PwC Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • PwC provides a solid work life balance (in 257 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot if you have the right people teaching you (in 132 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolute lack of work/life balance consideration (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours but you know when it is going to end (in 866 reviews)

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  1. Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    ifMy team was very flexible

    Cons

    Had a difficult time transitioning offices


  2. Technology associate

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

    I worked at PwC

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Very good insurance. Now i am at a start up and benefits sucks

    Cons

    Pay sucks. Long hours. Big corporate problems

    Advice to Management

    More pay


  3. Experienced Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

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

    Pros

    Good growth opportunities, medical, 15-20 vacation days, sick days unlimited

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Too political, evaluation systems is bad.


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  5. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at PwC

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people that we're helpful in showing me what I needed to learn and allowed me to ask plenty of question.

    Cons

    The commute was long but that was based on my location. Other than that, I enjoyed my experience with the company.


  6. Good place to start for average entry lvl ppl

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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

    Pros

    Good training program available at all levels

    Cons

    Low salary and okay benefit package


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Promotes work/life balance to all employees

    Cons

    group I worked in was not very concerned with work/life balance, and tended to ignore remote employees

    Advice to Management

    drive home the "balance" message throughout all organizations in the firm


  8. Hard Work

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

    I worked at PwC

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

    Pros

    Great Opportunity to learn new skillls

    Cons

    Too much work with little to no work life balance


  9. Helpful (4)

    The stories are true

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to start your career and get the Big 4 stress test branded to your resume. A lot of experience across several large client's that grant you a sense of pride. Pay CAN be competitive in certain lines of service. Allows/encourages you to take the initiative and focus on your pet projects (community activism, mentoring, volunteering, etc.). A lot of young like minded people to work with, which can keep the atmosphere light and enjoyable. A great mix of culturally diverse individuals and the option to work in several countries.

    Cons

    The hours truly suck. Let me lay out the math to you. As an associate you are responsible for charging 90% of your hours worked to a client....taking the standard year's hours 2080 (40 hrs by 52 weeks), that 1872 hours that have to be charged to the client. However, with all the additional training and meeting times, you will likely have to work about 2,200 hours to meet that goal. If you are up for promotion, plan to work about 2,400 to 2,600 hours while you work on a lot more non-chargeable work and still have to meet your metrics. Oh and never mind the goal, I have never been under 95% since I have been here, so my yearly actual hours are around 2,500. That's about an extra 3 months of work a year.

    The politics. Seems like they reared their ugly head even greater this year. To quote a partner who spoke at our national training, "At the Senior Associate level, it is WHAT you know. At the Manager level, it is WHO you know. At the Director and above, it is who knows YOU."...they said it with an air of pride...that is the worst things I have ever heard anyone say, and opens the door to largely incompetent people being in charge, in an industry in which WHAT you know is of utmost importance across the entire spectrum. Adding gasoline to the flame is the new rating system. They replaced a very thorough review system with a sub par online tool, that ultimately boiled your rating and promotion down to a popularity contest. The reasons I heard was that the old system was time consuming and cumbersome. Well, in regards to peoples merit increases and promotions, I would hope there was some time involved in the decision rather than a panel of gossip mongers deciding the future of people's employment. I guess partners were just a little uneasy about conducting some actual work. To say there are many many people upset about their results because of this system is an understatement. Finally, heaven forbid you should actually be vocal about improving a process and or pointing out some flaws in other people's approach. Case in point, a conversation I had with a Director; "Don't waste time showing them where the problem is, just tell them how to fix it."...Uhm, how are we supposed to fix the problem if we don't pinpoint what the issue is. Regardless this type of stance paints a target on your back you will not be able to wash off. Managers and above with maneuver and shift blame to anyone not in their favor at the slightest chance. Senior Associates get it the worst and is the reason why they cannot keep them for very long. They say they want to promote from within, but will then pass up good employees for promotion because they have a hard on for an external hire.

    Flexibility is great but it will be thrown back in your face. If you have a vacation planned for a month, and don't plan to work during it, plan to get a subpar rating. Even if you schedule all meetings prior to your vacation, the client will likely cancel and then schedule one right smack dab in the middle of your cruise/ski trip/etc...and in this case the client is god, so you better find a way to take that call. Yeah, it's only an hour or so, but you will be looked down upon for your vacation, like how dare you take time off so that you actually don't get burned out or go insane from working too many hours.

    Advice to Management

    First a note to employees; get in, get your experience, and then get out. Cash in the PwC credits for a nice pay bump and go to industry...leave the door open because like I said, they have a hard on for external hires. So take advantage of that.

    For management, clean house upper management. Seriously. It carries the old thought processes from decades ago. While they are trying to make changes, and senior associates and associates buy into the mantra, upper management is light years behind. Frankly, I feel they are threatened by the younger generation. We are more technically savvy and possess better core competencies than our older counter parts. Thus they are struggling to keep their hold for many years to come. With our generation being more inclined to search for greener pastures, I wonder how long it is going to take you to realize the only people who are sticking around are those that don't have the option/skill set to leave? Then what are you left with...a bunch of people who are great at gaming the system.

    Finally, let's make success measured more than how well you e-mail, construct powerpoint presentations, and mingle with the partner. It's sad.


  10. All based on the partner

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    The firm is outstanding. The tools, technologies and processes are beyond. Many of the partners I work with are truly outstanding human beings -- smart, of course you need to be to even get an interview and genuinely caring individuals.

    Cons

    One bad apple. There is a partner in the CFG who is absolutely the worst to work for. He is so incredibly driven and overly demanding. All of the all nighters I've pulled are because of him. People do not respect him and he has a reputation for being a ball buster. But no one does anything because people are afraid to speak up and because he brings in the bacon. But still no reason to abuse people -- verbally, mentally and emotionally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work on branding and technologies and great platforms. If you truly respect the individual, then hold people who do not and have a reputation for doing that, accountable for their actions. Partner or not, they need to pay for being abusive to associates.


  11. Good place to start an accounting/tax career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gained wide range of experiences in a relatively short time.
    Peers are mostly college or graduate school graduates around the same age (mid 20s to mid 30s).
    Opportunities to work with truly passionate and knowledgeable colleagues.
    At least a few happy hours or appreciation events each year.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance.
    Occasional emotional outbursts from managers or seniors due to stressful environment.
    Unpredictable hours - difficult to plan personal activities.
    Competition among peers.
    Constant pressure from chargeability.



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