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PwC Associate Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 568 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 341 reviews)

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  1. "3 years at PwC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Experienced Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Audit Experienced Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are impressive and there are an abundance of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Hours worked to compensation ratio


  2. "PwC NYC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Exp Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Exp Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great reputation, good career path

    Cons

    long hours and it takes 3 years to be a senior


  3. "PwC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, student loan help

    Cons

    long hours during busy season


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  5. "General"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Obviously solid international firm to work for.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, but such is public accounting.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, Great Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are young, huge network, great exit opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't great, no paid overtime


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good compensation.
    2. Smart people.

    Cons

    1. Long working hours due to poor management by Engagement Leaders.
    2. Vesting schedule on Wealth Builder Plan makes it practically useless for most people.


  8. "Senior Associate -- Changes Needed"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of work streams in different accounts. With the right connections the opportunities are limitless.

    Cons

    One of the biggest cons is getting staffed on a project as this is likely true for most consulting firms. Once on the bench you will need to network like heck to get on another task. Staying on the bench too long can negatively impact your career. As discuss in previous posts, the firm uses dated tech (Lotus Notes) - not sure why they don't use MS Office. Also, the healthcare plans are all converting to high, medium, and low deductible plans.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be concerted effort to reduce the number of leader and focus on senior associate progression to managers. Also, there is nothing wrong with updated technology.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Employer for Professional Development Skills"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, great reputation in the community!! Employers seek out former PwC employees because of the noteworthy reputation for hiring qualified candidates.

    Cons

    In addition to your client billable hours there is a lot additional training courses you must take to stay compliant.

    Advice to Management

    Push more towards a flexible work schedule in the federal government sector.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Going down hill fast"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great place to learn
    - Looks great on resume
    - Compensation is great if you can make it to manager

    Cons

    - Management is continuing to squeeze every ounce of energy they can out of you
    - Very shady messaging around changes to bonus structures. Not as transparent as they used to be.
    - Unachievable budget goals on everything you do
    - Compensation is not great, until you make manager

    Advice to Management

    Reverse everything that you have done since Tim Ryan took over.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Start - Great Place to Leave as well (Especially now)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great for your resume and great opportunity to learn in a fast paced environment where everyone around you in smart.
    - Fun place as well with working with all people your age.
    - Benefits are good too compared to other places!
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    Cons

    -Pay is low for all the hours you work and your life will revolve around the job. You can see the path ahead of you (seniors, managers) and you see that their entire life is about their job. If this is for you, then stay for the rest of your life. If not, get the name on your resume and get going.
    - The culture in our office is everything needs to be done right now. Everyone takes job pretty seriously so the word "crisis" is used often, when it actually isn't (crisis = someone dying, not a new TB a week before the return is due).
    - Really shady stuff since Tim Ryan came on. All the stuff with the manager bonus, and pay is really secret all of a sudden. Used to be transparent about everything. Keep saying "Record high revenue" but pay decreases for the "meat" of the firm (managers) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
    -No upward feedback from an associate perspective. Snapshots are always from the top, which I think crushes any other view point from the bottom. PwC needs to give the receiver of the snapshot a chance to speak their mind of the engagement, instead of contacting HR if you disagree. Needs to be a two-way communication.
    -No work life balance. Your work is your life here. Flexibility = now you can take your work home and work all the time (great until you get busy all the time then you're just working all the time).

    Advice to Management

    Two way communication with the snapshot system and better compensation. You don't need to build brand new buildings to attract the talent. Pay your people better. Imagine if you could go into recruiting and say "we pay our people the most money by 8% more (or whatever). That makes a big difference, compared to having a sweet view in the office. I'll be there all day looking at screens, view doesn't matter.

    -Transparency with your pay and plans for that in the future.