Looking to start “playing the system at PwC” I’ve expensed/booking by the books and just figured out my team are buying extra/expensing BS to get more rewards. Teach me the ways of consulting - Go

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OP - Breakfast and dinner are able to be expensed while traveling, but the amounts must be within PwC or client expense policies, depending on what you're traveling for and whether a client expense policy has been written into the MSA (if no client expense policy has been written in, follow PwC expense policy). Lunch is ALWAYS a personal expense. If you want a rental car, rent one -- but be prepared at some point for the client or partner (depending on whether you're on a T&M or fixed fee engagement) to ask your team why the hell you guys are expensing a bunch of rental cars each week to travel to and from the client site to the same hotel. You'd better have written approval for any deviation from the policies (e.g. team lunches, team coffee breaks, team happy hours, etc.) and any in-lieu of travel, because if you find yourself under audit, it becomes as easy as forwarding approval emails from the engagement partner. I've seen partners grant verbal approval for in-lieu of travel that was within policy, but when the client complained about the person not going home for the weekend and flying around on their dime, the partner made the person eat the cost of the flight. That particular partner is a shithead, and from the sound of it, so is your team. Don't be a shithead just because the rest of your team are shitheads.

P5 is crazy with some of the expenses s/he is abusing but the student loan thing is smart. My last semester of college I took out a loan I otherwise wouldn't have knowing that they would pay it. Then PwC screwed me and pushed back my start date 2 months, making me glad I took the loan since it meant I didn't deplete my savings that I then needed to live since they pushed my date back.

Also, I don't think p5 is pretending it's a student loan - it's verified when you enroll in the program

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Yeah, don't do that. Your team sounds unethical.

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Order room service instead of seamless when working from the hotel. The points will add to your base number and follow through all the multipliers (4x platinum, 3x SPG card, hotel-negotiated bonus). One dinner ends up being 2-700 points depending on how many different multipliers you have.

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I'm 100% against you trying to play the system. Don't do it; you will get burned, and you will hurt our firm's name.

That being said, you don't have to do anything shady to take friday off. If you have billed more than 40 hours that week, you can just leave the day blank and "flex" it. That's stated policy, not gaming the system.

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Thanks d1 I’m not trying to be unethical, agreed there. However waiting for people to leave until 9 or 10 because I didn’t rent a car to save money is getting exhausting. While I figure out every single person on my team has a car now that they’re all staying st the same hotel. Also they each go get Starbucks and do that card truck daily. And they don’t book pto when they bail on Friday’s, they just prorate the week. So I’m lookin to just ease my shitty project

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Nice try hr

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Pwc5 has to be trolling. No way anyone would take out a loan just to pretend it was a student loan and abuse the system. I refuse to believe we hire people this stupid.

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OP you are quite dumb if you have to ask these questions on a public forum 🤦‍♂️

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PwC 4 - while PwC may not ask for your folio, sometimes clients do. Let me know how it goes when you're on a nightmarish client that has their procurement team combing through each and every line of each and every receipt and folio and they find those drinks. "Charging for whatever you want within reason" is NOT our policy, and that is terrible advice.

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Lunch is always a personal expense???

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P5 - You lie on Well being Rewards? Really? Is it that hard to watch a benefits video, take a walk or a bike ride, talk to a partner about your career, or go to the fucking doctor? Jesus Christ.

OP, I suggest you go find the expense policy and read it. That way you will know what you can and cannot do, in case you are ever audited. Better to know the limits, and operate within them, than to not know them, accidentally operate outside of them and owe the firm money (or worst case, be terminated).

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Screwing your company is a bad idea no matter what age you are

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Yea. This is actual, stated policy. We used to call it "flex fridays" and it was only available between memorial and labor days. Two years ago they decided to just make it permanent.

You just have to make sure you clear 40 hours a week. Then you can take a day off and just leave the time slot empty on t&e. I do this semi-regularly.

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M2 that's the policy alright. But let's collectively agree that this policy is bullshit

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P2... hope so. I also hope people remember that abusing or exploiting perks and benefits is the way we lose them.

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Then leave P5.

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PwC doesn’t pay for lunch when traveling? I’ve never heard of a firm restricting lunch. Even the US Government paid for lunch when traveling

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Spend more of your energy on building your skills. That will pay off a lot more than optimizing perks here/there and potentially skirting the grey areas. With all that head-space you free up by not trying to squeeze every penny, put it towards your own career and competency development. I guarantee you that has a better NPV for your time and energy spent.

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Ow1 okay thanks, room service every night now haha

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Only at PwC

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M2 - I meant expensing little things like coffee and snacks, things that make the long hours more bearable and usually projects allow to be expensed but new hires generally question using the corporate card on. I would obviously never advise anyone to charge legit “anything”. My point was to enjoy what you can within firm policy and what the project allows since every engagement is different

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