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Great to have on a resume, but you'll undoubtedly be looking for a new job within 2-3 years.

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Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate  in  Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA

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

Pros

Big firm with large client base, job security

Cons

No work/life balance, compensation not reflective of time/effort put into job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend more time teaching and developing staff

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, fair compensation, open to ideas for improving the organization. Best to work in business unit rather than in internal firm services. People are friendly, helpful and genuinely kind. The company invests in you and your future.

    Cons

    Too much politics in internal firm services, although that's still a good place to develop and grow, get practical hands on experience in technology initiatives and develop some disciplined processes for project and product management.

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

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PwC full-time for 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.

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