PwC Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Positive and Exciting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Not great compensation and limited promotion opportunities


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great firm if you don't care about having a work-life balance

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Continuous learning opportunities- you'll find yourself always doing something that you haven't done before, the nature of the work puts you outside of your comfort zone and pushes you to learn Good team work - people are big four are smart and always willing to share their knowledge Moving up the ladder - you know when you'll make to what position, and it's generally quicker than corporate just because it's a big firm and has openings Fine compensation and benefits - it's not bad, can't compare to other high paying jobs like IT, IBD, trading etc., but not bad Career Opportunities - we get a lot of emails from head hunters, they know big four train people well. But if you are looking for something that's not accounting/internal audit it may be a little bit tricky.

    Cons

    No work-life balance - if you don't mind a 90% work 10% life this is the place for you. They talk about busy season as if there's an "off season", but actually during the supposedly lighter season you are working at least 40-hour weeks like any other job's normal hour, and if you get put on a 3/30, 6/30 or 9/30 year end guess what -you'll just have many "busy seasons" every year. Terrible commute - for at least 4 months in a year I drive 2 hours each way to my client, and working more than 14 hours per day and at least 6 days a week during those months. Other months are generally a normal 40 hour week, but most times still need to commute for at least an hour each way. This was fine when I started, but it gets really really annoying. Cultures - This varies by offices, so you may love it or hate it. But I can say that everyone I get along with left the firm pretty quickly.


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

    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great first job out of college

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant- Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant- Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Typically work for high profile clients and opportunity for 80% travel, great vacation policy

    Cons

    Performance review and promotion process is out-of-your hands, lots of politics, terrible learning and development programs, 50+ hours at a minimum for every project, salary is not as high as our direct competitors although we are ranked higher


  6. Great learning experience with many opportunities that open up .

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

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

    Cons

    Long hours, long nights, long weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  7. Good people, good place to start

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most people were great to work with. Lots of social events, especially in the summer. They also had a good new-hire educational program.

    Cons

    The monotonous content of the work and pressures of client hours combined for a very negative environment a few times per year. Certain upper management didn't respect personal time.

    Advice to Management

    In general, experience was positive, but managers and directors who are workaholics often expected the same approach from their employees.


  8. Great work, great company...if you want to set the stage for your growth.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch big 4 to work for..no questions asked. Great leadership....

    Cons

    None, that I can see really. Every organization has its small issues..but nothing worth mentioning..

    Advice to Management

    Provide leadership training to partners so they can understand that being a leader means being "unbiased" to everyone on their group...stop having "favorites"!


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great people, but underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


  10. Good learning experience, hard to achieve work-life balance

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning experience, variety of projects

    Cons

    long working hours, compensation is not good considering the hours.


  11. Run away from Tax - Financial Services.

    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You will learn A LOT not only about tax but also about yourself and your career aspirations. If you're trying to decide if you want to do public accounting, an internship during the winter season is a great resource.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. The salary offer I got was not worth the hours.



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