PwC Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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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. Good People, Lots of Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate (Assurance) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate (Assurance) in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, interesting people
    Perks of a massive company- benefits, technology, etc.
    Opportunities to travel and explore other cities and offices

    Cons

    Extensive hours
    Not paid to reflect hours worked
    Too much structure in the workforce, and it doesn't get easier or more interesting as your progress through the hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Pay the people, and this would be a perfectly desirable job! Management can see the turnover numbers, they know that people leave this job after 2-4 years in droves to get a better job with higher pay and fewer hours


  2. Investment in your career

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in public accounting is a great way to open doors to the accounting/finance world. Many jobs specifically want Big 4 experience and PwC is consistently rated as the top of the Big 4. The PwC experience gets just a little bit better each year as leadership responds to the complaints of the minions in the Global People Survey and 18 million councils. In the right line of service/market team you can get immediate exposure to senior leadership at your clients which affords accelerated learning no industry or government job could ever offer. Also, the firm is huge on community service and provides a lot of support to those passionate about such causes.

    Cons

    Auditing sucks. The firm and PCAOB's commitment to audit quality forces you to care about stupid things. Work life balance is non-existent and don't let any kool-aid drinker tell you otherwise. It is however something you sadly learn to live with over the years. The pay at lower levels is not competitive with industry because the firm knows less than 50% of new hires will be around to make senior, and probably 90% won't stay until manager, so why shell out the money up front? Pay at the manager and above level is however quite competitive, especially considering the schedule flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    As long as the average partner makes 10x as much as a new senior this place will be a ridiculous pyramid scheme and retention will be low. If the majority of work is done at the associate/senior level why not let people stay there, make decent pay, and work a little bit less? The rates we have to charge clients per hour to pay those partner salaries will never give an acceptable level of work life balance to the minions. Think about whether that makes sense with all the money we waste recruiting and training new people to replace the quitters.


  3. Helpful (1)

    great place to learn and grow out of college

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

    I worked at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PwC is a great place to learn and develop people management and leadership skills straight out of college . You are forced into team management early on and only grow from there.

    Cons

    There are many great/ intelligent people at Pwc but also many unintelligent and unmotivated people - most of these people move on, but sad to see how many make it senior manager and partner level.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Soul suckers

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

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get a foot in the door, so you can get a better job somewhere else.

    Cons

    Mandatory 70-90 hr work weeks w no overtime. No shock that SF office had worst morale scores of all branches!

    Advice to Management

    I think it's too late, anyone who has climbed this ladder is too invested in the structure.


  6. Overall valuable experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transaction Services Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Transaction Services Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - working with the top talent at PwC in the TS group
    - dynamic work environment that provides a broad variety of deal exposure
    - opportunity to enhance technical and analytical skills
    - exposure to client senior management
    - relatively small TS practice creates a more tight knit group feel

    Cons

    - long hours
    - many teams are understaffed
    - below market compensation
    - unpredictable hours in TS (difficult to forecast your schedule more than one week in advance)

    Advice to Management

    - increase compensation
    - ensure employees are rotating off long-term projects on a more frequent basis


  7. Helpful (1)

    Best of the Big4

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Good Co-workers
    -Good Review process
    -Great Clients

    Cons

    -Lower pay than Tech firms


  8. Experienced Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Type A people that strives for you to achieve better as they pushes you hard to perform. Quality people to learn from. I was on the Private Company Services in Audit so it gave a small Company feel in an Int'l firm. Great Big 4 firm to put on you resume. Keeps a good job at keeping you current with Accouning trends and with you CPE. Go to get a Big 4 name on your resume. It will pay off once you leave.

    Cons

    Like all Big 4 firms the hours are long in busy season with not enough. The experience can differ greatly depending on your Senior and Manager. When I started I through 4 Busy Season engagements (almost an entire Busy Season) before working with an Actual Senior. I had "Acting Seniors" and Int'l Seniors during during that time. Often times you find yourself dealing with 2 engagements at a time as an Experienced Assoc or 3-4 as a Senior. The PCS Audit Team is very gossipy, even at the Partner level.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so gossipy. It's the tone at the top that allows this group to keep on talking about each other during hh and on Sametime. Coach your staff but be firm with them and expect them to stay late as a team during busy season or its just not fair when a first year can leave early just because she cried.


  9. Exp Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Great client and internal firm opportunities. Flexible working hours. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very slow growth and lower salaries compared to the industry average. Brand name in both strategy and technology consulting is weak.


  10. Get what you put in but hours are crazy and work is monotonous

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, smart people to work with, lots of opportunities to learn, good technical skill development

    Cons

    Absurd hours expectation, culture of doing internal work whether or not you're interested in it, lots of repetitive analysis with very little incentive to improve upon proceses

    Advice to Management

    Provide rewards for personal initiative beyond just lip service. It's ridiculous that we don't get rewarded more for trying our own things and seeking new opportunities.


  11. Left to have life outside of work, but loved the people I worked with.

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

    I have been working at PwC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits, coaching, people, job prospects in future, good exposure to industry

    Cons

    Long hours. The job can take over your life and it's hard not to let it.

    Advice to Management

    Get all of your staff on board. Have a system to tell managers what they can do better by lower staff.



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