PwC Reviews

Updated August 13, 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. Audit senior

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, clients are all big names

    Cons

    you don't have a say on what clients you want to specialise in.


  2. Sentenced to 3 years hard labour

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    ACA is very useful PwC brand is good for the CV What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

    Cons

    Torturous hours are expected during busy season This is expected of even the junior staff whose ability to help is limited It is difficult to find satisfaction from auditing- the word is mind numbing and bureaucratic Pay is lower than alternative options (once qualified)

    Advice to Management

    It works perfectly well from their point of view. Invest in the brand to keep attracting top graduates at a discount, tie them down in a three year contract, then spend three years shovelling internal propaganda aiming to retain staff at less than market rate


  3. If you're a Young Turk then it might be for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities if you're under 25 and prepared to do anything.

    Cons

    Long hours. Not a meritocracy. No emphasis on quality. Partnership model means lack of planning or process. Lotus Notes, yes OMG Lotus Notes.

    Advice to Management

    Get some transparent process and procedures and kill the bureaucracy. Resource people based on skills/ experience.


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  5. PwC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging environment which is good for personal development A clear and well defined progression path which is faster than in industry

    Cons

    Poorer pay compared to industry Overtime expected which is unpaid, and rating within the company will suffer.


  6. Overall experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to varied, interesting and high-profile assignments. Good name to have on your CV

    Cons

    Lack of mobility within/across business units. Lack of opportunities for progression in some business units. Lack of transparency on management decisions

    Advice to Management

    Open and honest feedback on performance and a level playing field for promotions would be nice


  7. poor work/ life balance

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Every day I worked at this company I learnt something new. The diversity of projects I did was incredible and I obtained a very wide spectrum of technical skills.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work/life balance. It is taken for granted that people work very long hours and weekend and respond to emails and phone calls during holidays. The salary however does not compensate for the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the work load assigned to people is actually manageable within the agreed upon timeframe. Weekend work should be an exception in emergencies and not standard.


  8. PwC London Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really invest in development

    Cons

    Pay to hours ratio is very poor.


  9. Fine if you're happy to be bored

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    - Good if you have no specific skills yet still want a decently-paying job.

    Cons

    - The work is mind-numbingly boring. - The job might as well be done my machines (and probably will be at some point). - They foster a culture where everyone feels they have to be in the office whenever anyone else on their team is there, meaning that people stay late needlessly, and feel guilty when they don't. It really is pathetic, since it's counterproductive to work such long hours, and nobody wants to be there late anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Take some tips from tech startup-land and start giving your employees a reason to enjoy their jobs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities for career progression, very bad work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great place to get your qualifications and client and technical experience. There's a good social life, as lots of people are the same age as you.

    Cons

    Overall, so glad to be out of here! Very bad work/life balance. Managers and partners treat trainees with no respect and appraisals are taken far too seriously, with focus on what you need to improve on, rather than what you do well. As a result, many employees feel like they're not performing well and leave, even though the majority of the time they are valued but are just not told this. There are far better places to work in industry.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Wish I hadn't returned after working elsewhere!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The brand - globally recognised. Training.

    Cons

    Ridiculously political with trusted conversations with senior management being shared across management team. No work-life balance at all even with line manager knowing that I had a young child - frequently gave less than a day to deliver from scratch and no support or thanks. Salary and benefits - NOT competitive at all against other consultancies or industry.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership and management training required! The team I worked in did not represent the rest of PwC well at all. Significant distrust across the team, even within the management ranks of peers.



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