PwC Reviews in London, UK

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 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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    PwC Client Administrator Employee review

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    Current Employee - Client Administrator  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Administrator in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    PwC cares about their employees and goes above and beyone to look after them. There is a sense of family and the work is demanding so does not get boring.

    Cons

    Depending on which sector you are in, you are expected to work long hours which can conflict with your personal life. Assurance seems to be the worst for this, I have heard Tax is a lot less stressful area to work in.

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    This is a company that needs to work on its mentoring and management

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

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great annual holiday allowance, opportunity for promotion, great industry experience, a lot of pressure to accumulate chargeable hours

    Cons

    Compensation was fairly low, the management were often cliquey and did a very bad job in terms of the people element, e.g. bad at mentoring, bad at developing people, bad at providing honest and timely feedback, often made me feel uncomfortable and made me feel undervalued and insecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone is made to be a people manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    PwC London - Technology Consulting

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

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

    Pros

    Good working culture
    Nice office location

    Cons

    Not many projects relevant to the skill area, you would be often asked to take on anything whether you want it or not. When I write anything it literally means 'ANY' whether or not it links to your own career aspiration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate and listen to people who work here especially about their career aspirations.
    Yearly assessment process is completely screwed. You have to be in the 'cohort' to get a good rating and if you are not, your rating would suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Going through changes

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    Former Employee - Market Administrative  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Market Administrative in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Hi-tech environment, high quality infrastructure, brand new building, good central location by the river, plenty of pleasant friendly staff, some things could be modified quickly.

    Cons

    Making the usual outsourcing cuts, perhaps a bit isolating in terms of areas of the business communicating with each other, lack of challenges sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Insight Day

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insight Day  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Insight Day in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. The day was well structured.
    2. The group exercises were very beneficial.

    Cons

    1. The test exercises were too basic.
    2. There was a limit in interaction with employees due to availability shortages.
    3. There wasn't a diverse spread of candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the insight day more meaningful for those who are invited as most of the information provided is widely available on the PwC website or by doing a google search, apart from the group exercises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great experience, learn lots, great exposure to world class companies

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good working environment (Consulting graduate programme London)

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very nice people and working culture
    - Extremely broad exposure to different types of projects
    - You can learn about any industries as there are always people from the firm who have worked in the industry
    - Very good work/life balance and

    Cons

    - c. 15% under market rate on salary for graduate programme until Manager grade
    - Requires effort to get into the team / priject you want. You will need do a lot of things (networking, doing small tasks for a manager)
    - Very quiet times during holiday periods could be really boring
    - May lack of specialty as a con of broad projects type

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good foundation in business valuation

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent exposure and opportunities to learn. They pay for your ACA qualification. Partners are very sharp. People are generally friendly and supportive of work life balance.

    Cons

    Client deadlines which are unreasonable. These always get accepted by Partners because it's more cash in their pocket regardless of how late the team has to work to get the report done! Compensation is below market. Very bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to learn and grow!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I worked in PWC for 6 years in the London office. In my opinion, a great place to learn with a groups highly skilled professionals.

    Cons

    I think the policy of comparative pear rating based performance evaluation is madness, it leads to negative politics. also quite often the project budgets and deadlines are unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance rating should be individual, specially when the objectives are met.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    PwC

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, well paid, excellent expertise.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow to react to opportunity, partners risk averse

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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