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PwC Reviews in Stamford, CT

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
9 Reviews
3.7
9 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Auditor in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Springboard for your career and worth it

    Cons

    Long hours and that doesn't equate to hours being worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More sympathetic and work life balance needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tax - International Assignment Services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Overall good company to work for. The best aspect is the investment they make in you. You will have ample amounts of training both in the classroom and on-the-job. Bonuses are offered for getting your credentials (i.e. CPA, EA, etc) and company covers the cost of training materials. The work is challenging and there are plenty of opportunities for advancement. Office atmosphere is relatively relaxed in the off-season. Pay and benefits are satisfactory and in-line with the market. Will do what they can to make you happy so you remain with the company - plenty of other internal job opportunities. Can work remotely when needed.

    Cons

    You will WORK. They often preach work / life balance at the top, but it rarely flows to middle and lower management. Staff may leave and not be replaced without any change in the amount of work resulting in existing employees taking on additional assignments. More compliance work is being transferred overseas. Busy-season can get stressful and you will see your co-workers more than family. Office politics can influence management decisions (fairly common in the workplace).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for employees to use what little down-time they have to take time off work or use flexibility options. Adjust utilization and other benchmarks so employee ratings are not affected by time spent out of the office. Office politics can play too much of a role in management decisions. Keep some low-level compliance work in house so staff remains technically proficient and labor pool isn't diminished. Continue investing in employee development - it pays off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, but long hours and meager pay mean this is not a place to stay long term.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Working at PwC is a great educational opportunity and looks great on one's resume' - guaranteed to get a good job after working at PwC. I worked for around a year and a half at PwC and then left for a job that paid $20K+ more. I learned a lot about auditing / accounting. Working outrageously long hours performing difficult work helped me to become more disciplined and motivated - now I have better time management skills and drive so I accomplish more in my free time. Very intelligent young coworkers who are generally fun to work with.

    Cons

    The hours are unbearable. Mandatory Saturdays for several months on end during busy season. No time for sleep or personal life. Large amounts of travel. Cramped working conditions (at client's offices). I was not allowed to use vacation time unless I applied for it several months in advance. Audits are stressful, difficult, and boring. Worst part is they do not compensate in any way for overtime. They are absolutely exploiting their employees and profiting from it. I had previously worked for a smaller regional public accounting firm which paid overtime and in comparison put much more emphasis in trying to perform audits efficiently, whereas PwC has committees who brainstorm on how to make audits take MORE time so that they can pay charge the client for more hours while paying employees the same. Lots of time consuming administrative tasks. The internally designed audit software is very flawed and the computers freeze up for at least 45 a day for each employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not paying employees for overtime, while simultaneously billing clients for overruns is extremely exploitative. Just because this is not illegal, as it would be for a "blue collar" job, does not mean it is not unethical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A challenging work environment ameliorated by a professional, driven, and supportive workforce

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Seasonal in Stamford, CT
    Current Intern - Seasonal in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and experience for seasonal and intern hires, very knowledgeable employees, very supportive upper management

    Cons

    It can be very difficult to start working because each intern has a different internship experience making consistent workloads and experiences hard to coordinate. The firm has high expectations for individuals and the amount of mistakes one makes in the beginning can be discouraging. The firm has a number of programs that have a steep learning curve,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Just don't go in to audit...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Experienced Associate in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Work with lots of young people, team atmosphere, focus on coaching, decent benefits and perks, pay for your cell phone, formal review process

    Cons

    Terrible culture - everyone wastes tons of time because you work really late regardless of how productive you are, managers aren't held accountable for poorly managing teams and making everyone work late because they didn't review until you rolled off of a job, you are just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This isn't the recession anymore - the job market is picking up and you can't treat your employees like crap and expect them not to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Great Starting Place

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

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

    Pros

    Great development early in career and competitive salary right out of college.
    Incredible resources firm-wide.
    Lots of great opportunities and flexibility

    Cons

    Expected to work a lot of hours....12+ hour days during busy season.
    Partner involvement is not what it should be.
    They hire more incompetent employees that you would expect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    2.5 year Associate view of PwC

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Plenty of growth opportunities in terms of clients projects and variety of tasks. Always plenty of work available to keep busy minds going. Future career opportunities exist internally or externally with PwC on your resume.

    Cons

    The firm is not a place to work if you are looking for a 9-5 job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Field Services Technician

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Field Services in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - IT Field Services in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities within IT. Managers outside IT less willing to have IT staff transition into their fields

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more recognition to the employees that deserve it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PwC an above average place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    The people you work with and the constantly changing environment, creates an exciting and challenging environment to work in where the next good idea can come from anyone at any time. Your clients are some of the more interesting and significant businesses and so present varied and new challenges frequently. Further through your training and the stature of PwC you are respected by your clients as a trusted advisor and source of information. The opportunity to influence or change your career always exists althogh sometimes it can be more challenging to achieve this than others there is usually a way if you have a particular goal/ambition in mind.

    Cons

    The hours, busy season can be a long period and you have little opportunity for vacation in these periods, so forget that skiing hobby because Jan - Mar is a no go area for most people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to connect better with the staff, the high level reviews completed do not have sufficient detail to understand issues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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