PwC Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Tax Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good name brand recognition, great junior staff, good place to use as a springboard but leave after 3-4 years and completion of CPA.

    Cons

    Horrible hours, untruthful leadership, passive aggressive culture, unrewarding work, no respect for personal ambitions, uninspiring people.

  2. Work and travel not time for a family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Nothing but a bunch of people that think they are important

    Cons

    pay, hours, flexibility, management,

  3. Helpful (1)

    An Employer that Falsely Advertises its Brand: Poor Value System, No Work-Life Balance, Old-Boys Network, and Toxicity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Admittedly Strong Hygiene Factors: Name, Advertised Brand, Historical Reputation, Decent Pay (on the surface if you don't factor in math on the long hours), Good Benefits, Minor Travel and Office Perks

    Cons

    Where to Start? Poor motivators for more seasoned employees, especially those coming in mid-career. A variety of demoralizing factors:
    passive aggressive leaders, young managers and director-level employees (mid 20’s thru mid 30’s)) who manage much more mature, seasoned, and frankly effective strong performers who were hired in as more junior (associate and senior associate levels) and are forced to submit to this upside down management structure. These younger managers and directors are often times immature (chronically and emotionally), have no management skills so they attempt to micro-manage, have short fuses, exhibit an utter lack of respect for the individual, and have a tendency to snap at you when you don’t immediately meet their ridiculous and petty demands. In short, they are bullies! These people also expect you to regularly work 10+ hour days, be available on email until late into the night, and sacrifice your weekends, at times for work assignments that can easily wait until Monday morning. Additionally, there is no tolerance and respect for individual communication styles as well as for minor errors and the learning curve. You are expected to know everything day one on the project and are sometimes looked at as sub-human if you don’t capitulate to the above points and don’t do everything perfect 100% of the time. Hard work is unappreciated, only thing that matters is how well-connected/well-liked you are, namely if you are a good brown-noser or a male. Soon after starting here, terrible feelings of guilt began to overcome me because of the culture that I am describing and I actually began to believe that I was a bad employee - this is how they brainwash you. Women have it difficult here, despite well-touted diversity claims. God help you if you want to start a family and be a good mother; it’s nearly impossible, for work is always expected to come first expect for a chosen few whose path has been greased by favoritism. Additionally, the “keeping up with the joneses” mentality is very prevalent around pay, bonuses, and promotions. Everyone is advertising the numbers (if they received generosity) and speculating aloud why employee A was/wasn’t promoted and employee B was/wasn’t. This is especially hard to stomach if you are a diligent and hard worker and strong performer, but this is not reflected in your annual assessment and compensation. This place created a host of issues for me and ruined my mental and emotional well-being. I am still recovering a year later.

    Advice to Management

    I feel that a firm such as PwC is a lost cause and its toxic environment is sadly emblematic of today’s white collar workplace. The employee is expected to be available 24/7 with resultant burn-out, and give up one’s personal life with no guarantee of success in their career with this Firm. For example, I went from being an avid fitness buff, to one that felt guilty for getting in the occasional workout after work, as well as had to give up active participation in 2 different volunteer organizations. Additionally, I became known as a hermit to my friends, since I stopped being available to socialize with them during my entire tenure here. In order to turn itself around. PwC needs to adopt a value system that begins at the top and flow down through the partner teams that espouses, integrity, dignity, respect for others and their abilities, trust, consideration of one's personal life vs. profits, just to name a few, and change its culture where hard work will get you ahead, not your gender, “token status”, or your political connections. Seriously, none of the work that PwC performs is such an emergency that would cause loss of human life if work on it ended by 6 PM each day and started up at 9 AM the following work day. But sadly, everything is treated as urgent.I really have no hope of positive, well-considered, and applied changes happening with this organization as to do this might cause the partners to actually show some concern for their employees first and profits second (GOD forbid!). I urge those that currently work there to get out while they can and any job-seekers that are contemplating working here to run away as fast before they are seduced by a variety of falsities!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    This review is for Tampa SDC. The people I work with are arrogant, prejudice, and not helpful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    All you can drink coffee, tea, and hot coco.

    Cons

    Low Pay, poor training. T/L or supervisors act like they are almighty.
    T/L provides guidance to some team members selectively. Without consulting managers and without team member's permission, T/L assign away all of works from one particular team member to all other team members on the second day on the floor.
    T/L has a power to take away one's accountability and manipulate one's capability by giving away all of one's work to his favorite team member whom he sit with, trained, and chat with hours and hours.
    Despite of suspecting every tiny single work from one team member who speaks with heavy accent, T/L never did thorough review on works before the works was submitted to Q/C because he totally trust someone he trained hours and hours. And then the T/L would blame the Q/C did not do their job.
    T/L never comes to work in time due to his car broken down, his sickness, and etc. When the Checkpoint was not pushed through in time, the T/L blame it on that heavy accent speaking team member although that member had been waiting for the T/L all day to review the Checkpoint and everything before submitting as required by the T/L.
    T/L would blame every mistake he found on that heavy accent speaking team member without doing thorough research or forgetting that he actually gave all of one's work to other members.
    Sometimes, the T/L would give that heavy accent speaking team member some bread crumbs (work) that other team member had already worked on. When this accent speaking member pointed out the errors other members did, immediately, the T/L would tell other members that the heavy accent speaking member found their mistakes. It really caused other members hate this accent speaking member.
    The one who speaks with heavy accent was willing to work it out and eager to get improved. After first week on the floor, and after the T/L came back from vacation, the heavy accent speaking team member agreed that she would work on the list that the T/L provided. Saying that "manager will help you", the T/L sent email with a list of “performance review” based on his level of knowledge plus his gut and judgment to his manager and HR managers. In the meeting with HR manager, the T/L exaggeratedly grumble all the mistake he could find to cover his own faults. during the meeting although the heavy accent speaking team member always talk with big smile on the face and did not say anything bad about this T/L, the HR still believed that the T/L is right about that this worker argued a lot without considering that the T/L has friend in the company and people talks.
    It is not worth to work for a company that has no respect to others and create manipulation of other’s capability.

