Work-life choice

Working and living – not either/or.

People who are committed to their work need to strike the right balance so that they can relax and recuperate. We support such a balance – the compatibility of work and private life, of profession and family – just like we support your career.

“Work-life balance” is a phrase that is on everyone’s lips and this is not proving to be a short-lived trend. We respond to the various needs of our employees with the most personalised and flexible offers possible.

You can find out much more about the topic of work-life choice on our intranet.

You choose the right work-life balance by yourself

Your personal annual working hours account (JAZ)

As we all know, there are times when the workload we face can be heavier than usual. The hours of overtime that you work will, however, not go unrecognised. At PwC, you record your hours in your annual working hours account (JAZ). This means that you can structure your working time flexibly so as to accommodate both your responsibilities at work and your personal needs. The JAZ records both overtime and shortfalls in hours worked.

Over the course of a timekeeping year (1 October – 30 September), your account balance can exceed or fall below the target level. Compensation is provided at the end of the timekeeping year. At the end of the timekeeping year, a payment is made for any positive balance that has not been used up by taking time off.

You can find further information about how the JAZ works on our intranet.


Working at PwC means responding rapidly and flexibly to continuously changing situations. This also necessitates greater flexibility at your place of work. FlexWork@PwC is our first initiative to implement the agreement on objectives that resulted from the “berufundfamilie” (career and family) audit and to establish a uniform framework for all employees at our company.

For us, flexibilisation of the workplace means more than just working from home. FlexWork@PwC enables you to work at a range of locations beyond your conventional office.

By equipping all employees with a notebook, we have set an important cornerstone for enabling them to work from any location at any time. This means that you decide – in consultation with your superiors and taking business requirements into consideration – where you work.

Support and expectations

We expect a lot from our employees. However, anyone who expects a lot must also be prepared to give a lot in return. That is why we make intensive efforts to support the training and further education of our staff with a wide range of special modules that can be broken down into four categories:

  • Off-the-job training: this includes, for example, our new joiner days, behavioural seminars and a wide range of specialist courses so that you will soon feel confident as a professional.
  • Virtual training: multimedia training using computer-based platforms and knowledge databases.
  • On-the-job training: training during work hours in the form of learning groups, mentoring and coaching. Learning by doing is very important to us. You do not have to do this alone and colleagues will assist you throughout all stages of your career.
  • Near-the-job training and professional exam support: we will assist you in getting ready for your professional exams. Examples of such exams include those to become an auditor, tax consultant, certified information system auditor (CSA) or chartered financial analyst (CFA).

If you have questions, simply ask your responsible manager or find out more about the various opportunities for training and further education in the personnel development section on our intranet.

Career levels

There are six career levels in each line of service. After you have graduated, you will start out with us as an Associate. The next level is Senior Associate, followed by Manager, Senior Manager and Director. The final step on the career ladder is being appointed as a Partner. You do not have to walk this path alone. PwC will provide you with a mentor to assist you in planning your career. You will also gain support through our comprehensive training and further education programme.

Your responsible manager will be pleased to answer any further questions that you have. A lot of useful information on this topic can also be found on our internet.


“Yoda” – our intranet

The PwC intranet “Yoda” provides you with an extensive range of inside information and tools to assist you in your day-to-day work. This includes specific information on our lines of service and training and further education programme as well as the PwC Blackboard. The PwC Blackboard is often where things – such as concert tickets, apartments and cars – are offered by those who prefer to do so among colleagues rather than strangers.

Working in the international PwC network

Because PwC Germany is part of a global network, there are various opportunities for gaining international experience, be it through international projects or secondments abroad.

Various programmes at PwC Germany enable you to go on foreign assignments around the world at other national firms within the PwC network for periods of 2 to 24 months. At PwC, we focus on both the strategic importance of the position abroad as well as your personal development. The duration of secondments is flexible and depends on the respective requirements.

Further information is available on our intranet.


We started the “Women@PwC” initiative in order to provide better support to female employees and to bring about a significant increase in the ratio of female managers. It is geared towards female experts at PwC who are qualified to take the next step in their career and become a Senior Manager or Partner.

In addition to targeted development measures, one component of the initiative is regular network meetings at our larger branches so that female PwC staff develop contacts with each other and have a forum for exchanging experiences. Younger participants benefit from mentoring and continuous communication with experienced disgorgement.

Furthermore, PwC actively addresses the topic of work-life choice and has therefore been certified under the audit “berufundfamilie” (career and family). You can access much more information on our intranet.