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Updated June 21, 2017
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PwC Chairman and Senior Partner PwC UK & Middle East Alliance Kevin Ellis
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Pros
  • brilliant work life balance should you need it ie full flexibility (in 568 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 345 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clapham, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clapham, London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it is really prestigious to work there

    Cons

    sometimes work overtime with no pay

    Advice to Management

    overtime pay


  2. "Senior Associate (Deals)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great, highly performing people. Very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Lot's of travel involved. Variable hours, depending on project. Less diverse at Partner/Director level.

    Advice to Management

    Inflationary payrises.

  3. "PwC - recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - inclusive and friendly culture
    - people are honest, nice and hard-working
    - pockets of excellence in many parts of the firm

    Cons

    - resistance to change, not particularly innovative (largely due to partnership model and revenue based on times and materials)
    - network model means no real global integration, more like different local satellites working in silos

    Advice to Management

    - think hard about how to change incentive structures to make innovation happen
    - once you have nailed a strategy, make sure to execute it well
    - this last sentence to reach 20 words


  4. "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for learning and growth
    Global network
    Flexibility in time management

    Cons

    Compensation and annual rewards are below average of the industry


  5. "PwC"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    great training and the people are very clever, good equipment and IT support.

    Cons

    poor pay and work life balance

    Advice to Management

    pay better


  6. "Senior Associate, Risk Consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can be a very rewarding opportunity for a graduate if you are able to establish a strong network and go onto the projects you like
    Excellent 4 week training programme for new graduates
    Clear promotion and moderation process

    Cons

    Poor pay, Senior Associate grade is the highest for attrition because of the pay
    Bonus is significantly lower than what you would expect from a Big 4 firm
    Will find it difficult getting onto a good project if resourcing decide to assign you

    Advice to Management

    Involve junior members in firm strategy and client strategy work
    Improve pay and bonus for the Senior Associate grade to reduce attrition


  7. "Great for training and development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fantastic people, huge network and resources
    broad range of services
    very helpful and nice people
    client centric, excellent brand
    brilliant work life balance should you need it ie full flexibility

    Cons

    long hours
    decision making take a long time
    becoming more transactional in dealing with people - all depends on who looks after you
    constantly reorganizing

    Advice to Management

    look after your people better

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It's a member of the big 4"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great travel opportunities, great place to build your career. Good training, amazing location of all offices globally. Good mobility

    Cons

    They will get their pound of flesh. Your face needs to fit to get to Partner. The partners are all made of teflon and look after themselves so you need to find the good ones who will look after you.


  9. "PWC Talent Academy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall view of PWC and it's different streams, met with top executives, group presentation at the end

    Cons

    Very structured structure, people very self centred but not all of them

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to grad programmes and other qualifications


  10. "Not enough high quality work for graduates"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Good people (on the whole)
    Some good benefits

    Cons

    For young, intelligent and motivated graduates straight from University, Teach First, Internships or otherwise the work on FftF (Graduate programme) is extremely unfulfilling and you can spend large periods of time on the bench, begging people for work and a code to find you spend 6 weeks acting as a director's glorified PA. Understandably, someone needs to do those jobs but they should be complemented with a mix of really high quality, interesting work that keeps your brain ticking over. There are far too many associates and not enough work.

    At lower ends of the spectrum, can only be promoted once a year.. regardless of how good you are.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce your numbers. Make getting in more competitive. Make graduates feel like you want them to be there and they they have some responsibility and accountability - at least then, they will be motivated. Graduates are the future of your firm and frankly, I'm not sure many of them feel proud and motivated to be there.


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