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PwC Chicago Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is very hard to have at consulting firms in general (in 2396 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2475 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Former Risk Assurance Internal Audit Senior"

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    Former Employee - Internal Audit Senior in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Senior in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PwC has a lot of brand recognition within the Accounting / Finance world. That said, if you work in Assurance, put in 2-3 years and leverage your experience for a career with a better trajectory / hours / culture / work life balance (e.g. transaction advisory, equity analyst roles).

    Cons

    I worked within the Chicago Internal Audit Practice at PwC for a significant period of time and cannot imagine a more terrible way to waste away my 20s. I would describe the culture within the practice at best as "toxic". Typically, the more tenured individuals within the practice are the most difficult and least enjoyable to work with; Partners and Directors have little interest in your development or interests (e.g. transferring to a different line of service) and are often rude. At times, this particular practice felt like a sorority where gossip rather than performance prevailed.

    Unless you are working on a marquee client or for a well respected Manager / Director, it is not uncommon for you to get lost in the fold and receive mediocre ratings thru the duration of your employment. Finally, as associates, the bulk of the work you will be performing is Sarbanes Oxley Compliance testing, which is essentially a gigantic compliance exercise that adds little no value.

    If you're intelligent, sociable, eager to learn / work, want to build-up your business acumen and develop tangible skills, look elsewhere!

    Advice to Management

    Management does not care is never going to change. Tim Ryan is a crook.


  2. "Spoiled Children"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm focuses on developing its brand through sound leadership principles.

    Cons

    The sound leadership principles that the firm emphasizes are only practiced by a select few of the leaders in the firm. Specifically, empathy lacks among leadership, along with organizational behavior and work ethic. Work is frequently handed off to the next lowest in command until the least qualified person is doing it. Meanwhile, management sits in business class or dozes off in executive airport lounges dreaming about their next big bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Your clients will one day realize how little value you provide and show you the door. Uncover and eliminate the problem or develop a backup plan.

  3. "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


  4. "Staff not set up to succeed"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Elmhurst, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rigorous business processes in place

    Cons

    Coaching & mentoring strongly advertised, but not practiced
    Teams not set up to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Conduct addition training on coaching & mentoring so the process can be executed as designed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "The bad outweighs the good"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Advisory salary is good if you have a need skill set. There are some great people in this firm. You an go far if you find the right partner to work for.

    Cons

    Your career is at the whim of your leadership and if you happen to work for a lousy partner, you will pay. When Partners can't perform, they take it out on their staff. I watched a partner fire several excellent people in the last couple of months just because he couldn't meet his numbers. I also listened to a partner tell a story how he spent $7k in one night at a strip club and expensed it. Client beware! There are good people in this firm, but there are more bad.

    Advice to Management

    To Tim Ryan - PwC has lost many good resources because you don't keep your partners in check. No upward feedback equals horrible practices.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Be Fooled"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging engagements with a lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Greedy, self serving partners who care nothing of the non-partner resources in the firm. Honesty is not a virtue. Consider yourself lucky if you are at least treated as a commodity. You will find a lot of slogans but precious little substance. Prepare for 80 hour weeks and never a thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Include more than white men in the partner ranks


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    NONE. I have no pros, only cons.

    Cons

    Worst place on earth. Everyone (staff, seniors, managers) are just miserable. Managers take out their misery on staff. Managers flat out call associates dumb and incapable in front of other employees. Lots of office politics and backstabbing. Sooo many cliques. You can't trust anyone. Only person you can count on is yourself. There is no time for training or mentoring. If you need help with something half the time the answer is just look at prior year. I would never trust the company to prepare my own personal tax returns. Big pyramid scheme. Basically your returns are prepared by interns and recent college grads and managers just glance at this stuff. Awful place. Everyone slaps on a smile and is fake. Associates all sametime each other how they are ready to get out of the place. This place is so not worth it. Your health and sanity are far more important.

    Advice to Management

    If someone asks for help don't just assume that they have a bad attitude and poor work ethic. Your expectations and work load are unrealistic.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Firm"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro to the company is the large number of under 30 people that work there, makes for a collegial atmosphere at times

    Cons

    The PwC Professional was and is a complete failure. It stunts career growth and makes the path to promotion almost impossible. In addition the pay is about minimum wage for the hours worked. You will work over 3,500 hours in a year for $55,000 as an associate.

    Advice to Management

    Align your compensation with the rates you bill your staff out at.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "From being part of a great company it's now being part of a non innovative company"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It used to be that people and culture were the saving grace. But not sure that is true anymore.

    Cons

    Lost culture, disillusioned work force and politics hampering individual growth I acting the collective growth of the company. Constant pressure on metrics when metrics are promoting bad behavior is not good. There is lack of innovative thinking and always being in a reactive mode to address market needs. More of the same appears to be the norm!

    Advice to Management

    In your zeal to make the newer talent pool from acquired companies feel welcome don't take the legacy folks from way back when for granted. All the new things that glitter is not Gold!


  10. "Job Shadow"

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    Former Intern - Job Shadow in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Job Shadow in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wide range of exposure
    Got to interact with senior partners a lot
    Seemed interested in all shadowers

    Cons

    Lectures rather than real shadow
    Very unorganized when I arrived
    Too many shadowers at once

    Advice to Management

    Allow shadowers to actually shadow employees


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