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PwC Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1.  

    consultancy

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Variety
    Good for junior grades accelerate learning

    Cons

    slow career progression
    inconsistent pay - rewards new joiners over long term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    corporate management approach instead of partnership - more career progression options instead of binary partner in / out
    reward loyalty
    focus on value not growth at any cost

    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    PwC Consulting - does not lead in quality and impact; but better work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Generally, much better at managing work/life balance. Hours are not as terrible, when compared to the norm at top tier consulting firms. Those that stay in the office past 7pm are generally seen as workaholics.
    - Nice people. Down to earth. You will make friends there
    - Lots of opportunities to shape your own career and explore a wide variety of business problems, across both functions and industries.
    - Healthy focus on general training and people development (e.g. core consulting skills such as communication, people management, etc... not as much on technical / content-oriented training)

    Cons

    - Too commercially focused; not enough focus on truly building the quality of talent, approach / methods, and maximising the impact and value delivered for each and every client, on each and every project
    - As a result, junior staff are more interested in knowing the "right partners", and "selling work" to get ahead. Few people are actually truly and primarily focused on the quality of the work, on the impact they can have on clients, and on building a practice that is based on market-leading thought leadership, insight, and capabilities
    - I do hope this changes with the acquisition of Strategy&. Though, PwC has struggled to (a) retain, and (b) build on the strengths of other recent acquisitions
    - Lots of people get disillusioned by the promotion process. Not at all transparent, and clearly not merit-based. As a result, the really good, talented people lose patience and leave. Those that thrive in a much more "it's about who you know" environment (generally, content-light) do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Building a practice that wins in the market needs building both demand and supply. Put as much emphasis on both.

    Demand-side: OK
    - PwC, generally, can get access to the right Execs in the industry
    - Staff KPIs are oriented around the demand-side: utilisation targets; sales targets to make it to Director / Partner
    - Good brand (though often still seen as auditors, and often run into "I didn't you know PwC did that too")
    - There is always someone who knows someone (e.g. alums, across the Audit practice as well) who can get the firm in the door
    - Also, early on, junior staff are already encouraged to build a commercial mindset...which is not necessarily a bad thing. People are generally always on the lookout for opportunities to make the connection, help clients, and do client work

    Supply: Not great
    - Build a proper practice. The capabilities, generally, are there. They're not harnessed nor encouraged
    - I can't think of any KPI I was ever measured against that is focused on building practice capability: trainings conducted, thought pieces written, how I was pulled in to support and provide thought leadership on a pitch or project, etc
    - Put in place an op model that identifies the talent you need to keep and retain them. Too many good people have left / are thinking of leaving.
    - Put in place an op model that pushes staff to continuously improve. Too many people coast. I can't believe part of my bonus pool paid for such mediocre talent. How about some form of up or out?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dull but solid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Solid and clear progression.

    Cons

    Very white middle class. Dull as hell and no room for innovative thought. Get in and get out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    PwC consultor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    The most important thing is that you have to get your job done, no matter how and where you do it. You need to deliver.

    Cons

    Sometimes there doesn't seem a lot of room for change and improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus more on change instead of following the rules

  6.  

    Nice work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, learn a lot, expand your competences, work internationally. The working environment is nice and collaborative in line with the company culture

    Cons

    The focus is always the business not the individual. The salaries are not the best of the Big 4 companies.
    Career development seems to be not as quick as it was in the past

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a company that needs to work on its mentoring and management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great annual holiday allowance, opportunity for promotion, great industry experience, a lot of pressure to accumulate chargeable hours

    Cons

    Compensation was fairly low, the management were often cliquey and did a very bad job in terms of the people element, e.g. bad at mentoring, bad at developing people, bad at providing honest and timely feedback, often made me feel uncomfortable and made me feel undervalued and insecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone is made to be a people manager.

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

    PwC London - Technology Consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good working culture
    Nice office location

    Cons

    Not many projects relevant to the skill area, you would be often asked to take on anything whether you want it or not. When I write anything it literally means 'ANY' whether or not it links to your own career aspiration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate and listen to people who work here especially about their career aspirations.
    Yearly assessment process is completely screwed. You have to be in the 'cohort' to get a good rating and if you are not, your rating would suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Going through changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Administrative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Market Administrative in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hi-tech environment, high quality infrastructure, brand new building, good central location by the river, plenty of pleasant friendly staff, some things could be modified quickly.

    Cons

    Making the usual outsourcing cuts, perhaps a bit isolating in terms of areas of the business communicating with each other, lack of challenges sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Insight Day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insight Day in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Insight Day in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. The day was well structured.
    2. The group exercises were very beneficial.

    Cons

    1. The test exercises were too basic.
    2. There was a limit in interaction with employees due to availability shortages.
    3. There wasn't a diverse spread of candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the insight day more meaningful for those who are invited as most of the information provided is widely available on the PwC website or by doing a google search, apart from the group exercises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good company to work at some point but made it very hard to enjoy a good work/life balance.

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training, similar personalities, salary

    Cons

    Senior members, no work/life balance, junior members given much much more work then more capable senior members of team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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