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Pros
  • The work-life balance is much better than I thought it would be (in 559 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot from the people you work with (in 337 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not that great (in 2020 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2068 reviews)

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  1. "Tough 3 years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits right out of college

    Cons

    No work life balance, boring and meaningless work, favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Try to care about your employees a little more


  2. "management consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some groups are fun to work in and have fun staff.
    Work life balance isn't too bad if you do not mind traveling

    Cons

    A lot of the work isn't really management consulting as much as more audit oriented work
    some groups have very old school audit atmosphere
    struggles between the transition of a strategy firm versus accounting

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on strategy business


  3. "Transfer Pricing Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Transfer PricingTreasury in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Transfer PricingTreasury in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Experience, Learn a lot and you work with a lot of talented and smart individuals. Have unlimited resources and tools not available at most jobs.

    Cons

    The work is boring and the lifestyle is intense. A lot of foreign people work here and the lack of ability to communicate well really hurts the team

    Advice to Management

    Management lacks knowledge of what their employees are actually doing. There is not much a happy work enivornment as people don't mingle and talks amongst one another


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  5. "Busy season never ends"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for promotion and you have to really bad to get fired.

    Cons

    Unclear salary structure, work-life balance is impossible, low performers are usually not fired and you have to deal with giving them work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell flexibility as part of PwC'attributes when you don't really promote it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Did not like"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your career (if you're willing to work extreme amounts of unpaid overtime)
    Considered prestigious by other companies/industries
    When trying to find another job, people there who previously worked here know the extreme work people have to go through here, which gives you an advantage in their eyes against others who did not work big 4.
    You're thrown right into actual work (although without much/any specific training)

    Cons

    Even if you are efficient and finish all your work on a given day/week/month/year, you will just be given more or even given to another team. Eventually this makes it difficult to motivate yourself to work harder as theres never any end in sight.
    Big chunks of the year you are expected to work at least 55 billable hours a week which often turns into far, far more. Also your rating which determines salary/bonus is mainly dependent on hours worked and there isnt much management acknowledgement or interest in staff that builds efficiency.
    Every promotion appeared to come with more and more work and stress. I did not ever want the job of any of my superiors, all the way to the top, which is why i left. Working in HR would have been nice because they get all the pros of the company without the insane overtime and crazy work expectations that were often totally dependent on the timing of client deliverables. But as a result HR was one of the most competitive sections of the company to get into.
    Interns have it BY FAR the best as they're paid very high hourly rates, very high OT hourly rates, and get all sorts of trips and perks and events that mostly vanish once starting full time. I made as much in 8 weeks interning working 55 hours a week and no weekends as i did in 6 months working 60-90 hours a week and a lot of weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people on teams that do different work, especially new teams, are not unfairly evaluated against each other. It was impossible for me to receive a favorable rating because my assigned work was not the right type of billable work so on paper i couldn't even come close to competing with others on different teams that i was compared against. I built massive internal efficiency on a new team, as well as the new admin support team that had just been put in place, and got zero recognition and a bad rating for it, and was told if i wanted to work more on the remaining inefficiencies that were out of my control to change and made my job very difficult, i would have to apply to some team in a different state that was very competitive, and produced many of these bad processes in the first place.


  7. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Revere, MA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Revere, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career Development
    Build skills in business development
    Leadership and relationship building

    Cons

    promotes Ethics but does not apply any.


  8. "PwC works you like crazy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    There are periods of extreme flexibility in the summer

    Cons

    Work you like crazy 70+ hour weeks -- lots of travel-- never able to disconnect -- new evaluation system is confusing and inconsistent


  9. "Amazing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Young age group

    Cons

    Long hours, time off policies

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Experienced Associate - work/llife???"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very helpful for getting a job after - companies love "Big 4" experience. Most groups also help to expose you to a lot of different areas and provide a lot of learning.

    Cons

    There is pretty much no work-life balance. Most times they'll say the summers are "slow" and you can take time off, but if you don't schedule it ahead of time you'll be stuck on some project. 60-100 hrs/week year round is not my idea of fun.


  11. "Senior Associate - Assurance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Assurance in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to various opportunities, people and clients. Especially useful coming straight out of school.

    Cons

    Engagements are consistently understaffed; people are overworked; lots of mind games. Difficult to get onto new projects. High turn over.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a higher value placed on treating people adequately. Throwing around corporate jargon like "work-life balance" does not actually mean staff get to experience this. The idea of working 90 hrs/wk can no longer qualify as a badge of honor - it needs to be eradicated if you want people to stick around in the long run.



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