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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 567 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 342 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Look past the press releases"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    On the business side, you'll work with extremely talented and devoted people. They are driven and focused, but also understanding and compassionate. There are always a few that take things too far, but there is a fundamental coaching mentality at PwC that aims for constant improvement. I've never worked for a company that spends as much time coaching their leaders as they do coaching their staff.

    Cons

    The organization that I worked under for most of my career at PwC is a complete disarray. At what's truly frightening is they they either don't realize this or don't care. You can safely ignore nearly anything you read in the press - programs like "He for She" or "Lean In". This organization is run by insecure people who are somehow allowed to do whatever they want with very little consequences. Leaders of this group are leaders in title only, they do very little leading and are quick to judge, and will not flinch to throw its staff under the bus to further their careers. These leaders will develop complex hierarchies for product / service delivery, but then at a moment's notice change them and then blame the staff when the business wants to know why everything takes so long to complete.

    Advice to Management

    You need a real HR group. If you ever bothered to look at your leaders, you would be shocked to find out they run things contrary to almost every stated public position.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, looks good on resume

    Cons

    Bad Hours, No flexibility, no choices of clients.

    Advice to Management

    More than one client a year


  3. "Risk Assurance Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Risk Assurance in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Assurance in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They put you through a rigorous training program.

    Cons

    Management does not care about personal growth. HR is not trustworthy.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "IT culture has declined drastically"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Flexible work schedule is usually accommodated depending on your group.
    2. Working from home flexibility, but this is going away with the latest IT reorganization.
    3. Total benefits package - healthcare, dental, 401k/retirement plan, generous maternity/paternity leave, wellness rewards, etc.

    Cons

    1. Little to no work-life balance within IT. You will be working on your free time or time off, which is often expected of leaders without any recognition.

    2. No upward mobility or growth opportunities. You can wait for 8+ years for a position to become open or be created, which when filled is about "who you know" rather than your qualifications or performance.

    3. Major reorganizations every 2 years, often with large layoffs of knowledgeable and high performing staff. You'll be expected to do the job of many roles, with little to no training. (Penalized if you do the job, penalized if you don't.)

    4. Technical skills are not properly utilized or developed by the company. Despite everyone having training budgets, getting training is virtually impossible.

    5. Leaders do not make decisions, only provide "loose guidance." This leaves you to make a decision to get the job done, often times resulting in getting penalized for it if you didn't do it the way that leader would've liked.

    6. Open work spaces. This is great if you need informal meetings with your team, but horrible when you need privacy or spend your day on phone calls. Forget getting anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to implement 5-year goals in 6-10 week periods because there's a new trend in IT or the new partner only has 4 years to "make their mark." This leaves the IT organization in chaos for years after each reorganization, while you overwork your staff to significant burnout. It also sets up the entire organization up for failure and dissatisfied customers.

    The latest reorganization under Sigal Zarmi was the most poorly handled reorganization that I've ever seen in my time with PwC. The reorganization touted bringing/retaining technical skills to the organization, which was undefined and seemed to have no bearing on who was retained/let go. Those that were not retained or declined their offer were told they were unskilled, were essentially unable to apply for another position in the firm (unlike in past reorgs) and this type of messaging has been "leaked" to other companies (ie. potential employers). This is not the culture of PwC as a firm that Tim Ryan or Bob Moritz promotes, and this IT leadership is flat out unprofessional.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, not an ideal career with Tampa SDC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Full benefits
    Good culture with coworkers
    A decent learning environment for first few months
    Great initiatives in the community
    Provide tons of feedback and professional development experience

    Cons

    Work is remedial and doesn't take much effort to understand the work once you've been there for 6months to a year
    Not much learning after the initial training course when you first onboard
    Management is extremely overbearing and there is little autonomy with a lot of work
    Salary is below average
    Copy paste job
    No career growth or outlook as this place only does one thing even though they preach this on a weekly basis
    Career development process (how you get promoted) is a load of crap, a standardized promoting cycle that they say is 'individualized' but it is not nearly close to that. Just a quota they are allowed to fill by taking the top few performers. Making it difficult to progress without serious time put in or not being buddy buddy with the managers.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more real work that can be quantified. Create a more reactive environment where learning is fostered not drilled down.


  7. "asi asi"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Audit Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Current Contractor - Audit Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PwC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get a nice name brand on your resume.

    Cons

    Not much talent here, a bunch of interns essentially.


  8. "Internal Firm Services"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Poorly run by management. Stuck doing what you hate most with little room for advancement. Average pay and poor bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    If you want a different culture, employee senior leaders who will create the same culture you portray in public. Form teams based on strengths, align staff's purpose/passions to business for best results. (don't just say it, do it)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Watch out for this one"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good and good benefits.

    Cons

    Bad culture of hiring people that do not know much about an area, then claiming them as experts. Recently laying people off quietly and with little notice. Recently changed to high emphasis on short term profit and utilization with little interest in longer investments, or the people needed to make those investments. Very dog-eat-dog with everyone doing anything they can to max their utilization. No collegiality or interest in working with other groups to improve their product,....What you have done for me today?

    Advice to Management

    Change to a longer-term orientation that values subjectmatter expertise and stresses achievements other than utilization.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Assurance Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, Knowledge, Benefits, Network, Technology

    Cons

    The people, not a family atmosphere, people willing to throw you under the bus, talk behind your back

    Advice to Management

    need more genuine people


  11. "No work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technology Consulting Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - Technology Consulting Intern in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -> You will be one of the premium frequent flyer members. You will rack up a lot of points during travel.
    -> A lot of networking opportunity within the company

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Sometimes, managers would expect you to deliver without providing enouh resources.

    Advice to Management

    The snapshot process is a failure. Every person in the firm has a different opinion about it.


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