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Updated Apr 2, 2014
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86% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Politics

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat brand and some talented individuals good standing in the market

ConsIt's very political within assurance some of the people will stab you in the back like a shot if it furthers their career. Also sales everyone is very protective over these a lot of empire building going on.

Promotions only once a year is a joke as is the process itself, tiny amount of credit is given to your day job it's about how good you are at playing the game and kissing the right a!se

Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe sort some values out and live by them promotions twice a year too

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very little progression and no clear strategy

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGood name on the CV. Good independence from partners (as long as you deliver on time and the clients pay the bills)

ConsThe key problem is promotions. Within the technology practice only one london based person has been promoted to Director in the last four years. 4 times as many have come from external hires or by buying companies and most of these individuals are much weaker then those incumbent within PwC.

The head of the technology practice has changed three times in as many years, which means that the big growth targets an supposed strategy are no closer of more achievable. Again each of these heads have been external and don't understand the wealth of talent which is within the firm - rather choosing to hire their mates from other companies on inflated grades.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore promotion from within. Fewer external hires in leadership positions. Stop acquiring companies with weaker staff then we have and no clear pipeline. And stop saying wages are ok and are benchmarked. Do the partners care that there pay is higher then the benchmark or do they want the highest profit per partner in the big four.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Disastrous experience - Transaction Services is very unkind to it's staff and often promotes staff for the wrong reasons

Senior Associate (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood training, interesting projects, fairly flexible with vacation time

ConsTS had a culture of blame and bullying, very poor people and project management skills, unapproachable partners

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease allow open and transparent upward feedback of senior managers, directors and partners - they got away with very poor people management

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

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You are just a body to them

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGood place to start your consulting career,

Consunless you have south England accent the opportunities for growth limmited

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of work

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsA big four accounting firm with reputation.

ConsManagers are lazy and refuse to recognise potential

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Building full of Pointless no bodies

IT Specialist (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsLocation and the name on the CV. Can meet some good people, good for accounting people.

ConsFull of people who think they add value but in actually fact its just because account sign off a needed to become compliant and inline with HMRC. The fees are way to high for our clients and they literally pay for the name. Everyone here walks around here as if they are special. Put it this way everyone in this building is the same yet everyone thinks they change the world, but they are all ACCOUNTANTS at the end of the day, they are a dime a dozen and the work is boring. get ready for late nights and endless testing

Advice to Senior ManagementSort out the above. decrease the fees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The culture leaves a lot to be desired

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsIt is a great brand that opens a lot of doors.

ConsThere is a queue for promotions which are made based on tenure rather than skill or talent

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Overworked , underpaid - its changed a lot in 10 years

Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at PwC

ProsPrestigious name, good training - good audit methodology, people are nice to deal with on a day to day basis. Flexible working is great and its good to get out and see your clients every day - its a nice balance of being in the office, on-site at clients and the odd day working from home. Good place to train - a bit like high school for adults if you like that kind of environment.

Consno work life balance, over worked, underpaid, badly organised and under resourced not enough in the budget which means that giving 150% becomes the norm and expected instead of seen as 'going the extra mile'...lots of lip service from senior management/.... the performance system in place encourages people to use each other and those who get promoted tend to be good back scratchers with others.....the people who are rising to the top are not the kind of people I respect and I want to get out before the future becomes the now.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease start to look like you know what you're doing - and stop saying the same things all the time pretending its reality.

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Not all it's cracked up to be

Accountant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at PwC

Prossome nice benefits in terms of big corporate experience. There are some nice offices (as well as some not so nice) and you can normally find someone with some knowledge of what you need to do.

ConsLots of talk, little follow through. Lots of bureaucracy to get anything done. Pages of firm ethics and ethos but people who behave really unprofessionally and negatively to others in the work place are not pulled up for it

Advice to Senior ManagementActually be decent and professional don't just talk about it. Give honest helpful feedback with people's actual best interest at heart. Ask genuine questions of colleagues.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Forced into a dead end

Director (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at PwC

ProsBig projects - good brand name on CV

ConsGot branded into a particular dead end area by a management that needed somebody to plug that particular sector/skill. I tried to break out of it but was told bluntly that I could not. I ended up being used as an expert on lots of different projects and actively prevented from taking control/leadership in said projects.

The company does not understand how to use centralized resource and costs.

There was no recognition for my experience prior to PWC which was different to the skill set that management forced me to develop.

PWC's value to client is limited due to charge out rates. The Consultants are more or less prohibited from telling the client anything controversial. There is a strong incentive to limit the use of expertise from other parts of the firm so that the revenue and chargeable hours go to the local P&L.

They don't promote experienced hires or give credit for previous career experience.

It is luck as to whether one gets noticed and supported by senior management.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to reward and share expertise across the firm and make sure it is not abused by other parts of the firm simply as a sales resource with now T&M credit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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