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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
5,607 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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    A well rounded education in the tax field

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Great Experience and Work Environment

    Cons

    Do not really have any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Career Opportunities

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    PwC is a great place to start or accelerate a career. The opportunities really are endless, but it's up to you to seize them. If you're able to accept change and uncertainty, you'll be successful.

    Cons

    Travel is insane. Living in aluminum tubes and generic business hotels is a really odd experience. You have to accept it, or you could go nuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to manage macro trends a little better. Boom and bust cycles wreak havoc on utilizations, not to mention the RIFFs...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    PwC- Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Incredible coaching and an emphasis Aon training. Also, the amount of growth an individual can have in a short period of time is incredible. With PwC being one of the Big Four, a lot of terrific opportunities present themselves to the Consulting teams.

    Cons

    Tremendous amoun of work if you are good. On the Consulting side, you are either in or out based on how well you do early on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees happy and paid, and take advantage of the slowdown to upgrade on talent. All in all, Senior Management has done a tremendous job in a tough environment.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great job

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give me a break

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    N/a.

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Great coaching environment and personal development opportunities.

    Cons

    Work is not spread evenly throughout year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    PwC is the place to be!

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

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    During my internship, I learned so much about the advisory practice, as well as about PwC's corporate culture. I was able to contribute to meaningful assignments and see how applicable my accounting degree is in the real-world. I enjoyed applying my critical thinking skills and my accounting background to real-life tasks and projects. In addition to the work opportunities I experienced at PwC, I also had a chance to meet the many people that build PwC's culture through various other networks, such as affinity groups and Toastmasters. Overall, I have been thrilled with my internship, and I could not have asked for a more fulfilling and valuable experience. This experience has been the perfect supplement to enhance my classroom education.

    Cons

    I really did not hit any downsides during my nine week internship. I was assigned to challenging, meaningful projects, and everyone really made me feel part of the PwC team. Everyone at the office is very ambitious, so they definitely work hard-- but they know how to play hard too. They hosted numerous social activities, where you can see your co-workers outside of the work environment-- events such as bowling, baseball games, wine tasting, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, I think Senior Management was fantastic! Throughout my internship, I was always encouraged to ask questions, and I felt very comfortable working with different members of the PwC team. I especially appreciated the time all the professionals spent in making me feel welcomed and ensuring that I got the most out of my internship.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    The clients are great. The people you work with are talented.

    Cons

    The travel. The workload is pretty grueling, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PricewaterhouseCoopers you can bring your life with you!!

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel the world.

    Cons

    Traveling, work life balance issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Technology Consulting Senior Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand
    Strong strategy
    Bold management team
    Make great friends
    Enjoyable company outings, that are regular
    Career progression is directly tied to performance(can't speak to more senior levels)
    Diverse colleagues

    Cons

    Pay is below market - they will try their best to convince you otherwise, but it is below market
    Once you are in and assigned to a group, there is no leaving you are stuck
    Sometimes do not get the strategy engagements and end up playing in the lower level stuff
    Not a lot of partner time for junior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace flexibility with junior staff on projects
    Listen to junior staff when talking about career growth, not just the next project you want to put them on.
    No partner circles at company outings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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