    Advice to Management

    Do more research before making decision.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Recent college graduates beware

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    Current Intern - Assurance Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Current Intern - Assurance Intern in Baltimore, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I only chose to work at PwC because the name recognition will be worth it when I want a job elsewhere. You may be lucky enough to enjoying working with each team. There are big name clients in the Baltimore region as well.

    Cons

    There is zero work/life balance. I frequently worked on the audit team throughout the night into the early morning. Typical days lasted from 7am until 4am. I would regularly get 3 hours of sleep each day, then be expected to work on weekends too. This DOES NOT change, regardless of what they say or what you think, even at the higher levels.

    We work on completely outdated computers with old software. I don't understand why they can't buy us newer laptops or just update to Windows 8.

    Just because I didn't graduate from a prestigious university (UDel) doesn't mean that I should be overlooked.

    My advice to recent college grads is to look elsewhere, especially outside of Baltimore where the accounting market is so stale. I've interviewed with several other firms in the DC region that are much less stressful and pay more.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your interns like garbage and forcing them to work overtime without paying.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Incredibly bureaucratic and regulatory approach to web development.

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    Former Contractor - Senior Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Senior Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at PwC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    PWC tends to get high-profile contracts, which can be exciting for a technical developer.

    Cons

    I worked for a year as a full-time consultant for a website development contract with a federal agency. We were asked to build a fairly simple and small public-facing content website -- a project we could have hit out of the park in three months. Instead, we weighed it down with incredible amounts of useless bureaucratic time-wasting that added nothing at all to the quality of the product. Website development is not a field that benefits from an atmosphere of intense regulation and corporate conformity. We ended up spending a full year on a project that was not very difficult, employing a team of nearly 10 people when we needed maybe 3. As the tech lead, I had a full-time manager whose only job was to observe my work, though I would have been perfectly capable of delivering on the schedule without a full-time manager. Even more ridiculously, my manager had a full-time manager whose only job was observing him!!! Then, every couple of months or so, they would bring in a "quality team" from some other section of PWC whose only job was to observe all of us. Why didn't they just leave us alone and let us build a website? In the end, all this recursive bureaucracy achieved was to establish a mood of dull conformity and corporate dread, which is the PWC lifestyle in a nutshell.

    Advice to Management

    Website development is not the business PWC should be in. Website developers tend to have some "joie de vivre", which is apparently illegal at PWC.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Awful experience - don't do it.

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exit opportunities, free CPA exam, free dinners. Not much in the grand scheme of things. For some reason, other employers value this place's employees, so you can capitalize on that good will. Leave as soon as possible.

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible. You will never see friends or family. Busy season does not ever end - there is always more to do. It's bad all year.

    Seniors wait until late in the day to give you work, ensuring you share in their misery into the wee hours.

    The experience looks good on paper but being staffed on mega-engagements doing very specific tasks leaves you with just a vague understanding of how specific software /work papers work, without any big picture context. You won't learn much unless you commit years of your life to the job, and doing so is social and familial suicide. You will find that after leaving you will have learned almost nothing useful.

    My seniors were socially incompetent, cliquey, terrible at teaching and generally unhelpful - with a couple exceptions. They did not welcome new staff and were condescending and rude.

    The healthcare benefits are terrible, especially if you have dependents. My wife and son qualified for state subsidized care, because UHC's coverage was so awful.

    The pay is low. You can easily make just as much in an entry level staff accountant or internal auditor role at a private company.

    The flexibility promised by the recruiters and partners is a lie. Simply do not believe any of it. Their "flexibility" = being available via laptop 24/7 with no ability to get away from work.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Gain experience through a lot of work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Every year that you work here (as with other public accounting firms) as worth 3-5 years of work in the private sector. For example my client has an accounting manager that has been internally promoted. It took her 25 years to reach her current position. Her bosses boss, the controller, worked in public accounting for 8 years and makes ~$40k more a year.

    Cons

    You will not have a life. Even weeks that are not busy season are 55-60 hour work weeks. If you aren't on a client then you will probably be traveling to do an inventory observation. Don't get too excited about that, because there's only so much you can do in Yuma, AZ, Monte Vista, CO, or Burley, ID on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. Also, even if one of those days is a travel day, you will be expected to work on the plane in order to make "efficient use of your time" and not fall behind.

  10. Helpful (2)

    PwC is a very challenging place to work with a very difficult sales culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of employee and networking functions. You can make some great contacts while working there. Big 4 looks great on the resume

    Cons

    Very clickish culture. You need a sponsor, don't get placed by a recruiter. True burn them and churn amotsphere.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from the VA/DC Federal Practice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm is closed during the holidays in December, so they are serious about staff taking time off.
    The firm encourages staff to pursue training and other certifications.
    The Onboarding experience for New Hires is excellent.

    Cons

    PwC Federal practice leadership, especially Directors are mediocre.
    "Hours over standard" which are the additional hours staff bills after 40+ client hours, are factored into annual performance ratings, and translates into basically "free work" for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding a "Senior Manager" level, like the other "Big Four" Consulting firms do. Most of the Directors in the Federal Practice are currently performing at the "Senior Manager level, and those who bring in no additional work into the practice are not held accountable. I observed alot of favoritism, especially to mothers with children. They were not looked down upon if they had to leave the office early to pick up their kids.

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