PwC Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
5,212 Reviews
3.6
5,212 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 129 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 902 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 855 reviews)

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  1.  

    Felt like a number. Boring work.

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    • 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
  2.  

    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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot but at a cost!

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    • 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
  7.  

    BCG and McKenzie hours for no pay

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    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
  8.  

    FInance Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great firm to work for, has lots of benefits.

    Cons

    Too difficult the interview, but the good part they asked about the resume

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Low pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people who are very professional, know how to work together and do so very well.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low. There is little opportunity to move and if you attempt to get a position from Internal Firm Services to one of the client facing branches, they demote you at least one level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the effect HR policies have on employees that are in place. There is no growth opportunity within IFS and your good people are leaving for other companies because of the policy of demotion when moving to Advisory, Assurance or Tax.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work-Work Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRSSC Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - HRSSC Employee in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    PwC offers great benefits and the ability to expand upon your skill set with a vast selection of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no work-life balance. I recommend this position to those fresh out of school as those with family truly need to evaluate if the time away from home is worth it. The performance program at PwC is seriously flawed. Any achievements are grossly overshadowed by an area needing improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the rose-colored glasses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    salary, people, superiors, environment, colleagues

    Cons

    long hours, address, old fashioned, no free time

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