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  1. Helpful (1)

    PwC is a great place to WORK, but work only

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Structured promotions, fast paced learning environment, great name in the industry, very competative compensation and great benefits. The firm promotes further education (but only if it is beneficial to your position). Spending at least 4-5 years at the firm may be just as, if not more, valuable and cheaper then an MBA. The firm promotes constant feedbakc and offers opportunities for employees to move around to different lines of service.

    Cons

    firm politics, structured promotion, long hours, the firm promotes a lot of aspects of its great working environment however few follow through. A large drop off leadership and exposure begininng at manager level. Client site work can often lead to a disconnect with the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate more leadership, provide more guidance, demonstrating that all your concerned about is your own work is not beneficial to lower level employees trying to learn and follow your path.


  2. PwC overall is a good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited sick time off - when I suddenly became ill and was hospitalized, my coworkers covered for me with utmost support and understanding. Flexible work arrangements - the firm largely supports the "I don't care when or where you get the work done, so long as it's done well and on time!" Meaning, you have the flexibility to get things done e.g. doctor's appointments, etc. Diverse project experiences - there are opportunities to work across lines of service. Corporate visibility - the name on the resume certainly doesn't hurt! Benefits packages - comprehensive and affordable (unforunately not covered in full), but the plans are among the best out there.

    Cons

    Bonuses and salaries are average, at best. If you're not an accountant, the risk and compliance issues are a pain to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate being treated like an equal.


  3. money

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at PwC

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work for pwc is the mutual respect

    Cons

    the money is not as good

    Advice to Management

    money


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great but Demanding Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great resume builder and unbelievable training program. You will learn a great deal on the job and you will be surprised how quickly your tax knowledge will progress. It is the best stepping stone to your career as a tax professional.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is not the best but you kind of know that going in. They offer a great vacation plan (4 weeks) but as you progress through the ranks the opportunities to use that vacation become less frequent. That being said if you plan and prioritize your life you can fit vacation in but it is not easy.

    Advice to Management

    I think that work/life balance comes from the top and we need to remember that this is tax consulting not heart surgery.


  6. Inconsistent and unclear business strategy keeps PwC from becoming a competative business consulting brand.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director - Advisory Services in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director - Advisory Services in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at PwC

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Name / Brand Recognistion for resume purposes. Exposure to unique business issues at high profile companies.

    Cons

    Quality of technical training has eroded over the years. Lack of teaming on sales efforts with "bad behavior" being rewarded when it come to sharing the credit with respect to sales wins or successful project delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a simpler go to market strategy that everyone understands and supports. Don't change your strategy every year.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Only if you are starving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at PwC

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to build a resume or/and salary history, go there. Nice dinners during overtime covered by the firm. Benefits are OK. Vacation time is good (if you can use it). If you are really good in bringing clients, you can make tons of money.

    Cons

    Bone crushing boring work, crazy schedules, overtime (not covered). The key here is that the firm's efficiency is measures in hours charged to the clients, not some tangible products. So, the employees are destined to overtime, because this is how the partners make money. They promise you bunch of staff in terms of career development, but it's just talk. Most people work there for 2 years (or max 5 to get vested in 401k) and then go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Change life/work balance


  8. Good place to start a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A clear career path and fair competition

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season

    Advice to Management

    Generally well-prepared technically, sometimes need to be better trained in soft skills


  9. good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    long hours, its hard to stay up

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  10. Overtime is a way of life...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC

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

    Pros

    You meet some great people your first two years, then all your friends start leaving the company. There are really varied assignments and you get the ability to really see how companies work. Also, you have a chance to interact with CFO's, controllers, etc.

    Cons

    There is NO work/life balance. Jobs that you're assigned may be far from where you're living, resulting in horrible commutes. Most management doesn't act appreciative of the fact that you spend 60 hours a week working on their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk about the importance of work/life balance, do something about it. Or if employees really have to work a ton of hours, compensate them in some way.


  11. PwC - Great opportunities for technical learning and crafting leadership skills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning and education programs offered at PwC are probably the best you'll find anywhere. Also, you will be exposed to many advanced accounting issues and research opportunities that you may never even hear about in some private industry jobs. Finally, the culture is one that constantly encourages excellence and senior management continuously reminds us that it a "high performing culture." Opporunities for leadership roles are available in various capacities, which will help you immensely down the road if you do choose to leave the firm for an industry job.

    Cons

    Obviously, the hours and the stress that go along with being a "high performing culture" can be difficult at times, especially in the busy seasons (which can be more than one, for many people with multiple clients and multiple year-ends). In some cases it seems that it is the luck of the draw when you start with the firm, where some people get assigned to multiple, difficult clients, and others are assigned to one client and / or less strenuous ones. Finally, you have to remember that as you progress within the firn, you are ultimately selling professional services to some of the world's largest companies, which for some people can be difficult to manage and / or be a good fit for their personality.

    Advice to Management

    Generally, I actually believe that the senior management team (both nationally and locally) do a very good job of communicating important issues to the staff members and staying on top of current events. The firm has done a much better job in recent years of re-prioritizing the "coaching" atmosphere and making sure that everyone has the resources available to obtain assistance and advice where needed.



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