PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
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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.  

    Good Career Opportunities

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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

    With PwC there are great opportunities to grow your career in the way you want. Although the hours are usually more than your standard 40 hour week, the longer you stay the more benefits you received in the long-term.

    Cons

    There is not as much free time with friends and family. Also, there isn't much disconnect from the company when you schedule to take off for vacations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start a career

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    most people are extremely nice. very friendly working environment.

    Cons

    long hours during busy season, no bonus to motivate people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Prestigious company that lives up to its name.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    good times can be great, bad times can be terrible

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    • 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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managing Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    PwC is an excellent consultancy with deep capabilities across a number of functional areas and solid industry expertise

    Cons

    Not as committed as a practice to human capital consulting as to technology or business consulting work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start your career

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

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - young group of talented people
    - good chance to gain exposure to a number of different companies and industries
    - teaches time management and organizational skills given the amount of responsibility taken on early in career
    - good travel opportunities

    Cons

    - hours can be very long and minimum hours required during busy season
    - never get to dive too deep into a particular area given budget and the amount of work that needs to get done
    - promotion schedule generally lags competitiors by a year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coalition building in a shark tank

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

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

    Pros

    Great development, experience and supportive flexibility

    Cons

    Work-life balance, silo-ed thinking and lack of diversity at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more consistency in process, infrastructure and hold partners accountable for modeling the behaviors you expect from staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PwC was a good company to work for where I met a lot of smart people but it was difficult to move around in the company

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

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Plenty of smart people from various departments to network with. Reasonable pay. Good work life balance in my group.

    Cons

    It was extremely difficult to move around within the organization. I wanted to change groups xLOS and it never happened. Then I wanted to go to a different group within tax and it was going to take a while. Finally I got fed up and left the company since I wasn't going to wait any longer. Promotion took longer than it should have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your own people want to rotate/transfer to a different group, make it easier/faster for this to happen. Otherwise, they will end up leaving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Pleasing Environment

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunties to develop and work in various types of businesses

    Cons

    Travel can be too extensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value delivery as much as sales

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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