PwC Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
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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.  

    Crash course into the busy corporate world.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    I have only been here 8 months and my email, linkedin are flooded with recruiting emails.

    Cons

    Low pay in comparison to the hours you work. Getting stuck in a group becomes a problem as well. Once you get in the firm, it isn't as easy as managers make it sound to move around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire upper level leaders who focus on building the team rather than their own image.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice first job after college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    You can gain insight into all different types of business.

    Cons

    Long hours and no work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Know what you want

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to build a professional network. Good opportunities for different kinds of work and being exposed to different industries. Flexibility with family life.

    Cons

    Level of compensation is lower than expected. Work/life balance is talked about, but promotions are heavily weighted towards billed hours and number of hours of overtime. How much and the type of work you do is very dependent upon the work your directors bring in - if they don't bring in work, you won't get the billable hours and your performance review will suffer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good firm, location matters.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, interesting work, eco-friendly practices, engaged in community service, firm closure between Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Cons

    24/7 work culture, flexibility varies by office location, limited external training, few opportunities for promotion, rapid increase of outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify your expectations of staff. Share the results of good business cycles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Vanilla

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontractor  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Subcontractor in McLean, VA

    I worked at PwC part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay and the management tries to be as inclusive as possible.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is about as corporate as it gets. When trying to get work done, it becomes near impossible to get quality work out due to the corporate culture there. Upper management wants in on everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give managers more autonomy.

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

    High pressure company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities to build competencies.

    Cons

    High pressure to participate in other areas outside of client work.

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

    Great Company, long hours, high rewards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great Work
    Lots of thought leadership
    Above average quality of people
    Average benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Inconsistent
    Archaic business processes
    Uncompetitive rates
    Operates like a franchise
    But each franchise not free enough to develop on own to meet local client needs
    Long hours typical of consultancy
    Up and Out culture
    Individualistic, no team focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team focused consultancy
    Streamline internal processes
    Lower bill rates to compete with smaller businesses

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overgrown Machine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Relationships that you build
    Diversity of work that you can do

    Cons

    Overtime requirement
    Hard to get recognized because the company is so large.
    Have to move heaven and earth to get a 1 rating.
    Do not go into the Washington Federal Practice. There is little movement with various projects.
    Very difficult to find engagements to go to if you do not know the right people.
    Live close to the office that you are tied to. If you live far you will not be successful at this firm. They expect you to be able to come to the office for every little event or training. Living 75 miles away from your home office is a death sentence and no one will care but you.
    No work/life balance
    Very arrogant staff (many have the we are better than you attitude)
    Make sure you come in a the right level. I came in at the highest Associate level possible and did not get a raise for 2 years until I was promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the demographics of your staff.
    Stop hiring people just to hire them. Make sure you have engagements to place people. Do not hire someone on wishful thinking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great project opportuniteis in the Healthcare space, but little room for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Healthcare IT Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Experienced Healthcare IT Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Variety of client projects and decent travel

    Cons

    No room for growth and expanding one's skillsets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't be fooled; the work is mundane

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Teaches you good professional habits for recent college graduates
    Looks good on your resume
    Dumb people in your social circle will think you work for an investment bank

    Cons

    Within their consulting division, they portray their projects as super important, smart, and strategic. The reality is that those projects are in the minority. The firm's bread and butter is in audit and tax. The majority of the projects are large, terribly boring 'asset management' type activities no one wants to do. You might get on a few good projects here and there, but for the most part, you won't like a majority of the projects. PwC would rather take a boring 'dumb' project over a 'smart strategic' one 9 times out of 10. Less risk and looks better in the partner's profolio.

    PwC is great if you're a straight up accountant who loves long hours but doesn't necessary need to think too hard. If you're more specialized, you don't have much of a future. The work skews to the accounts, so they have more resources (entry level college grads), they win more work, and they advance up the pyramid scheme faster than consultants.

    Also, PwC is highly siloed. Transfering to another line of work within the firm will literally take years. They will say 'oh you can do whatever you want.' You can't. If you're profitable, partners won't let you leave without long notice. Any sane person would just go to another company and take you 15% raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management knows what they are. They are a name brand. They build businesses around that brand. They really don't care about their output. I wish they didn't spend all that time trying to brand themselves a 'smart, sexy, young, ba ba ba' firm and were more unfront about what their business is about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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