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PwC Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
5,433 Reviews
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5,433 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good experience. Good people. Long hours.

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience. Good exposure. Great people

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    So far, so good.

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

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

    Pros

    Projects with high impact and/or cutting edge topics. Nice PwC and client relationships.

    Cons

    Typical management consulting travel schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for interns

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

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    sets you with mentors, wines and dines you, easy work for interns

    Cons

    associates felt overworked, wanted more work as an intern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rely on your interns more, make them work. that's what they are there for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
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    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Constantly on projects, good exposure to various clients

    Cons

    Compensation not comparable to other peers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (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

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