PwC Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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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. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunities to work with some of the best clients and leaders in your chosen field of interest. The talent and acumen of colleagues is also very impressive.

    Cons

    Given its size, the company can be hugely bureaucratic, making seemingly easy tasks massively difficult to navigate. The compensation system is equally vague and bureaucratic to maneuver.


  2. Experienced Associate

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Young, great, fun, work, hey

    Cons

    boring, mean, snobby, losers, idk

    Advice to Management

    pay the associates more and get aaway from the pyramid scheme. retain talent.


  3. Good pay and smart people but draining.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand image, good compensation, great career launching point. Also, you have a lot in common with your co-workers since they are all around your age.

    Cons

    Long hours, work can be really dull. There's a lot of pressure to meet budgets that are sometimes ridiculous. Experience can vary greatly based on clients assigned and seniors/managers you work for.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make sure that they are honest about budgeting hours. Working long hours is okay when you're on budget but stressful when the budget can not be achieved.


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  5. Project managers for life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to hang out with (mostly) Clients are top notch

    Cons

    Staff is underpaid by a lot and overworked. Your junior staff (senior associates) will make more than managers due to an MBA but with no prior work relevant work experience. Lots of empty promises that nothing can happen mid year. Tons of good folks leaving the firm to pursue careers outside of consulting where they can make more money and have a better work / life balance Lots of repetitive project management type work! Nothing really that makes you think - just mind numbing work

    Advice to Management

    You already know what to do but your strategy to maintain a 25% turnover is going to hurt you


  6. Senior Associate - Advisory Analytics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Great co-workers. Overall a great job.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy to deal with.


  7. I hope this is the last firm that I work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Recruiting in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Recruiting in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined after working at another Big 4 firm for 5+ years and could not be happier with my decision to make the change. I truly hope that I'll retire from this firm (and I have a lot of working years left!)

    Cons

    The expectations at PwC are very, very high; the rewards that you receive all the way around make it so well worth it. Tremendous ROI.


  8. Great first year.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great clients. Challenging and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Managers can be difficult to work with at times. There's competition among staff for better projects.

    Advice to Management

    Find a democratic staffing process.


  9. Great culture, excellant development

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Top-notch colleagues, challenging work. Overall great place to work if you're looking to develop quickly.

    Cons

    High-expectations and long workdays are the norm, but hard work is recognized and rewarded. However, compensation is slightly below the industry norm.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain and continue to grow the collaborative culture;


  10. Tax Associate

    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    No substitute for pure experience in the accounting field

    Cons

    The hours are horrendous and when breaking down salary into hourly pay, you are extremely undervalued

    Advice to Management

    Offer better starting salaries in order to become more competitive and to attract higher quality employees.


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    PwC

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong brand reputation; good opportunities to move around among multiple lines of service and verticals; exposure to high profile clients and projects; lots of vacation time given and they are trying to improve flexibility options

    Cons

    Incompetent people are hired and kept on far too long; work a lot of hours without being financially recognized; can run into bureaucratic politics due to the size of the company

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to hire incompetent people in the first place, at least be willing to recognize when they aren't working out and take the necessary action to move them out - they drain the time and energy of your committed resources and don't represent the firm's brand well



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