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PwC Senior Manager Reviews

Updated July 22, 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. "Big 4"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great challenge, interesting clients, adequate compensation

    Cons

    Lack of mentoring and individualized career plan

    Advice to Management

    Teams could benefit from greater direct interaction with partners


  2. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities
    Benefits
    And that's about it

    Cons

    Story telling
    Not allowed to ask the "Why?" question

  3. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager 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

    Big company name, good compensation

    Cons

    Horrible culture, corrupt "old boys" network

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of the legacy manager


  4. Helpful (5)

    "IT culture has declined drastically"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Flexible work schedule is usually accommodated depending on your group.
    2. Working from home flexibility, but this is going away with the latest IT reorganization.
    3. Total benefits package - healthcare, dental, 401k/retirement plan, generous maternity/paternity leave, wellness rewards, etc.

    Cons

    1. Little to no work-life balance within IT. You will be working on your free time or time off, which is often expected of leaders without any recognition.

    2. No upward mobility or growth opportunities. You can wait for 8+ years for a position to become open or be created, which when filled is about "who you know" rather than your qualifications or performance.

    3. Major reorganizations every 2 years, often with large layoffs of knowledgeable and high performing staff. You'll be expected to do the job of many roles, with little to no training. (Penalized if you do the job, penalized if you don't.)

    4. Technical skills are not properly utilized or developed by the company. Despite everyone having training budgets, getting training is virtually impossible.

    5. Leaders do not make decisions, only provide "loose guidance." This leaves you to make a decision to get the job done, often times resulting in getting penalized for it if you didn't do it the way that leader would've liked.

    6. Open work spaces. This is great if you need informal meetings with your team, but horrible when you need privacy or spend your day on phone calls. Forget getting anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to implement 5-year goals in 6-10 week periods because there's a new trend in IT or the new partner only has 4 years to "make their mark." This leaves the IT organization in chaos for years after each reorganization, while you overwork your staff to significant burnout. It also sets up the entire organization up for failure and dissatisfied customers.

    The latest reorganization under Sigal Zarmi was the most poorly handled reorganization that I've ever seen in my time with PwC. The reorganization touted bringing/retaining technical skills to the organization, which was undefined and seemed to have no bearing on who was retained/let go. Those that were not retained or declined their offer were told they were unskilled, were essentially unable to apply for another position in the firm (unlike in past reorgs) and this type of messaging has been "leaked" to other companies (ie. potential employers). This is not the culture of PwC as a firm that Tim Ryan or Bob Moritz promotes, and this IT leadership is flat out unprofessional.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Managing Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great clients, ethical and value-oriented

    Cons

    Increased size has removed the personal feel

    Advice to Management

    Reconnect with your employees/staff


  6. "Good flexibility and Career Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenging work assignments, smart people

    Cons

    Stress, client pressure, profitability focus


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, promotes diversity and work life balance. Great learning experience at all levels, great people to work with.

    Cons

    working at a cpa firm comes with a price, expect some long hours sometimes.

  8. "Great client service opportunities while building leadership skills and executive presence"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Assurance in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Assurance in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The following are areas of positive opportunities at PwC: client service oriented, leadership, coaching, continuous improvement, compensation, challenging assignments, critical thinking

    Cons

    The filling are areas of negative opportunities at PwC: work life balance, strong peers making it difficult to distinguish yourself, large organization, regulated industry, corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Create new pipelines to advance the various levels of employees into unique positions, current structure supports a single path in assurance.


  9. "PWC"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager/Solutions Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager/Solutions Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at.

    Cons

    Not much time for learning curve.


  10. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coaching culture. Good learning and education programs available. Emphasis on continuing education, learning.

    Cons

    Dependent on the clients you get scheduled on. Customer service industry, so at the mercy of customer deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Stop coddling millennials.