PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
5,008 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    Loved it! I was an SDI Intern! Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SDI Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - SDI Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Salary, Great connections/mentor-ships, The #1 Accounting Firm

    Cons

    There are none. Great environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Even though they work you hard, they are a great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tac Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tac Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    PwC compensates fairly and allows you to work in a friendly environment overall. You have great mobility and a world-wide pool of people you can interact and network with. The training programs are excellent and they pay for extra perks like your cellphone bill. Your career is in your hands.

    Cons

    The hours can be ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your employees in other departments during their downtime so you don't have to work them like machines when it's busy to compensate.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campus Recruiter  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Campus Recruiter in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits - vacay and other perks really add a lot. Especially great for working mothers

    Cons

    If you come in at a lower salary, you'll never catch up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, high potential in advisory practice

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

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

    Pros

    High base salary, motivated people, lots of opportunities in advisory especially. They don't force rank consultants by the end of the year, which helps foster a more collaborative and friendly work environment

    Cons

    relatively lower bonus in consulting, client profile not as high as the MBB, still has a reputation for being an "accounting" firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build the advisory practice through organic growth, leverage existing assurance relationships to acquire new clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, great people

    Cons

    Most people say the travel is the worst part long term. It definitely wears on you after a while, but this wasn't part of my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company to work for and I really enjoy the alumni benefits that keep people connected even after they leave. I would love to see the Recruiting tools have more usage though. You could really help out a lot of former employees if that recruiting tool was more up to date and effective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Working with the brightest minds in the business
    PwC is truly the trend setter in tax services for Asset Management companies
    Yes we work hard, and alot of overtime, but that is what we signed up for
    Great benefits
    Competitive compensation plan

    Cons

    Long hours
    Stressful at times
    Challenging work
    Big group so people may feel marginalized at times
    Politics throughout the hierarchy, stay clear of gossip and you will be fine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation rewards
    Kissing up does not mean you are doing a good job
    Reward performance along with personality, not just personality

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work and develop professionally

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Total compensation, key word being total...tremendous amount of paid time off, intelligent colleagues, challenging work, high performance expected, name recognition, firm festivities,.networking

    Cons

    Sketchy promotions have been known to occur....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate honesty Into the HR hiring process for internal candidates. Process takes entirely too long

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It has been an excellent experience.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Great opportunity to travel and learn about many different areas of business.

    Cons

    After a few years, the travel can become annoying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe management is doing an excellent job and is continuing to make improvements.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Good leadership and very encouraging leaders. Great training program and unboarding process. They also do a great job with work life balance

    Cons

    I have no issue with company it as giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. Been a part of a big four is a good thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should continue to encourage and ask questions. Not just what is going on but detail question that creates conversation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    PwC is a great place to work with reasonable work/life balance.

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow professionally; great opportunity for career growth; good salary and overall compensation package; fantastic access to knowledge and qualified people.

    Cons

    Advisory typically requires a significant amount of travel which greatly reduces work/life balance. Traveling Monday through Thursday is very difficult. There are high expectations around client, firm, community and mentoring work. Moving to senior manager and then to partner is virtually impossible without doing all of that, unless you are a rainmaker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us access to better technology. Many of us work out of the office 99% of the time. Connectivy to firm resources is laughable. Please, for the love of God, migrate to Outlook. Lotus Notes died 10 years ago.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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