PwC Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
5,049 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 249 reviews)

  • I believe any of Big 4 firms is a great place to start your career (in 123 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 864 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 830 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stressful, yet comparable to family understanding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Steady growth path, flexible work, incredible business exposure.

    Cons

    -Work hours can be exhausting as you find yourself making up work on the weekends.
    -Multiple reporting managers, with tight schedules.
    -Enough work that you can never fully get "caught up", which makes your compensation seem very small (example: 2500 billable hours; Associate Salary roughly 60k (major us city); $24 an hour. 2nd/3rd year associates make $1 less an hour than interns and do not receive overtime.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to front your company like a top-tier a finance firm, you need to either hire more people to complete the work, or improve your compensation to match the hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start a career!

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

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

    Pros

    The training is second to none, and the experience you gain will help you immensely with future jobs. A fantastic company to start a career with.

    Cons

    As is the case with any of the Big 4, you work very long hours. While the years you spend here will more than pay off, it can be difficult to balance the other areas of your life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The emperor wears no clothes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Stability. There's a clear path and you would have to set the building on fire to be fired.

    Cons

    Billable hours/metric centered - Don't strive for efficiency gains; it's better to work long and hard rather than work efficiently. Their goal is to bill lots of hours to the client.

    Lack of intellectual capital - In my experience, colleagues were very dense.

    Slow pace of development - Because employees are not the sharpest crayons, and there is constant hiring straight out of college, the bar is set very low. You are expected to learn how to do 3 things, and repeat these at nauseum before being entrusted with a new task.

    Very little interaction with Partners/Principals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dumb people clogging up the system. Move away from the stupid metrics. HR is USELESS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great, fast-paced experience with accounting, finance, business concepts and building relationships with your peers and clients. Work feels rewarding when finished with an audit, despite the inherent challenges throughout the way.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay can be better (however this is relatively a moot point) since I think PwC compensates better (overall) than the other auditing firms out there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good exposure to clients

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

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

    Pros

    Constantly on projects, good exposure to various clients

    Cons

    Compensation not comparable to other peers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good bonus, good career path, but I don't think I would ever want to work there again because of my experience.

    Cons

    Very difficult to work with some groups. The right managers are supportive and help you grow. The wrong managers can be destructive and arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better at firing managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Dynamic, challenging, rewarding.

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ample opportunity for growth and development.
    Provides great environment for networking.
    Appreciative managers, directors and partners.
    Well compensated
    In recent years, increased flexibility around non-traditional work hours and telecommuting.

    Cons

    Similar to other Big 4 (and even smaller firms), the hours do take a toll on your body & mental well being.
    If you aren't afraid to say "no" you can easily feel overwhelmed and burnt out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace technological change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unstable hours but great potential for gaining experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience and resume builder, generally good colleagues and after-work events. Flexibility is encouraged and vacation+benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Long hours and unstable work-life balance, potential drama and political fallout, not for people who can't cope with repetition and last minute requests by the manager or client.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for. They reward their employees well for hard work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on career development

    Cons

    Significant expectations of work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is good, but opportunities outside the standard accounting track are limited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    1) Generous vacation package (start at 3 weeks, get 4 weeks after 2 years). If you're hired as a manager you get 4 weeks right away I believe.
    2) At least in my department (which existed outside the normal assurance engagement team model), work hours were flexible and you could work remotely.
    3) Work is fairly autonomous - there's not a lot of micromanaging so you basically structure your day how you best are able to tackle the task at hand.
    4) If your goal is partner in an accounting firm, working in another smaller accounting shop, or doing consulting, then PwC is probably one of the best companies you can go to, because you are very marketable when looking for new jobs, and the culture they embody trains you quite well in those disciplines.

    Cons

    1) Busy season and overtime in general. For two or three months out of the year you will be working at 60-80, if not more, hours per week. This goes for most lines of business, although my experience is only in Assurance (auditing). Overtime throughout the year to some degree is expected. This is fairly standard for a Big4, but nonetheless it can significantly disrupt your life, especially if you have kids.
    2) Constantly connected. This is the dark side of flexibility. With a laptop and a blackberry and the expectation of overtime much of the year, it becomes very hard to separate yourself from the seemingly endless stream of tasks in what seems like an ever-shrinking amount of time.
    3) For those who are not accountants and who work in what might be considered "supporting" tasks, like programmers/developers, IT, business analysts, project managers, etc, there is no clear advancement structure in PwC because these roles are non-standard. The best bet you have is to get your experience and then go find another job somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This will probably never happen given that it's practically industry standard, but some consideration on working hours would be great help in advancing towards a true work/life balance. Also, for those roles which fall outside of the standard rank and file, provide more clear paths for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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