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PwC Birmingham Reviews

Updated December 19, 2016
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PwC Chairman and Senior Partner PwC UK & Middle East Alliance Kevin Ellis
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is much better than I thought it would be (in 538 reviews)

  • Learn a lot very quickly in a collaborative environment (in 323 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not that great (in 1935 reviews)

  • Long hours majority of the year (in 1960 reviews)

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  1. "Innovative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a large and high quality network of consultants within the firm that can be leveraged to build valuable relationships.

    Cons

    Lots of risk and compliance paperwork needs to be manually researched and filled out. This can take time away from the client role

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the client acceptance process


  2. "Great start to career - pros and cons balance out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    > Very good training and development programme.
    > Generous benefits package.
    > Colleagues are genuinely nice people.

    Cons

    > Salary is rubbish - no side stepping the issue.
    > Hours are long - management appear to be understanding but rarely make concessions.
    > Very tough to make a mark if you aren't outspoken and loud.
    > Favouritism plays a massive part in who gets the "nice" projects.
    > As with the other Big 4 firms, your performance on the job is irrelevant if you don't pass the the ACA exams (found this out the hard way).


  3. "Data Assurance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data Assurance Summer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Data Assurance Summer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PwC as an intern

    Pros

    - Lots of support during the internship: everybody goes out of their way to make you feel welcome & accept the full-time offer (if you secure one)

    - PwC is a decent name to add to your CV.

    - During your internship, you get to chat to people from all over the firm and can make good connections. Also, if you want to you can try to trasnfer your full-time offer to another division (this is at the discretion of your superiors and you usually need to have one more interview to do so)

    Cons

    - Terribly boring work. As an intern I was given what associates waste their time on for the first year at the firm - which is uploading Excel data into a piece of awfully inefficient software and making it look nice so that data-inept audit team can take it from there. This was what I spent most of my time doing and stimulating was one thing it most definitely wasn't.

    - Not much is expected of you. We were told that 80-90% of the interns get full-time offers and it is difficult not to get one. How is this an incentive to put in 100%? The hours are extremely relaxed. I stayed in the office past 5:30pm only once and I was told off by my manager. During the summer, there is rarely any work to be done. In my 6 weeks at PwC, I spent around 3 full days doing literally nothing because no one had any work that they would share with an intern.

    - Huge amounts of time and effort (and money) are wasted on box-ticking, countless feedback forms, etc. Extremely verbose procedures.

    Bottom line would be: if you want a challenging job that will teach you some technical skills (like data analytics) stay away from PwC.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that interns applying for Data Assurance know what they are getting themselves into.


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  5. "Great network and employee development guidance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Networking. Moving around and trying new roles to build skills and experience. Amazing brand built on building relationships. People are really friendly and on the whole supportive of each other.

    Cons

    This is not consistent across all teams so the experience varies. Alignment to capabilities is a little strange. Could improve this to simplify.

    Advice to Management

    See cons


  6. "Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Very good learning platform
    Get to work for various clients enhancing your knowledge of industry one specialises in

    Cons

    Very long hours
    Perks not aligned to number of hours worked

    Advice to Management

    Wok life balance to be improved


  7. "Good for qualifications"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent all round experience to support ACA qualification. Good team work and excellent like minded people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Increase staffing levels on each audit to improve work life balance


  8. "Good foundation but hard graft"

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

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Training contract is a useful investment for future career paths
    A good career starting path

    Cons

    Opportunities for progression beyond the training contract is limited
    Long hours and derisory bonuses which flies in the face of all the hard graft that the firm's culture expects.
    Appraisal process isn't entirely merit based. The moderation process was biased toward those who shout the loudest.

    Advice to Management

    work needs to be rewarded appropriately.


  9. "Not what they market themselves to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Client experience is varied and can be enjoyable
    Intelligent colleagues
    Looks good on the CV
    Work in a variety of teams
    Good stepping stone

    Cons

    Old fashioned decision making
    Lack of up to date technology.
    Cumbersome use of time sheets and expenses system
    Lots of manual work could easily be automated

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility and responsibility for all team members. Rethink how time sheets affect productivity


  10. "I loved it but did too many hours overall"

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

    Pros

    I loved the people I worked with

    Cons

    you're stuck in the office quite a lot


  11. "good culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    development
    Good work life balance and focus on your development, invest in your skills to help you succeed in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    no cons to share now as I have not been there long enough to run into issues with how I am working within the team or being supported by the compan

    Advice to Management

    supportive culture, good balance between work and life. effective management



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