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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Advisory Manager
Current Employee - Advisory Manager

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

Pros

There are tons of smart and talented people here, and depending on who you know and how you work the politics, lots of interesting opportunities to pursue. If you're an entry-level employee and willing to work an insane number of hours, you can be very successful.

Cons

It's an accounting firm, first, last and always, which is great if you're in tax and audit, but if you're a management consultant, the firm is not set up in a way to enable success. Too much bureaucracy, too much inappropriate focus on risk, too much overhead, which slows things down and causes fees to be ridiculously high in many cases. It's also really tough to work collaboratively across different lines of service, despite the fact that this is a requirement to be successful in the current business environment. The fact that the consulting business has been cobbled together through multiple acquisitions doesn't help.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break the traditional Big 4 consulting model and reorganize Advisory around centers of excellence that can be flexible in deploying teams of the right people for the project, and agile in delivering the work.

Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Bait and Switch

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    High pay for what the work was. They have great benefits. The on boarding experience was amazing. They clearly weren't shy about spending money on us, and making sure we were happy!

    Cons

    The work was mind numbing. Really should have been a computer program instead. In consulting, you actually have to job hunt within the job, sell yourself to get on good projects. At the time I was hired, they hired a lot of extra people knowing they just temporarily needed to stick them on these terrible government projects. These projects would built zero business skills. Once the government project was over, it would be very hard to ever get on another good project. They sold it as a consulting job, however, it was more like a contract job for one crapy never ending project that sucked up a high % of the all of the additional entry level hires that year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont hire people to scroll pdfs and check boxes in excel, travel to a dead end project in the middle of nowhere 6 days a week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Terrific Reputation, Mediocre People and Work

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in New York, NY

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Good salary with little education
    -Good 401(k) plan
    -Can provide a lifelong career for those interested

    Cons

    -Lots of mediocre people better at BSing than actually producing
    -Very little reward for or promotion of higher education - the company is largely run by "good ol' boys" with little attention to critical thinking or forethought
    -Easy for incompetent people to succeed since the firm is so large - very little focus on talent
    -Constant ethical ambiguity brought on by a constant drive to expand - regularly aids and abets tax evasion by corporations and HNWI
    -Constant travel, with no policy or avenue to promote local work or general work/life balance
    -Perfect example of why consultants are nowhere near worth the hype, and certainly not the rates they charge
    -Numbered review system done firm-wide by panels that reviewees are never allowed to meet - a completely dehumanizing and faux-objective process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop pretending you're a hip tech firm that cares about its employees.
    -Rework consulting model to allow project staffing by local resources - no one gets paid extra for being on the road 10+ hours/week
    -Stop promoting a culture of BS - encourage people to do real work instead of constantly using consulting speak and managing expectations from the outset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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