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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
5,433 Reviews
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5,433 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.  

    Good experience, great opportunity for growth

    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Substantial and engaging work; seniors very helpful and supportive - felt very comfortable talking to them.

    Cons

    Firm almost too big -- felt very disjoint from people in the office that I did not work with.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive and Exciting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Not great compensation and limited promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It is a great company where you can build your career as a consultant

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

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

    Pros

    We provide you to grow as an expert early in your career instead of a generalist model that other consulting firms apply.

    Cons

    Due to such a business model, it may be difficult to get exposure to many different industries.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great learning experience with many opportunities that open up .

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

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

    Pros

    Provides great opportunities after you leave public accounting and the culture was pretty relaxed.

    Cons

    Long hours, long nights, long weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, but underpaid

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

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

    Pros

    What keeps me coming back to work every day is the people I work with in Transaction Services. They're great people. Everyone is highly intelligent and maintains similar interests in the market. I also enjoy doing the business development work which isn't present in other groups.

    Cons

    The pay. By far and away the biggest issue with Transaction Services is the pay. You're always going to get less than you think you should be getting. Your hours will be a bit better than auditor hours (no busy season thank god) and your pay will be essentially identical to an auditors despite doing deal-based work and having bill rates triple those of an auditor. It's insulting to sit at the table with the bankers and lawyers and know they're being paid at least 50% more than you are.

    PwC also generally insists on a 3-year promotion cycle despite the rest of the financial world operating on a 2-year promotion cycle. Titles are just titles, what matters is pay which you will be forever disappointed with at PwC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people what we're worth. If our bill rates are 2-3 times those of auditor bill rates, how can you justify paying us just a thousand or two more than an auditor?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Career Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Prestigious company that lives up to its name.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    A good place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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