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PwC Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 568 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 341 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place for Learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PwC has a great training program and their staff is learning from some of the brightest in the industry. It certainly helps to work at a firm like PwC for someone just breaking into the industry. Seniors and Managers are generally knowledgeable and willing to help others. Workload in the SF office is pretty flexible as long as employees are up front and honest with management. The overall culture is very young and vibrant. There are a lot of sponsored and non sponsored events that make to help build comraderie.

    Cons

    It's still a client service industry so employees must be ready to forfiet some of their personal life to last minute projects and statutory deadlines. Working on weekends are common during the tax busy season but some have worked longer during the week to not come in on weekends. The office is very political and perception over substance is key to an employee’s success.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management is good overall. I would like to see more transparency in the promotion process and more promotions based on merit. I have seen several promotions based on time just to see the promotees struggle in their new role.


  2. "If you work hard, you get there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A truly professional organization that values its most important assets - its staff. Everyone is held accountable for what they do and rewarded for a job well done. You cant survive long running under the radar here so you always need to be at the top of your game, but you get compensated accordingly.

    Cons

    If you want to coast along in life and work 9 to 5 every day with no stress or having to think too hard, its probably not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Just remember that we are individuals and that sometimes, one size does not fit all - so don't assume that an idea or program is something that everyone HAS to buy in to or participate in 100% of the time.


  3. "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Clients
    People
    Opportunities
    Good Pay / benefits

    Cons

    Hours (too long)
    no equity
    diversity shoved down your throat

    Advice to Management

    equity plan


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  5. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best thing.

    Cons

    Busy season hours are hard to adjust to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  6. "Rewarding and dynamic experiences for those who are willing to work hard."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PwC is a global firm committed to quality and excellence. It allows one to work hard in order to obtain gains both professionally and personally. Nearly unlimited opportunities to work around the world and experience life as it is meant to be.

    Cons

    At times, stress can get the better of you. It is tough on those who enjoy family life. There is the ability for work/life balance but one pays the price of a slower paced track to the top. Since you work for such a global audit practice, your ability to invest is severely handicapped.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "PwC partnership cares about the employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the Advisory the partners truly seem to care about people, their compensation and advancement. The company's annual review process is fairly transparent and fair. Advisory salaries are highly competitive, and high performers get meaningful rewards for their accomplishments in the form of bonuses ranging from 10% to 25% of their base salaries.

    The company's retirement benefits are average to slightly above average: there is a 401(k) with a 1.5% company match, and an additional retirement account where the company contributes up to 6% of the base salary depending on the job level

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedules. Frequent need to work long hours and occasional time on weekends. Occasional need for significant amount of travel (depends on the project and client's location).

    While promotions from Associate to Senior Associate and to Manager are simple merit-based transparent decisions, getting from Manager to Director level in the Advisory is very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to put a spin on negative news. It is insulting to our intelligence when Dennis Nally's e-mail that PwC would not shut down between Christmas and New Year like in the previous years makes it sound like a great thing for employees.


  8. "Great place, great times."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PricewaterhouseCoopers is a great place to work for entry level accountants looking to gain a vast amount of knowledge in a short amount of time. I would vouch that PWC is a good place to work for other than entry level, but I would not want to step outside of what I know (being entry level). The atmosphere is also very comfortable to be in, and you will find it very easy to make friends in no time. I don't know where my career will take me, but for now I see no reason that it won't be with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Cons

    It's not so much the downsides of working at PWC, but instead the downsides of being an accountant in general--long hours, busy days, etc. But then again, everybody should know and accept this fact before they puruse this career.

    Advice to Management

    Look out...I'm coming for your spot!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with very skilled and talented people on great clients. Thus, it is a great place to learn and to develop as a professional. Flexibility is available for those who are "on top of their game". High performance is rewarded.

    New tax staff are encouraged to rotate through various groups and are required to get diverse training. This provides a broad skill set to build upon.

    You will attend a national training for a week every year and local trainings and online training is always available if you have the time.

    The San Jose office is very oriented toward technology clients and venture capital clients.

    Cons

    Just the normal stuff you would expect working at a large client service organization -- resource managment issues and quite a bit of admin. Lots of hours at times.

    Clearly working for a big four accounting firm is nothing like working for the government. If you are looking for a eight to five job then most of the time this isn't it. Overtime is part of the deal but doesn't have to occur while you are at your desk. Beyond office hours no one really cares if you are at your desk or not. If you get your work done right and on schedule it will show up in your reviews and you'll be rewarded for it.

    Advice to Management

    The firm has great leadership right now. They could make PwC better by finding innovative ways to improve resource management and streamline adminstrative tasks.


  10. "PwC = best place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PwC treats every employee as part of the PwC family. They know how to appeal to every aspect of an employee's happiness - recognition, rewards, flexibility, merit based promotions/pay/bonuses/raises. Lots of my friends wish they worked for PwC - they give us extra days off at holidays, spot bonuses for no reason (bigger spot bonuses if you earn them). The flexibility allows employees to meet personal committments and live their life.

    Cons

    Accountants and auditors work a looooot of hours, but this is true of all of the big four. Specialists have it really good here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, I love working for PwC.


  11. "Great team, great firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The talent of the team is phenomenal.

    Cons

    Ability to travel and agility for change are key requirements.

    Advice to Management

    None


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