I wanted to work. Even though I moved away from Christchurch to attend university in Auckland, I chose to move back home and work for PwC, and I have not regretted it!
Going out to one particular client every month is always exciting. Being based on site means I get to strengthen personal relationships. It’s a nice opportunity to really take ownership of the job and to develop first hand insight into both the industry and the business.
PwC is constantly providing opportunities, so I’m always learning and being challenged. I’ve had the chance to work with a wide range of clients and build lasting relationships. Potential overseas secondments and funding for my Chartered Accountancy study are also great benefits. No matter what I decide to do with my career, PwC has been a great first step.
PwC is also very supportive of life outside work. I recently received a grant from PwC for the charity I support, which was awesome!
With PwC’s global network and wealth of knowledge, I know the opportunities will keep coming!
“It’s a privilege to work with Māori entities and Iwi, to see them grow and develop”
Private Business, Hamilton
Because of my Māori heritage, I’ve really enjoyed working on projects within the Māori Sector as part of PwC’s Manukura Māori Business Team. It’s a privilege to work with Māori entities and Iwi, to see them grow and develop.
For one of our agribusiness clients in the Māori sector, I was given the opportunity to shadow a partner on various tasks such as board meetings presentations, strategy meetings and financial analysis.
The personal and professional support system within PwC is second to none, and I believe PwC’s reputation alone is enough for anyone to decide to start their career here. I’ve really enjoyed the diversity of work, particularly across the other business areas. And, because the Hamilton office is smaller, I’ve quickly built meaningful professional and social relationships with other colleagues.
Our social committee is charged with organising non-work related activities, which include weekly social sports games (indoor netball, touch rugby, indoor soccer), tenpin bowling, go-karting, a trip to the snow, waterskiing, movie nights, and our annual mid-year and end of year office parties, to name but a few! Sometimes I get involved in the events, providing the entertainment, as I play the guitar. They’re always great events and it's fun socialising with the team outside of the office.
“At PwC there’s been no shortage of new experiences”
I can still remember the first time I was invited to a tenpin bowling function to meet my team. I was blown away, they were such down to earth people with great personalities... nowhere near as scary as I’d imagined!
New experiences provide the best opportunities to learn and grow, and PwC offers such a wide range of services to clients, of all shapes and sizes. I’ve been able to work in several different teams and on some really interesting clients. It’s this variety and flexibility that’s given me an extraordinary start to my career.
My journey so far with PwC has been very rewarding. Becoming a Chartered Accountant was made a lot easier with the support of my peers and advice from those who had been through the programme before. I've spent the last year in the insolvency and restructuring team, and I really enjoy being involved in investigations, deals, working with legal advisers, and complex and difficult business situations.
I've had a lot of fun organising and participating in team functions, particularly those that provide an adrenaline rush like paintball, go-karting or clay bird shooting. It's also great taking on other firms in sporting challenges like our annual 'Firm of Origin' rugby tournament.
As my career progresses I hope to move into a management or leadership role. With PwC I know I’ll build the necessary skills to get there, as I’ll continue to get exposure to different business issues across various industries.
“At PwC you work with the best - the best clients, colleagues and coaches”
Private Business, Dunedin
I knew I wanted to stay in Dunedin because of the lifestyle; it just came down to where I wanted to work. Heading into the corporate world was daunting for me, a relaxed southern guy; all I really wanted to do was relax at the beach with my mates! But with PwC you can surf before work and then make the 15 minute commute by bike into work.
My first choice was always PwC; it has an amazing local, national and international reputation. International clients are brought straight to your doorstep. I get to work with a wide range of clients bringing variation into my role, so no one day is ever the same. And, in a small office you get the chance to do everything.
At PwC there is a fantastic support network where you get given a buddy, a coaching manager and a coaching partner. But what’s been most rewarding is the fact I’ve helped our clients reach their potential.
An interesting part to my role has been working with clients in the tourism industry around Central Otago. I’ve been able to combine a day working at clients with some time up the ski field all in the one trip! I’ve also enjoyed working with a new start-up technology company; the innovative processes and ideas required to keep up with their evolution has been exciting and challenging. The questioning nature of this client always makes me rethink the old and constantly look for the right solutions.
Surprising to all, Dunedin has a great BBQ deck that’s perfect for socialising. But the most fun is our PwC touch rugby team. We’re on the road to getting into the finals this year, so fingers crossed!
To this, I’m in the process of getting my Chartered Accountancy, where I’d like to specialise in IT to better support my clients.
