PwC Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
5,010 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to learn, too much politics

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place for learning and development.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Managers and HR play favorites

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience, but worked to the bone

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate
    Former Employee - Audit Associate

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great deal of responsibility early on in career

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to get varying experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more on retention instead of recruiting

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    You're a number, but they mean well

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good wealth builder program, sincere desire to build out a better consulting arm that can compete with the big guns, promote flexibility although that still needs to spread to consulting in my opinion. Robust training programs. Recent acquisition of Booz.

    Cons

    You're a number, in management consulting you're probably underpaid compared to other firms, healthcare program recently got worse. Flexibility does not extend to consulting. Still trying to figure out how to fully integrate recently acquired firms. Difficult to choose your own work (often pegged into a certain industry too early or booked on projects you're not interested in.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay competitively in advisory / management consulting, and promote flexibility there in addition to on the audit side. Provide consultants with more flexibility to pave their own way as for as work they do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    PwC is a good place to work in general

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    PwC has great benefits and flexibility and there are many opportunities within the firm.

    Cons

    Very political and it is very difficult to advance within your group. You will have to take many lateral moves before moving up and they rarely promote within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Assurance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Your experience depends on the market you serve, management on your engagement team, and the client. The management and culture of the engagement tends to mirror that of the client, and fortunately, I was on a very well-managed team that allowed for greater work-life balance than most engagements. The firm overall has great benefits (medical, dental, vision, corporate perks, time off), but if you're not on a good team, than you could be stuck working 24/7 with no respite.

    Cons

    Pay in the public accounting is a lot less than you'd think. The pay raises do tend to be better incrementally, but the base pay is usually so much lower that the incremental raises not at all substantial. Also, again, depending on the engagement, the work-life balance may be non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for associates to have more diverse client experience, and have some cross-line-of-service rotations as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Tax Associate

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great customers, global locations, interesting work

    Cons

    Very competitive, inconsistent leadership, really long hours -no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More employee development

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sr Associate

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good people, very talented staff

    Cons

    too much of work no work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Washington Federal Practice: Robotic, vanilla and bureaucratic

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

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, great culture (typical employee is hard working, not arrogant), great brand. I am still impressed with service discipline of partner down to new associate

    Cons

    As one partner told me, "This is not a meritocracy." Upward advanced is dictated on loyalty to aligned Director & Partner... no ability to cross-sell or jump to another team despite ones expertise or value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider promoting terrible people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    PwC's Federal Consulting Practice (DC)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good, better than what most people are getting out of university. If you get an internship and don't mess up royally, you're set up for a job coming out of school, which takes a lot of stress out of the whole process. That being said, your job will be nothing like the internship.

    This varies according to what team you get assigned to, but I've found that most of the people here are genuinely fairly awesome. Consulting is the field people gravitate to when they're not sure what else to do, so you'll meet a diverse group. Half of the people you meet will be gone in the first year, either to a competing firm or a completely different industry. You can usually predict who will do what. (A lot of really cool people will leave to do something more exciting).

    You can set yourself up for the projects you want if you play the game the right way. (Not my thing, but I've seen people do it and become very successful). If you want to do this, expect to work a lot of extra hours and network a bunch. You have to be a bit of a schmoozer and have some boring conversations, but you can build connections here that will carry over into other jobs.

    Great to have on your resume, especially as a first 2/3 year gig out of school. Can't speak to transitioning into this at the higher management levels.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a lie. If you want to get a decent rating (at the entry levels), you're required to do 400 hours (minimum) over the standard hours you will spend on your client work. Hour requirements go up as you move up. You're evaluated against your peers, so that number also goes up depending on what they do. This may not be true for other sectors. Expect weekend work and long hours during proposal season. This is not a 9 - 5 and some people here pride themselves on being perpetually busy (though I think that happens at a lot of places, especially in DC). People look down on you for taking a lot of time off.

    Government clients can be a pain. Some will be great, some will be lazy. The sheer ineptitude of certain divisions can make you cynical if you let it.

    It can be difficult to get out of a bad project, especially if it's long-term. You have to be proactive and patient with management when trying to do so. Everyone thinks they can be patient, but the reality of waiting and following up with people can be quite frustrating. It feels like looking for a job in your own company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be honest during recruitment and internships about what to expect.
    -Be more open to receiving honest feedback from staff. This has gotten a little better recently, but there's a lot of room for improvement.
    -People, especially younger employees, are often staffed on projects that don't align with their strengths/interests, when there is a person on another team that would be better suited. To be fair, there's not a system in place to provide knowledge of everyone's talent/interest in a coherent way for management to access.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of opportunity, but poor work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The consulting arm is rapidly growing and there is a lot of opportunity to grow your career and do different things with PwC.
    Good resources are available for furthering education.

    Cons

    It seems like the wrong people are constantly being promoted (the most cutthroat and unpleasant to work with)
    Bottom line is sales for directors and partners, so internal team management and career growth is often put on the backburner
    Too political at times, with entire groups going underrepresented in the bonus pool

    No opinion of CEO

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