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PwC Reviews in London, England

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
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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.  

    PwC Summer Internship - London - Audit Assurance - LMT

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Well organised programme from start to finish.
    - Having a people manager helped us settle into the internship.
    - 6 weeks was a good amount of time to gain exposure to various different clients as well as colleagues at the firm.

    Cons

    - Potentially more social activities could have been planned for the interns within London to get to know each other. We found that we only really got to know the interns in our team as opposed to the interns in other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    The people,the culture, the leadership, the training

    Cons

    the work life balance and pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PwC Consulting - does not lead in quality and impact; but better work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Generally, much better at managing work/life balance. Hours are not as terrible, when compared to the norm at top tier consulting firms. Those that stay in the office past 7pm are generally seen as workaholics.
    - Nice people. Down to earth. You will make friends there
    - Lots of opportunities to shape your own career and explore a wide variety of business problems, across both functions and industries.
    - Healthy focus on general training and people development (e.g. core consulting skills such as communication, people management, etc... not as much on technical / content-oriented training)

    Cons

    - Too commercially focused; not enough focus on truly building the quality of talent, approach / methods, and maximising the impact and value delivered for each and every client, on each and every project
    - As a result, junior staff are more interested in knowing the "right partners", and "selling work" to get ahead. Few people are actually truly and primarily focused on the quality of the work, on the impact they can have on clients, and on building a practice that is based on market-leading thought leadership, insight, and capabilities
    - I do hope this changes with the acquisition of Strategy&. Though, PwC has struggled to (a) retain, and (b) build on the strengths of other recent acquisitions
    - Lots of people get disillusioned by the promotion process. Not at all transparent, and clearly not merit-based. As a result, the really good, talented people lose patience and leave. Those that thrive in a much more "it's about who you know" environment (generally, content-light) do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Building a practice that wins in the market needs building both demand and supply. Put as much emphasis on both.

    Demand-side: OK
    - PwC, generally, can get access to the right Execs in the industry
    - Staff KPIs are oriented around the demand-side: utilisation targets; sales targets to make it to Director / Partner
    - Good brand (though often still seen as auditors, and often run into "I didn't you know PwC did that too")
    - There is always someone who knows someone (e.g. alums, across the Audit practice as well) who can get the firm in the door
    - Also, early on, junior staff are already encouraged to build a commercial mindset...which is not necessarily a bad thing. People are generally always on the lookout for opportunities to make the connection, help clients, and do client work

    Supply: Not great
    - Build a proper practice. The capabilities, generally, are there. They're not harnessed nor encouraged
    - I can't think of any KPI I was ever measured against that is focused on building practice capability: trainings conducted, thought pieces written, how I was pulled in to support and provide thought leadership on a pitch or project, etc
    - Put in place an op model that identifies the talent you need to keep and retain them. Too many good people have left / are thinking of leaving.
    - Put in place an op model that pushes staff to continuously improve. Too many people coast. I can't believe part of my bonus pool paid for such mediocre talent. How about some form of up or out?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Very talented colleagues

    great support studying for exams

    Cons

    very long hours - regularly did 80-100 hour weeks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dull but solid

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    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Solid and clear progression.

    Cons

    Very white middle class. Dull as hell and no room for innovative thought. Get in and get out.

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

    Very good place to start with your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Multiple clients portfolio. Various people to work with from various parts of the world. People are nice in London Top Tier department

    Cons

    It can be very hard if you want to change a project, especially after you worked years on the same project. Project leaders are reluctant to let you go to other projects considering your cumulative experience, which is good for the project but bad for your diverse portfolio.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tax Senior Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Professional but friendly atmosphere. It is always your personal responsibility to build up your own career and network and as a result how much you get out of it (there are a lot of various client and internal opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge). Most senior people are very approachable and eager to answer your questions and to share their experience.

    Cons

    IT tools/system seem a bit behind other BIG4.
    Promotions for Managers and Senior Managers could be more transparent.

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

    Fast paced learning, challenging work and excellent people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Reputation, professional qualification, learning and future prospects

    Cons

    very long days during busy season, lot of travel and restriction on when you can take your holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay on par with the market if not more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience, amazing projects, client exposure, FTSE100,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    gain quickly great experience
    brand in your CV forever
    best Consulting firm - recognised globally
    meet big FTSE100 clients
    lots of trainings
    good (not best) remuneration

    Cons

    long hours
    overtime not paid
    face time
    bad work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good benefits as additional to basic salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Provided a holistic view into the functions of a professional services firm as well as the roles offered.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Suitable training and support is provided for most roles. Flexibility - rotation between departments is a possibility for the first 6 months, giving you time to decide which department you are most comfortable in. There seem to be a lot of benefits for employees as well as flexibility as to how you receive those benefits. Ideal for self-driven individuals. Abundant opportunity for networking and career progression.

    Cons

    If you are not self-motivated, ambitious and strong-willed it can be easy to fall off the radar. Can be demanding in terms of working hours as well as study hours for ACA qualification.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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