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PwC Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 575 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 350 reviews)

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  1. "I am a first year assurance Associate at pwc that works on audit engagements"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The career is very stable and progression over time is almost guaranteed. You also get the chance to have early client interaction compared other areas in accounting.

    Cons

    The progression is very predictable and being a large company there are a lot of politics. Promotions can be based on performance but are more focused on need.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible work-life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PwC was a good place to start my career. Since I worked a gazillion hours in just 2 years and 9 months of real time, it's as if I'd worked full-time for four or five years. I left PwC 2.5 months ago; now I hold my own (from a technical expertise perspective) with finance and accounting professionals several years older than me.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is terrible. Every year, January, February, and March were hellacious. In 2017, I worked 52 consecutive days from Jan 3 to Feb 23, with many days involving 10-14 billable hours. This included seven consecutive weekends. I averaged 65+ billable hours per week. With a year-round client that's an SEC registrant, work-life balance continued to be bad in the quarterly review months of April, July, and October. Therefore, take 3 months of busy season, plus 3 more months of quarterly reviews, and 6 months of the year I rarely had flexibility. My mental, physical, and emotional health deteriorated; I was becoming a one-dimensional person with limited time to invest in family, friends, hobbies, or physical exercise. I started a new job with a non-Big Four accounting firm 2.5 months ago, and my work-life balance and happiness are significantly better. The grass is truly greener on the other side. I work fewer hours, yet I am paid more. Work smarter, not harder. Self-care is so important and so necessary!

    Advice to Management

    When I left PwC in April 2017, recently appointed US Chairman Tim Ryan started taking the Firm in the wrong direction. Morale was declining -- largely because Manager bonuses were slashed. I left after three busy seasons, still 2-3 years away from making Manager. Therefore, I wasn't even close to earning a "milestone award" for making Manager, but my compensation was already bad enough (relative to how many hours I worked), so seeing Manager bonuses get eliminated incentivized me even more to leave.

  3. "Audit Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience. Learn a lot.

    Cons

    Poor company culture.
    No work life balance/flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the employees and they won't quit


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Currently looking for a new position"

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked with some very intelligent people and I've learn a lot on the job. I've gained a lot of experience in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    I've experienced some projects were we are so over extended that we received very little support from subject matter experts. Also, during the interview process they mentioned that we would only have to work long hours during busy seasons however they do not tell you that you are in busy season 12 months of the year...

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot of talk but very little walk about improving the work life balance.


  5. "Good place to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team and good learning

    Cons

    poor pay and extremely long hours


  6. "Pros and Cons of Working in PwC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of projects
    Can change from one division to the other

    Cons

    No challenging work
    Consulting life get booring


  7. "PwC"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good Pay

    Cons

    No chance for improvement. Very Political

    Advice to Management

    Give people a chance.

  8. "PwC is a great place to learn and develop."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and exposure to different businesses is good experience. Working in a team environment with good people is a plus.

    Cons

    The hours worked in busy season can be draining and flexibility is encouraged but difficult to attain with the work expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Expectations for hours worked should be relaxed and staffing needs to improve.


  9. "Associtate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Career opportunities, learning environment, great opportunity to know brilliant people

    Cons

    Work-life balance, remuneration, internal structure


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Advisory - SR Assoc"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel, job security, career opportunities with the clients you work with

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, male-dominated (also, I have yet to see a pregnant woman in my 3+ years working here, and have yet to hear of a female coworker getting pregnant/having kids), alcohol heavy networking

    Advice to Management

    Train manager promotes on how to be good managers (too many hard working seniors promoted to manager without proper knowledge of how to manage others - acknowledging others' strengths and weaknesses will be different from their own - versus just knowing how to work hard themselves).


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