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Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is truly practiced with flexible work arrangements (in 568 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 341 reviews)

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  1. "Horrible place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Nope"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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!


  3. "Flexible associate scheme"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bitter disappointment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  6. "SAP FICO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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)

    Pros

    Brand value is high enough

    Cons

    Work work work work work

    Advice to Management

    Value quality resources


  7. "No support"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid workspace in London with equal access to systems regardless of location within the office, very helpful administration staff when sending parcels and ordering items.

    Cons

    Long hours with salary that doesn't match. If you are going through personal difficulties you will be entirely on your own without support. Had three close family members become very ill within 2 months of each other and had to take care of them as a result along with long hours. PwC were unwilling to provide any support such as allowing me to work from home even though we are provided with laptops. It then came to a different disciplinary meeting where they went fully against the opinion of the therapist that they recommended that I go to.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your staff.


  8. "Deeply unfulfilling, uninspiring Firm that completely missed the opportunity to effectively engage"

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

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

    Pros

    Brand - well known name
    Breadth of services - you can take the opportunity to learn
    Network - you can take the opportunity to increase you personal network for future roles, outside of this Firm

    Cons

    Culture - poisonous
    Prospects - very limited outside on London (in the UK)
    The facade - public image of company is vastly different to the reality

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and look at how the Firm's culture is hindering excellence


  9. "Audit factory of drones"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious name, good qualification, good client list. Nice to start with a peer group and progress through the firm together

    Cons

    Quality of management going downhill as people leave in droves after qualifying, technical capabilities of senior team members leaves much to be desired in most cases

    Advice to Management

    We're people, not robots. Actually listen to us when you ask for suggestions under the You Matter initiative


  10. "All appearances, no substance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really clever people who are trying to do their best in spite of the system and structure

    Cons

    Delegation and power point are a must to be successful. Diversity management is all words, no action, no interest.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you promise and hold people to account on your grand strategies


  11. "Senior associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some colleagues are brilliant and helpful. You can learn quite a lot despite the cons outlined below. Nothing more to bring to the attention in the pros.

    Cons

    A significant percentage of managers are not good at their job, but in the end seniors are those to blame if something goes wrong.
    When I first arrived in the office, I received no training or any other kind of support even if I came from a different firm.
    It's not rare to find people ready to stab you at the back, so you have to be careful.
    Office politics matter very much. The firm use people until they burnout, then it's easy for them to push out and replace employees.
    No work-life balance especially in busy season when there are so many deadlines. In those moments it's very difficult to have more staff if you need help on an engagement. Therefore it's common to work very long hours, until late at night.
    For all the hardwork only one manager thanked me. They just expect seniors to work like crazy.
    The job is very boring with a lot of admin.


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