April 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm #193359AnonymousInactive
I have been reading posts and forums in the internet that Big 4 training is really good, and it's one of the benefits of working at a Big 4.
But I have a couple friends at PWC, and they told me that training really sucks and you don't really learn that much. You basically learn everything on the job and it is a learn-as-you-go experience.
And they said that during training everyone in the class just spaces out or plays solitaire on their computer, and not pay that much attention to the instructor.
Is the training program really good or is the real training on the job? Just wondering what training is like for first-year associates at any of the Big 4.April 16, 2015 at 11:36 pm #662333rp 12Participant
I will second that as well. But if you can walk away from this training on how to maneuver with audit software system – just basics. It could help you. Also, if you have time use pre-recorded web based learning. I used to work at EY and they had that. It was very helpful.April 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm #662334acampParticipant
There are various levels of training:
New hire: learn the software and/or space out and play solitaire
Periodic class room trainings: Learn about rev rec, GAAP Tax Disclosures, PCAOB Focus points, etc and/or space out and play solitaire
CPE/Online Trainings: Lots of various topics where you can learn and/or space out and play solitaireApril 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm #662335AnonymousInactive
It's viewed as a week off from actually working. I usually play games on my computer.April 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm #662336AnonymousInactive
I guess my real question is: Do you actually learn anything if you pay attention so that it will help you on the job????April 17, 2015 at 12:09 am #662337AnonymousInactive
Not in the ones I've had. They try and teach it like a high school class with handouts and practice worksheets. In my opinion, everything you do is based on your senior so why bother learning it in a classroom.April 17, 2015 at 1:22 am #662338AnonymousInactive
You can only learn so much. The best learning is done while on the job. Big 4 is great cause you are constantly pushed out of your comfort zone on the job – it is rare to test the same section at the same client two years in a row. You also have TONS of access to online training a on almost any topic you can think of. Those are what ppl talk about when tgey praise the training NOT the week of training before you really start ;).April 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm #662339OnMyWay732Participant
Its garbage…Big 4 isn't about actually knowing anything in the industry until youre manager…Staff and senior is all about how well you can learn their stupid computer programsApril 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm #662340acampParticipant
Right, at the Big4 your first 5 years are spent learning their computer programs *roll eyes*April 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm #662341OnMyWay732Participant
Not necessarily learning….Let's hope you pick that up in the first year..but more using. You aren't given a decision-making role until you're manager. Before that it's all just testing testing testing…and making memosApril 18, 2015 at 3:35 am #662342AnonymousInactive
Any posts/forum that say that big4 training is top notch is just your typical mumbo jumbo kool aid.
The only real useful trainings are the ones that teach you how to use certain firm-specific software. Oh and don't forget those national trainings that focus on teaching you how to write a paragraph and have a conversation LOLApril 21, 2015 at 3:20 am #662343thechapmanMember
It's pretty damn basic
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