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"Great individuals stifled in a rigid, isolating environment"

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Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

National/market-wide trainings are second to none. You don't get thrown to the wolves. You are thoroughly oriented to the firm, the line of service and the clients. Upper management, partners in particular, were very accessible.

Cons

Senior level staff aren't always properly prepared/trained for their positions. Many lack the communication skills to clearly instruct and constructively critique their team members. Their inability to express their needs and expectations causes communication breakdown, then frustration, then toxic work environment, resulting in crap work. Everything their saying usually sounded much better in their heads right before they started speaking, but you're still expected to complete work "kinda like this, but maybe not that way....or something" and it be exactly how they pictured it.

The onus has always been placed on the lower level staff to learn the work styles of their supervisors, which is fine. But taking away that same responsibility from upper level staff gives way to lazy leadership.

Advice to Management

Get it in ingrained in associates from Day 1 that knowing your "audience" doesn't end on promotion day. Try to refresh current senior staff on the value of being able to TEACH others, not just dole out tasks.

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible mistake, arrogance at its finest"

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, brand and that is about all.

    Cons

    Politics, Politics, Politics. Some of the most arrogant Partners that I've ever encountered. Always over sells to clients and then leaves staff to make it up as you go. Rigid work environment with no flexibility. You could be here today and gone tomorrow after they use you up and leverage your relationships. Left another Big 4 after 11 years to join PwC, what a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul Human Resources, force Partners to be "Partners" and invest in your staff. Eliminate all the metrics and crediting process, it has created a cut throat culture and everyone is looking to get out that is not a Partner.


  2. "Dynamic, challenging, rewarding."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunity for growth and development.
    Provides great environment for networking.
    Appreciative managers, directors and partners.
    Well compensated
    In recent years, increased flexibility around non-traditional work hours and telecommuting.

    Cons

    Similar to other Big 4 (and even smaller firms), the hours do take a toll on your body & mental well being.
    If you aren't afraid to say "no" you can easily feel overwhelmed and burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technological change.


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