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"Don't be fooled; the work is mundane"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Teaches you good professional habits for recent college graduates
Looks good on your resume
Dumb people in your social circle will think you work for an investment bank

Cons

Within their consulting division, they portray their projects as super important, smart, and strategic. The reality is that those projects are in the minority. The firm's bread and butter is in audit and tax. The majority of the projects are large, terribly boring 'asset management' type activities no one wants to do. You might get on a few good projects here and there, but for the most part, you won't like a majority of the projects. PwC would rather take a boring 'dumb' project over a 'smart strategic' one 9 times out of 10. Less risk and looks better in the partner's profolio.

PwC is great if you're a straight up accountant who loves long hours but doesn't necessary need to think too hard. If you're more specialized, you don't have much of a future. The work skews to the accounts, so they have more resources (entry level college grads), they win more work, and they advance up the pyramid scheme faster than consultants.

Also, PwC is highly siloed. Transfering to another line of work within the firm will literally take years. They will say 'oh you can do whatever you want.' You can't. If you're profitable, partners won't let you leave without long notice. Any sane person would just go to another company and take you 15% raise.

Advice to Management

Management knows what they are. They are a name brand. They build businesses around that brand. They really don't care about their output. I wish they didn't spend all that time trying to brand themselves a 'smart, sexy, young, ba ba ba' firm and were more unfront about what their business is about.

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not as bad as they say"

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and the opportunities, at least here in the New York Metro region, are endless if you get exposure to the right clients and engagement teams.

    Cons

    The starting salary and yearly increases are not as competitive as the other Big 4, I don't think.


  2. "Balance of popularity contest and heavy self-promotion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1.) Job stability
    2.) Industry specialty
    3.) People (both pro & con)

    Cons

    1.) Long hours
    2.) Tunneled Opportunities
    3.) Lack of staff level appreciation
    4.) High turn-over
    5.) People

    Advice to Management

    The high turn-over model is predominately due to the work overload, lack of real appreciation of staff level contributions, and real work opportunities.

    Pay is an important incentive, but in most cases, not the driving factor behind staff seeking new opportunities outside the firm.

    I would suggest putting more attention to work load balance, work life balance, and allowing for easier transition between opportunities.

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