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Good experience, but not for everyone

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Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at PwC

Pros

Good experience. Lots of opportunity. You work at lots of companies and do a lot of different things. If you are interested in travel there are lots of opportunities. The people are in general very intelligent and hardworking. You build up a great network that will help you the rest of your career.

Cons

Stressful and heavy with politics. What you want to do in your career and what the partnership wants you to do might not necessarily be the same thing. Staffing is rough. You are held responsible for your utilization but you don't always have control over your staffing. You need to be flexible. The work is sometimes boring and unrewarding. I always felt a little under-paid in terms of how hard I worked vs. the salary I received.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your lower level staff better and give them more reasons to stick around after "putting in their time."

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    Who? Where?

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    It's a big four, so no complaints about status or perception by others. People are pretty friendly, theer is a lot of emphasis on development. if you wnat to life the consulting life and learn the ropes, this is a great place to be. Lots of room, lots of opportunities, lots of interesting people.

    At a management level, PwC is a typical partnership: anything goes as long as at least one partner approves. So go sell your idea to do consulting from a hot air balloon to a dozen partners; one of them will think it's a great idea and up you go!

    Benefits are great, specially for long timers.

    As PwC lacks a strong internal structure, you can pretty much define your own niche and work.

    Cons

    PwC is a sort of networking organisation. If your good at that, well, great, you will prosper. If you need a fair bit of hand holding, and like to be part of a team, think twice before joining. PwC does not have any idea how to make people feel at home. You nominally have a relationship partner and a coach, that you'll meet bimonthly if you're lucky. No real team, no 'family' feeling, no group building. If you're not on an assignment, you're on your own. If you don't show up at an office, nobody will notice. Nobody can even tell who is responsible for you, or who can fire you.

    PwC worst competitor is themselves: they sim[ply cannot systematically identify what capabilities and knowledge they have. It's all down to your own network in the firm if people find you, staff you, notice you.

    Do not expect too much work life balance. Of course, there are plenty of good intentions, just like the road to hell. In practice, PwC expects 50, 60, 70 hours workweeks, with plenty of calls in wee mornings, late evenings and weekends. So don't count on bringing your kiddies to daycare, or being home in time for dinner. Then again, show me the consultancy that actually will maintain a work-life balance. they are probably belly up...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve localization of internal talent. More then one opportunity was abandonned, or staffed by 3rd party, while the talent is in house and on the bech, blkissfully unaware of the craving need of the guy in the next cubicle.

    Make your compensation/benefits mid year adjustment a bit more flexible. More then a couple of people left because they felt underpaid- and their replacements got 25-50% more salary....

    No opinion of CEO
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    Summer Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    good feedback system
    people are friendly and fun
    competitive environment
    strong committment to career and educational advancement
    CPA bonus and review course

    Cons

    little movement between engagement teams - sometimes you might be available and another team is busy, but they won't allow you to switch for budget and political reasons
    the clients are scattered in a wide radius from the central office, you are not compensated for above average travel time (more than 2 hours)
    HR department can be rude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to work from home when they are "available", take into account where people live when placing them on teams

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