Blog home / Accueil du blog
PwC Canada's Campus Recruiting blog: Discover the opportunity of a lifetime

23/10/2015

Une expérience vécu lors des « CEO Awards »

CEO_Award_2015-People
Leigh Chalmers, chef de l’inclusion, Annie Dutil (Montreal), prix individuel – personnel, Bill McFarland, de la direction et l’associé principal de PwC Canada, et Tahir Ayub, associé au sein

À chaque année, des professionnels inspirants de chez PwC se sont mis en avant à notre événement annuel, les CEO Awards, dans une des 4 categories suivantes; Client, Personnel, Collectivité et Équipe. Les gagnants sont nommés par leurs pairs pour la manière dont ils démontrent les comportements de l’expérience PwC, ainsi que pour la différence qu’ils apportent à nos clients, notre personnel, et notre collectivité.

Au CEO Awards de cette année, plusieurs étudiants de notre bureau à Montréal ont eu l’opportunité de participer au gala après avoir gagné le concours de PwC Challenge – une compétition nationale pour nos stagiaires d’été. Sophie-Anne Côté partage son expérience au gala ci-dessous.

1. Parles-nous de ton expérience comme invitée des CEO Awards.

Être invités à la cérémonie des PwC CEO Awards fut une surprise inattendue, mais un grand honneur pour mes co-équipiers et moi-même. En tant que stagiaire d’été, j’étais très fière d’avoir reçu cette opportunité de rencontrer des collègues expérimentés à travers le Canada, et j’attendais avec hâte cette soirée. La journée de la cérémonie, j’étais assez nerveuse dû à la barrière linguistique et à mon manque d’expérience de travail. Toutefois, tout le monde s’est avéré être très gentil et facile à aborder et ce, peu importe la position occupée au sein de la firme; tout le monde se parlait entre eux. 

CEO_Award_2015-Communities1
James Temple, Responsabilité sociale d’entreprise et Fondation PwC Canada, avec Marley Cooper (RGT), priz individuel - personnel, Bill McFarland et Tahir Ayub

2. Quel prix ou quelle histoire t'as touché le plus ?

Je crois que le moment le plus marquant de la soirée fut lors de la remise du prix « Communauté ». Bien évidemment, c’est un prix qui récompense l’implication communautaire remarquable d’un employé de PwC. J’étais extrêmement touchée par l’histoire de Marley Cooper, qui a dévoué énormément de son temps à aider Camp Oochigeas à Toronto (un camps pour les enfants atteint du cancer).

3. Que penses-tu est la valeur de reconnaitre la contribution de ses employés ?

C’était impressionnant, et assurément extrêmement apprécié par tout le monde, de voir à quel point PwC a consacré du temps pour faire de cette soirée un succès. En effet, tout le monde a eu l’opportunité de rencontrer et de prendre une photo avec Bill McFarland et Tahir Ayub, et toutes les personnes/équipes qui ont gagné un prix avaient une vidéo qui avait été conçue expressément pour eux, entre autres. J’ai eu l’impression que la firme comprenait à quel point ses employés participent, tous de leur propre façon, à faire de PwC la firme qu’elle est aujourd’hui. C’était agréable de voir la firme reconnaître la contribution de ses employées en récompensant leur dépassement de soi. C’est un aspect essentiel afin d’en inspirer d’autres à faire de même.

4. Quelle partie de la soirée as-tu préféré et que vas-tu raconter à d'autres personnes quand tu parleras de cette cérémonie ?

Bref, ma partie préférée de la soirée fut de regarder les vidéos réalisées pour chaque prix, vidéos qui étaient toujours suivies de beaucoup d’émotions. C’était inspirant de voir ce que les autres avaient accomplis, et comment ils avaient réussi à faire une différence dans leur communauté et au travail. Je ne vais certainement pas manquer l’occasion de mentionner à d’autres que je eu la chance de discuter avec Bill de la vie nocturne de Montréal vs celle de Toronto!

