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Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
535 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.  

    Understand what you're walking into

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great experiences at the senior and manager level

    Cons

    Things start to stagnate as you move up the chain, especially if you are working for partners that aren't good at consulting and relationship management, which is about 2/3 of the partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 50% of partners as they are just overhead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Learned a lot in a short amount of time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Learn a lot and can form a great network of smart hardworking people

    Cons

    Little to no work/life flexibility

  3.  

    Learned a lot from some of the smartest minds in our field, but lack of cohesive management vision.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Great training
    Competitive comp
    Very smart technical specialists

    Cons

    Too much focus on bottom line
    Partners treat each other as a bunch of small independent firms competing against each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up focus on bottom dollar and realize the old business model doesn't work with current base of employees.

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

    No work life balance

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    Former Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    I gained valuable experience with Financial Statements.

    Cons

    Worked 70+ hour weeks year round. Was expected to pass CPA exam in order to advance. Between work and study there was no time to live life.

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

    Experienced tax Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Good company with benefits, leader in the business.

    Cons

    No work life balance, long hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    big four

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    none- I really only see the best part being that it was a difficult internship to get and I got it.

    Cons

    really not a good place to work
    no one likes what they do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to be more open to having not all the same type of people working in a frat like enviroment

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

    PwC works you like crazy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    There are periods of extreme flexibility in the summer

    Cons

    Work you like crazy 70+ hour weeks -- lots of travel-- never able to disconnect -- new evaluation system is confusing and inconsistent

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    WMTS... Okay, but know what you're getting yourself into.

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    Former Intern - WMTS Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - WMTS Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I was an intern in PwC's WMTS. I think the main point of this review is to help others learn what you're getting yourself into before you do it. PwC's WMTS has about 100 associates in the Pittsburgh office. During tax season they hire around 100 interns to work as a glorified personal assistant. Here is the good and the bad:

    1) You make A LOT of money. I would say the average intern makes around $5,000 if not way more in those 3 months which, for an intern is very good. You get $18 an hour in the first year you do it and then if you come back you get $20.

    2) You get Big 4 on your resume. I would say this is why a majority of interns do this internship from the start. The recruiting process isn't long or complicated. In fact, as long as you have a good on-campus interview, you'll get the internship. Most interns have no interest in working in WMTS, they just want to put PwC on their resume and this is probably the best way to do it.

    3) You meet and befriend a lot of other interns. There are 4-5 schools in the Pittsburgh area where interns come from. Depending on your situation, you get to meet a lot of other kids and will probably make some friends out of a couple of them.

    Cons

    Now the bad,

    1) You are a secretary. Don't expect to come into this job and you'll start doing tax returns. You won't. You will come in and staple, print, and review tax returns. If you do a good job and your associate gets overloaded and they trust you, you might start to do some returns towards the end of your internship. Just be aware that you won't gain much tax experience.

    2) The hours. The hours suck. Last year when I worked there we were expected to work 25-30 hours per week and for people like me, we still had 15-18 credits of classes. You won't have much of a social life, sleep, or Saturdays. You work a lot of Saturdays for a good chunk of the day. I was in the office 3 days a week from 9am-7pm if not later (I had class the 2 other days) and then Saturday from like 10am until 3 or 4pm.

    3) The associates. The associates are nice, but they are also very stressed and have a lot to do in very little time. You have limited training as a group beforehand, it is really up to your associate to train you. You could very well get an associate who is stressed out and impatient and doesn't teach you much. It is important to continue to ask questions and talk to other interns, especially 2nd year interns. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great associates. However, there are also a lot of bad associates who are impatient and very demanding.

    4) Lot of headaches. There are days you come into work and literally do nothing but staple papers or stuff letters for 10 hours. Trust me, it will get to you. There are other days you come in and spend 5 minutes doing one thing before your associate tells you to do this instead. Then one hour later, you get a message to go back to your original thing. This continues all day long. That will get to you also. You live and die ultimately by your associate. If your associate is organized and calm, a lot of these problems won't apply to you. If you have an associate who is impatient and disorganized, trust me, it will be a long winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management because there isn't a lot they can do. This advice is to the students thinking about taking the internship.

    1) Ask yourself if you're willing to work 25-30 hours plus take a whole semester of classes. If the answer is no, stop right now.

    2) Plan for the semester ahead of time. Try to take core classes and easier classes. Try not to take a lot of harder classes related to your major.

    3) Get to know your associate. It will be hard because they are so busy but every once in a while, see if they want to go get lunch or something just to help them relax. The calmer they are, the better off you are. Try to make it more than a worker-peer relationship.

    4) Going back to #3, be a good worker. Your associate's stress level has a lot to do with you. If you are taking too long or not doing stuff right, they won't angry with you, but that just increases their workload to help you and you wont be doing yourself or them any favors. However, if you are capable and can work quickly, you will really make life on both you and your associate easier.

    5) Best way to handle #4 is to get to know other interns. Asking other interns for help, especially 2nd years, should always be your first solution (unless of course it is a specific question to what you're doing, then ask your associate). Asking other interns is in cases more about the software and computer/printer works. Learn how to use the software quickly. That is the best way to do a good job. Asking your associate to come over to show you something on the software will get tiresome after a while. Learn how the printers operate and how to change them when they run out of ink or how to fix them after a paper jam. Nothing is worse than asking an associate to come change the ink or fix a paper jam, especially when you get into your 2nd and 3rd month working.

    6) write stuff down. Whether it is directions or tips on the software/printers.

    All in all, it is an okay internship for someone who wants to use it as a springboard. You get paid a lot, meet some cool people, and get to pad your resume. Working 25-30 hours sucks, the office environment sucks, and your mental health is at the mercy of your associate and their mental health is at the mercy of you, but it still can be worth it. Just please know what you're getting yourself into. I think when i was there last year, a lot of interns were surprised at what they were getting themselves into.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to big name companies, brand reputation of PwC, some very smart people to work with, broad range of roles and lines of services are available if you play the political game well.

    Cons

    Hours, tons of Senior Managers clamoring to become partners (e.g. back stabbing, throwing people under the bus, partner centric priorities), poor comp, audit is the worst for interesting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work / Life balance does not exist, stop people having to eat their hours on time sheets, workforce is being hollowed out in the middle levels of the organization

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good name to have on the resume, horrible place if you want a life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    brand name, exposure to large client base

    Cons

    work load, hours, empty promises by leadership; work/life balance-ha

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none. they know it all

    Doesn't Recommend

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