“Because of PwC, I’ll be a specialist in rural based accounting”
Private Business, New Plymouth
I discovered a passion for agriculture while studying accounting at university, so chose to specialise in rural based accounting.
The Taranaki office was the perfect choice for me; it has a strong focus on the agribusiness sector, and I wasn’t too keen to live in a large metro area. I also really enjoy the rural community and I’m hoping to one day own a dairy farm. So, not only am I helping our clients improve their profitability I’m gaining skills and experience I know I’ll use in the future.
What I enjoy most about PwC is helping our rural based clients grow and develop their business. Dairy farmers work incredibly hard and are always busy, so many don’t have the time to focus on minimising costs. I’m able to assist by identifying what parts of the business are adding value and contributing to the profitability, and those that aren’t.
When you start out it can be challenging at times, but a buddy is provided to help you with any queries so you smoothly transition into work life. There is never a silly question, and your colleagues are always very approachable. PwC also provides regular training for employees, enabling you to up-skill and maintain market knowledge. We’re also given advice on what improvements we can make, helping us to develop and be better at what we do.
Another factor that’s great about working at PwC is the work-life balance. Generally, I finish work at 5pm so I have the time to play club rugby and 20/20 cricket. Not once did I have to miss training for either sport, which has been fantastic!
“You can’t beat PwC’s work-life balance”
Private Business, New Plymouth
I wanted to be in New Plymouth because it’s a step up from the small rural town in South Taranaki where I’m from, but means I’m still close to the beach and the mountain. I can actually look out the office window and see them both from my desk.
The best things about working in the Taranaki office is the work-life balance, meeting new people and making great friends. The atmosphere in the office is bubbly, fun and relaxed. There’s a sense that everyone feels proud to be living here. They all make the most of the opportunities Tarankai has to offer.
I chose to start my career at PwC because of its size and global presence. PwC also offers many learning and development opportunities. I’ve been able to go on external courses to learn about different software programs that some of our clients use, and very soon I’ll be going on another course in Queenstown.
I’ve enjoyed becoming the MYOB champion in the Taranaki office, which has led to a lot more direct client contact and opened up opportunities for different projects. I’ve been involved in moving clients onto cloud based software, managed accounts and reports for banks, budgets for clients, and also helped clients with queries about how to do things on their accounting systems.
I’ve also had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of clients, from commercial businesses to deer farmers, dairy farmers and sheep and beef farmers. It’s nice to have a good variety of work available, while growing my knowledge about farming.
For our volunteer day this year we helped the Department of Conservation replace stoat traps along a track up the mountain. We basically had a paid day off to go out and do a tramp. It was a bonus that it turned out to be a sunny day!
“The great thing about PwC is the people”
Private Business, Hamilton
I began my career at PwC as an intern, and loved the experience. It was welcoming and I was made to feel like one of the team before I had even started! The Hamilton office is great because it maintains the professionalism, training, support and offerings of a larger office without the hustle and bustle.
The best part about PwC so far has been the people - both my colleagues and our clients. I love dealing with our clients across a variety of industries. I currently working with a farming client to restructure and improve their operations of the business, which has been really interesting. But then I also have some Māori sector clients who are also really fascinating because of their cultural approach to business.
PwC provides constant training at various levels to help with continual career development. Once you’ve decided which area you want to get into there is a lot of support. There’s always a group of people sitting their Chartered Accountancy exams and a lot of resources to help you through it. PwC pay your fees for exams and provide study leave. In the Hamilton office we also have lunches lead by the people who sat the exam the year before. It was a great way to get some extra support, express your concerns and be assured you’re not the only one feeling in the deep end.
All going to plan I will be a Chartered Accountant this time next year. From there I really want to keep working on my professional development, improving my technical accounting skills, so I can help clients get the most from their business and help with their decision making. The continuous training and client opportunities at PwC will certainly help me achieve this.
"At PwC, career development is important and greatly encouraged"
Private Business, New Plymouth
Taranaki’s my home, so I’ve always be drawn to it. With PwC’s strong reputation and the global impact the firm has, I was able to combine the best of both worlds – working in a global firm but staying close to home.
Being a graduate in a region is great, you’re generally one of a few so the team looks after you, and the internship offers a good insight into what PwC is really like.
The opportunities and experiences are vast. Through an internal performance review system we’re given the ability to develop, monitor and control our own individual career paths and goals. It provides an environment where you are continually learning and growing your skills.
In the Taranaki office we’re a really close-knit team and everyone works well together. No assignment is too difficult and whether its tax, audit or private business, everyone is always happy to help! As you know Chartered Accountancy study is tough; it’s difficult balancing work, study and general life. At PwC they look after us and help when they can.
