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Updated November 7, 2016
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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. "Engaging"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, amazing perks, flexible hours and great opportunities to learn for the motivated individual. There's a great springboard to serve as a launch for other career goals.

    Cons

    Poor training. There was no real training system in place. There is a one year contract for new hires, and the learning curve for the role was 6 months.


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    "Valuation"

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

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work across a number of different industries

    Cons

    work/life balance is a bit of struggle and a lot of admin.


  3. "Lot's of Learning, Little Engineering or Fun"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Associate Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Associate Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The high intensity work environment at PwC forces you to learn quickly as an intern. Even though I didn't have any previous experience with the healthcare industry coming in, I was expected to contribute to the team's work after only a week on site. Over my 6 weeks at the firm, I got plenty of practice using Excel and Powerpoint and gained a solid understanding of something I knew nothing about going in: the hospital revenue cycle. I also enjoyed Friday happy hours and the fun intern events that were put on at my home office. PwC looks good on a resume and will pay you well as an intern.

    Cons

    The travel for consulting is grueling. Even though I was just flying from Chicago to Detroit, I experienced flight delays that had me get back to my apartment at 10 PM on Thursday nights and even forced me to spend the night in Detroit on one occasion. If you like having a routine after work, i.e. working out, cooking a healthy dinner, watching TV or running errands, consulting is not for you. Ignoring the fact that you live in a hotel for most of the week, the hours of my project were long and varied day by day. Sometimes we would work until 5:30 and call it quits, then the next day we would work until 7. It drove me crazy not having a reliable routine, and I was worn out. Also, while the long hours are worth it when you are an intern and getting paid by the hour, I can't imagine working 10 hour days while salaried!

    Advice to Management

    Commit to projects with realistic timelines that don't force employees to work ridiculous hours. Recognize that not everyone is a work-aholic and some people need time by themselves at night.


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  5. "Internal politics are killing it"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice salary, good/decent benefits (vacation, insurance,...)

    Cons

    Upper management is a shark tank; the internal politics (reads fights among partners) are killing the business

    Advice to Management

    Partners should lead with the example, but I yet have to see it


  6. "Audit Associate"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PwC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience and training

    Cons

    Low paying with long hours


  7. "Eh"

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

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to a lot of different areas of the financials.
    Potential for interesting opportunities.
    Easy to keep your job if performing at an average level.

    Cons

    No incentive to improve or impress due to rigid promotion structure.
    Pay not adequate.
    Impossible to move from audit to anything else besides tax without another offer in hand.

    Advice to Management

    Consider implementing bonuses for the levels below Senior to create incentives for the younger employees to stick around. If you increase the start salary consider increasing the levels above it as well so there is still a difference in pay between 1st and 2nd years.


  8. "Management Consulting within PwC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    For the most part, smart people who are passionate

    Cons

    The firm has grown fourfold in the last 4 years and now feels like a giant despite being part of a smaller group that used to feel very entrepreneurial. The structure makes it challenging to sell and deliver work.


  9. "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great global platform with deep industry expertise

    Cons

    No downsides at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  10. "Log jam at Director Level - too focused on making metrics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great work, great salary

    Cons

    Unclear path to partner, too much focus on metrics to drive performance compensation (e.g. all about revenue!!), not enough teaming at the director level.

    Advice to Management

    change mentality away from metrics to drive performance compensation - its hurting the culture!!


  11. "The Basics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Your experience working at PwC will be heavily dependent on your practice / team. I have a phenomenal team and that drastically improves my work experience. PwC certainly has plenty of areas for improvement, but I do not sense that that are unique to PwC so I can't ding them to hard for it.

    Cons

    Technology strategy - PwC's implemented technology to support their employees is awful. I have to maintain two different email accounts. Enough said.
    Preach transparency in pay but its all smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    Start aligning base pay with performance. Bonuses, which are said to be tied to performance, are never competitive and it is demoralizing to our talent. If I do good work, I want to see my overall compensation reflect that. Reward hard workers, not people who just stick around.



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