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Updated April 8, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is much better than I thought it would be (in 559 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot from the people you work with (in 337 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not that great (in 2020 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2068 reviews)

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  1. "Experienced Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team environment, plenty of resources and opportunities and great way to network with individuals who are successful within the field of accounting.

    Cons

    Busy season is always stressful


  2. "IT Cybersecurity Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and large clients across all industries
    PwC truly encourages you to grow your own way and find your interest and values

    Cons

    Bench time, if you aren't active in your own career PwC will try to get on a project but it's mainly about your own network connections and initiative. Sometimes you feel alone since the company is so large.

    Advice to Management

    Make associates feel less scared when on the bench


  3. "Good flexibility and Career Opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenging work assignments, smart people

    Cons

    Stress, client pressure, profitability focus


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  5. "Director - Assurance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are tons of opportunities for growth and development, senior partners care about flexibility, you get to work on cutting edge projects

    Cons

    as with many large firms there are many layers of red tape which can be difficult to avoid at times.

    Advice to Management

    continue to focus on associates and giving them opportunities to learn, cut down on the red tape and administrative aspects of being part of a large firm, try to consolidate internal requirements.


  6. "Collegial, flexible culture with great benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work environment, positive can-do atmosphere, and team driven and collegial co-workers make working at PwC a great place to begin a career. Also there are plenty of opportunities for professional and leadership development.

    Cons

    Working for such a large entity comes with added administrative tasks and some of the simple tasks can seem unnecessarily time consuming


  7. Helpful (3)

    "WMTS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The first couple of promotions are pretty well defined. Not much in terms of surprises. You don't need to be a CPA to advance. Become an enrolled agent, work for 6 years, and you are now a manager. Hurray!
    If you like moderate travel, you do get to visit clients and have training opportunities in other cities. I would say you travel about twice a year if you are an associate that is visiting clients and doing the PwC tax training.
    You will probably make some new friends through your shared animosity toward other people.
    Some of the interns can really give you a good laugh when you're having a crappy day/week/month.
    Men and women get the exact same pay. So when you're arguing against your feminist friend about the pay-gap being nonexistent you have a great example to use.

    Cons

    Coming in, they tell you the way things are through rose colored glasses. It is dishonest at best. They do the same thing after every tax season. Telling you fairy tales of endless new hires and system improvements.
    They are understaffed, yet somehow will find a way to be even further understaffed next year. The partners try to validate the staffing levels by noting that everybody is still taking their vacation days. That's probably more of a reflection of how little everyone cares about getting their work done.
    If you stay for too long(3+ years), you get trapped. You only have WMTS knowledge, which is pretty specific. You won't be able to find another tax job for similar pay, because you've now been promoted. So you either leave and take a pay cut, or stay and continue a miserable life. Or you can go to EY to do the exact same miserable thing.
    They will tell you that you are expected to work 300 hours of overtime during tax season and that this is figured into your pay. So if your salary is 50k, you really make about 43k before overtime. Except you actually work more like 500 hours of overtime. So you now make 40k before overtime. For the amount of stress - and it's a lot - I don't think it's worth it.
    Dealing with the client and beneficiaries sucks. There's no other way to put it.
    The people that you work with will complain endlessly about everything. "The catering isn't healthy. We can't eat tacos every night." So they hire new caterers with a focus on healthier options. "The food is so bland. They never have any good food. I want something cheesy." The same people complain when ordering out, which is rude because they are essentially complaining about their coworkers. Order your own damn food if you don't want what we're having!
    If you're on an engagement that hasn't ventured into 2009 yet, you have to print everything. Like all else, the printers suck. So you become a low level mechanic during your time working in WMTS. You also develop some mad stapling skills. On the other hand, your intern probably can't staple six pages together so you have to use your mad stapling skills more often than you'd prefer.
    Did I mention that summers are no better than the winter? You don't work the same hours, but you find yourself being just as busy. This is when a lot of people are quitting so you have to handle more than your usual account load. The type of work is also a lot less motivating. I would much rather spend my time cranking out tax returns than doing data projects. Don't get me wrong, they need done, but my point is that it's no picnic working in WMTS over the summer.
    Pam Morse.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make everything a secret. When somebody is quitting, make an announcement. When somebody is going on maternity leave, make an announcement. When somebody is getting promoted, make an announcement. You create drama and clicks by not sharing information that should be known by the entire team.
    Hire some more people. You are understaffed. Admit it. It gets worse every year.


  8. "Philly WMTS is in ruins"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Easy to enter the WMTS department in PwC and get the big four name on your resume.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Majority of the work is done by people with no experience.


  9. "First full time job"

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    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Enjoy the people I work with at PwC. The Philadelphia office has a tight nit community, and many fun events for younger staff members.

    Cons

    The work is very tedious, there is much middleweight in the firm that brings down the top performers. The work is unrewarding.


  10. "Tax Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At PwC you service amazing companies that are going to be the biggest projects you see

    Cons

    Long hours
    No control over your work

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees, not wait for new ones


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, flexibility, hard work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to large public clients, great people, flexibility with working remotely and great amount of vacation and holiday time off.

    Cons

    Long hours, more work piled on the better you perform, very high expectations, the pay lower than other firms and companies


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