PwC Reviews in Sydney, Australia

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great firm to start your career !

    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Great people, and things to learn every day.

    Cons

    Lossing work and life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treasure the HR capital

  2.  

    Looks good on cv

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IFS Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - IFS Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Location
    Brand
    Well respected people work there
    Great to have pwc on your cv as somehow it is a well respected brand

    Cons

    I can't believe this company advises other companies on what do it.
    It can not even run itself.
    Staff are unable to move between groups
    Poor management
    People culture is look better than your peers by lying, harassing or kissing but
    Hard working people don't get far
    Bonus is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward staff who make the company what it is.
    Not those that lie, cheat, bully or all they care about is managing up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for the cv

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to interesting clients & work. Good opportunities if you aren't afraid to back yourself... And you get lucky.

    Cons

    Promotions and pay. Some divisions can have a "high-school" vibe to them. Also, there is an element of "intellectual arrogance" with the "private school" brigade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not high school anymore. Catchy "values" and feel good platitudes aren't worth the breath expended on uttering them without sufficient follow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for development but remuneration is poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    - Great for professional development
    - Wonderful opportunity to work in a high performance culture
    - Like minded and sharp colleagues
    - Good training and networking opportunities
    - Have taken some very good recent initiatives on improving its "people"part of the business

    Cons

    - Poor remuneration for the abilities and skills of its employees (benchmarking against the other big 4 isn't going to fool anyone)
    - Ratification process at the year end meetings are very subjective (don't be fooled by the ïts very thorough process"" official garb) and lacks transparency
    - Fee structures for clients have not always kept pace with the greater economic environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a wonderful company with a lot of positives as mentioned above. However, unless you remunerate your staff better, it will remain nothing more than a training school (given that it's also part of the Big 4 model).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good career progression, but overworks and underpays employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Regular performance feedback
    - Great culture and ability to take on various responsibilities

    Cons

    - Long hours and low salaries in comparison

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ideal first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    - work experience - variety of projects and many opportunities to learn about best practices in the industry
    - structured graduate program
    - support for internal/ external learning

    Cons

    - work/ life balance
    - politics
    - remuneration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience - hated every day of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice to have on CV
    ...That's it!

    Cons

    Terrible dog eat dog culture
    No recognition
    Outrageous favoritism - partners' pets rule - others treated as third world people
    Best talent leaves, those who stay for long either have to cope or are incompetent
    Competition for assignments between staff within teams
    All talk no action by leadership
    No cultural diversity

    Ancient LOTUS Notes!!! Still!
    No proper templates, everyone does things differently and uses different format.
    No knowledge management tools other than folder on the server!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hour and place

    Cons

    slim career opportunity in a non core area

  10.  

    Great for launching a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great peers and colleagues at around a same level
    - Sets good foundations for industry, learn a lot in a short time
    - Good opportunities with secondments to try a variety of work

    Cons

    - Work life balance
    - Management is very political, you have to get on a partner's good side to get opportunities for interesting work
    - Overt commercial focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take better care of your staff
    - Provide better mentoring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience was amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Audit in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Managers and 'buddies' are always there for you to ask questions. My calendar was full before the internship start date, thanks to my buddy who was super organised. Learnt a lot on the job which was great, as well as the culture and work procedures.

    Cons

    Very dependent on the person assigned as the interns buddy. First impressions last, so make sure to have a positive one because they are the ones who review you for a job offer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should continue to be involved in an intern's skill set building and expose them to the broader picture of an interns role in a case.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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