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PwC Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. "Incident Response Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    - Projects are broadly varied, and will force you to grow your skills quickly
    - Direct team is very close and always looking out for each other

    Cons

    - Partners are removed from having even a basic technical understanding of IR or the team’s needs.
    - Leadership is very short sighted and only cares about short term gains
    - Suggestions to fix issues go ignored by leadership
    - Performance evaluation is an embarrassment which does not conform to IR workflow, and results in poor reviews and bonus’ due to “low utilization”
    - IR team is critically understaffed, and there is little effort to fix hiring issues
    - Technology is distressingly out of date and hinders team on a daily basis

    Advice to Management

    None of this is news and methods to fix the team have been brought up over many years, yet there is little effort to actually repair things. Decide if you really want to do IR and if you do, fix it before you lose even more employees due to lack of engagement.


  2. "Good place to start and find yourself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Access to amazing clients

    Travel opportunities

    Diverse employee base

    Cons

    Up or out culture

    Work-life balance depends on a degree of luck (client, team, etc)

    Young managers who micro manage team members

  3. "The Big 4 Grind"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Good money at manager level and above; good resume builder.

    Cons

    Two classes of people: partners & everybody else. Endure your pain for 15 years, become a partner and live the good life.

    Advice to Management

    Enough with the H1-B visas and outsourcing overseas.


  4. "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Greece, NY
    Former Employee - Auditor in Greece, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience gained by working for different clients

    Cons

    No meritocracy, not paid overtimes

    Advice to Management

    Meritocracy!


  5. "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple, high profile clients. I felt like my managers always cared about me.

    Cons

    Limited to an industry focus and virtually impossible to switch groups. Pay is below industry average and promotions are based on tenure, not performance. Poor 401k matching compared to industry and long (6+ month) implementation projects where you learn very few applicable skills.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to switch groups without 10 partner approvals or else they'll just leave because it was definitely easier. Don't be so greedy - compensation and benefits aren't adequate for the amount of $ (and margin) the advisory practice brings in.


  6. "who you work with makes a big difference"

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    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    can sometimes work remotely
    great opportunity to get exposure to different areas

    Cons

    -politics
    -sometimes have to watch your back for highly competitive people stabbing you in the back.

    Advice to Management

    -relationship partners are the one who make the promotion decisions, and usually there are a few people assigned to the same partner. So, it really comes to how you network and work around politics.


  7. "Experienced associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    If you’re accounting, or want a career in accounting/audit, it’s probably good for you. For the rest of the people, you can do much more with your life than stuck here.

    90% people working don’t like their jobs. Each person is looking for a out. It’s hard to get out if you stay too long cause you don’t learn much from being here. It translates to nothing

    Cons

    - if you’re a engineering campus hire, salaries are bad. You can make 30-40k+ elsewhere
    - if you come to any data analytics group within Pwc, there’s little analytics you end up doing. The actual work you will be doing involves no skills. It’s going to be a manual copy paste work. At most you’ll do Some sql stuff, but that’s the extent of skills you’ll be learning.

    Bottom line - if you’ve done engineering, in school, You can do wayyy better than PwC interns of salary. If you feel you’re talentless, dont mind copy pasting 8 hours a day or documenting *** that you most likely don’t care about then this is exactly what you’re looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in the right talent. Get in touch with the people. Identify and act on the reason behind the high turn over

  8. "Everyone has good & bad experience!!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company, Growing, Growth Opportunity

    Cons

    No set guidelines, No training, lay offs with no legitimate reasons, expects a lot without any guidance, no introduction for new joiners towards company policies and expectations. Even though when they hire they say you will be reviewed yearly basis for performance, promotion, bonus etc but to get rid of you they will evaluate you on 1 month or 2 month role as well :)

    Advice to Management

    Should provide more training, set expectations with new joiners, teach new joiners, guide them, mentor them, show them company, policies and most importantly give them chance to show their skillset not just try to fit them in standard box setup firm offers.


  9. "Long hours but a good learning opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot and get an opportunity to coach and manage people at a low level. There are also some good managers at the firm.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to work long hours and associates work is often unappreciated. Its also hard to work out of a client site all year.

    Advice to Management

    I think management should stress to associates the importance of quality of work more than staying under budget, which often feels like the priority


  10. "Little understanding from management"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent name brand recognition. Sticking it out at a Big 4 firm can open many doors in the future! Exposure to high profile clients.

    Cons

    12-15 hour work days, inconsistent review process, culture is extremely hierarchical, little work life balance, no actions taken when given feedback from staff. Management treats staff poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review process!! Ratings varied drastically as each manager interpreted the review scale differently.


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