PwC Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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PwC Chairman Dennis M. Nally
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Pros
  • PwC provides a solid work life balance (in 257 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot if you have the right people teaching you (in 132 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolute lack of work/life balance consideration (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours but you know when it is going to end (in 866 reviews)

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  1. Experience Boost

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abundant opportunities to learn, work with new people, and accept challenges

    Cons

    No work-life balance (despite what PwC advertises), sometimes overly competitive atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Make more than a paper thin commitment to retaining talent


  2. Auditor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, not adequate training provided

    Advice to Management

    Allocate people more wisely please


  3. Flexibility, opportunity, and teaming

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, national and local leadership come across as genuine and honest, lots of opportunity for growth and new experiences.

    Cons

    Firm does hold on to "dead weight" for 6 months too long, busy seasons can be overwhelming to new staff


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  5. Experienced Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience if working with the right people

    Cons

    If working with the wrong people can be tough


  6. Great internship!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Assurance Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Assurance Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to work and clients. Teams are very flexible and understanding. Also, great compensation!

    Cons

    Very long hours during the winter. For an intern it's great because you get paid overtime but for fulltime employment that doesn't apply. The training didn't help much on using the database.


  7. Senior Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Decent pay -Great experience -Great flexibility (work from home, etc.) -The job will look very good on your resume when you apply for other jobs.

    Cons

    -long hours -monotonous tasks -schedules are very unbalanced -pay is not based on performance and review process is very unfair and not reflective of performance

    Advice to Management

    -pay your high performers noticeably more than under performers. -create better balance in schedules and reward those who work hard with more perks.


  8. Senior Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company takes care of education expenses and professional fees.

    Cons

    Very time intensive during the busy season


  9. Helpful (1)

    Did not like

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to start your career (if you're willing to work extreme amounts of unpaid overtime) Considered prestigious by other companies/industries When trying to find another job, people there who previously worked here know the extreme work people have to go through here, which gives you an advantage in their eyes against others who did not work big 4. You're thrown right into actual work (although without much/any specific training)

    Cons

    Even if you are efficient and finish all your work on a given day/week/month/year, you will just be given more or even given to another team. Eventually this makes it difficult to motivate yourself to work harder as theres never any end in sight. Big chunks of the year you are expected to work at least 55 billable hours a week which often turns into far, far more. Also your rating which determines salary/bonus is mainly dependent on hours worked and there isnt much management acknowledgement or interest in staff that builds efficiency. Every promotion appeared to come with more and more work and stress. I did not ever want the job of any of my superiors, all the way to the top, which is why i left. Working in HR would have been nice because they get all the pros of the company without the insane overtime and crazy work expectations that were often totally dependent on the timing of client deliverables. But as a result HR was one of the most competitive sections of the company to get into. Interns have it BY FAR the best as they're paid very high hourly rates, very high OT hourly rates, and get all sorts of trips and perks and events that mostly vanish once starting full time. I made as much in 8 weeks interning working 55 hours a week and no weekends as i did in 6 months working 60-90 hours a week and a lot of weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people on teams that do different work, especially new teams, are not unfairly evaluated against each other. It was impossible for me to receive a favorable rating because my assigned work was not the right type of billable work so on paper i couldn't even come close to competing with others on different teams that i was compared against. I built massive internal efficiency on a new team, as well as the new admin support team that had just been put in place, and got zero recognition and a bad rating for it, and was told if i wanted to work more on the remaining inefficiencies that were out of my control to change and made my job very difficult, i would have to apply to some team in a different state that was very competitive, and produced many of these bad processes in the first place.


  10. Great place to start career!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience and other perks, good culture.

    Cons

    Long hours and large office.


  11. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good comp, double digit % raise each year is a great motivator

    Cons

    Nothing to major. Hours can vary depending on projects but that's expected



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