PwC Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • PwC provides a solid work life balance (in 257 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot if you have the right people teaching you (in 132 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolute lack of work/life balance consideration (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours but you know when it is going to end (in 866 reviews)

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  1. Good foundation but high achievers may find it frustrating

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

    I worked at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to start if you are go getter. Plenty of opportunities if you seek them out. Early exposure if you demonstrate competence.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy and inefficiencies in the system. General competence level of senior management could be higher. Promotion not always based on competence, sometimes its based on tenure, which is understandable.


  2. Apprenticeship

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent scheme, gets foot in door

    Cons

    Exams and coursework, varying on placement


  3. Amazing place to work subject to a few usual issues

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great networking, some very challenging clients and issues handled, amazing people and the culture is to promote fun and hard work at the same time. Very good training and mobility and great work life balance offered by additional flexibility at the manager and above level.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the best in the market and they know it. Sometimes, the internal politics demotivate other employees and there is the usual work life trade off during busier times (which seems to be getting longer and longer with less downtime overall).


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  5. Lots of good, lots of bad

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

    I worked at PwC full-time

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

    Pros

    If you are prepared to work long hours and be away from home the work is really rewarding and I found that (most) Partners I worked with were very supportive. Colleagues in the area I worked were also really good, plenty of after work activities and a real team ethos - mainly, it has to be said, because of the Partner we were working for.

    Cons

    Promotions are a popularity contest, rather than based on your client facing or delivery skills, and after three years of broken promises I had no option but to either change myself to be more concerned with internal schmoozing rather than making sure my clients were looked after OR to leave. I chose the latter.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise people for the right reasons - just because someone can charm the Partners does not mean that they are able to connect with new or existing clients.


  6. Great place, with the downside of big companies

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, great training provided across all levels. Plenty of mentors who look out for you and take care of your best interest if proactive. Good work life balance, great benefits and upping holidays to 40 days next year (have to trade up and pay) and excellent maternity benefits.

    Cons

    Inevitable problem of working in big companies, being: lack of transparency in decision making process, lots of corporate jargon and rebranding, very cheesy ways of connecting with employees. Nice effort but tries too hard to little effect. Underpaid compared to market.

    Advice to Management

    Less fluff and more substance when communicating with employees.


  7. Senior Associate PwC London

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great clients, experienced management and colleagues, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pay is somewhat compared to hours worked, bonuses are small.

    Advice to Management

    Higher bonuses would help to retain staff.


  8. Hard work

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

    I have been working at PwC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits scheme and generally good people to work with. Plenty of opportunities to stretch yourself in the role. Almost all work is client facing

    Cons

    The hours can be long, with the attitude of 'you're here until it's done' not until it's 6pm. The travel can also be a pain

    Advice to Management

    ???


  9. Risk Assurance

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

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good name. Proud of the name pwc Singapore.

    Cons

    I was in IT Risk Assurance department. There was internal politics between the local and foreign employees. Too much workload. No one can stand long unless not being acquaint with the crowd.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the internal politic and support the foreign employees.


  10. Corporate finance UK

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

    I worked at PwC (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Lot of young people, good atmosphere in the office When not too busy the face time culture is better than some places.

    Cons

    Work-life balance sometimes lacking, especially on more intense projects. At that point the salary starts to look worse and you may as well go and work somewhere else doing similar work for more money.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the involvement of HR in the appraisals process, makes it painful for everyone trying to perform against irrelevant 'competencies' dreamed up by someone with no understanding of the business.


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    Senior Associate I&IM

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big four reputation providing a great learning place to develop. The people you work with Opportunities to progress and move departments/overseas

    Cons

    Long working hours for lower remuneration than what you can get outside the top 4. There is a conscious effort to improve this though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on improving remuneration and/or work life balance to create a better balance and competitive package for staff.



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