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Great individuals stifled in a rigid, isolating environment

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Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

Pros

National/market-wide trainings are second to none. You don't get thrown to the wolves. You are thoroughly oriented to the firm, the line of service and the clients. Upper management, partners in particular, were very accessible.

Cons

Senior level staff aren't always properly prepared/trained for their positions. Many lack the communication skills to clearly instruct and constructively critique their team members. Their inability to express their needs and expectations causes communication breakdown, then frustration, then toxic work environment, resulting in crap work. Everything their saying usually sounded much better in their heads right before they started speaking, but you're still expected to complete work "kinda like this, but maybe not that way....or something" and it be exactly how they pictured it.

The onus has always been placed on the lower level staff to learn the work styles of their supervisors, which is fine. But taking away that same responsibility from upper level staff gives way to lazy leadership.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get it in ingrained in associates from Day 1 that knowing your "audience" doesn't end on promotion day. Try to refresh current senior staff on the value of being able to TEACH others, not just dole out tasks.

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    OK for starters

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    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good network of professionals in the US

    Cons

    Disorganized in terms of career advancement

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    Share the wealth

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    Great place to start professional foundation, but very hierarchical

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Provides good building blocks for basic business skills. Smart, young, eager staff. Fun comrades. Potential to earn a lot of money at the partner level.

    Cons

    Hierarchical culture with earning rank through years of service even with experience and fast tracking the selected few. Lots of hours. Business model based on young, inexperienced talent partnered with 1-2 medium experienced talent at the expense of the client through high fees.

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