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PwC Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 591 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 358 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Firm recognition of great work. Senior leadership invests in career growth. Multiple opportunities to do community service work. Flexibility of work.

    Cons

    Long hours, changing responsibilities. Sometimes individuals have a hard time branching out and experiencing new opportunities. For example, if your in technology and want to try finance projects, sometimes its difficult to swithc.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training opportunities and flexibility to allow associates and senior associates to try different projects in different areas.


  2. "PwC is a great place to develop the skills for a very successful career"

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

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance and very inteligent colleagues

    Cons

    Long Hours and compensation is on the lower end!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be Transparent

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The ideal way to start a career in financial services"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at PwC means being surrounded by intelligent professionals- the difference between having a career versus a job is obvious on a daily basis. Individuals who understand the difference between hard work as opposed to just putting in long hours are rewarded with opportunities to learn new things every day and receive coaching directly from managers and senior managers even as first-year employees. The firm's formal feedback system is designed to foster transparency in the year-end review process, as the independent file reviewers who make decisions on an individual's performance rating and promotion are required to consider only information documented in the formal feedback system. Individuals who carefully improve on suggestions mentioned through this system are evaluated well; the system is largely successful in ensuring that staff are evaluated on their specific work-related merits and not the nebulous perceptions of them that managers and partners might have.

    Cons

    Particularly for associates and seniors, firm demands regularly take precedence over one's personal life. While engagement teams are generally quite flexible to make sure important commitments can be fulfilled, a prospective employee needs to understand that working for the firm will inconvenience them from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    There is a surprising lack of dialogue, particularly at the associate level, about how the firm itself structures its internal revenue mechanisms and determines the profitability of particular segments. These are not questions that a typical associate would feel comfortable asking a partner or manager. Although this kind of knowledge is not necessary for an associate to perform their job, it seems odd that individuals whose business it is to know the intricacies of how their clients make money often lack the same understanding with respect to their own employer.


  4. "Great career opportunities if you're willing to put in the effort."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PwC provides excellent opportunity for gaining a great deal of experience in a very short time period on a range of clients. If you're willing to put in the effort, the career advancement opportunities are exceptional. However, you have to be willing to take control of your own career and not wait for your managers to hand you opportunities on a silver platter.

    Also, the vast majority of the staff at PwC are great to work with and very intelligent. There is a great deal that you'll be able to learn from your co-wokers.

    Cons

    PwC demands a great deal from its staff and a great deal of effort and extra time is required to be truly successful within the company. However, the rewards are worth the sacrifice in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  5. "A Big 4 firm is what it is"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are tremendous learning opportunities
    Formal training is endless
    Opportunities to work with global clients
    There is exposure to the SEC
    There is great variety in work and people
    There are opportunities to work with some of the brightest around
    It has a very young crowd

    Cons

    Low pay
    Low raises
    Low/No bonuses
    Not getting paid overtime
    There is ambiguity as far as management's reactions to whether we should shut up and eat hours or break the budget and deal with it. NEVER eat hours! Deal with it and charge the client more now or next time!
    Not enough travel opportunities
    Not enough global opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Be MORE TRANSPARENT about how market conditions affect the firm


  6. "PwC - a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    PwC offers flexibility. You are treated as a professional and have the ability to manage your work and get done what you need to get done. You are surrounded by smart individuals and not bogged down by corporate red tape. The knowledge sharing is growing and access to knowledge resources is at your fingertips. Leadership is great at communicating and there is a great goal setting and review process in place. There is also the ability to see different parts of the practice and different parts of the world by going on assignment.

    Cons

    Hours, hours, hours. PwC makes every effort to provide a work/life balance, but it is definitely not a 9-5 job and you work hard / play hard.

    Advice to Management

    ?


  7. "A great place to develop your skills and further your career."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunities for professional development are excellent, the people are high quality, and the work is interesting and challenging. The training at PwC is top-notch, the knowledge base there is excellent and if you want to learn, there are so many opportunities to do this. The firm has such a wide range of specialty areas that you can pursue any number of careers, all while working for the same company.

    Cons

    The work/life balance could still be better, but it has come a long way. The firm has tried very hard to implement programs to help its people have more personal flexibility, but these programs still require the support of the partners supervising others, and this is a slow process of change. The "Big 4" still remain the place to work if you'd like to enjoy great rewards, but this still comes with the trade-off of long hours and a relatively stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your people and support a wide variety of work/life flexibility options. Continue working to make it easier for working mothers to come back part-time.

  8. "PwC is an awesome place to develop your skills out of college."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, very nice, and genuinely want to help you advance in your career within PwC and even outside of PwC. They really care about their assets, their people. They give you many opportunities to move around within practices and even go abroad. The is a huge emphasis on work life balance and maintaining that balance during busy times. PwC also has a commitment to the community and sponsors large office wide community service events each year.

    Cons

    The 401k benefits are on the low side in terms of the matching policy. In addition, the vesting period is longer than most firms which compounds the problem.

    Advice to Management

    In advisory, allow associates to experience different groups/projects so they can be in a position they enjoy.


  9. "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn a lot! I just started and though the hours can be long during busy season, it's great experience. Plus, there are many opportunities to try out different projects in different industries. I am in tax and in the LA office alone there are international projects, state projects, and financial services.

    Cons

    The only downside i can think of is that it's not a 9 to 5 job but, then again, you learn a lot more than many of your peers who work in industry and have the typical 9 to 5. For me, working a little later is not a big problem since I am young and eager to learn, but it depends on your situation.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Overall great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Staff in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The clients are great. The people you work with are talented.

    Cons

    The travel. The workload is pretty grueling, too.

    Advice to Management

    Give more feedback.


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