PwC sponsors the Taranaki Rugby Union. Through this there have been several networking events that I’ve been lucky enough to attend. These were great, not only because I’m a keen rugby player, but because I was introduced to important clients and was able to develop my networking skills.
Here in Taranaki we live a good lifestyle. We work hard but also enjoy ourselves in the region; it certainly has a lot to offer. My most memorable event was a volunteer day where we went up Mount Egmont and assisted the Department of Conservation workers replenish and clean out stoat traps.
I’ve recently passed my final Chartered Accountancy exams and I eventually want to be a leader in the team. In five years time I hope to have progressed through the firm, and possibly spent some time overseas.
“PwC has such a strong reputation”
The PwC brand is globally recognised, which has instantly provided me with the best start to my career.
Being a born and bred Cantabrian, it was particularly important to contribute to the Christchurch rebuild and to be part of our exciting new city – there was no doubt in my mind the Christchurch office was for me. It’s also given me some rare exposure to accounting issues and treatment associated with a natural disaster, which has been extremely interesting.
PwC provides a challenging and varied environment, but it’s also extremely rewarding and keeps you on your toes! So far I’ve travelled all over New Zealand, and to Brisbane and Melbourne for a couple of projects. I’ve even been lucky enough to complete a six month secondment at one of our ambitious software clients. The experience was invaluable to my career development, giving me exposure to being client side and teaching me to appreciate their point of view.
I’ve been given the best possible training and guidance, with regular week long courses in Auckland, and monthly trainings to ensure I’m up to date in such a fast paced industry. Working in a team environment means extra help and guidance is only a question away. Plus, with new graduates and interns starting every year, I also have the opportunity to work on developing my leadership and coaching skills, something I wouldn’t necessarily get to do elsewhere.
But, my favourite thing about PwC is the amazing group of people I work with. Working in the Christchurch our team is much smaller than some of the other larger offices – it’s kind of like an extended family.
In Christchurch we have an active social club, with recent events including a casino night, a day at the races, wine tasting and sports night. I love being a member of our indoor netball and touch teams, there’s a fun and competitive aspect to it.
“PwC has such a young and vibrant working culture”
There’s always something fun happening at PwC. I’m on the Consulting social netball team as well as a PwC soccer team, which is an awesome way to connect with people right across the firm.
But what I’ve enjoyed most about my time here is the amount of ownership and accountability I’ve been given on my projects – I’m trusted to deliver a piece of work straight to the client. Right from the start I was dropped in the deep end with different projects, helping me to learn quickly and be confident.
PwC have a fantastic structure where you’re allocated a buddy and a coach before you start at the firm. Your buddy is someone who is the year above you, who can help with all your questions and make you feel part of the team from day one. Your coach helps you set your goals, talks about work life and also coaches you. My coach meets up with me fortnightly even though she has a ridiculously busy schedule - it’s amazing how she always makes the time to invest in me and my development.
“PwC attracts the biggest and most exciting clients from all around the world”
I had friends at university who had done a Summer Internship at PwC and they returned raving about the experience! I then did an internship myself and could understand why. The people I met and worked with made me feel valued, were good fun and very supportive.
I chose PwC over a law firm because of their global presence and opportunities. Not only are you working with leading international clients, you’re also learning from the very best. A large number of my clients are based in Australia, so I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Melbourne to work on-site with them.
One thing that really surprised me was how much responsibility you take early on, and you learn a huge amount as a result. From day one I was put in front of clients or asked to take the lead on a client engagement. There is a big focus on developing client relationships from the outset. I was once given the opportunity to spend some time shadowing a tax manager at a large NZX listed company to better understand what their day-to-day business processes are – it doesn’t get much better than that!
I’ve worked on some exciting projects with some great people. My manager and partner have been really supportive of my development; pushing me to take on new challenges, giving me exciting work and making sure I’m on the right track. A highlight was when I spent a day out on Auckland harbour with the client service team on a client’s super-yacht with a private chef.
Our team has great welcoming parties for incoming staff, and I’m also involved in a number of social sport teams; soccer, touch rugby and basketball, which PwC generously fund. It’s a great way to socialise and get to know other people within the firm.
“PwC recognises and develops individual strengths”
Private Business, Hamilton
PwC not only appealed to me because of its size, scale and reputation, but also because of its large number of agribusiness clients. Being brought up on a farm in the King Country, working in the Morrinsville office was the perfect opportunity to combine both my interest in accounting and farming.
