PwC Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
5,154 Reviews
3.6
5,154 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 253 reviews)

  • PwC is a good place to start out if you are coming right from college (in 127 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 885 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 845 reviews)

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  1.  

    On the IFS side, it's great place to grow and develop your skills.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are high achievers and innovators. It's an environment in which coaching for growth and development are the norm. Knowledge sharing and teaming are highly valued. Not the place to work if you prefer to be siloed.

    Cons

    Although most roles allow some degree from work from home, maintaining work/life balance is difficult. It is normal to work at least 50 hours per week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    a good career start point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    nice people there and structured training

    Cons

    salary is not good
    long working hours
    lack of flexibility to transfer among departments and projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more benefits!
    give more diverse exposure for every employee

    Recommends
  3.  

    Big but Nice Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Many opportunities, international engagements,

    Cons

    You become a number most of the time, demanding workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tailor your training programs to all of your employees, not target employers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Tax Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The training programs offered for interns are fun and engaging. Straightforward promotional structure. Definitely the best of the big four firms. The focus on keeping employees happy shows.

    Cons

    It seems as if employee turnover is high and all employees are worked to the bone. This definitely isn't somewhere you want to be if work-life balance is important. However, that can be said for all big four firms.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PwC offers great exposure to learn and grow when your early in your career. Having a name like PwC on a resume is a really great big help, everyone loves BIG 4 alumni! Great opportunities to work with various different clients and people, thus expanding your network and helping to build strong relationships that will benefit and help you later on in your career.
    I definitely learnt allot in my time there and am grateful to the firm for all I learnt as well as what I learnt about myself.

    Cons

    The work/life balance and financial benefits are not as rewarding for the time, energy and effort you put in. Otherwise no other cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    decent company but little room to explore and develop once you are staffed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great HR, very well organized, competitive pay, known company, multiple offices

    Cons

    get tracked into a role, little room to move around, few exit opportunities, work life balance can suffer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing your consultants as generalists

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth in my career, smart and taleneted people to learn from

    Cons

    Balancing work and life commitments but the firm has many initiatives in place to make this happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Albany, NY

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, training, promotions, leadership, perks

    Cons

    Extensive travel, salary, rating system

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Internal competition and backbiting get in the way of learning and collaboration.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Director
    Former Employee - Advisory Director

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly ethical, great exposure and training opportunities. Compensation is a plus and highly competitive. Co-workers tend to be great, for the most part.

    Cons

    The higher you get up the ladder, the less collaboration you experience from partners and other peers. Internal competition is high between practices serving the same industry, as well as between partners. Horizontal practices (e.g., service lines like procurement, supply chain, etc.) compete for business with industry verticals, who develop their own capabilities in these areas, since there is no incentive to use individuals from other practices on projects. As you rise in the ranks, it is sell, sell, sell, and partners are pitted against partner in this regard, and very few help the more junior directors develop business. Best quote: "If you want a partner involved on an opportunity, get a qualified meeting with a potential client and invite us to the meeting". Not a place to learn or partner once you get above manager. It's sink or swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about how the way your reward partners for revenue, etc. cascades through the culture. It isn't very good. And it certainly doesn't foster collaboration in the name of client service. While the firm does terrific work when we win client projects, the net net is a loose confederation of ultimate individual contributors at the upper ranks. It's sad to watch such a great firm be so fragile in this regard. And even worse to live in that culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very beneficial to fast track a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Best of class compensation
    - Challenging work environment
    - Lots of new projects going on all the time

    Cons

    - High demands on your time makes have a life outside work hard
    - They put you in feet first and tell you to find your own projects/groups in the company. Not finding anything satisfying has led to lots of Associates leaving before a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve ways to help new hires find jobs they like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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