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"Hard work but great experience"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Audit 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

exposure to super smart people, tons of audit/accounting exposure, plenty of time to know what it means to work hard and appreciate the weekends!

Cons

long hours with little recognition or appreciation

Advice to Management

Team management is key to happy employees however many of our managers/Senior Managers don't know how to manage people properly.

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Powerful and Transformative but Challenging and many times very ambiguous"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate (Consulting) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate (Consulting) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid consulting development
    Great work ethic of staff and management. (Get it done approach)
    Generally fantastic co-workers who make rough projects seem that much better

    Cons

    Lilttle actual "work life" balance
    The annual review process seems a bit skewed at times and somewhat of a constantly moving target to please the committee


  2. Helpful (2)

    "The Mass Absorbs the Talent, But Vestiges of Possibility Remain"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people you meet who are interesting are very interesting, sincere, and thoughtful
    - Great diversity in the types of projects you can take on
    - "Any work you do is worth 2-3X the same duration spent in Industry"

    Cons

    - Many stressed, tired middle-managers trying to make partner, who are liable to make your own life equivalently stressful
    - While projects are diverse, many are very boring, and strictly analytical/process-oriented -- if you're looking for real strategic discussions, rather than tactics, or perhaps a blend of different skillsets -- this isn't the job for you. The whole idea is to create something that can be copied and pasted for a future client -- intelligent customization is off the table
    - Try calculating your salary by the hour, and looking at your work-life balance, and THEN compare to "Industry"
    - Hugely hierarchal -- to be expected, but hardly optimal -- just another restatement of the generality and standardness of policy here. It's all about "covering all bases," not trying to do anything perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Some of your employees, particularly the younger staff, are not just intelligent but interesting, innovative, creative, thoughtful, and motivated. Rather than stamping them into your template, which generates a fixed amount of revenue that grows slightly as your pipeline grows and assuming that this is the best you can do, and being complacement with it, allow more opportunities for growth. Trust more. Increase scope, or breadth, or width (you're not close to violating SOX, you make sure of that enough already).

    You're apparently already very content with being a commodity of a company (the Big 4, obviously), but because you happen to be able to draw in a certain % of special human capital, who you laud over and over in presentation materials, you have the potential to put them to special use. Rather than giving informal special preference in biased engagement-selection processes, create a formal, special program for driven associates. Make a rotational program. Everybody can tailor specialists; but you'll never see a specialists in the upper ranks. Think ahead.

    Or keep everything the same. Grow at the rate of GDP if that's what you define as success, making a difference. The choice is always yours.

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