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PwC Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated Jun 27, 2014
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3.5 85 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance worked very well and they have some solid benefits for employees(in 234 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting(in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage(in 801 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city(in 784 reviews)

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    A great place to grow if you're willing to put in the work

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    Pros- Career Progression - The management really cares about your growth. If you speak up on what you need for growth, they will do their best to find you the opportunities to learn. Training is also top notch. They will invest a lot of money and time to make sure you are ready for the next step in your career.
    - Compensation - They are very transparent about how your salary and bonus is determined.
    - Work/Life Balance - Make no mistake. Work/life balance does not mean you will work less hours. You are required to maintain a certain level of utilization hours per week, but you get the flexibility on when you can do the work.
    - Vacation - You get unlimited sick days and a decent number of floating holidays and PTO hours. You can work hard and spend the quality time with your family after.
    - Reputation - PwC has a great reputation and it will open great opportunities within and outside the firm.

    Cons- Busy season can be tough and unfortunately, that's just the way it is. If you cannot handle being in the office and coming home at midnight during busy season, don't bother applying here. It's what you sign up for.
    - Like any career in client services, you will deal with good clients and you will deal with not-so-great clients. Your soft skills will come in handy in making sure that you can develop great relationships and manage your stress with multiple deadlines and fast paced work weeks.
    - Depending on your line of service, you may not be able to make certain investments that may cause a conflict of interest. Maintaining independence and complying to regulations can be a pain depending on your portfolio.
    - If you are a Senior Associate or below, some training sessions may require you to stay in a hotel with a roommate, which can be a bit of a coin-toss.

    Advice to Senior Management- Continue the frequent communication and transparency from the leadership.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    For Experienced Hires do your homework on PwC's Federal Advisory group before you start

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsFederal advisory practice is small so there is a start up feel-everybody is needed to do everything at some point-makes for good business experience for associate levels; junior staff have good mobility to move around; you will be rewarded if your focus is client delivery and you meet utilization - very strong emphasis on billing and project work even up through Director in a lot of cases; for big firm consulting you work a lot but this was within tolerance

    ConsCulture in PSP is territorial and non-collaborative - worst I've seen - the account ownership mentality creates strong barriers to get cooperation; collection of legacy cliques (BearingPoint, PRTM, PW, Booz Allen, Booz & Co), so many unreconciled legacy cultures. Know which firm you're going to first. Not a people first culture, very negative in tone day2day. Downside of delivery first culture is that other sins are forgiven - if utilization is high, other aspects of performance overlooked e.g. many lack interpersonal polish you'd expect in a brand name consulting firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere to start? I could say treat personnel better, but I'll focus on the growth potential. PwC's Federal Advisory practice is all over the map in what it wants to be the client, but lacks the internal collaboration and is not in tune with the Federal buying patterns (RPH, use of omnibus). Without growth you won't retain talent no matter how you treat them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bait and switch

    Advisory Manager (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsGood salary and benefits.
    High-calibre colleagues.

    ConsDysfunctional, incoherent management.
    Many (admittedlyt, not all) partners seem to have the same autonomy and lack of regard for peasant as medieval barons. If you didn't have your head up the lower end of the right person's alimentary canal, you riisked being totally sidelined.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt least in Advisory Services, get your act together!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Manager (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsSalary, Prestige, Marketability, Healthy rewards,
    Change, Experiences, Bad competition

    ConsToo big
    Smug
    Annual review process
    Some management
    Flexibility

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interning was great for learning the systems and programs used at PwC.

    Tax Intern (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsThe teach you all the programs and systems used at PwC, you get to know the people you'll be working with, you can get experience in different departments, you understand what a day is like as a full time employee, there are extracurricular activities to participate in as an intern, you can enjoy other perks.

    ConsThe days can be long and boring, you might not have a project to work on, management is preoccupied so they might not be as helpful as they initially lead you to believe.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFInd a way to make a better work-life balance during the busy seasons. 80 hours a week is not good for any individual.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top quality people, great experience, but it's very hard work.

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsYou work with very intelligent, career-oriented people in a fast-paced environment and you learn a lot.

    ConsThe hours can be very demanding, and some engagements very unrewarding.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning experience and teamwork

    Audit Manager (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsGreat on the job learning and opportunities to mobilize to different areas within the Firm.

    ConsChallenging work life balance, working towards tight due dates

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start with

    Audit Associate (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsGood brand, Easy to move around

    ConsThere's politics everywhere, No team work

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about the staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing people, great opportunities, incredible learning environment, very demanding.

    Director (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsPwC is an incredibly diverse set of people, projects, and opportunities. You will learn more than you can imagine while there and will be compensated well for your time and energy.

    ConsThe culture demands all of you - all of your time, energy, and thought. You will work 50-60 hours a week and be average in terms of time spent. There will be very little downtime as email and phone connectivity means you are always on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A place where you can chart your own course

    Advisory Manager (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsAmple opportunities to develop marketable skills and transfer from one practice area to another as desired. Good benefits and better emphasis on employee satisfaction than at rival firms. Strong brand recognition in the marketplace.

    ConsPolitical environment can make it challenging to obtain the experiences you need to advance unless you have advocates on the leadership team. Employee population is largely comprised of Millennials.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs the company grows and continues to acquire additional firms, ensure that staff have opportunities to connect with leadership and that the culture does not become impersonal.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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