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PwC Stamford Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is much better than I thought it would be (in 559 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot from the people you work with (in 337 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not that great (in 2020 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2068 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Have a plan before starting to work for Big4"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    brand, flexibility and some benefits (vacation policy - 4 weeks after 2 years).

    Cons

    as much as the firm pushes flexibility and working remotely, there is still an expectation of face time.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership still doesn't get it that their people are their biggest asset, not the liability. As they rely on the model of employing young graduates, the firm should hope this trend will not change in the future with Millenials not choosing to work 80/hr weeks. Otherwise, the firm will be forced to ship over a large amount of employees from India, where a substantial volume of work was outsourced to.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Assurance Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Experienced Assurance Associate in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, Knowledge, Benefits, Network, Technology

    Cons

    The people, not a family atmosphere, people willing to throw you under the bus, talk behind your back

    Advice to Management

    need more genuine people


  3. "Assurance Experienced Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate & Experienced Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate & Experienced Associate in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to large firms
    Becker Reimbursement
    Tuition Reimbursement
    Health Rewards Program
    CPA Bonus
    Business phone and plan provided at Associate level

    Cons

    -Very long hours (12+ hours per day and working weekends for 4.5 months of my first year of employment)
    -Poor management skills (people are promoted to manager practically solely based upon number of busy seasons worked and not considering capability to manage)
    -Major focus on negative feedback during reviews
    -Three years at Associate level before promotion (longer than any other Big Four Firm)
    -Must have CPA completed before promotion to Senior Associate (before all other Big Four firms)
    -No flexibility. Although HR loves to talk about it and post on social media about it, there is none especially during busy season. 5 o'clock Fridays were non-existent on my teams. All grocery shopping, dry cleaning pick-up, family time, car repairs, house chores, and relaxation was done on Sundays during busy season, as Saturdays were work days as well.
    -Very long commutes in Assurance out of the Stamford office. Expect to work in NYC despite being told there are many clients in CT, there aren't. (2 hour commute each way for me, hotels were offered at first but they quickly broke our audit budget and were no longer offered. I left NYC between 10pm and 11pm each night during busy season and would get home between 12am and 1am)
    -Large focus on quantity over quality of work completed
    -Stamford office specific-no in office cafeteria or eating area. Only two tables in break room, means you must eat at your des
    NYC office specific- extremely hard to find a desk. Extremely overcrowded office

    Advice to Management

    Reduce hours. Implement flexibility. Include positive aspects in Associate reviews. Do not allow one person to work many busy seasons per year.


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  5. "Does not recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Stamford, CT

    I worked at PwC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not as such I can remember

    Cons

    Too much politics.
    Management are not transparent


  6. "Great company to work for... Not for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good from the 401K match, WellBeing rewards, CPA reimbursement, promotion day and many more.

    It was great to start my career at PwC. Lots of exposure of many transactions and companies.

    Cons

    Dependent of the teams, work/life balance not always there, rating system was flawed (unfair comparison to colleagues even though the same transaction opportunities/complexity were not seen on a particular engagement).


  7. "Seasonal IAS Tax Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - IAS Tax Intern in Stamford, CT
    Current Intern - IAS Tax Intern in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, great fringe benefits, tons of hours (great because I'm hourly) and other interns allow for exciting weekend nights

    Cons

    Sometimes too many hours.
    Training is redundant
    Tax systems have a ton of overlap, causes confusion.
    Uses Gmail and Lotus notes for emails. Kinda retarded.

    Advice to Management

    Get your IT systems together. Seriously what do you pay those guys for anyways?


  8. "Audit"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Auditor in Stamford, CT

    Pros

    Great Culture and Employees were friendly

    Cons

    Boring work and no improvement in office


  9. Helpful (2)

    "First Year associate review, assurance."

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience working for a multi-national client.

    Cons

    !2-15 hour days during busy season.

    Advice to Management

    Less managers and more associates.


  10. "Great place to enhance your long-term career opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    >Constant training initiatives keep you up-to-date on the latest matters impacting financial reporting
    >Exposure early in your career to C-suite executives
    >Attractive compensation out of college
    >Increases your overall marketability long-term

    Cons

    >Hours can be crushing and the overall commitment to the firm from a work-life balance perspective expands beyond the typical busy season especially if you are on carve-outs, special projects, and non-calendar year ends.
    >Engagement team environments are dictated by Senior Managers and Partners which can make your life difficult
    >The PCAOB has made the execution of an audit much more complex than it used to be
    >Once you hit the Manager level compensation isn't as attractive especially if your not committed long-term to becoming Partner (which is way more competitive these days)

    Advice to Management

    >Invest in your local team headcounts and less on outsourcing initiatives


  11. "Summer Audit Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Audit Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Intern - Audit Associate in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at PwC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice people, not a bad environment

    Cons

    Sometimes they keep you late, which as an intern kinda sucks

    Advice to Management

    allow interns to see both tax and audit


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