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Good Training Ground

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Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Excellent chance to learn new skills and work with excellent people.

Cons

A big company where you can easily get lost.

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    Love the people who I work with

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn different industries and clients. wonderful training ground for new college graduates. Work a lot in different teams and keep me satisfied in learning and growth technically and professionally.

    Cons

    It is hard to balance work and life if you have children, and that's why I left.

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    Life is all about managing expectations

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate
    Current Employee - Tax Associate

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

    Pros

    You get to learn new things every single day. The size and scope of the firm allow you to experience a wide array of projects. There truly is something for everyone. The prestige of the firm means one is never without exit opportunities. Great people (for the most part). Access to some of the premier thought leadership in the county in a multitude of fields.

    Cons

    You get to learn new things EVERY SINGLE DAY. The nature of work in any public accounting firm is such that new projects begin and finish up constantly. You have to be willing to try new things on a consistent basis.

    It's public accounting, so your work life balance can be really good at certain times of the year, and non-existent at others.

    Pretty rigid advancement guidelines. While star performers are recognized and well rewarded for their "star" performances, promotional opportunities from one level of staff class to the next have duration requirements that performance cannot completely override.

    Performance review process is highly dependent on who presents you to the review committee as you do not meet with them yourself at all. Process used to review employees fails to capture some important performance metrics. There isn't enough transparency surrounding performance reviews.

    Salary is less (occasionally much, much less) than a commensurate job in industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for upwards feedback, and when doing so, expand the feedback topics beyond the standard and generic ones to include views on firm leadership, employee perceived direction of the firm, areas that excel/under perform, and other more "firm-strategy and planning" oriented topics.

    Implement a program designed to help identify which employees will remain with the firm long-term (or at least for longer than average) and then focus firm pre-retention efforts on valuable employees that the program identifies.

    This last piece of advice is more of a wish than anything, and had no chance of happening, but I'd like to see a reduction in lower level HR staff and the resulting cost savings directed to providing the rest of the staff additional perks, benefits etc. HR does nothing but waste time and cause confusion at the lower level. They are the exact opposite of a value-add position.

    Hopefully if someone from firm leadership every stumbles across this section of this review, they will see that it doesn't always take high-level firm leadership to come up with some meaningful and value-add programs/ideas. US ENTRY LEVEL ASSOCIATES CAN COME UP WITH THOSE ALSO. :)

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