PwC Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. It has been superb, excellent work environment, lot of support and encouragement from Seniors

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate - Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate - Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, challenging and pulsating charged environment. Seniors also are working at the same frenetic pace as junior / new employees, and are extremely supportive, and give a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Lot of politicking by some individuals (as in every office, nothing unusual), however could be kept in check. Considering the workload compensation should be way higher.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation packages should be more generous considering the huge effort required of employees.


  2. poor opportunity management and transfers to other groups

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good for your resume and branding, depending on group etc

    Cons

    assurance group is extremely ungrateful for work performed. feedback is based on sloppy metrics. hours are insane and dangerous at times.

    Advice to Management

    provide better opportunities for staff. start making busy times more manageable and realistic.


  3. Great place to get an understanding of accounting and industry-specific knowledge.

    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    * You get to work with high caliber people. * You get exposure to the inside workings of Fortune 500 companies.

    Cons

    * Busy season hours are long. * Some teams don't promote flexibility.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Challenging and interesting consulting role at PwC

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working at PwC Healthcare Advisory is that you get to work with variety of projects, roles, clients and teams

    Cons

    Due to 100% travel expectations and bad work life balance, working in PwC advisory is not sustainable. It is hard to continue working with the same passion when you are putting in long hours in sometimes stressful situations


  6. Transaction Services - Valuations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transactions Services Valuation Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transactions Services Valuation Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The LA office is very flexible - most people work from home on Fridays, even during busy season Opportunities to take on additional responsibilities Good group of associates/seniors in general

    Cons

    This group (valuations) is a dying group. The work is very heavy on the C1 (audit client) side The directors are horrible people to work with The partner does not know what's happening in the group Lower levels of work mean no bonus for associates

    Advice to Management

    Stop driving out the top talent at the associate/senior level, you're only promoting middle talent and you're losing your best managers and directors. Stop promoting people only in July, and allow top performing second year associates the opportunity to be promoted if they've earned it.


  7. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for self starters. Continuously transforming to make sure staff are taken care off properly

    Cons

    Easy to get lost without the right mentor


  8. High pressure yet rewarding work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager - Consulting in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager - Consulting in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to tier 1 companies, learning exposure, and fast-paced environment

    Cons

    High pressure environment, extensive travel, work-life balance, very little backing by top management in case of client issues

    Advice to Management

    Nurture talent, look for local region deployments and strive to improve work life balance for consultants


  9. Great experience builder.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best training out there. Flexible hours in the offseason.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season.


  10. All in all, a great firm to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work on the largest corporate clients. Learn from the best in the business. I learned much, met many great people and have seriously advanced my career because of the time I spent at PwC.

    Cons

    Political. Many staff clamoring for few partner positions. Long hours. I really don't have a lot of negative comments. If you work hard, opportunities will develop both within and outside the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Partners need to get along. Revenue should be double-counted across geographies to encourage cooperation.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Manager, Advisory Services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is access to a tremendous volume of knowledge and expertise within the firm. You can learn things here that you won't be exposed to anywhere else. There is a dedicated learning and development system for online self-study on thousands of topics. While you are required to take a certain amount of continuing education every year, you can capitalize on this and obtain additional certifications, etc through the firm. The salary and rewards are in range with other 'Big 4' firms. There career advancement opportunities to be had both internally and externally. As far as the other big 4 firms go, I've gotten the impression that PwC is at the top of the food chain. Only uber-boutique firms like McKinsey or Booz seem to have a stronger branding & compensation and that is mostly for very specific areas of strategy consulting work. The culture is very high performance oriented, which is both good and bad. The good side of it is that you have no choice but to excel at what you do.Having the PwC brand on your resume can open many doors for you in the future. A lazy person will not survive in this environment. Diversity (ethnic and cultural) is taken very seriously. There is zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior and treatment toward anyone. Your race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, etc, doesn't matter... either you are capable or you're not. The environment is ultra-competitive, and not necessarily in an under-handed, backstabbing way. It's simply a fined tuned corporate machine, friendly on-the-surface and full of eager people looking to make a name for themselves. You either can OR can't do the job.

    Cons

    The work/life Balance is a challenge, We've all heard the horror stories about tax accounts working 25 hours a day.This is somewhat pervasive in other areas. A typical work week is 50-60 hours and you will be focused from the moment you wake up until you pass out. When on a client site, you will spend 10-12 hours on-site along with the requisite 'team dinner', go back to your hotel room to work some more and repeat the cycle until you head home from whatever location you're at. The use a bell-curve annual review process, which basically means you are judged by a group of directors & partners who probably have no idea if you're any good, other than what your 'coach' can advocate in the 5-10 minutes they are allowed to plead your case, along with data on how many billable hours you've had (utilization) and your contributions to community service, etc. Most end up in the middle with a small bonus and single digit raise. That's not necessarily bad, but you're generally made to feel like you're not doing enough to satisfy their expectations. The internal systems are constantly changing. Because its a firm full of smart people falling all over themselves to constantly revising IT systems. They use Lotus notes which is universally hated by everyone; however, it's so deeply ingrained into the IT DNA that they can't figure out how to migrate away from it. The culture is very high performance oriented and you can rarely rest on your accomplishments. You are pushed to continually improve your abilities and 'personal brand' which can either burn you out or form you into a cold corporate machine. A lot of people self-medicate (drinking to numbness) and I've seen all-out mental breakdowns occur. Some people are eventually ushered out and feel relieved when it happens so they can finally get some rest. I'm sure those factors are not unique to any organization, but it seems a bit more pronounced at a 'big 4' firm.

    Advice to Management

    This is a tremendous, high performance culture, but it needs to be tempered with balanced expectations. I greatly respect the leadership and their collective vision seems to be on target. My 'ask' is to better equip directors to lead teams through inspiring their confidence rather than beating them into submission. There is high integrity and zero tolerance for mediocrity, but you need to align people in the right roles and take the fear out of the future. A lot of people live in fear of losing their jobs, rightly or wrongly, because they feel like they can't measure up to partner and director expectations. There are many instances where junior staff feel squelched by director megalomania.



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