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"Good place to work, but beware the glass ceiling."

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Current Employee - Tax Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - Tax Manager in New York, NY
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

There are amazing opportunities for diverse work and as many training courses in order to further your own development and education as you can possibly wish for. For the most part the people are smart, very hard working, willing to give credit where credit is due, and thankful for everyone's hard work and long hours. The experience gained can be invaluable, and I would recommend it to any accounting graduate. Compensation is also very good, though as with almost all jobs, health insurance benefits are decreasing.

Cons

Favoritism is the name of the game, it determines promotions, client assignments, compensation, and everything else. Those who are marked as favorites are also almost exclusively white, and generally male. And while diversity statistics for the firm as a whole look pretty good, take a look at the number of minorities or women who actually make it to partner, it's a sad state of affairs. There is also discrimination against those without children, people who have children leave at 5 pm every day with no comment, while those of us without are expected to pick up the slack and are looked at very critically if we leave at the same time. It's not that advancement doesn't happen for minorities and women, it's just that it happens slower, and requires a great deal more effort than that put in by others.

Hours are long and hard, that's no big shock for a public accounting firm, and the firm puts more emphasis on working more hours than working smart hours. So there are people pulling all nighters when they would accomplish more by getting some rest and looking at things with fresh eyes. Logic like this is almost completely ignored, but I think that's more of issue across the business world (and especially in Financial Services) rather than just a PwC problem.

Advice to Management

The firm needs to actually implement changes from the annual surveys we're given. It's all well and good to find out that most people are moderately satisfied with their jobs, but why not try for better? We're losing amazing talent because of discrimination and sexism, this is simply unconscionable in this day and age. Workload is extremely imbalanced and management can easily see this, so make the decision to fix it. PwC is a good place to work, but it could easily be great with just a bit of effort by management.

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. "Challenging varied projects, lots of travel!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work with varied clients.

    Cons

    No work/life balance! Too much travel.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I have had an excellent experience with PwC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    PwC offers a lot of work mobility and support. I work with people who care to make sure I have excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Long unplanned hours can be an issue. When a client project comes in last minute it is expected that the project be completed.

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