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PwC Chicago Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 580 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 353 reviews)

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  1. "Good to start, not to stay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with driven people. It really helps to build your skills and resume much quicker than a private sector job.

    Cons

    Depending on what team you are assigned the hours between you and your peers can vary greatly. Long hours for the most part and there is more than 1 busy season each year as most people have 12/31 audits along with a 6/30 and/or 9/30 audit as well.
    The culture can be a bit overwhelming as everyone is very career driven and at points expect your personal life to take a back seat to work.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to remain cognizant of the demands on the staff and managers at without the support to disconnect it can be a bit tough/intimidating to try and get away for some much needed/deserved R&R.


  2. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Internal firm network, diversity and excitement level of project work.

    Cons

    Pay is too low, travel is too taxing.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce travel expectations.

  3. "Great Company!"

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    Current Intern - Inter in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Inter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the pay, management, interesting work, great culture.

    Cons

    I could honestly find none.


  4. "PwC is not bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start your career, good people and experience. Variety of projects and opportunities. Overall, young people with a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Big company with big company rules and tough promotions. Not always easy to navigate politics internally. There are a lot of obstacles to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your own people


  5. "Senior Assoicate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Tax in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Tax in Chicago, IL

    I worked at PwC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They hire great/talented people

    Cons

    Disconnected Management, absolutely no work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Empathize with Staff


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Diverse project types"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My experience has been full of different industries and clients, this is largely due to the team and type of service we deliver.

    Cons

    The team you are on can make or break your experience.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Everyone"

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    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, looks good on resume

    Cons

    Bad Hours, No flexibility, no choices of clients.

    Advice to Management

    More than one client a year

  8. "Great place to work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most things. Great group of talented people to work with. Ability to work with cutting edge planning for the worlds largest companies. Relaxed and sincere culture.

    Cons

    Compensation is really the only downside to working at PwC, especially if you are also a licensed attorney. With the recent law firm salary increases in 2016, it will likely become very difficult if not impossible to recruit or keep attorneys at PwC.


  9. "Too big to make an impact"

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    Current Employee - PwC Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PwC Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great pay, independence (depends on team)

    Cons

    Long hours, weekend work, too big


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Chicago ITS & ITS-FS: Toxic culture - Couldn't pay me to work here again"

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    Former Employee - International Tax Senior in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - International Tax Senior in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most disappointing employer in my life = Blessing in disguise . Hung my shingle as solo atty.

    Cons

    1. Organization structure: antiquated and rigid corporate hierarchy.

    2. The company culture is for:
    -lap dogs,
    -non-entrepreneurs,
    -non-risk takers,
    -those who need attention,
    -are afraid to stake their claim, and
    -over-compensators who have low levels of confidence despite outward projections to the contrary.

    3. Immaturity and sophomoric behavior company-wide.

    Advice to Management

    Hired by Chicago ITS-FS (International Tax - Financial Services) and worked in both ITS-FS and ITS.

    Brought to the table high-level strategic skillset: litigation attorney at own my own firm. 41 yrs old and pPast clients included:
    1) HNW families,
    2) Senior financial traders, and
    3) FP&A strategy consultants.

    Yet placed into a bizarre and incongruent tactical role for 27 year-olds.

    Result: my talent was squandered on low-level tasks, in an inappropriate role, which I previously paid my law office employees to perform e.g.,
    -bookkeeping for $400 of revenue,
    -drafting emails for others 14 years younger than I to approve,
    -making photocopies, and
    -collecting the mail from mailroom.

    It was time to leave the firm when the following occurred:

    Person #1 (personified Humphrey Bogart in The Cain Mutiny):
    -several years younger, unprofessional, with low emotional quotient
    -became irrational & hostile to mask their lack of tax litigation/POA experience (despite my having experience)
    -began client work without an engagement letter.

    Person #2:
    -made inappropriate comments publicly regarding a coworker = HR violation.
    -refused to allow mission-critical deliverables to proceed to WNTS
    -fortunately this Person #2 was publicly removed after 12 months via mass email, "As of today, <NAME>, has left the firm..."

    Lose the battle to win the war - Made the firm lay me off, collected my unemployment and severance.


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