PwC
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www.pwc.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.5 4,653 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(879 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Bait and Switch

    Advisory Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsHigh pay for what the work was. They have great benefits. The on boarding experience was amazing. They clearly weren't shy about spending money on us, and making sure we were happy!

    ConsThe work was mind numbing. Really should have been a computer program instead. In consulting, you actually have to job hunt within the job, sell yourself to get on good projects. At the time I was hired, they hired a lot of extra people knowing they just temporarily needed to stick them on these terrible government projects. These projects would built zero business skills. Once the government project was over, it would be very hard to ever get on another good project. They sold it as a consulting job, however, it was more like a contract job for one crapy never ending project that sucked up a high % of the all of the additional entry level hires that year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont hire people to scroll pdfs and check boxes in excel, travel to a dead end project in the middle of nowhere 6 days a week.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They give a lot (flexibility, benefits, etc) and take a lot (time, sleep, etc)

    Senior Associate - Advisory (Current Employee)

    ProsThis can vary by project, but you have a lot of flexibility here and the ability to (somewhat) make choices about the types of projects you will to work on. People are overall supportive of each other, and at least at my level, not political. Ex: The people I was up for promotion with supported each other and helped each other out - and we all got promoted.

    ConsYou work A LOT and you do whatever it takes to get the work done. This can mean working on vacation if something comes up, weekends, skipping lunch, late nights, holidays, etc. Its hard to unplug.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease show the salary breakdown by male versus female. We talk about how great a place the firm is for women, and I would love to see that data.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to get your career started

    Audit Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, great place to learn new skills, good benefits.

    ConsHours and stress will damage your health in the long run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for first work experience, becomes a sales job once you rise the ranks

    Advisory Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFun and inclusive culture, lots of benefits. In theory opportunity to move around a lot, and try different roles. Good for anyone looking for breadth of experiences, especially if new to the working world.

    ConsOnce a Manager work can become more about securing extensions and incremental revenue versus delivering quality work. Under the wrong Partner / Manager you can be treated like a cog in a massive wheel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on quality of delivery in the MAP process (work paper audit) and client feedback versus just checking the compliance box.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experienced hire worked hard, didn't feel at home

    Senior Associate, Risk Assurance (Current Employee)

    ProsI had the opportunity to work with some very talented colleagues & high profile clients. I think that PwC allows (forces, even) employees to develop skills quickly in order to keep pace with the demands placed upon them. (IT Audit/Risk Assurance)

    ConsThe Big 4 model depends upon marketing the firm as an ideal starting point, attracting a large pool of qualified candidates, asking employees to work hours & deadlines that are otherwise fairly uncommon in the business world for this level, and then paying these employees below market rates in order to generate turnover & start filtering out start classes prior to each promotion level. PwC is no exception; further, PwC seems to hold themselves up as the "most prestigious" of the Big 4 & demands that all of the employees also drink the kool-aid - meanwhile the PwC'ers may not actually be as competent as other firms / companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood pay & benefits and overall place to work

    Consover-worked, too many hours, not enough vacation hours allowed

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    stable job

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    Prosexperience, reputation in the market, professionalism, continuous trainings

    Consa lot of politics, at certain point you are required to act as a salesman, very hard to rotate to other groups, lack of resources, partners are not willing to share resources if it is not for his/her client

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove internal culture. too much politics involved

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    Great company name, will work hard

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPwC has great benefits for employees. It also has a great name for your résumé - this really gets noticed and helps get your foot in the door at other companies. You will learn a lot while working at PwC regardless of how long you've been there.
    The people you work with are fantastic for the most part, it's a fun group and make it worth going in every day.

    ConsJust like any big 4 job, employees are overworked. Specifically in risk assurance, people work on many engagements at a time and superiors have no insight as to your workload. This makes it difficult to juggle since they all think their work is top priority, and leads to working extremely long hours.
    I was a campus hire. I would get a solid understanding of what you are doing in this job as they kind of breeze over what the work really is during the recruiting process and I was looking basically at company name. Short hand for this position is IT audit - make sure you know what that is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a better system of understanding workload across engagements for each person.
    Also, turnover is natural for a big 4 company, but when it affects the employees provide some kind of support or recognition.

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    Find your fit - otherwise, it is like reporting to hell

    Team Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits, ability to learn various software and processes.

    ConsManagement is incompetent and combative. They do not train their Team Assistants and hold them to a standard they cannot attain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone - get better management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    For very hard-working, career-driven people only

    Experienced Audit Associate (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsCareer advancement, constant learning, resume-builder, if you are young you work with lots of people in your age group

    ConsYou will be very overworked many times. in order to be successful in the senior associate position and above, becoming a workaholic is required. Pay and 401k match is much lower than you could find elsewhere (there is a pension though). When I tested my value in the job market, I got a 25% base pay increase, 300% 401k match increase and my benefits are also much better at my new company. Also, my personal life suffered from the amount of time I had to spend at work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf the SEC and PwC are going to increase the required quality of audits, the clients have to be charged more in order to staff engagements better [or the partners could take a pay cut :)]. Otherwise, the burden is shifted to employees and many will quit.

    Pay employees what they are worth and/or increase staffing by 10%. Then turnover will decrease and audit efficiency/quality will increase. One good senior associate can do the same amount of work (with higher quality) as 2-3 associates with limited experience, so if you can keep your talented people, you won't need to hire 2-3 new associates for each person that quits and you will increase the efficiency/quality of your work. I would have stayed at PwC longer if there was sufficient staffing at the manager and senior associate level, but the staffing was completely inadequate. I hate inefficiency, and things are very inefficient at PwC because of the inadequacy of staffing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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