CEO_Award_2015-Team
Équipe d'offre d'audit RBC (RGT), prix d’équipe, avec Bill McFarland et Tahir Ayub
CEO_Award_2015-Client
Tahir Ayub avec Ted Trivett (Ottawa), prix individuel - client, et Bill McFarland

15/10/2015

Experiencing PwC's CEO Awards First Hand

CEO_Award_2015-People
Chief Inclusion Officer Leigh Chalmers with CEO Award winner in the People category Annie Dutil, Bill McFarland, CEO, and Tahir Ayub, Managing Partner

Each year, outstanding PwC Professionals are recognized at our annual CEO Awards in the categories of Client, People, Community and Team. The winners are nominated by their peers and recognized for the exceptional way in which they exhibit the PwC Experience behaviours and make a difference to our clients, our people and our communities.

At this year’s CEO Awards, several students from our Montreal office had the opportunity to attend the gala after winning the PwC Challenge -- a national competition for our summer students. Jamie Baloukas shares her experience at the awards below.

1. Tell us about the experience of attending PwC's CEO Awards.
It was an honour to have been part of such a wonderful evening. It was an inspiration for me to witness and celebrate all these great individuals and teams who accomplished such outstanding results. Congratulations to all Montreal nominees and winners, as well everyone across Canada! I hope that one day I can be part of such a big achievement.

CEO_Award_2015-Communities1
James Temple, Director of Corporate Responsibility, with CEO Award winner in the Community category Marley Cooper, Bill McFarland and Tahir Ayub

2. Which award or story spoke to you the most?
As everyone’s award is to be applauded, Marley Copper’s story touched me the most–a selfless woman who dedicates her time effortlessly to the community, and to the sick children in need. She is a true role model and an inspiration. 

3. What do you think is the significance of a firm recognizing its employees?
I can’t stress enough how important it is for a company, big or small, to recognize its employees’ efforts. By making employees feel valued and showing an interest in their goals, this can only further motivate them to have good morale and a positive attitude in the workplace. PwC understands that, and I am proud to be part of their team. 

4. What was your favourite part of the evening and what will you tell others when you recount your night?
I'd have to say my favourite part of the night was watching the videos that colleagues made of each of the winners, and seeing how their friends, family and peers were so supportive of their accomplishments and had such kind words to say. It was truly emotional.

CEO_Award_2015-Client
Tahir Ayub with CEO Award winner in the Client category, Ted Trivett, and Bill McFarland
CEO_Award_2015-Team
The RBC Audit Proposal team was the 2015 CEO Award winner in the Team category, seen here with Bill McFarland and Tahir Ayub

08/10/2015

Your 9-to-5 can be what you make of it. Penny Partridge on flexibility at work

Penny
                        Penny Partridge, PwC Canada’s
                        National Human Resources Leader

 

Our lives don’t fit 9 am to 5 pm every day. I say, don’t fight it, work with it.

It comes down to flexibility. I choose to integrate, rather than compartmentalize, the things that matter in life. I see this as the ability to do some of the things I love, with the people I love doing those things with, when it makes the most sense for them. To ”compartmentalize” would probably mean get kids to school, work until 5, then wait until dinner with the family to find out about what I missed. To ”integrate” means I do a little more mixing and matching. For example, I might take a few hours out of my work schedule because I can be there for the things that really matter to my kids - and to me. I get to live the things I might otherwise only hear about around the dinner table.

These things all fall in the bucket of: What I will not give up. I swim. I’m into drama and I’m studying at Second City right now (Saturday Night Live, here I come!). I love participating in my kids’ lives in and around school activities. Thanks to our flexible way of working at PwC, I can integrate all these things in my life. When I work, I am all in. When I am at Second City, I am all in. It can be done!

We’ve worked hard at PwC to build a culture where it is very safe to discuss and grant flexibility requests, and it’s acceptable to try different things.  

It starts with you, though. It may take a little courage at first, but be honest with your colleagues about what you’re passionate about. I like that we are open to trying new ways of working; breaking a bit of that “nine-to-five” mold.

