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Helpful (2)

Terrible mistake, arrogance at its finest

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Compensation, brand and that is about all.

Cons

Politics, Politics, Politics. Some of the most arrogant Partners that I've ever encountered. Always over sells to clients and then leaves staff to make it up as you go. Rigid work environment with no flexibility. You could be here today and gone tomorrow after they use you up and leverage your relationships. Left another Big 4 after 11 years to join PwC, what a mistake.

Advice to Management

Overhaul Human Resources, force Partners to be "Partners" and invest in your staff. Eliminate all the metrics and crediting process, it has created a cut throat culture and everyone is looking to get out that is not a Partner.

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. Helpful (2)

    Don't be fooled; the work is mundane

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start professional foundation, but very hierarchical

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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