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PwC Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.5 4,726 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(912 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance worked very well and they have some solid benefits for employees(in 234 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting(in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage(in 801 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city(in 784 reviews)

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    Had a Great 14 Year IT Career Before Outsourcing Reigned Supreme and Destroyed US IT from the Inside Out

    Relationship Manager (Former Employee) Tampa, FL

    Pros-Great work-life balance
    -Always a strong focus on people and values
    -Quality benefits package, although the health care premiums have skyrocketed in recent years

    ConsPwC has went through a pretty big transformation over the last few years. While change as a whole is pretty regular at PwC (and the rest of the corporate world), the focus on outsourcing as many of the US IT jobs as they could is/was very disappointing. The quality of IT at PwC dropped tremendously as a result and will likely never return to where it was. Compensation in the form of salaries, raises and bonuses essentially dried up at the same time that leadership began their all-out focus on outsourcing. One can only surmise that leadership's goal was to get the tenured IT staff who still had jobs frustrated enough to move on so they could be replaced with more junior, lower salaried staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReinvest in IT as an essential commodity, rather than a burdensome necessity (management's current view).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Public accounting is a great career starter.

    Audit Associate (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat experience of working with smart and driven people.

    ConsSalary is not fair for the amount of time and work that you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work!

    Senior Assurance Associate (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsOffers great training program to their employees. Lots of great perks and motivation for working hard. No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work. I believe any of Big 4 firms is a great place to start your career.

    ConsNo particular negative aspects of the firm.

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

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    IT&PA -Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat Corporate Culture, Intelligent colleagues who have the drive to expand their knowledge and expertise. The firm is very supportive about continuing education and professional development ( aka they will $ponser you).

    ConsAt times you are too busy to take advantage of some of the perks ( e.g. training, volunteering, Happy Hour).

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen promoting Work/Life balance, be more realistic in your expectations. Much of the flexibility that is offered can only be taken advantage of by Senior Management ( i.e. friday's off, sabbaticals, 1/2 days).

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

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    Great people, but underpaid

    Transaction Services Experienced Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWhat keeps me coming back to work every day is the people I work with in Transaction Services. They're great people. Everyone is highly intelligent and maintains similar interests in the market. I also enjoy doing the business development work which isn't present in other groups.

    ConsThe pay. By far and away the biggest issue with Transaction Services is the pay. You're always going to get less than you think you should be getting. Your hours will be a bit better than auditor hours (no busy season thank god) and your pay will be essentially identical to an auditors despite doing deal-based work and having bill rates triple those of an auditor. It's insulting to sit at the table with the bankers and lawyers and know they're being paid at least 50% more than you are.

    PwC also generally insists on a 3-year promotion cycle despite the rest of the financial world operating on a 2-year promotion cycle. Titles are just titles, what matters is pay which you will be forever disappointed with at PwC.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay the people what we're worth. If our bill rates are 2-3 times those of auditor bill rates, how can you justify paying us just a thousand or two more than an auditor?

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

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    Great experience.

    M&S (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLots to learn owing to the matrixed and global nature of the organization

    ConsCan get lost as it is so huge and get stuck in a role.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement right now is really really focused on really good change by investing in technology. I suggest that they hold senior managers more responsible to ensure that people are given the opportunity to work on opportunities outside of their roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Challenging, yet rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDrive, motivated people. Great clients. High achieving. Sets you up for your future. Opportunities within and outside of the firm.

    ConsHours. Conflicting priorities. (Pressure to be under budget, but to increase quality, while increasing realization)

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    Depending on your MD & his Directors, opportunity is there

    Senior Associate - Advisory (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsSurrounded by smart people, for the most part
    Upward mobility is there if you are competent
    Although it's a large company, MDs have their own 'business within a business,' so it can feel like a small startup at times
    Not afraid to spend time and money on product training/learning
    Travel

    ConsTravel
    Longer hours than most jobs

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice the work-life balance that you preach - look at innovative ways to balance your workforce's w/l mix. Doing so will not only make your employees happier, it will attract top young talent as well. Manage your client's expectations upfront to enable this balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good so far!

    Advisory Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAn excellent employer - a workplace where you can find opportunities and seize them. Good benefits, good reputation, and interesting work.

    ConsYou have to be willing to drive your own career -- the friendly giganticism is not as concerned about you as you will be. Some projects will be great, some not so much; some partners/directors are great and some not so much -- 'tis the nature of consulting.

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

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe Enviroment and Culture is great. Work life balance is good. You get to work on latest and best of technologies.

    ConsIf you know how to market and sell your self all the time, then there are no Cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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

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