PwC Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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PwC Chairman Dennis M. Nally
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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. great place to start

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    fast paced. Young coworkers.

    Cons

    Not enough time to do things correctly. Firm does not allow ERP trainings during your first year. Limited opportunities to physically see the people you're working for (managers and above). No time to go out for lunch; lunch is eaten at your desk 80% of the time.


  2. Great if you know what you're getting into

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    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great national culture set forward by national leadership, excellent brand recognition in company name and reputation

    Cons

    Poor local office culture, not aligned with national identity. Poor hours and work/life balance. Little flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Staff engagements better. PwC is the only big 4 that is 3 years to senior, this needs to be equal to other firms, or else you will keep losing associates.


  3. WMTS Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - WMTS Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - WMTS Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will make some great friends, not just with other interns but some associates too. Plus the Big 4 name is great to put on your resume, and you get some good public accounting experience. If you work over 10 hours and on Saturdays (which you will), they will pay for your meals.

    Cons

    I worked at PwC for two tax seasons as an intern. I have to say the first year I did the internship, the hours were terrible but I loved it. I enjoyed being there and working with the people I was working with. However, the second year was the complete opposite. Turnover is so high in the WMTS practice that I was working with completely new people and as a second year intern, I was more qualified than most of the new associates. There was way too many interns so there was a lot of downtime and no one would have work for you, but management would then yell at you to find some work or go home if you didnt have any when it was their fault that nothing was being released to give people work. There is a huge lack of communication between management and associates that makes it impossible to get any work done. The software is also a huge downfall because once you think you got a decent amount of work done, it turns out that you have to redo everything because of numbers not flowing right so then that takes up even more time, and sadly this is a good thing in the eyes of management because then you can charge more billable hours to the client. Also, the WMTS practice promotes based on time you have worked there and not on how qualified you are, so a lot of the senior associates and managers were completely unqualified to be in a management position. There was a lot of problems with lack of respect in the office and management and some seniors (one in particular) would talk about interns behind their backs and treat them like they were children and not worthy of anything. I got offered a position there and turned it down because we were treated so badly.

    Advice to Management

    Tax season would run so much smoother if you got a software that actually worked. Treat the interns with respect because they are the backbone to tax season. Stop promoting people based on time and start promoting by qualifications. Billable hours are not something to push because value and quality are then ignored.


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  5. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits and the culture is improving

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and transparency from the advisory practice partner on firm updates and promotion criteria.


  6. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Lots of opportunity for advancement. You have to be proactive but once you show that you are you can build your own brand

    Cons

    too big company. Sometimes you feel that you are lost. The training is limited and hey look at how chargeable you are.


  7. Politics

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    Current Employee - Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You always have a job and you build a strong network of connections

    Cons

    Always working, work life balance is a joke, on call 24/7 like you are a doctor trying to save a life.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the people that cause issues at the manager director level and stop beating your people to death.


  8. Really Depends on WHO you work for

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    PwC can be a great place to work with a lot of benefits and opportunities...if you work for the right person(s).

    Cons

    The partnership structure can be a challenge to navigate since "everyone is in charge." Also difficult to get salary increase/promotions if you are not client service.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on some of your Sr. level people and their decision making processes.


  9. Manager, Advisory

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, super interesting projects and cutting edge work. Each group operates on their own and can create an entrepreneur culture.

    Cons

    Partner's are obtuse to the demands and hours they impose upon staff. Pay is not competitive in industry and bonuses are about what you would get in industry. People are treated as a commodity that can be replaced with the next group of MBA hires. Experience is not valued and the flexibility campaign is a joke - not practiced in reality and only given lip service. Turn and burn culture. Only real money comes from being a partner - trade your life for paycheck? no thanks.


  10. Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Training opportunities, Work Diversity

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours, no set workspace

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly and don't let Performance Reviews be a surprise for the reviewee and contain feedback that was not discussed with the staff being reviewed


  11. Director - Advisory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation and Benefits, Not Subject to Wall Street expectations, Potential for a Rich Set of Service Offerings for Clients (Audit, Tax, Consulting), Good Brand

    Cons

    Tribalism, Provincial Leadership Behavior, Lack of Industrialized Operational Processes, Lack of Consistent Delivery Methodologies, Poor Internal Apps and Tools (Can you say Lotus Notes and Castrated Gmail?), CPE and Independence Requirements for Non-Audit/Tax Professionals, Lack of a Single Corporate Culture, Lack of Investment in Core Foundation for Growth (Can't scale), Lack of Cross-Service Offering Collaboration, Terrible Performance Management Practices

    Advice to Management

    Fix the CONs



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