The team at PwC works hard to hone in on individual skills and interests, and provides opportunities for further development. Because of my interest in agriculture, I’ve been offered the opportunity to become a member of the PwC national agribusiness group, which meets monthly to discuss industry issues facing our farming clients and provides a bi-annual newsletter. I was recently given the opportunity to write an article for this newsletter covering water usage rights, which required research and contacting relevant industry parties for information. I’ve also been given a secondment opportunity to work on the Central Plains Irrigation Scheme.
Recently I got to work with a client who is converting to dairy. This project was great because it was challenging, but also knowing I was positively contributing to a client’s future as opposed to simply recording the past. I’ve now taken over the preparation of the client’s annual accounts, which is great because I feel a sense of ownership.
I’m a member of the social club, and really enjoy having a say in our events. In five years time I hope to be a Chartered Accountant, and the fact PwC helps with study time, and prints and binds extra study material for staff is a bonus. My manager also likes to know how I’m getting on and helps out where she can. One day I’d like to travel with PwC, gaining an understanding of accounting in other countries and of clients from different cultures.
“The training offered is second to none and you’re learning from the best”
I chose PwC because it’s the market leader in professional services, and you have the opportunity to develop professionally through interaction with people who are at the top of their game. Here I get to work with some of New Zealand’s largest companies.
The training offered by PwC is the best and there’s a strong support network which provides an excellent environment to develop and grow professionally. The global presence provides access to a great network to begin your career.
I was given the opportunity to travel to New Plymouth to work on-site with an oil and gas client. While we were there I was given a tour of the client’s operating plant. I know touring a plant may not sound that exciting, but it was a really interesting experience.
I play a lot of sport and PwC has been excellent supporting this - I have not missed a sports game since joining the firm. I’ve even joined a PwC touch team and hopefully will be involved with forming a PwC basketball team very soon.
A highlight so far was the opportunity to go to a Breaker’s game with a partner and client. The chance to sit courtside was an amazing experience, especially being a basketball fanatic.
There’s a graduate induction party held annually by the Tax team, with the purpose to meet, greet and welcome the new tax graduates. The casual environment makes it easy to meet those in the wider team. There’s also an annual tax conference, and last year this was held over two days at the Waipuna Hotel. I learnt a lot and there were a number of interesting speakers, plus it was a great chance to meet people outside of Auckland.
“The diversity of work not only broadens my knowledge, it keeps things interesting”
Private Business, Napier
Everyone recognises quality when they see it, and when I decided to be an accountant, my goal was to work for PwC. I knew that if I wanted a strong career filled with plenty of opportunities and a strong backing, there really was only one choice.
My decision to work in the Hawke’s Bay office was easy. I get a great career with the benefits of working in a large firm; variety, opportunities, challenges and training. But I also enjoy the benefits of easy Hawke’s Bay living. It’s the best of both worlds! Napier is also where I grew up, and after living away from home for nearly five years while studying, I decided to move back to my roots.
Throughout my time at PwC I’ve been working on a wide range of clients. I never know exactly what’s around the corner! I’ve spent a lot of time working on large dairy farms in receivership, not on the actual farm, but preparing monthly management accounts and budgets, trading Fonterra shares, overseeing capital expenditure and helping with the sale process. Before I started, I didn’t know a thing about the dairy industry. And that’s the reality when working in the regional offices, you work in fields you never imagined you would, which is great.
Every year, the entire Napier office participates in an inter-office competition. We’re split into three teams, and this year I was captain of the winning team! I’m also on the social club which meant we had to mastermind the day’s events. Everybody had the afternoon off, dressed up in their team dress code and cheered on their teams.
I’ve really enjoyed the mentoring with my coaching partner. He’s given me great insight and I’ve been able to learn so much from him. With PwC’s support, I want to be a qualified Chartered Accountant moving up the ranks in the Napier office, and I’m also aiming to go on a secondment to one of our international offices one day.
“The variety of work and clients means no one day is ever the same”
Private Business, Christchurch
My choice to work at PwC was easy because it’s the leading professional services firm in New Zealand. Christchurch is home, so there was no doubt in my mind about which office to work in. You have access to the resources of a huge global firm, combined with exposure to a vast variety of work.
I’m continually learning and developing skills, not only through in-house and external training, but also through the specialist relationships and networks PwC has access to. I’ve been exposed to projects across our business areas, both in Christchurch and around the Canterbury region.
A cool project I’m currently working on is merging a client’s companies into one, as well as their expansion into another New Zealand city. This has meant meeting with the client to make sure the transition into this new area is smooth and their accounting package is operational from head office, allowing them to focus on establishing their business in this new area.
