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PwC Seattle Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  • 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. "Senior Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great market in Seattle, fair opportunities for advancement, fair compensation, good access to leadership

    Cons

    Can be long hours, can inherit very, very messy projects, expectations to do a lot of work outside of full client work schedule

    Advice to Management

    Staff teams appropriately


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can be extremely rewarding financially
    Opportunity to work with blue-chip and flagship clients
    Lots of great people
    Opportunities to work globally

    Cons

    Complex partner/staff culture
    Global operations are fragmented and difficult to navigate
    Overly complex internal IT systems
    Heavily regulated which results in stifling bureaucracy
    Much of the leadership has only worked at PwC which limits their vision makes it a very "internally focused" place.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to match what people are told is important with what is actually important as evidenced by actual incentives.
    Try to rely less on your "brand" and more on substance.
    Try to reduce your reliance on a "Never confuse sales with delivery" culture.
    Admit, at least internally, to your weaknesses.

  3. "PwC Associate Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Experienced Associate - Advisory in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. You will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Very hectic schedule and has a demanding work culture. You will learn a lot too in a short time span


  4. "Awesome people, heavy politics, clear expectations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are great, and PwC attracts top talent. The expectations are clear as far as what you need to accomplish each year to earn a certain rating. PwC does training better than anyone else, and it's clear why they win awards for it each year. Lots of great memories traveling around the country for projects and training events.

    Cons

    Politics are how you win at the company, on top of delivering great work. The higher you get up, the heavier it gets. Performance reviews are a mix of objective and subjective, and annual raise/bonus is heavily based on how the practice does as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in demand management to better match resources with the right projects. High turnover is mostly a result of staff being placed in the wrong role and transfers into different groups are much harder than they need to be. There should be an easier way to perform a rotation into another group for a period of time (e.g. 6 months) to and evaluate based on performance.


  5. "Senior Associate - Tax"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, people, flexible work environment, learning opportunities

    Cons

    Hours, Busy season never ends even if the deadlines are met you are still doing trainings and other admin work. It takes over your life.

    Advice to Management

    Balance.


  6. "Risk Assurance is a good place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the people I work with, and feel like my team cares about me both professionally and personally. Good compensation for high performance. Most people emphasize doing the right thing above all. Opportunity to learn a lot. Culture emphasizes feedback, recognition, and high-quality coaching to help you progress quickly. Opportunity to take on more responsibility as you progress. Moderate flexibility in work schedule as long as your performance isn't affected. More non-traditional career paths, temporary assignments, etc. are being created within the firm, to help employees find the opportunities they want. Pretty good perks and benefits, such as earning gift cards for healthy habits, free CPA study material, student loan repayment, international assignments, sabbatical program, training, etc. PwC is a respectable firm that I feel proud to work for.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season (depending on your team, you may have more than 1 busy season). Sometimes the politics become overbearing. Budgetary pressure on some engagements causes stress. Clients are a mixed-bag: some are better than others...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hiring and training. Risk Assurance is growing so quickly that even with all the focus on recruitment, it still seems like we're always spread thin.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture and flexibility they give to their employees

    Cons

    Not that I can think of any

  8. "Overall great experience, but swings based on your team. Good one day, bad the next."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety in work and opportunities, expands your professional network, keeps things interesting

    Cons

    Politics: have to play the game right to advance. Need a "protector", someone on your side, to stay a float


  9. "Meh."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, good benefits, always snacks in the kitchen

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Constantly in search of project work. Lots of politics. WAY too much travel.


  10. "Assurance Associate Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, unlimited sick days and experiences you can't get at any other company.

    Cons

    Busy season hours, expectations and politics

    Advice to Management

    Care about those below you


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