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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
5,638 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great firm with great options

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

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

    Pros

    excellent work life balance
    ability to scale intensity up and down when you want to be more / less aggressive about career
    many fabulous, fun to work with people,

    Cons

    because the firm is so big you often have to gain alignment from many many people before pursuing a new initiative
    a lot of administrivia and bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enable better connection at local offices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great work, great company...if you want to set the stage for your growth.

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

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

    Pros

    Top notch big 4 to work for..no questions asked. Great leadership....

    Cons

    None, that I can see really. Every organization has its small issues..but nothing worth mentioning..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership training to partners so they can understand that being a leader means being "unbiased" to everyone on their group...stop having "favorites"!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very dynamic and energizing environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great career advancement, and meeting the best people

    Cons

    hours, hours, hours
    Often random assignments that did not warrant an evaluation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rare combination of brilliance and humanity.

    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I meet crazy smart people every day; yet nearly everyone is humble and human.

    Cons

    A little risk averse, but getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working to improve work-life balance.

  6.  

    International Tax Services, Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Great organization with excellent work culture. Exceptional mentors and access to resources. Good place to learn and grow nationally or internationally

    Cons

    Sometimes very long hours. Non effiencient use of employee time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep open communication with the employees to constantly improve the organisation and make the processes more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and forward looking company which makes this company a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Complicated organizational structure and review process makes it difficult for promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    People Who Care, great place to build career

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent, driven colleagues
    Work with F500 companies
    Top notch support

    Cons

    Certain groups can be very hierarchical
    Diversity can trump performance in performance reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to pay for performance and create incentives for high achievers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    • 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 people, great work environment, management that actually cares about their people

    Cons

    High travel requirements...can expect 100% travel within the advisory practice, mon-thurs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage virtual communication tools to decrease travel requirements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing, PwC really lives up to the hype.

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

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people really make the experience in public accounting. Being in a room for hours on end with people you enjoy makes working long hours a lot more enjoyable. PwC also has the best clients and are great about transferring you to a new client in a timely fashion as long as your a good performer.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge at time but it is definitely worth the experience you will gain at the best public accounting firm in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Usually trys to do the right thing. Culture of partnership allows more of a beg forgiveness than ask permission culture, which keeps partnership nimble. Focus on education, opportunity and advancement. I believe compensation relative to Industry is good, but I need to spend more time in Glassdoor to confirm

    Cons

    Frequently seems like those that get promoted have more of a short term financial bottom line attitude than the general culture of long term growth. Sometimes achieves great results by outworking rather than out thinking. Maybe this is endemic to consulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue attitude of acquisition and growth during economic downturns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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