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"Company is good, but opportunities outside the standard accounting track are limited"

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Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

1) Generous vacation package (start at 3 weeks, get 4 weeks after 2 years). If you're hired as a manager you get 4 weeks right away I believe.
2) At least in my department (which existed outside the normal assurance engagement team model), work hours were flexible and you could work remotely.
3) Work is fairly autonomous - there's not a lot of micromanaging so you basically structure your day how you best are able to tackle the task at hand.
4) If your goal is partner in an accounting firm, working in another smaller accounting shop, or doing consulting, then PwC is probably one of the best companies you can go to, because you are very marketable when looking for new jobs, and the culture they embody trains you quite well in those disciplines.

Cons

1) Busy season and overtime in general. For two or three months out of the year you will be working at 60-80, if not more, hours per week. This goes for most lines of business, although my experience is only in Assurance (auditing). Overtime throughout the year to some degree is expected. This is fairly standard for a Big4, but nonetheless it can significantly disrupt your life, especially if you have kids.
2) Constantly connected. This is the dark side of flexibility. With a laptop and a blackberry and the expectation of overtime much of the year, it becomes very hard to separate yourself from the seemingly endless stream of tasks in what seems like an ever-shrinking amount of time.
3) For those who are not accountants and who work in what might be considered "supporting" tasks, like programmers/developers, IT, business analysts, project managers, etc, there is no clear advancement structure in PwC because these roles are non-standard. The best bet you have is to get your experience and then go find another job somewhere else.

Advice to Management

This will probably never happen given that it's practically industry standard, but some consideration on working hours would be great help in advancing towards a true work/life balance. Also, for those roles which fall outside of the standard rank and file, provide more clear paths for advancement.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "PwC is a great place to learn and a great environment for young professionals"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PwC has great emphasis on training and has a lot of opportunities to take part in trainings and get involved in the community. Connectivity and network building is also a strong focus and a great benefit to working at PwC.

    Cons

    The hours are often extreme and your schedule can be unpredictable. It can be hard to manage your own time until you get a few years in.


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    "Great place to start if you are not planning on being a professional accountant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start in terms of learning professionalism and work pressure.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have very long hours and the work is really quite boring, even though the people say that "they learn something new everyday".

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