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Updated January 11, 2018
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PwC Chairman and Senior Partner PwC UK & Middle East Alliance Kevin Ellis
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  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 658 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot on the job (in 404 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Do it"

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

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

    Pros

    Great training and a great way to start any career. As was there for 5 years and it has set me up to do some amazing things since then.

    Cons

    Can be quite hierarchical, and despite the best efforts otherwise it is not always "entrepreneurial".


  2. "Hunched backs and laptops"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good laptops but bad desk posture

    Cons

    Lack of care when it comes to posture of staff working full days on a laptop screen. Most people work from their 14" screen laptops that's because most of the desks don't have a computer screen to hook up to and a full keyboard to use. The majority have to shuttle around their laptops and charger on a daily basis (I even carry my key board around). All this can't be good on anyone's back (I have back pains now). How about installing a monitor and tower (for power and keyboard on all hot desks)? - this approach has been successfully adopted by many companies. Mandatory training on everything but not on health and safety?!?

    Advice to Management

    Need to look after the health of staff - the number of hunched backs on their 14" screen laptops is painful to see. Proper computer monitors, key boards and laptop chargers available at each hot and home/desk - would be of great benefit to your employees' backs and neck in the long term.

  3. "Assurance employee actively looking to move elsewhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employer name to have on your CV, you will have recruiters calling your phone non-stop.

    ACA qualification is fully paid for

    Cons

    In my personal experience as well as those I've spoken to around me:

    Job security is entirely dependent on the economy and how easy and cheap it is to let an employee go rather than their actual performance within the role

    Culture and policies indicate a lack of 'genuine' regard for employee mental and physical wellbeing

    Performance appraisal process severely skewed in favour of things that may not necessarily reflect performance at the job itself

    Extremely long hours, which are not reflected in remuneration or benefits. There is no such thing as work/life balance. You will work very long hours and there is a very good chance you will never get recognised for it.

    Transferable skills gained are not extensive, the room for diversifying out of 'Assurance' (Audit type work) even after qualifying are slim to none.

    As a graduate, you will be hired onto a scheme that promotes to give you experience across other areas of assurance (e.g Risk Assurance). In reality, you will probably only ever work in audit

    You may be forced to take an insurance exam even though you have never worked in insurance and may never work on insurance clients. If you fail it, you will be sacked regardless.

    Most of the time, your away engagements will not support overnight expenses so be prepared for 3-4hrs commuting to and from the clients' on a daily basis for long stretches of time.

    Don't be discouraged though. Some people do find it to be an incredibly exciting environment to work in, it all just depends on what you are after.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Career starter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Client exposure
    CV building
    Develop good project management skills
    Networking opportunities
    Secondment opportunities
    Getting qualifications alongside work
    Market reputation and prestige

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Limited rewards
    Lack of support
    People unwilling to share knowledge
    Management obsessed with stats and time sheets rather than quality of work

    Advice to Management

    Go on a leadership course and actually learn from it
    Stop using blanket HR measurements across all staff
    Make an effort to engage with juniors
    Praise staff when they do good work


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand for CV. Everyone has heard of this firm. Occasionally you may meet nice colleagues. Beautiful offices in central locations in London

    Cons

    No career progression if you are not a qualified accountant
    Senior Associate pay significantly lower than the market rate and expected to work overtime unpaid.
    Worst thing for me was the fierce and ruthless fight among all Senior Associates in my department to be promoted to Manager. Client care and the success of the project for the client was secondary to those fights. I have seen people staying overtime at client sites doing non chargeable work, but instead charging it to the client hiding it in chargeable hours in order to show their managers that they reached the target hours to be promoted. Shameful and dangerous for the firm's reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Look after employees from all backgrounds, not only qualified accountants.
    Increase pay for Senior Associates to at least market level
    You didn't promote me but the client I worked for poached me and now I work for them. That was an example of client satisfaction you have completely ignored. Your loss.


  6. "Great to start a career, move out quickly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place for a first job and hands on experience

    Cons

    Super bureaucratic and excessively political

    Advice to Management

    Get lean and agile


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Southwark, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Southwark, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big 4 firm looks good on the CV.
    Pay on the face of it seemed good before turned out to be 50 hour week (non audit).
    Company mobile.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours with zero overtime.
    Travelling time to clients is not paid or considered even if you're staying overnight in a hotel.
    No career progression.
    Senior Associates treated very poorly given menial tasks.
    Unfriendly colleagues who do not even say hello.
    Very late nights and often you have to work weekends unpaid.
    No opportunity to grow your skill set.
    Sent to engagements that last over 1 year! basically outsourced

    Advice to Management

    Teach your senior staff what good values look like. Don't force people to work excessive hours unpaid!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nope"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very good colleagues, particularly at associate/senior associate/manager level.
    Work with big names.
    Looks good on your CV. Supposedly. If only people knew how this company runs, selling projects to people as 'experts' when in fact it's just who is available at the time.

    Cons

    The POLITICS - competitiveness is so high it's hard to know who won't throw you under a bus to benefit themselves.
    Don't dare to speak out against the machine - your superiors will hold this against you further down the line.
    You'll be referred to as a 'resource' and not a person.
    Certain management think PwC is a "lifestyle", not realising the "work to live" mantra,
    Pay is low compared to other big 4.
    No progression opportunity at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff aren't there for fun - realise that it's all very well saying you promote work/life balance and flexible working but you actually need to follow through!


  9. "Flexible associate scheme"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Flexible Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Flexible Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - brand name
    - ACA exams

    Cons

    - The firm promises that this is an ongoing contract with the chance of extension something has happened for only the 10% of the people
    - very bad coordination inside the firm
    - you participate in only audit projects, something that is not bad, but it doesn't not align to the aim of the scheme with rotations inside the firm
    - recruitment team inside pwc is not trustworthy at all


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bitter disappointment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great clients and good variety of work. Had brilliant potential to achieve my goals initially

    Cons

    Worst management ever - totally negative environment. Just a robot in end with zero possibility of achieving anything

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and be honest. Furthering your own career at others expense leads to a miserable team.


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