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Updated May 27, 2017
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PwC Chairman and Senior Partner PwC UK & Middle East Alliance Kevin Ellis
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 567 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 342 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to boost your career to next level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    You get to learn so much by working on large/global, household clients. Managers are very helpful. You can get booked onto the client of your choice if you speak to the managers beforehand about your interests.

    Cons

    Everyone at PwC is assigned a "People manager" who monitors your development. Your People manager represents you in the manager's meeting to discuss your promotion prospects. If you are not happy with your PM, change it.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work life balance


  2. "PWC Talent Academy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall view of PWC and it's different streams, met with top executives, group presentation at the end

    Cons

    Very structured structure, people very self centred but not all of them

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to grad programmes and other qualifications


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    "It's a member of the big 4"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great travel opportunities, great place to build your career. Good training, amazing location of all offices globally. Good mobility

    Cons

    They will get their pound of flesh. Your face needs to fit to get to Partner. The partners are all made of teflon and look after themselves so you need to find the good ones who will look after you.


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  5. "Assurance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Long hours but worth it in then end


  6. "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Clear career progression and mature personal development framework

    Cons

    Long hours, relatively lower pay


  7. "Tax apprenticeship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, great opportunity, great to have ON CV. Senior people very nice. Would recommend to people to apply for apprenticeship opens many doors

    Cons

    Work load is very high and very intense especially when busy season. Reason I was sacked was failed exam due to very high workload

    Advice to Management

    Monitor junior workload


  8. "Good start to consulting career, but not a keepper"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm has an amazing brand, which looks good on the CV. They really do appear to care about staff. They also offer lots of opportunities to learn if you want to take them. Flexibility to move between parts of the firm.

    Cons

    Salaries are extremely low at junior grades considering industry and what the firm expects from you. Long working hours at times. Lack of clarity and very siloed structure with poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Up the pay to at least match industry standards. Look at the performance management system, the current ratings just aren't working! Communication and clarity needs to be improved. Partners need to be taken off the pedestal.


  9. "Great start of career"

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

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

    Pros

    Great devemopent and progression opportunities
    Full of driven, talented people
    Access to high quality technical resources

    Cons

    Overtime
    Salaries 15-30% below industry level (but progression opportunities are nuch better so it is somewhat justified)


  10. "All round positive consulting experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genuinely caring environment (mostly, it's a big place)
    Work comes in peaks and troughs so you get the buzz of working hard but also it does slow down again
    There's such a broad range that you can find your own niche
    Getting to work in content
    Generally very friendly and positive people
    Good working environment

    Cons

    Some of the culture/values is still aspiration than reality - I.e. Diversity and ways of thinking amongst the partnership
    Some sectors (FS, Deals) have a longer hours culture that can be unhealthy
    Salary is lower than some competitors
    Not a huge range of 'inspirational leaders', more people who are good technically.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing to ensure the values we aim for become the ones we experience every day
    As Consulting grows, making sure we identify and keep our top talent at all grades
    Hold partners to account in their performance and £ for the working experience of their teams & diversity.


  11. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunities, exceptional training

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, can be inflexible, highly political


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