PwC wants to recruit, retain and develop
PwC, actively hiring, seeks diverse entry-level and experienced pros. A three-day “diversity in business” forum is one of many inclusion and development opportunities
In the U.S., PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) offers a variety of audit and assurance, tax, human resources and personal finance services to government and private clients.
“We anticipate that our hiring needs in technology will be strong for the foreseeable future,” says Carly Williams, U.S. diversity sourcing leader. ”We’re actively interviewing and hiring across various capabilities, including information technology consulting and strategy, privacy and security, enterprise architecture, managed services, information management and application strategy.”
Diversity is key to hiring
PwC uses a multi-pronged approach to attract and hire diverse technical consultants into the firm, Williams says. PwC makes use of sourcing tools like employee referrals, social media, job boards and niche sites, and attends diversity-focused career events to meet talented tech professionals. “We feel it’s imperative to attract, retain and develop diverse professionals to spur innovation, drive growth and sustain a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” says Williams. “Today, our partnerships include more women and minorities than ever before.”
For college freshmen and sophomores, PwC has set up the Start program. “Start is designed to expose high-performing diverse college students to our company,” Williams says. “Start interns have the opportunity to further their professional and technical skills in appropriate business-related areas while working with teams in different functional areas across PwC.”
Circles of corporate life
PwC diversity leaders in nine of its major markets drive the company’s diversity programs on the ground. The diversity leaders collaborate with the firm’s partners to lead inclusion efforts and coach diverse staff. PwC appoints a partner in each practice as a diversity champion, Williams says. These champions sit on their respective leadership teams to make sure diversity remains a priority, and spend as much as 20 percent of their time on diversity efforts.
The company’s resource groups, called “circles,” focus on minorities, women, parents and LGBT employees. “Circles are designed to connect like-minded professionals with one another and provide mentoring, learning and development opportunities,” Williams says. “They also give employees access to role models who can help them develop and advance.”
In addition to sponsoring an LGBT circle, PwC actively supports LGBT professionals through a partner advisory board. The board consists of professionals across a broad spectrum of tenures, professional skills, and life experiences. It advises the company’s leadership on the planning and implementation of LGBT initiatives.
A recent addition at PwC is the special needs caregivers circle. The members of this community are responsible for the ongoing care of a loved one with special needs. It provides networking opportunities, resources, best practices and mentoring, according to Williams.
Helping women become leaders
PwC’s Mentor Moms program is designed to connect new mothers or mothers-to-be with a PwC mom who already has experience juggling family and career. “The goal is to provide newer mothers with a connection to someone who can provide insights or just act as a sounding board as they make important decisions about their careers,” Williams explains. “Each new mom who participates is paired with a mentor, who then offers support and guidance over a period of eighteen months.”
Other PwC initiatives for women include Women Upfront, an internal networking and career-resource website that connects employees across PwC offices nationwide; Breakthrough Leadership, a development program for high-performing women, senior managers and directors; and Candid Conversations videos, roundtable discussions featuring authors, experts and PwC participants.
Williams summarizes, “We’re committed to providing rewarding experiences for our people while creating value for our clients.”
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