PwC Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Great Company and Growing Rapidly

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

    Great culture overall although it varies heavily depending on which group you are aligned to. The company is generally very flexible with travel/personal arrangements. There are great professional and career opportunities and the chain of command is fairly flat.

    Cons

    Fairly structured in terms of growth/promotion as you need to spend a set amount of time at each level before even being considered for promotion, but the senior leadership cultivates a great culture of coaching and development to help. PwC should more competitively pay its people.

    Advice to Management

    Top talent leaves first. If you want to compete with top tier strategy firms, you need to pay the team accordingly


  2. Helpful (1)

    Best Move for an Accounting Background (Financial Due Diligence)

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging and rewarding work environment. Great leadership and focus on personal development. Success is rewarded appropriately via bonuses, promotions and verbal recognition.

    You will learn how to evaluate businesses on a financial level and will build a strong analytical business mindset. Great exposure to management at top private equity firms and corporate clients.

    Cons

    To excel, you need to be on call 24/7 and willing to travel halfway across the world in a couple hours notice. This is fun when you are young, but more difficult once you have a family.

    If you do not catch on quickly, you will quickly fall behind and need to switch careers again as it will be too overwhelming.


  3. Helpful (1)

    PwC

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    Culture is cut throat and humanless


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  5. Fantastic Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, generous compensation/total rewards, continuing education opportunities, constant mentorship and real time feedback.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours/workload, lack of middle management employees,


  6. "Slow progress but friendly environment"

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of benefits, supportive environment

    Cons

    - Career growth is not based on individual capabilities

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with individual teams


  7. Hard work, learn lots

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Knowledge sharing culture. Smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Demanding. Stressful. Long Hours.


  8. Excellent place to work.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The firm is Great for experience, access to top clients, Many training opportunities, only hires the best personnel.overall an excellent place to work

    Cons

    There are none so far. However sometimes new joiners can get a little lost if they are deployed very soon after employment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Firm

    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro to the company is the large number of under 30 people that work there, makes for a collegial atmosphere at times

    Cons

    The PwC Professional was and is a complete failure. It stunts career growth and makes the path to promotion almost impossible. In addition the pay is about minimum wage for the hours worked. You will work over 3,500 hours in a year for $55,000 as an associate.

    Advice to Management

    Align your compensation with the rates you bill your staff out at.


  10. FS Assurance Intern - Challenging & Exciting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great range of clients to work with during the internship
    -Great exposure to financial services industry in the assurance field:
         Asset Management/Banking & Capital Markets, Real Estate Transactions, Insurance
    -Most clients in the AM/BCM market are in Chicago so there isn't much travel required
    -Excellent expense/reimbursement policy
    -Chance to work with some excellent team players and knowledgeable people in the industry

    Cons

    -Performance review system is brand new, has kinks, and no oversight. Does not allow for sufficient explanation of work performed.
    -Management sometimes won't even talk with new associates or interns (makes you feel insignificant)
    -Very young crowd, 'clicky' groups, may work for people who have great accounting knowledge but are 'forrible' at communicating with you and providing constructive feedback

    Advice to Management

    -Talk to everyone especially your interns and new associates. Make them feel like the work they are doing is important and don't use the excuse that your are too busy to deal with anything else. Part of being a great leader is recognizing your junior employees and making sure people see them.


  11. Experienced Associate

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Premier professional services firm, great brand, leader in the industry, interesting assignments, great place to learn

    Cons

    Hierarchical culture, not people focused, wouldn't want to make long-term career there

    Advice to Management

    Put your people first, they will be inspired and they will ensure client satisfaction.



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