NEW YORK, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- For the sixth consecutive year, PricewaterhouseCoopers has been named as one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For." PwC ranks number 71 overall and number 25 among large companies on this year's list.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has a culture and long history of providing its people with extensive opportunities to develop professionally, to thrive within an inclusive and respectful workplace environment, to manage their work and personal lives through its distinctive work/life programs and initiatives, and to participate in meaningful activities in support of its local communities.
The firm's focus on corporate responsibility underscores its commitment to people. During the past year, PwC, its partners and professionals donated more than $30 million to charitable organizations with a focus on youth development and spent more than 134,000 hours engaged in community service. In 2009, PwC continued its tradition of granting all U.S. partners and staff 10 additional hours of paid time off annually to volunteer for their personal causes and charities. For the second year in a row, the firm also gave $1.5 million to charitable organizations during the past holiday season to assist more than 60 communities throughout the United States.
PwC has also continued to enhance its programs for educating and developing talent at all levels. The firm understands that continuous learning and education are necessary to build a culture of excellence and leadership. PwC client service professionals receive approximately 90 hours of learning and education annually. Collectively, PwC delivered 1.5 million hours of internal training to its people over the last fiscal year.
"Even in tough times like these, responsible organizations continue to operate with an eye toward doing what's right for their business -- as well as their communities -- over the long term," said Bob Moritz, U.S. chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Our people want to be part of an organization that cares about them and the professional experience and career development they gain while working here. But they also want to be part of a firm that also cares about the world in which they live. Businesses that want to thrive must attract, grow, and retain new talent and continually rethink the investments they make in their people, as well as their communities. Bottom line: bad times don't last, but good people do."
PwC has been recognized extensively for its commitment to people. In addition to being included in FORTUNE's list, the firm was recently ranked #2 in the first-ever Universum Global Top 50 employers index, a ranking of the world's most attractive employers. In 2009, PwC was named by Training magazine as the #1 organization for employee training and development for the second consecutive year. PwC has also been named to Working Mother's Best Companies list for 15 consecutive years, including six successive years in the top 10, and won the 2007 Catalyst Award for its efforts to advance and retain women. The firm has also consistently ranked high on BusinessWeek's "Best Internships" and "Best Places to Launch a Career" lists, as well as the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity®.
The full list and related stories can be found at: FORTUNE.com/bestcompanies.
About the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" List
To pick the "100 Best Companies to Work For," FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work® Institute to conduct what it describes as "the most extensive employee survey in corporate America." Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and diversity. Any company that is at least seven years old with more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible.
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