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PwC Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
5,433 Reviews
3.6
5,433 Reviews
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PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Upside

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate - International
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate - International

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good exposure to lots of issues.

    Cons

    Work 50% harder than the next person, get 5% more pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align the incentives so people want to work long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing. Expected a friendly flexible health-oriented environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    -Working from home
    -Seasonal stress is relatively predictable

    Cons

    -Have to sell your soul to get a desk adjustment even for health reasons
    -No overtime because you are salaried even if you work 100 hour weeks for a month
    -People are not friendly until you have been around 6-8 months
    -No assigned desks, you are not allowed to personalize anything. Not even your one allowed storage drawer.
    -No windows for employees below Partner level unless you book a conference room
    -Open air office space so a lot of sound pollution and no privacy
    -Work 60-100 hour weeks in busy season, twice a year, but in the off season still required to work 40 hours client work, internal admin does not count.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH STANDARDS AND GIVE EMPLOYEES BACK THEIR DESKS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reality of PwC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Work needs to be done, doesn't matter how, when, where or by who it gets done. Learned at this firm how not to work hard, get someone else to do the work, take all the credit and throw someone under the bus, and then go around telling your higher ups how busy you are and how much work you have. Typical behavior exhibited by most of the higher level staff.

    Cons

    Politics. They promise a lot and talk a lot and at the end, it's always the opposite of what they say. Bait and switch technique. They always blame everything on the staff. The coaches and partners need to have accountability. Passing the buck on blame is popular. No work life balance, the firm wants you to eat every meal with the team. You can give your heart and soul to the firm, and they will step all over it.

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

    It was okay as a starting place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Big Four, plentiful resources and training

    Cons

    If you have no passion, curiousity, or desire to experience life, then you may enjoy working here. If you enjoy vaguely communicating with other humans who are scared **** to take a stand on anything requiring judgment, then you may enjoy working here. They take a lot of people in, work you like crazy, and then spit you back out. The extremely subjective perceptions of people that neither know you nor work with you. Finally, out of many partners and managers in one office, there is maybe 1 person that cares about and inspires staff, but most of the partners, directors and managers, including the HR managers don't care and don't know you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp everything that has been done in place of evaluations, people, coaching. Start from scratch. PwC constantly reinvents the same wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Training, travel, networking opportunities, resources, brand names

    Cons

    Work life balance is non existent for most, arrogance amongst some staff

  7.  

    Felt like a number. Boring work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tax in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meet great people in other groups besides my own. The office had a great view. Internship experience seemed to be a realistic representation of what full time would be like.

    Cons

    Boring work and somewhat mindless work... Counted pages of tax returns. Virtually no group work. No concern for work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training and onboarding procedures for interns and new hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many acquisitions. Not one firm, but a convoluted collection of professionals with conflicting priorities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Forensics
    Former Employee - Forensics

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

    Pros

    Most of the training I received was through projects and engagements. My compensation was mostly based on tenure. I was rated in the top of my class almost every year, but that rating meant very little in terms of pay or opportunities.

    Cons

    The office culture depends largely on the office where you work. As for vacation, I left the firm with 150 hours of vacation time -- that should tell you everything about "life/work balance"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough to come in as a senior executive; Good place to get started

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    PwC is a good place to start out if you are coming right from college. It is a rough, take-no-prisoners environment, but looks good on the resume. If your personality fits in with the competitive culture, you may even make a career out of it.

    Cons

    It is nearly impossible for anyone who has worked in a corporate or consulting environment to find satisfaction or joy at PwC. This is because the culture and management style are so toxic, that unless you are fresh out of school and do not know any better, you are constantly realizing how abusive the situation is for employees who are not yet partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your own talent so they only know the PwC way and forget trying to transition mid-career or senior professionals into the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot but at a cost!

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is relatively stable and the compensation is fair. The environment is challenging and expectations high so this is definitely an experience that will sharpen you. In general you will work with some of the top people in their fields.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is all theory and not practice. No one has a proper work-life balance. You are expected to work, work, work! It can be extremely political as you see employees that have relationships with certain leaders benefit from those relationships and shoot to the sky from a career perspective, only to see them fall when leadership changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    BCG and McKenzie hours for no pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I have nothing really great to say about this company. I've been with them for two years. I helped build a now-thriving service offering within our practice, and the only thing I got out of it was a laughable bonus and some practice with financial modeling.

    Cons

    Terrible comp for hours worked (read: less than minimum wage when you account for number of hours worked), no respect for employee work-life balance (work nights and weekends regularly, have been harassed by managers after a 20 hour weekend for requesting an additional three hours on a Sunday night), less-than-brilliant management, and partners who genuinely don't care about their staff's well-being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your business model requires you to treat your employees (especially those who bring substantial value in terms of engagement economics) like s***, at least pay us well. I can handle being talked down to, but it's not worth it for what I'm paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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