My team also deals with the day to day running of several commercial property buildings. This involves site visits and liaising with the tenants, contractors and engineers because we’re also acting as the project manager for the building’s strengthening work. It’s our job to make sure the work is up to standard, with minimal impact on the tenants.
We get free fruit daily which is great, and the volunteer day is an awesome way to give back to the local community, while at the same time learning more about your team and spending time with them away from the office. Plus, because of PwC’s global reach, an overseas secondment it not just a dream – it can actually happen!
“At PwC I get to work with the best in the business”
Even though I’m originally from Auckland, I couldn’t resist Wellington’s electric culture. My team have a good sense of humour, so there’s some hilarious office banter and everyone pitches in when things get busy.
PwC places a huge emphasis on creating a coaching and development environment, because they genuinely want us to be the best we can be. Senior team members, who are often the best in the business, invest a lot of time in training and mentoring the graduates. The mentoring we receive varies from specific formal trainings to informal coaching sessions to support your development. I’ve also begun studying to become a Chartered Financial Analyst, which PwC has supported both financially and with extra leave for study. And if I want to gain international experience, there’s always the opportunity of a secondment to one of our offices overseas, which is great.
From day one I’ve been lucky enough to work on some really interesting and varied projects, gaining invaluable experience. One project I loved was being a part of, is a small team working on the receivership of a company that operated a food manufacturing business. We were involved in all aspects of the business; from dealing with customers and suppliers to employee and legal issues. I gained a huge amount of insight into the food industry as well as operating a medium sized business. And to see tangible results for all our hard work was extremely satisfying!
There are of course social events, which are always fun! Our Wellington ball at the end of last year was amazing - the TSB arena was transformed into a Great Gatsby styled ballroom complete with a fountain, chandeliers and acrobat performers. It was great to celebrate the end of the year in style.
“I was attracted to PwC because it’s a leading global firm”
Assurance, Wellington and Christchurch
I joined the Christchurch office shortly after the earthquake, and the post-quake environment represented both a unique opportunity for businesses as well as exposing businesses to new risks.
Being a smaller office I’ve been working directly with senior partners on numerous projects, and connecting with high profile individuals.
So far I’ve worked on projects where I’ve been seconded to clients, giving me a range of amazing skills and experience. It’s also allowed me to interact with a greater number of colleagues across multiple areas of the firm.
PwC has always maintained a strong emphasis on learning and growth. One project I got involved in required me to perform a review that was outside the usual scope of my role, but this gave me the opportunity to learn and refine new skills on the job.
With the aim to further develop my skills in IT and security, PwC recently supported me in my transfer to the Wellington office.
Last year’s Christchurch mid-year ball theme was Americana, so I went as Evil Knievel. This event is always a highlight and so much fun! Everyone went all-out with their costumes and it was great to hang out with everyone on a social level. I’ve also enjoyed being involved with the Cholmondeley Children’s home, a charity our firm supports.
I know PwC is providing me with the best opportunity to gain expert knowledge, develop my career and travel abroad. Eventually, I want to spend some time working in the United States and also exploring Europe. I know that with PwC backing me I will have the right knowledge and the credibility to be able to sell my skills to a foreign market.
“The skills I’ve learnt are invaluable”
Private Business, Napier
I started at PwC as an intern and thought it was a great way to try accounting in a Big 4 firm, because I wasn’t sure it was really for me. But by the end of my internship I couldn’t say no to the opportunities PwC had.
Growing up in Hawke’s Bay, only leaving to study at Victoria University in Wellington, I always hoped to return to the Bay. I have family here which was my biggest draw card, but I also prefer the more relaxed lifestyle. Although we work in the Napier office we’re not limited to the local knowledge, we often work with other offices, including Australia, to learn and grow.
PwC is not just about accounting. We have opportunities around IT, finance, insolvency, the list goes on! Networking capabilities constantly come up. At the moment I’m working on a project where I’m in contact with solicitors and bankers. If a unique project arises we have the opportunity to be involved and grow our skill set. We work closely with our managers and partners, giving us easy access to their knowledge.
I’ve spent the majority of the last two years working on two large dairy farm receiverships here in Hawke’s Bay. This has been interesting as I’ve had to learn about the industry so I can apply my insolvency knowledge appropriately. It’s been a complex and unique industry which has given me exposure to a number of difference business problems.
One day I’d like to work in corporate accounting. The knowledge and skills in relation to business operations and management that I have acquired working in insolvency will be highly useful, and the contacts I’m making at PwC will also help with any future career prospects.