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PwC Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
4,871 Reviews

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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.  

    Wonderful grad school, but poor on career development

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    Former Employee - ESC Associate  in  Potters Bar, England (UK)
    Former Employee - ESC Associate in Potters Bar, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great team of professionals. THe package is excellent and management very bright and savy

    Cons

    If you start at the bottom of the scale, it is difficult to build a career

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    low salary, long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Immigration Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Immigration Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    client experience, good for your CV, can be used as a spring-board to move on to another company

    Cons

    little training, long hours, low pay, they take care of those at the top

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No progression

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Big company training and location

    Cons

    No upward progression unless people leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great brand and some talented individuals good standing in the market

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Maybe sort some values out and live by them promotions twice a year too

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very little progression and no clear strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    Pros

    Good training, interesting projects, fairly flexible with vacation time

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    You are just a body to them

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good place to start your consulting career,

    Cons

    unless you have south England accent the opportunities for growth limmited

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    A big four accounting firm with reputation.

    Cons

    Managers are lazy and refuse to recognise potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The culture leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Building full of Pointless no bodies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in London, England (UK)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Full 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the above. decrease the fees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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