PwC Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
4,913 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good company with a lot of resources, great starting palce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay, tons of resources, bright coworkers

    Cons

    So big can seem to get lost in the shuffle at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train lower level employees better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but underpaid

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    Current Employee - Transaction Services Experienced Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    What 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay 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?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow your career. Wide array of projects, and opportunities for geographic mobility.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging in client service roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of talented people but tremendous amount of work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    High growth for the company and opptys for employees. Solid bottom line financials and limited down times with the Firm even when the economy was failing.

    Cons

    Heavy overtime. Many stakeholders to bring in for even the simpliest decidions which brings longer times to resolve and approve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to clients and access to great resources only found at a big4. Training and responsibility is more than what most first years out of college will be able to find anywhere else.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay seems to be the consensus here. This is typically the case for all public accounting firms. If you're stuck on a bad team then you'll have to live with it for the duration of the engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learn a lot, but be prepared to earn that through extra hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is hard to beat. Provided cell phone, health and well being benefits, 401k, wealth builder account, time off to perform community service, lots of vacation, large amount of sick days, extra holidays.
    Will get to learn business at an overall level while gaining in depth knowledge into different processes.

    Cons

    Lots of hours. Poor staffing at times. Can end up with managers and above that seem to not actually care about developing you, despite what they say outwardly. Can end up stuck in a group with a managers that you don't get along with, and then it's difficult to get out without leaving PwC, even when you don't really want to leave the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways for staff to give feedback regarding their superiors. Too many managers and above are given free reign to abuse their staff and are not getting properly evaluated on this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun as a green grape

    Cons

    Very structured as baseball game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience.

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    Current Employee - M&S  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - M&S in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Top notch learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Polished competent professionals, great work place with great benefits, learned a lot.

    Cons

    There is corporate politics everywhere. I think you can't complain about travel and over time work as that is part of the deal when you sign up for the job.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great learning experience and project scope

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative culture for the most part. Decent pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Due to recent acquisitions there are various cliques in the company. Need to be on the right side of the right people to have career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a democratized career growth path with proper training and coaching for people to meet the expectations for the next levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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