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Company is good, but opportunities outside the standard accounting track are limited

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

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

Pros

1) Generous vacation package (start at 3 weeks, get 4 weeks after 2 years). If you're hired as a manager you get 4 weeks right away I believe.
2) At least in my department (which existed outside the normal assurance engagement team model), work hours were flexible and you could work remotely.
3) Work is fairly autonomous - there's not a lot of micromanaging so you basically structure your day how you best are able to tackle the task at hand.
4) If your goal is partner in an accounting firm, working in another smaller accounting shop, or doing consulting, then PwC is probably one of the best companies you can go to, because you are very marketable when looking for new jobs, and the culture they embody trains you quite well in those disciplines.

Cons

1) Busy season and overtime in general. For two or three months out of the year you will be working at 60-80, if not more, hours per week. This goes for most lines of business, although my experience is only in Assurance (auditing). Overtime throughout the year to some degree is expected. This is fairly standard for a Big4, but nonetheless it can significantly disrupt your life, especially if you have kids.
2) Constantly connected. This is the dark side of flexibility. With a laptop and a blackberry and the expectation of overtime much of the year, it becomes very hard to separate yourself from the seemingly endless stream of tasks in what seems like an ever-shrinking amount of time.
3) For those who are not accountants and who work in what might be considered "supporting" tasks, like programmers/developers, IT, business analysts, project managers, etc, there is no clear advancement structure in PwC because these roles are non-standard. The best bet you have is to get your experience and then go find another job somewhere else.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This will probably never happen given that it's practically industry standard, but some consideration on working hours would be great help in advancing towards a true work/life balance. Also, for those roles which fall outside of the standard rank and file, provide more clear paths for advancement.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Disorganized, Not a well run ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    1. Everyone has knows PwC
    2. Some practices are world class (Transaction Advisory, Financial Services)
    3. Very talented people at the junior levels

    Cons

    1. Very few practices have significant exposure to C-suite executives
    2. Internal firm services are very disorganized. Examples: Campus recruiting interviewing candidates for positions that they did not apply to, Opaque staffing processes, outdated IT infrastructure
    3. Poorly run intern program. Example: Intern program goals are not communicated to engagement managers managing interns on their teams
    4. Compensation is below most competitors for strategy and operations work (ex Booz & Co, AT Kearney, Deloitte S&O, ZS Associates, etc...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Bench mark Advisory against consulting firms and not accounting firms.
    2. Fix campus recruiting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    So far so good!

    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    People of coming forward to help when you need help!

    Cons

    Not a lot opportunity in my area of speciality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None yet.

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