PwC Reviews in Birmingham, UK

Updated April 18, 2014
Updated April 18, 2014
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good fun!

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    Current Employee - Talent Academy Delegate  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Talent Academy Delegate in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good culture, staff were really friendly and helpful. Were told about the process of promotion and looked to be plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    Fairly intensive, lots of things to do and can be relatively repetitive, wasn't a whole lot of information about the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could do with more information about the different business interests in order to help make decisions about whether we want to work for the firm. Maybe make some of the tasks a little less repetitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ACA is very valuable
    Company culture is very good
    People are the best asset of the firm

    Cons

    Very long hours for what you get paid for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance for first years needs to be evaluated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great firm to work for, although remuneration is a little low and not commensurate with the efforts expended

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Really flexible, and supportive of achieving a healthy work/life balance. The firm do genuinely believe in "doing the right thing" for the community.

    Cons

    In my opinion, those that work the hardest (managers/senior managers) do not get enough recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your Senior Associate 2/Manager population better to prevent the drop-off that is often seen at this level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment
    Competitive salary
    Lots of opportunities both locally and globally.
    Development of several key skills that will stay with you for life.

    Cons

    The hours can be taxing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very good summer internship schedule and great company

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent set of people to work with, managers, peers, directors and partners. The work set out for me during the internship was of great quality and actually contributed to the success of the team and department which I was working in.

    Cons

    Can be rigorous, tedious work at times such as using certain pieces of software, e.g. Excel or otherwise. However this is at a basic level and to progress further within the division it is good to have a great foundation and knowledge of this area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent people and support network, and plenty of opportunities to all.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent people throughout the firm and top support network. Great flexibility in your roles, and great opportunities available to all. Lots of chances to work on a variety of clients and in a number of industry sectors.

    Cons

    Can be long hours. Some of the work early on in your career is a bit boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best company I have worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    - Really collaborative working
    - Bright and intelligent colleagues
    - Office had a really great atmosphere with limited politics (this may be because it was a regional one)
    - Market leader meant clients are really interesting

    Cons

    - Base salary was abysmal
    - London centric - so often the 'autonomy' you feel you have is because Senior Management are more preoccupied with what's going on in London

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the key contribution regional offices make, aside from that - keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salaries and training excellent; "face time" and appraisals pointless.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager Audit  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager Audit in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    The prestige of working for a big four firm is very good for your CV. The training (study leave) was excellent and the pay grading for junior employees is transparent and fair, although some of the appraisal information seemed to be ill informed or unbalanced.

    Cons

    The blatant favouritism by middle managers towards junior employees who fawn, rather than excel.
    "Face time" seemed to more important than intellect to many managers. I find it difficult to justify being at work when I am on top of my workload - I would rather be at home with my family than be seen to be working long hours needlessly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain greater breadth of feedback from managers and clients when assessing employee performance.

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