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PwC Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
5,316 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 254 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 129 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 902 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 855 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Young age group

    Cons

    Long hours, time off policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experienced Associate - work/llife???

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very helpful for getting a job after - companies love "Big 4" experience. Most groups also help to expose you to a lot of different areas and provide a lot of learning.

    Cons

    There is pretty much no work-life balance. Most times they'll say the summers are "slow" and you can take time off, but if you don't schedule it ahead of time you'll be stuck on some project. 60-100 hrs/week year round is not my idea of fun.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Associate - Assurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Boston, MA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broad exposure to various opportunities, people and clients. Especially useful coming straight out of school.

    Cons

    Engagements are consistently understaffed; people are overworked; lots of mind games. Difficult to get onto new projects. High turn over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a higher value placed on treating people adequately. Throwing around corporate jargon like "work-life balance" does not actually mean staff get to experience this. The idea of working 90 hrs/wk can no longer qualify as a badge of honor - it needs to be eradicated if you want people to stick around in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    typical big company, more concerned with justifying jobs than actually doing work properly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Actuary in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Actuary in Boston, MA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a great accounting firm to have on one's resume, for when it becomes worth it to seek a better opportunity later.

    Cons

    After working for a small company now, I would never recommend working for a large company to anyone - there's so much time wasted filling out forms justifying your job that you don't actually get to do any work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to run this company of 30,000 more like a company of 30, and everyone will be a lot happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Great place to start your career, great reputation.

    Cons

    No work/life balance and overworked employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To stop the micro management and allow people to do their work with so much pressure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Slow to promote, promises were made and not kept, and performance reviews exhibit favoritism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    PwC is a great place to start a career in accounting. I have had many opportunities to learn a lot in a short period of time. Most of the people I work with are very smart, and are great in general. The amount of vacation time (22 days) is amazing, if you can find time to take the days off. Of course, the name on a resume is unbeatable.

    Cons

    The review process is extremely unfair. As someone who had a majority of "exceeds expectations" reviews, I did not see this reflected in my promotion raise or bonus (there was no bonus). I have also seen bad reviews written with no examples provided purely based on favoritism. Similar occurrences happen during annual reviews.

    Many promises have been made to me both by HR and managers in terms of the types of clients I would be working with, but after 1.5 years they have not been kept.

    To top it off, of the Big 4, PwC is the slowest to promote. It is nearly unheard of to reach senior in 2 years. Making manager in less than three is becoming increasingly difficult as well, while PwC is running into a staff shortage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the review process, and work harder to hold on to your employees. No one wants to work at a company that only keeps its promises when its employees have a competing offer.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Continued Lack of Recognition and Appreciation Will Lead to Mass Exodus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Brand recognition, working with smart and motivated people, big recognizable clients.

    Cons

    Leadership sends empty thank you emails. Lack of recognition and appreciation will continue to lead to inability to retain top performers. Extremely hierarchial which limits new thought and drives canned solutions. Learning and development opportunities are limited. Poor compensation for high ratings and low in comparison to peers. Extremely political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what it means to truly recognize and appreciate your people. Empty thank you's are not going to continue to allow the practice to grow. Delivering services with top performers will. Revisit compensation practices. Listen to the staff. Provide formal training that is worth the time of your staff; most of the training is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    working with the highly intelligent, young individuals
    will learn a lot in short timing
    21 vacation days
    great experience for someone coming out of college

    Cons

    unlimited sick days, but you never have time to use it
    management praises work/life balance and flexibility which do not exist
    low pay w/ tons of overtime
    promotions and rankings are political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your staff with more respect and pay them more for their dedication and time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Wealth of Knowledge
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Long hours
    Lots of vacation time but no time allowed to take it
    work/life balance sucks
    compensation sucks considering the time and effort put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more. Don't spread BS about work/life balance when it doesn't really exist - it's insulting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great name to have on your resume, internationally recognized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    big name on the resume; great place to start out with as college fresh graduate; exposure to different public companies, who are usually fairly sophisticated so not much spoon-feeding to them; smart professional coworkers (most of the time and this varies by office).

    Cons

    bad HR, not supportive, just thinking about lightening their workload. some managers are unprofessional, and you won't want to be one of them later. many forms to fill out before you can sign off from a job - really CYA (cover your ass) because you are dealing with public clients. Life and work balance is not a problem for PwC alone, just to be fair - if you want to learn, better put in the time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open communications, more frequent rotation between jobs instead of drown one person in one assignment for one year, better HR people preferably with accounting/audit experience that know what we are dealing with everyday.

    No opinion of CEO

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