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PwC Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
5,432 Reviews
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5,432 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.  

    PWC

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Large amount of money to be made.

    Cons

    You get worked to the ground

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Mobility, travel opportunities, progression, training, management

    Cons

    long working hours, work life balance, busy year end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pleased

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    HR Passionate and patient in listening
    Question (competency+career motivation + commercial awareness)

    Cons

    not in particular...maybe lots of follow ups

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    Great Launchpad for a career in accounting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Derby, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The training programme and support are second to none. People are friendly and mentors are always available for guidance.

    Cons

    The pay is not good enough for the amount of work you're expected to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more staff to reduce overtime/ pay overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    best place to get developed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    there is career progression AND you the trainings are superb

    Cons

    There is no worke life balance

  7.  

    PwC Summer Internship - London - Audit Assurance - LMT

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Well organised programme from start to finish.
    - Having a people manager helped us settle into the internship.
    - 6 weeks was a good amount of time to gain exposure to various different clients as well as colleagues at the firm.

    Cons

    - Potentially more social activities could have been planned for the interns within London to get to know each other. We found that we only really got to know the interns in our team as opposed to the interns in other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC as an intern

    Pros

    - Part of the Big 4, gives you awesome exit opportunities
    - Has the resources and vision to care for its employees

    Cons

    -very large firm therefore you can sometimes feel insignificant
    -Cons really depend on position, team, department and when you joined

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Summer Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Great place to work in

    Cons

    nothing much, I was quite satisfied

  10.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    The people,the culture, the leadership, the training

    Cons

    the work life balance and pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PwC Consulting - does not lead in quality and impact; but better work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Generally, much better at managing work/life balance. Hours are not as terrible, when compared to the norm at top tier consulting firms. Those that stay in the office past 7pm are generally seen as workaholics.
    - Nice people. Down to earth. You will make friends there
    - Lots of opportunities to shape your own career and explore a wide variety of business problems, across both functions and industries.
    - Healthy focus on general training and people development (e.g. core consulting skills such as communication, people management, etc... not as much on technical / content-oriented training)

    Cons

    - Too commercially focused; not enough focus on truly building the quality of talent, approach / methods, and maximising the impact and value delivered for each and every client, on each and every project
    - As a result, junior staff are more interested in knowing the "right partners", and "selling work" to get ahead. Few people are actually truly and primarily focused on the quality of the work, on the impact they can have on clients, and on building a practice that is based on market-leading thought leadership, insight, and capabilities
    - I do hope this changes with the acquisition of Strategy&. Though, PwC has struggled to (a) retain, and (b) build on the strengths of other recent acquisitions
    - Lots of people get disillusioned by the promotion process. Not at all transparent, and clearly not merit-based. As a result, the really good, talented people lose patience and leave. Those that thrive in a much more "it's about who you know" environment (generally, content-light) do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Building a practice that wins in the market needs building both demand and supply. Put as much emphasis on both.

    Demand-side: OK
    - PwC, generally, can get access to the right Execs in the industry
    - Staff KPIs are oriented around the demand-side: utilisation targets; sales targets to make it to Director / Partner
    - Good brand (though often still seen as auditors, and often run into "I didn't you know PwC did that too")
    - There is always someone who knows someone (e.g. alums, across the Audit practice as well) who can get the firm in the door
    - Also, early on, junior staff are already encouraged to build a commercial mindset...which is not necessarily a bad thing. People are generally always on the lookout for opportunities to make the connection, help clients, and do client work

    Supply: Not great
    - Build a proper practice. The capabilities, generally, are there. They're not harnessed nor encouraged
    - I can't think of any KPI I was ever measured against that is focused on building practice capability: trainings conducted, thought pieces written, how I was pulled in to support and provide thought leadership on a pitch or project, etc
    - Put in place an op model that identifies the talent you need to keep and retain them. Too many good people have left / are thinking of leaving.
    - Put in place an op model that pushes staff to continuously improve. Too many people coast. I can't believe part of my bonus pool paid for such mediocre talent. How about some form of up or out?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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