PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 254 reviews)

  • PwC is a good place to start out if you are coming right from college (in 127 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 891 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 849 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm if you don't care about having a work-life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Continuous learning opportunities- you'll find yourself always doing something that you haven't done before, the nature of the work puts you outside of your comfort zone and pushes you to learn
    Good team work - people are big four are smart and always willing to share their knowledge
    Moving up the ladder - you know when you'll make to what position, and it's generally quicker than corporate just because it's a big firm and has openings
    Fine compensation and benefits - it's not bad, can't compare to other high paying jobs like IT, IBD, trading etc., but not bad
    Career Opportunities - we get a lot of emails from head hunters, they know big four train people well. But if you are looking for something that's not accounting/internal audit it may be a little bit tricky.

    Cons

    No work-life balance - if you don't mind a 90% work 10% life this is the place for you. They talk about busy season as if there's an "off season", but actually during the supposedly lighter season you are working at least 40-hour weeks like any other job's normal hour, and if you get put on a 3/30, 6/30 or 9/30 year end guess what -you'll just have many "busy seasons" every year.
    Terrible commute - for at least 4 months in a year I drive 2 hours each way to my client, and working more than 14 hours per day and at least 6 days a week during those months. Other months are generally a normal 40 hour week, but most times still need to commute for at least an hour each way. This was fine when I started, but it gets really really annoying.
    Cultures - This varies by offices, so you may love it or hate it. But I can say that everyone I get along with left the firm pretty quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great first job out of college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant- Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant- Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Typically work for high profile clients and opportunity for 80% travel, great vacation policy

    Cons

    Performance review and promotion process is out-of-your hands, lots of politics, terrible learning and development programs, 50+ hours at a minimum for every project, salary is not as high as our direct competitors although we are ranked higher

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    Most people were great to work with. Lots of social events, especially in the summer. They also had a good new-hire educational program.

    Cons

    The monotonous content of the work and pressures of client hours combined for a very negative environment a few times per year. Certain upper management didn't respect personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, experience was positive, but managers and directors who are workaholics often expected the same approach from their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good learning experience, hard to achieve work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learning experience, variety of projects

    Cons

    long working hours, compensation is not good considering the hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Manager in Marketing/Sales (IFS) Great company to work for but NO career path for internal people. Great for 3-5 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IFS Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IFS Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay - the glassdoor salaries posted are right on target
    Sign on bonus - $5K
    Annual Bonuses - 2.5% - 9%
    Annual raises - 2.5%-4%
    Cell Phone paid for
    Cheaper upgrades with new phones
    $5k a year in tuition bonus - I got this for two years
    $5K referral bonus - it took about ten referrals to get someone in but they paid this bonus out in 30 days of the person working at PwC
    Flex Fridays (Summer) depends on the team. My first year I never worked on Friday during the Summer. Next two Summers I worked every other Friday.
    Wealth Management- enter workouts and other health activities and earn points to redeem into gift cards. Over the last two years I got around $250 in gifts cards for going to the gym.
    401k strong matching if YOU STAY FOR FIVE YEARS. Read the fine print. If you stay for five years its an amazing program between the 401K and "wealth builder" program. highly recommend.
    PwC is making splashes in the market and building a strong brand. When I applied to other companies everyone was impressed with three years at PwC.
    Great work/life balance - continues to evolve
    4 weeks paternal leave - never heard of this anywhere. It was amazing when we had our baby
    Good vacation - 22 days as a manager

    Cons

    As an IFS resource you are not revenue generating and as a result will never gain the full respect of Partners and the firm as a whole.
    Pay, bonuses, raises are much less for IFS people
    Glass ceiling in IFS - you can never make partner
    Revolving door of leadership - partners take terms in senior leadership roles. Revolving door of new ideas and directions.
    Full value of 401K plan.......see above. Less than five years........not great.
    Awful offices - stale cubicle rat maze. Innovation draining
    Still runs like an accounting firm
    Not a tech. firm - still use Lotus Notes........need I say more.
    Internal HR folks are very linear which slows people's growth opportunities.

    If you are going for three five years and want launch your career forward this is a great place, If you are looking for long term growth, appreciation, support and development.....go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the IFS people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A lot of hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    This company has great benefits, including vacation and retirement. The people are great to work with and the environment fosters hard work and learning.

    Cons

    There is not work and life balance with this company. It is very large and becomes difficult to become recognized. The work seems to be non value added most of the time. It is busy work with no purpose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work if you are ready to fit in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and great ethical values.

    Cons

    Not innovative, repetitive work. Love to brag slef proclaim as a 'High performing organization".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more exciting work for your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good start for a consulting career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Big company, worldwide presence, highly valued consulting experience, Above 95% retention rate. Rich knowledge pool with more than 100,000 people worldwide.

    Cons

    Look for people who closely fit company culture, prior work experience in consulting is important, if you do not have it then you are at a disadvantage. Long working hours of consulting industry. Lastly lots and lots of traveling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While recruiting, focus more on the candidates knowledge rather than just the prior work experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding; Great exposure to various industries early on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great office; generous benefits; international mobility

    Cons

    Improvement needs to be made in assigning mentors and ensuring that the coach has the bandwidth to support the mentoring relationship. The coach - protege ratio for each coach was too high for my liking.

    Recommends
  11.  

    My experience at PwC (FS Advisory) has been underwhelming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Hours are alright
    Pay is okay
    Name-brand recognition
    Decent trainings

    Cons

    Stodgy culture
    -very territorial, hard to pursue interests, easy to get pigeonholed
    Work is neither challenging nor particularly interesting
    -mostly a bunch of Big 10 grads doing benchmarking, brown guys doing IT strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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