We know you want more than to “just do work”. But we can’t guess at what else you might want… so ask! Look for mentors that can share with you what flexibility has looked like for them. You may be surprised about how this also informs your career trajectory. By building this network of mentors, you’ll not only be more comfortable in your understanding of how to be flexible at work, and you’ll draw from the career experiences of your mentorship circles. You might just get a glimpse into your future with PwC… so what do you have to lose?

- Penny
@PennyAPartridge

 Find out more about PwC's flexibility programs

24/09/2015

From an engineering grad who knows why “PwC Rocks”

Jordan_Downing_lightened
Jordan Downing, Senior Associate in Consulting

I graduated from Queens’ with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2011. After traveling for several months I started to search for what I assumed I needed: a traditional engineering job. That’s when I discovered PwC and the opportunities it has for engineering grads in Consulting. The more I learned about the firm and about the fast-paced environment and learning culture, the more interested I became – so I joined the Consulting practice in the fall of 2012.

I love that I’m able to apply the critical thinking, and problem-solving skills I developed through engineering in my day-to-day work. Now, I apply them to businesses and organizations instead of physical systems or machines. But my love of music is also something that’s really important to me, so as soon as I found out about PwC Rocks – our internal Battle of the Bands competition – I knew I had to get involved. I’ve participated every year since.

The firm organizes a meet-and-greet for interested, musical PwC Professionals in the spring. It’s held at a rehearsal studio where everyone gets to know each other, discusses the types of music we like to play and jams to see which sounds gel. I’m a drummer, so after connecting with two guitarists and a bassist, we formed The Sunk Costs.

As a Senior Associate, being in a band with two Partners and a Senior Manager – all from different areas of the firm – was really cool. As one of the more experienced musicians in the band, it was almost like the dynamic we usually have in the office was flipped around. Instead of me learning from them, I had seasoned professionals turning to me and asking, “Okay, Jordan – how should I handle this transition?”

Balancing rehearsals with work, travel and family commitments was challenging for us – but we’re all involved with PwC Rocks because we love music, so we made it work! The feeling you get when you go on stage at The Hoxton to perform for your coworkers and friends is incredible – I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been! I will definitely be participating next year too, and I’m really looking forward to the Big 4 Battle of the Bands on October 21.

-Jordan Downing

21/09/2015

How to impress at your PwC Professional Talent Centre

Ali and James at PPTC, Vancouver 2015
@voiceofjamesd with @ataylor_campus at
PPTC Vancouver

Over the last few years we’ve introduced PwC Professional Talent Centres (PPTCs) to our recruiting process for certain offices and areas of our business.  You can learn more about them on our website here.

Why?  We want to ensure that our recruiting process helps you truly identify our culture, provides an opportunity for you to show us your skills beyond your resume (which is statistically more reliable than just talking about them in an interview) and  us to assess those elements of a candidate’s performance that are more difficult to assess using interviews alone.

This approach isn’t “new recruitment science” and has been used by organisations in other fields, such as Consulting and Finance, and CPA recruiting in other countries for many years.  You’ll therefore be able to find lots of help on the web if you search ‘assessment centres’.

Before you jump on Google though, quickly review these tips from me:

  • Be your best authentic self. Smile and project confidence, even when you’re feeling a little nervous
  • Get a good night’s sleep and ensure you dress the part as this also helps with confidence
  • Listen to all instructions carefully.  Ask questions to ensure you understand next steps before proceeding
  • When approaching case-based information (such as in our written and group discussion exercises) be sure to consider both the quantitative and qualitative data
  • Speak up. If you don’t speak within the group discussion exercise, it makes it challenging for us to assess you, so ensure you get your points across
  • If you have a logical reasoning assessment as part of your PPTC, you should practice similar assessments on the web
  • Prepare for your Partner interview using the tips I gave in my interview blog

Making it to a PPTC means you’ve demonstrated some key elements of the PwC Professional behaviours we look for. Regardless of how you perform, we’ll provide verbal feedback to everyone who attends a PPTC, so there’s some valuable learning for you from the process.

If you’re coming in to meet us at a PPTC, a special good luck from me to you.

James

@voiceofjamesd