June 19, 2018

PwC’s New Los Angeles Office to Have Walking Workstations That Will Mostly Collect Dust

PwC is moving into some new office space in Los Angeles next spring and, naturally, everyone is pretty stoked. There's nothing like trading in your taupe cubicle walls for some new taupe cubicle walls. But with any luck, the bathrooms will be equipped with those toilets that sound like a jet engine when they're flushed.

But really, it's great for the entire community and L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is just as excited as anyone:

"The City of Los Angeles is thrilled that PwC has committed to stay and grow in Downtown LA," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "PwC is a global leader, and I'm delighted that the firm will continue its long legacy serving some of Los Angeles' most prominent and successful companies while continuing their longstanding history of being an upstanding corporate citizen. Having PwC's logo atop of its new building will make a great addition to the Los Angeles skyline, and we're looking forward to their presence in Downtown for years to come."
A fancy new home with prominent signage and the mayor's ringing endorsement? This is all great news for the PwC office who, if you haven't heard, HAS TABULATED THE BALLOTS FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS FOR 79 YEARS.  
 
But much like the Atlanta office, whose new decor was reviewed by our very own leopard-print connoisseur, the L.A. office is aware that not everyone is able to get away from the office during the busiest times of the year to get some much need exercise: 
As another sign of how PwC is responding to how today's employees work, when the build-out is completed, staff will have access to walking workstations to promote a healthy lifestyle and interactive cafes with lounge areas and 70'' video systems to provide an area for social gatherings and team meetings.
This is especially useful for those of you that just can't bear the thought of not meeting your chargeable hours goals but are desperate to fight off paralysis caused by atrophy. Or simply need a place to hang your jacket.
 
[via PwC]
 

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french flag.jpgWalking around the PwC office in Midtown Manhattan, our blogospondent in the field happened across a couple of young ladies having the picture taken in front of the P Dubya sign out front, proudly posing as if it was their names on the building at 300 Madison.
Said blogospondent approached the young ladies and asked if they worked at the P Dub and they responded in heavily French accents, “yes”. As result of further prying, it was revealed that the ladies do work a lot during “busy times”, sometimes between 50 and 60 hours a week!
This compared to an American tax associate who we spoke to just a couple days before who, in the last fifteen days, had worked 185 hours.
Let’s recap: America – 185 hours in 15 days in the middle of June vs. France – 50-60 hours in one week during the “busy time”.
American vitriol towards the French may now ensue.

PwC Needs a Lesson or Two in Spin

240px-PricewaterhouseCoopers.svg.pngIn, lets talk about anything but Satyam, PwC news, the largest Big 4 firm was rated highest among professional service providers on brand recognition in the Brand Finance Top 50 ranking of Best Brands of British Origin.
“Chairman of PwC [in the UK] Ian Powell said the recognition was ‘testament to the strength and reach of our clients, the talents of our people, and the contribution that we make to the wider community.'”
We won’t take anything away from PwC but sometimes bad news is the best news for brand recognition. So this whole Satyam thing is probably not getting the credit it deserves. Come on P. Dubs! Lemons into lemonade!

PwC most recognised professional services brand
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