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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
5,415 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.  

    Manager in Marketing/Sales (IFS) Great company to work for but NO career path for internal people. Great for 3-5 years.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IFS Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IFS Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent pay - the glassdoor salaries posted are right on target
    Sign on bonus - $5K
    Annual Bonuses - 2.5% - 9%
    Annual raises - 2.5%-4%
    Cell Phone paid for
    Cheaper upgrades with new phones
    $5k a year in tuition bonus - I got this for two years
    $5K referral bonus - it took about ten referrals to get someone in but they paid this bonus out in 30 days of the person working at PwC
    Flex Fridays (Summer) depends on the team. My first year I never worked on Friday during the Summer. Next two Summers I worked every other Friday.
    Wealth Management- enter workouts and other health activities and earn points to redeem into gift cards. Over the last two years I got around $250 in gifts cards for going to the gym.
    401k strong matching if YOU STAY FOR FIVE YEARS. Read the fine print. If you stay for five years its an amazing program between the 401K and "wealth builder" program. highly recommend.
    PwC is making splashes in the market and building a strong brand. When I applied to other companies everyone was impressed with three years at PwC.
    Great work/life balance - continues to evolve
    4 weeks paternal leave - never heard of this anywhere. It was amazing when we had our baby
    Good vacation - 22 days as a manager

    Cons

    As an IFS resource you are not revenue generating and as a result will never gain the full respect of Partners and the firm as a whole.
    Pay, bonuses, raises are much less for IFS people
    Glass ceiling in IFS - you can never make partner
    Revolving door of leadership - partners take terms in senior leadership roles. Revolving door of new ideas and directions.
    Full value of 401K plan.......see above. Less than five years........not great.
    Awful offices - stale cubicle rat maze. Innovation draining
    Still runs like an accounting firm
    Not a tech. firm - still use Lotus Notes........need I say more.
    Internal HR folks are very linear which slows people's growth opportunities.

    If you are going for three five years and want launch your career forward this is a great place, If you are looking for long term growth, appreciation, support and development.....go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the IFS people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company has great benefits, including vacation and retirement. The people are great to work with and the environment fosters hard work and learning.

    Cons

    There is not work and life balance with this company. It is very large and becomes difficult to become recognized. The work seems to be non value added most of the time. It is busy work with no purpose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work if you are ready to fit in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture and great ethical values.

    Cons

    Not innovative, repetitive work. Love to brag slef proclaim as a 'High performing organization".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more exciting work for your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Prestigious company that lives up to its name.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn a lot in a given industry
    Work with very motivated and intelligent people
    High expectations to perform at an entry level
    Exposure to top tier clients

    Cons

    The culture demands very long hours
    Longer than expected busy season
    No work/life balance
    High turnover
    Low salary considering the hours you work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good start for a consulting career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Big company, worldwide presence, highly valued consulting experience, Above 95% retention rate. Rich knowledge pool with more than 100,000 people worldwide.

    Cons

    Look for people who closely fit company culture, prior work experience in consulting is important, if you do not have it then you are at a disadvantage. Long working hours of consulting industry. Lastly lots and lots of traveling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While recruiting, focus more on the candidates knowledge rather than just the prior work experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding; Great exposure to various industries early on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great office; generous benefits; international mobility

    Cons

    Improvement needs to be made in assigning mentors and ensuring that the coach has the bandwidth to support the mentoring relationship. The coach - protege ratio for each coach was too high for my liking.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at PwC (FS Advisory) has been underwhelming

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are alright
    Pay is okay
    Name-brand recognition
    Decent trainings

    Cons

    Stodgy culture
    -very territorial, hard to pursue interests, easy to get pigeonholed
    Work is neither challenging nor particularly interesting
    -mostly a bunch of Big 10 grads doing benchmarking, brown guys doing IT strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rare combination of brilliance and humanity.

    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I meet crazy smart people every day; yet nearly everyone is humble and human.

    Cons

    A little risk averse, but getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working to improve work-life balance.

  10.  

    A good place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Managers and above are enrolled in Pension Plan.
    Nice benefits which includes compelling vacation time
    Work culture is different and better than at BearingPoint
    Practice takes your career aspirations or areas of focus into consideration before staffing you on a project. This is quite the opposite at BearingPoint.

    Cons

    No defined bonus at Manager level.
    Firm practices are still old school
    Technology practice is not as strong as BearingPoint
    Not strong in project delivery
    The leaders who came from BearingPoint and joined PwC still operate in a staff augmentation mode.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good times can be great, bad times can be terrible

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work location and hours.

    Cons

    No accountability from peers. Too many levels without clear distinction of responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better bonus

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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