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PwC Belfast Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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PwC Chairman and Senior Partner PwC UK & Middle East Alliance Kevin Ellis
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Pros
  • 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. "I like it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company with a strong progression path. The opportunity to work on lots of projects! The chance to travel with work.

    Cons

    Long hours, and no overtime as well as mountains of presentations and sometimes mind dumbingly boring work that can lead to boredum

    Advice to Management

    Pick up the stick and run with it. Nobody ever got to first place by asking where we were all running to, you've got to take risks to win in this game.


  2. "Career Builder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I started PwC at 21 years old and worked there for seven years. For those starting out their career and looking for direction in the corporate world, there is no better introduction than PwC.
    The training you receive upon starting prepares you for the job ahead in your future department, you are given support from your team and managers as you learn to do the job and progress.
    You literally cannot say enough about the people you meet in PwC. The level of skill and talent that I worked alongside has not been matched since leaving. The workforce is driven and aids each other in times of high pressure. Everyone wants to succeed and tries to aid in the success of those around them.
    The people are the No.1 aspect of this job.

    Cons

    The starting salary is low compared to competitors in the same field however the benefits and additional holiday allowances make up for this. It can take several years to be earning a 'competitive' wage. The starting salaries of the other Big 4 are all higher. As you progress through the grades, this becomes less of an issue.
    You can and will be called upon to work long hours with tight deadlines and short notice. It comes with the territory of working for a company like PwC.
    Occasionally you might be asked to travel for work last minute. Again, as this is a client serving environment, this is not something that can be helped. Nature of the Job.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure to make new employees and more junior members of the team a priority in your day.
    Discuss opportunities for them and ideas with them openly.


  3. "Immense."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best HR I have ever experienced and great opportunities both internally and externally given the reputation of the firm. Training was first class.

    Cons

    If you don't like to travel or you want to have a slower paced job, my particular role wouldn't suit you.


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  5. "PwC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can be lucky with interesting projects. Opportunity to travel. Good benefits i.e. health care, 25 days annual leave, discretionary bonus, sometimes have opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    Salary leaves a lot to be desired as a graduate. You can equally get stuck with an incredibly boring project. Some of the senior staff won't engage with you and become very caught up with there own role without explaining how your role fits into the bigger picture of a project.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with junior staff and remember what it was like whenever you joined the firm. Number 1 thing would be never begrudge someone for asking a question - graduates won't have all the answers.


  6. "Associate - Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst (Associate) in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst (Associate) in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to change projects enables you to diversify your skill set
    Plenty of social events organised to help employees bond
    Clear ladder of progression set out from the start
    Ability to move between departments

    Cons

    Work within projects can be quite repetitive and not overly challenging


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great training program for the graduates, intensive training and the culture is great to start off. PWC was great for what it was, the name on your CV and the chance to work across different industries.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to step up and take responsibility, penalised in year end moderation if you are working on projects in a field different than your team despite bringing in revenue. Belfast office culture is the worst I experienced in the UK, Partners are unapproachable, in London they make time for staff - even though they are extremely busy. Belfast office culture is very forced, a lot of two facedness and staff seem to get promoted on likeability rather than capabilities. There are a lot of staff at manager and senior manager level who lack the skills required and so extra pressure is placed on those underneath them.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of staff who have been at the same grade for 5 years or more. Encourage lower levels to step up and give them the opportunity to do so. Change the culture of the Belfast office - this is why the turnover is abnormally high compared to the rest of the UK.


  8. "Technology Consulting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Competitive and honest company with huge amount of opportunities

    Cons

    A lot of work taken back from work place


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bitter disappointment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great clients and good variety of work. Had brilliant potential to achieve my goals initially

    Cons

    Worst management ever - totally negative environment. Just a robot in end with zero possibility of achieving anything

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and be honest. Furthering your own career at others expense leads to a miserable team.


  10. "Amazing place to work, its just doesn't pay enough!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great people (lots of diversity) and training available. You get to work on amazing projects with managers who have most likely been in your situation and are very understanding. Targets are always well thought out and reachable.

    Cons

    The pay package just isn't enough. We work on some really important projects but with little financial reward. It almost seems as if sometimes the company are testing the employees to see who will stay. Those in the company employed over 5+ years are well rewarded, but its almost as if you need to prove yourself before you get any salary which you can be happy with.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary of employees outside London, we aren't paid enough.


  11. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, great teams and lots of opportunity

    Cons

    N/A - nothing comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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