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Updated November 10, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is very hard to have at consulting firms in general (in 2360 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2431 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Health care consulting"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Ability to work on intellectually challenging projects.

    Cons

    Lack of life balance. Misleading career opportunities.


  2. "Strategic Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, and work arrangement is flexible for internal staff.

    Cons

    Pay is not the best, difficult to move up in IFS roles.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer path for promotion in IFS/Internal roles.

  3. "Cutting Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You work with a bunch of young people who are really smart and fun.

    Cons

    There has been a visible cost cutting push. The insurance plan I was on was cut and they told us only 4 months before the plan was up. The manager promotion bonus was cut by 20%, and they tried to tell us sneakily by making us click through 3 links before seeing information on the cut. They also cut money for team happy hours and bonding activities.


  4. "Forensic technology solutions."

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    Current Employee - Analytic & Forensic Technology Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analytic & Forensic Technology Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are data projects and have amazing team. You get to cross vertical and on different kinds of projects. Not a lot of travel which is great if you like being local.

    Cons

    If you hate e discovery this is not the job for you. Long hours for sure depending on the project. No opportunity for early promotions like any other corporates. Promotions work like clock work. Partners are not aware about associate work and are not involved even a little bit.


  5. "Risk Assurance"

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    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility where you can work and IT support. Lots of exposure to new products and people are mostly interesting since they come from various backgrounds and have great subject matter expert knowledge

    Cons

    The company is technologically behind. A few managers and up understanding tech reality, but most of them don't. It makes more tech-savvy people pretty frustrated. The company is also too focused on the short-term profit and not the long term development, which makes innovative analytic problems challenging to seriously develop.

    Advice to Management

    Learn technology. Don't operate so hierarchically. Give more flexibility to development and learning new concepts outside of accounting and audit


  6. "Engaging"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

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

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    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.


  9. "Internal politics are killing it"

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    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


  10. "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


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