PwC Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Great reputation, did not match my experience

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    Former Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in McLean, VA

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

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

    Pros

    -Reputation
    -Opportunities for upward mobility
    -Strong corporate culture
    -Intelligent, motivated co-workers
    -Good benefits including gift cards for participating in wellness activities such as preventative medical care and exercising

    Cons

    I felt that the information I was told in my interview as well as during the 2 week orientation for new employees did not match my experience once I arrived at my client site. I was told that PwC handpicks only very interesting and challenging projects to take on that involve solving problems rather than maintenance/staff augmentation. The project I joined could not have been farther from that description. There was not enough to do, and it was essentially data entry.

    At PwC you are required to reach a certain number of billable hours, as well as "hours over standard." People are constantly struggling to meet these hours. There are many required work activities that do not count towards these hours. As such, people are working all day and all night and seem burnt out, although at orientation we were told that PwC is all about work life balance. Client facing employees are way more focused on business development to the detriment of the quality of the work they are performing for the government clients.

    Finally, while PwC assigns you with career coaches and mentors, it feels like no one really has time to help you or guide you. Everyone is so busy with trying to meet all of the internal requirements in addition to their client work that they really don't have the time.

    Advice to Management

    Paint a more realistic picture of day to day life at PwC during the interview and orientation process, or practice what you preach. Also, cut back on the administrative requirements. Employees are overwhelmed and spend so much time on housekeeping tasks that seem redundant.

  2. Assurance Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC full-time

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

    Pros

    Work Experience
    People (certain teams)
    Paid Time Off

    Cons

    People (certain teams)
    Long Hours during busy season as expected

    Advice to Management

    Do not let top performers get away with abusing new employees. My senior was a top performer and bragged on my face that I can do anything and get away with it because I am a topper.

  3. Politics trump quality or skill

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    Former Employee - Developer
    Former Employee - Developer

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

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

    Pros

    The brand still lends some polish to a resume, has roles in high demands products, lavish parties where you'll watch your management get sloshed.

    Cons

    At least in the Advisory space, managers and directors choose favorites. If you're not one of them you are in for a world of hurt. Projects have so much incompetence and are so heavily offshored it makes getting work done an issue. The leadership has no interest in growing its professionals, and many of the "managers" have no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Take an interest in the people you hire, try finding managers who know how do more than bark orders, and try to be the professional firm you present to clients and recruits.

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  5. Assurance Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Get a ton of hands on experience right from the beginning. If you stick it out, the sky is the limit

    Cons

    Busy season never ends. Everyone quits constantly so you're left to pick up their scraps. Pay is not great, but you have to know that its an investment and the longer you stay its more and more worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Just hire more people or pay us more. The business model is built on just churning through people.

  6. Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

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

    Pros

    If you learn the politics and stick with the right Partners, you can get a raise and promotion really quickly. If you don't, you get left behind and forgotten.

    Cons

    There are a ton of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Listen.

  7. Senior Auditor

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

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

    Pros

    Learning curve is going upward steep in the first three years in the firm. Nothing more than that.

    Cons

    Be ready to say goodbye to your social life if you want to get promoted. You will never get the chance to enjoy your salary because there is no life outside the firm. You will pass through enormous stress, so be prepared. The overall journey of being an auditor is really not enjoyable. Most of the time you are annoying the clients with pointless questions and working through just to cover your back. On the top of that, your manager will probably hunt your mistakes and surprise you with an awful negative feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Managers, do not be mean to your staff. Be honest and clear in giving your directions and expectations and let your staff know whenever they deviate from these expectations in order to have the enough time to correct themselves instead of hunting their mistakes and screw their performance after a hard work and dedication were already provided. Do not be hypocrite.

  8. Senior Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC full-time

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

    Pros

    There's a lot to learn about the firm and many opportunities available

    Cons

    Demanding hours and no compensation for those hours.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre M&A Experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC

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

    Pros

    The company does what it says, and follows those principals. Everything that was promised throughout the interview process was in fact delivered, many times exceeding my expectations.

    The benefits and salary are nice, and depending on the group you work with, the people are nice as well.

    You will get an enhanced resume with a well-known reputation.

    Cons

    You will work yourself to death and that is expected and you will have very little work-life balance. Be prepared, during the courting/orientation process they make a big deal about "work-life balance", but remember you are going to a professional services firm - it is all about billable hours. I recall one director mentioning that you will not get promoted unless your utilization is around 120% - which means you need 2400 billable hours per year (billable does not equal working hours, actual hours will be in the 3200-3400 range). So unless you want to be working 65+ hour weeks, week after week, reconsider your option.

    Mergers and acquisitions sounds a lot cooler than it actually is when it comes to consulting. During the M&A process, bankers run the show and consultants are along for the ride. And unless you are in the financial due diligence area, none of the work you do will make a difference in the transaction, so the feeling of importance in what you do diminishes greatly.

    During the staffing process, there is little consideration given to what you want to "work on". Basically, a partner sells a job, picks a director to run it and the director asks if you are available. If you are, you are staffed...and if you don't accept the gig, that is the fastest way to ruin your reputation.

    Consulting consists of Powerpoint decks, making stuff up and saying whatever the customer wants to hear. Once the customer figures out he/she can do what you are doing for a lot less $, they will show you the door. Remember, you are hired hands, and when your manager/client sees no value add for the huge sums of money you are charging, they will have no problem ending your engagement.

    The firm is extremely outdated when it comes to technology. The firm utilizes Lotus notes for email and IM communication. They are in the process of moving to Google this year, but it is still very embarrassing when you cannot sync up with your clients, all of whom use Microsoft Outlook.

    They have a new method of performance evaluation, so during each engagement you are supposed to solicit feedback from your manager for a more "well'rounded" view of your performance. Most of the people reviewing you are on power trips and have no issue tearing you apart for the smallest mistakes based on some vague framework. These evaluations are the equivalent of getting a getting a hard-hitting yearly review every two weeks. Let me say, those can be extremely rough (even if you know you performed well, it is all based on that reviewers mood/perception).

    Advice to Management

    I understand partners made it to where they are based on long hours and hard work, but take some time to spend it with the younger / newer members of your team. This is a high-turnover industry, so maybe if you took more time to listen to the rank and file, there would be reduced turnover and lower overall retention costs...

  10. Everything has been very well for five years and I like there a lot (stayed five years) then they placed a manager ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I can pretty much independently do my work without much micromanagement since I was very experienced professional.

    Cons

    The firm didn't vet the new manager at all - a very uneducated guy and lack self-esteem.

    Advice to Management

    Run the business like a cooperation - not a home business. bad hiring and decision can put everyone, everything on the line.

  11. life

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great place
    dont take this review seriously

    Cons

    great place life and money you help time

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