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PwC Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 580 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 353 reviews)

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  1. "Good to start, not to stay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with driven people. It really helps to build your skills and resume much quicker than a private sector job.

    Cons

    Depending on what team you are assigned the hours between you and your peers can vary greatly. Long hours for the most part and there is more than 1 busy season each year as most people have 12/31 audits along with a 6/30 and/or 9/30 audit as well.
    The culture can be a bit overwhelming as everyone is very career driven and at points expect your personal life to take a back seat to work.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to remain cognizant of the demands on the staff and managers at without the support to disconnect it can be a bit tough/intimidating to try and get away for some much needed/deserved R&R.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to build your career, training, colleagues, mentors

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful, sometimes a very political work environment

  3. "Senior manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Career advancement
    Opportunity to find careers outside

    Cons

    Lack of partner track
    Hours

    Advice to Management

    More transparent regarding partner track


  4. "Super learning and mentoring experience with something new to learn or try at each corner"

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

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

    Pros

    Coaching, network, and diversity of opportunities. You can write your own path based on the relationships you build with PwC and clients. Any question my client asks, I can say "I know an expert"

    Cons

    Travel and workload (it's consulting). You have lots of flexibility in work schedule but generally need to be available all the time.


  5. "Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule are provided, Work from home

    Cons

    Busy Seasons require 55 hours a week min


  6. "Working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people with good attitude

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of overtime is required


  7. "Great Company but the people on your engagement team can ruin it for you"

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

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

    Pros

    So many perks, such as unlimited sick days for yourself/family members, extended holiday vacations, firm-wide two-week shutdown over Christmas and New Years, tuition reimbursement, student loan paydown benefit, up to $5k bonus for passing the CPA exams within 1 year of employment, an extra 401k-type retirement account and so much more.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the people on your engagement team either make it or break it for you. I am in audit and the first engagement team I was on was just like a high school clique, which was really tough, especially during busy season, because I didn't fit in. Now I am on another team and feel much better about my coworkers. Another con is the fact that we work in an audit room and all sit around a group of tables- no cubicles to call our own. I miss having privacy. Also, during busy season we worked 70-80 hours, which wasn't that bad actually, but I didn't like the fact that we had to take lunches and dinners together. I like being around people but 12-16 hours a day is just too much.

    Advice to Management

    Change the "snapshot" review process. My annual review should not be solely based on what one person chooses to write about me. It should be focused on the quality of my work and not just the amount of workpapers I "prepared". I could prepare 20 a day but they wouldn't be done properly and then I'd have to spend more time completing them the right way- not to mention I'd be wasting the reviewer's time if I sent crap their way. How is it fair that I received compliments from the engagement partner and manager about my quality of work but when it came time for the snapshot, the person writing it didn't mention that at all and therefore I got a sub-par review. My bonus and raise suffered greatly due to that and it was unfair.

  8. "Overall, the experience was better than what I expected"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Working at a Big 4 gives you great exposure to great clients
    - PwC brand is definitely recognized even outside of accounting / audit
    - Workplace offers pretty good diversity
    - Opportunities are available if you perform well and the demand is there
       ex. your client undergoing different transactions - bankruptcy / IPO / M&A / LBO / divestitures
       ex. can be on track for secondment
    - Overall, the other employees you work with share similar level of intelligence / career aspirations / etc.

    Cons

    - Your senior / manager may not always be available to provide the exact expectation from your work whether through lack of time / knowledge / method of communication
    - Training material was too general and broad that most of the actual vocational knowledge was learned at the client site
    - This pertains to audit firms in general, but I went into audit thinking it will open up many doors to different opportunities than tax would (typically, you'd stay in tax one way or another). While this was true to some degree, I realized most of the opportunities after a Big 4 were still in the realm of accounting / reporting / internal controls / internal audit. I'm not saying those aren't good job--definitely above average jobs out there in my opinion--but didn't quite fit my LT career goals.


  9. "3 Years at PwC"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good benefits, intelligent co-workers

    Cons

    Work / Life Balance, Inconsistent Culture based on Manager


  10. "Working at PwC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    PwC has excellent benefits and flexible working conditions.

    Cons

    You may not get promoted as quickly as you'd like.


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