PwC Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great accounting firm...if you want to live for the firm.

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    Former Employee - PwC Assurance Associate  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good training and very good structure. Pay and benefits are competitive in the industry. Good mentor programs, even though they are all a way to suck you into all the amazing "learning opportunities" the firm has for you.

    Cons

    Be ready to be at the mercy of the firm. Expect long days and even longer nights. Travel up to 110% percent of the time (extreme, more about 70-80%) and be ready to hop on a plane at the snap of their finger....after all, that weekend that you had planned with your family can be postponed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people, not like interchangeable work machines for the benefit of the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Catalyst Hire? No thanks.

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    Former Employee - Advisory Director  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in McLean, VA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    PwC's "brand" is remarkably high and it brings in a lot of remarkable "catalyst" hires from industry and government.

    Cons

    The problem with PwC and catalyst hires is that the firm has no real way of utilzing them or properly integrating them into practice groups. Other directors and below resent new personnel coming in at their level or above, potentially taking promotion chances away from them. Work life balance is non-existent in the hunt for the almighty dollar. SMEs are sucked dry of information, but not given origination credit or billable hours, and then discarded. And permeating the culture of the firm is an often unwarranted arrogance of "we're the best."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back the bureaucracy. It's there to use against unwary new hires at ARC, not predict metrics. Seriously. Pull in a number of former catalyst hires and interview them about the process and their experiences. Build a real program for experienced hires that really trains them for consulting and firm practices. The sink-or-swim approach is an utter failure. Barring that, stop hiring catalyst hires. You are doing them, your clients, and the firm a disservice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hypocritical, nepotism through the company and ineffective managers across the firm.

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    Current Employee - Deals Professional  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Deals Professional in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Partners care but not enough. Lots of opportunities to work hard and do more. They allow for flexibility but it's different based on who you work with. Not much to say.

    Cons

    Partners are too busy to care to look at the details. They leave all the details to managers, and there are a lot of inefficient managers. The firm itself is very stressful, requires long hours, and flexibility is great, but not everybody gets the same flexibility. You also get penalized for taking the flexibility. There are family relationships all over the firm. Everybody is related to someone. That is how people get ahead. If you don't have relatives at pac and you are not young, forget about it. Hard to manage a family, have a life and be above 35 at this firm unless you are a director or partner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pigeon hole people. PWC is all about brand. If one person says anything bad about someone else. Their reputation is ruined. if one person is a shining star, they can mess up all the time and nobody cares.

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

    tax preparer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    large network and working with big clients

    Cons

    there is no feedback provided

  6.  

    Area for development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities for training
    - Generous vacation time and sick time
    - Working here looks great on your resume

    Cons

    - Lack of appreciation for IFS staff
    - Tracking your hours in multiple databases
    - Unrealistic admin to partner ratios (some EAs support 6-7 partners)
    - Compensation is way below SV market but the firm will only compare itself to other Big Fours firms that also pay under market rate
    - No real career growth for IFS and performance management tools are a joke
    - Benefits are so so. You have to pay a deductible for all medical plans which can be challenging for IFS and junior staff that earn modest salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would treat your best customer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Run away from Tax - Financial Services.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You will learn A LOT not only about tax but also about yourself and your career aspirations. If you're trying to decide if you want to do public accounting, an internship during the winter season is a great resource.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. The salary offer I got was not worth the hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    The Future of Administrative Jobs

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    For current employees, excellent benefits include vacation, competitive salary, 401Ks, and flexibile work arrangements.

    Cons

    Administrative Assistants are not treated as part of the company, and are in a separate group. In any case, the company is no longer hiring new permanent employees and will only use temps or one-year contractors instead. Other support roles have already been outsourced. The requirements for newly outsourced admin jobs is steep in terms of skills, but the jobs mostly entail using PwC-specific databases, which take 6 months or a year to learn. By that time, the new person will be out the door, and may not have had much opportunity to use the great (and transferrable) skills they needed to get hired. It's only worth it for people who want a temp job, possibly while looking for a permanent job somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a permanent admin employee now trying to get things done with staff in outsourced areas, the job is more difficult. Things that used to take one request and would be accompished within a week now take multiple requests and may take months to accomplish, if ever. It will get worse as the admin jobs themselves are outsourced. Outsourcing is not attuned to the long-term strength or even continuance of the Firm. As the loyalty of the Firm to its people erodes, the loyalty of people to the Firm has correspondingly eroded. The Firm is not too big to fail, but ultimately it can't succeed without committed people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Big 4 servitude

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Columbus, OH

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some camaraderie and chance to see how different companies operate

    Cons

    long hours, weird accounting people, slow growth, and clients hate you

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    No Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, ok benefits, energetic staff.

    Cons

    Long hours and weekends are the norm. The flexibility they preach does not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with regards to expectations and understand the physical and mental limitations of one human being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start your career but very stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In terms of learning curve, if you are smart enough to figure out by yourself, it is very steep. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time but not necessarily in details. Still, you will experience lots of stuff in Accounting, so you can get a general picture of Accounting concept really quick.

    Cons

    Very inefficient structure and the quality of people you are dealing with is very extreme. Only half of employees is smart enough to get the job done but the other half raised a question how they even got the job. Very high-turn over, so always lack of resources and they just bring people from Singapore. Top-down culture is very exhausting and some managers treat you as almost like a work slavery. No weekend, holidays, or vacations. Lots of health issue can come up because you don't have any time to exercise or take care of yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your associate better. If manager is not qualified, the senior management needs to step in rather than just watching over the associates are suffering from managers. If the senior management doesn't change the culture, you cannot stop the high turn-over rate. Bring people from Singapore will never be a solution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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