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Updated May 5, 2017
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  • 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. "Not great"

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

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

    Pros

    Only good thing about working at PwC is that it looks good on your CV. Good to be with a group of people of similar age if you start as a graduate.

    Cons

    Lack of recognition for long hours. Partners just see staff as work horses and don't see people as individuals. Some senior people are also too arrogant. Loads of internal politics. PwC put on a front of flexible working but you won't necessarily get that flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Give more recognition for hard work and stop seeing staff as just cogs in a large machine!


  2. "PwC UK"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to some very interesting clients and opportunities. Professionalism and expertise of many staff

    Cons

    So large it's difficult to navigate your way around and therefore the organisation suffers from some dislocation. Partnership structure can discourage a collegiate approach and exacerbates politics. Still too structured around traditional audit

    Advice to Management

    Better integrate the firms


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great training program for the graduates, intensive training and the culture is great to start off. PWC was great for what it was, the name on your CV and the chance to work across different industries.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to step up and take responsibility, penalised in year end moderation if you are working on projects in a field different than your team despite bringing in revenue. Belfast office culture is the worst I experienced in the UK, Partners are unapproachable, in London they make time for staff - even though they are extremely busy. Belfast office culture is very forced, a lot of two facedness and staff seem to get promoted on likeability rather than capabilities. There are a lot of staff at manager and senior manager level who lack the skills required and so extra pressure is placed on those underneath them.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of staff who have been at the same grade for 5 years or more. Encourage lower levels to step up and give them the opportunity to do so. Change the culture of the Belfast office - this is why the turnover is abnormally high compared to the rest of the UK.


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    "Terrible pay"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to corporate clients
    Job security - few redundancies
    Developing soft skills from working with so many different people
    International environment
    POTENTIAL secondments...

    Cons

    Salary
    Career progression - some are lucky and move up and some don't
    It's about who you are friends with, not how much work you do
    Terrible work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Pay better for juniors.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Get in, get trained and branded, get out."

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

    Fantastic, motivated, people to work with across all LoS.

    Reasonable progression.

    Investment in training and professional qualifications.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management of g some graduate schemes (e.g. the recently deceased split scheme, which had no dedicated resource and was pulled without consultation of the scheme's members, with no recognition of this upheaval).

    Stagnant and uncompetitive salaries (wages in Assurance have risen once in 9 years, Consulting is similarly stagnant and schemes which cross LoS are merely ignored altogether)

    Poor work-life balance, particularly in Assurance, which remains, despite the rhetoric, hierarchical and inflexible.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote a partner responsible for the failure of a graduate programme to the board of a LoS.

    Improve wages and conditions (rather than scrapping initiatives that do so such as TOIL) rather than sending Senior Associates to training in Cyprus in an effort to buy their loyalty.

    Make decisions regarding staff in consultation with them, rather than in the usual dictatorial fashion.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth the effort"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name
    Some interesting projects
    Good networking
    OK salary

    Cons

    Old boys club culture. There is no meritocracy, although they go to great lengths to convince everyone about it. Promotions are based on favouritism. High Turnover of talented employees. Lots of dead weight. Many employees with mental health issues.
    Very risk averse company that really struggles to innovate. If you have different ideas or challenge the status quo you are singled out.
    They don't care about diversity. They don't care about employees. The most cynical organisation I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    There is a complete lack of leadership. Transform the company to a 21st century organisation.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Factory working"

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    • 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

    Possible career progression and reasonable remuneration should you be prepared to put up with (and navigate through) the political minefield.

    Cons

    Lack of clarity from senior partners. No direction for the team, limited partner interaction. far too much time invested in arbitrary extra curricular sessions which are mandatory in order to make progress with the firm. Large on-going jobs which senior management want to fill with resources without any consideration for personal development. Role offers nothing but stagnation to those who are more introverted in their approach to work. Form over substance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Partners should show more face time on client engagements. Drop the "bells and whistles" and focus on the actual work instead of all the trimmings.


  9. "Senior Manager - Consulting"

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

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

    Pros

    Great clients and opportunities to grow your skills in an accelerated manner.

    Cons

    Poor recognition if you do not belong to a certain group, background or have the necessary support.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent and share the wealth a bit more evenly, ensure that you are rewarding true performers not just those that talk a good game only.


  10. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Brand culture and good client base

    Cons

    Expectation that work comes above all else including personal commitments. Work life balance is appalling. Poor pay compared with other consulting firms i have worked for.


  11. "Data Assurance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data Assurance Summer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Data Assurance Summer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PwC as an intern

    Pros

    - Lots of support during the internship: everybody goes out of their way to make you feel welcome & accept the full-time offer (if you secure one)

    - PwC is a decent name to add to your CV.

    - During your internship, you get to chat to people from all over the firm and can make good connections. Also, if you want to you can try to trasnfer your full-time offer to another division (this is at the discretion of your superiors and you usually need to have one more interview to do so)

    Cons

    - Terribly boring work. As an intern I was given what associates waste their time on for the first year at the firm - which is uploading Excel data into a piece of awfully inefficient software and making it look nice so that data-inept audit team can take it from there. This was what I spent most of my time doing and stimulating was one thing it most definitely wasn't.

    - Not much is expected of you. We were told that 80-90% of the interns get full-time offers and it is difficult not to get one. How is this an incentive to put in 100%? The hours are extremely relaxed. I stayed in the office past 5:30pm only once and I was told off by my manager. During the summer, there is rarely any work to be done. In my 6 weeks at PwC, I spent around 3 full days doing literally nothing because no one had any work that they would share with an intern.

    - Huge amounts of time and effort (and money) are wasted on box-ticking, countless feedback forms, etc. Extremely verbose procedures.

    Bottom line would be: if you want a challenging job that will teach you some technical skills (like data analytics) stay away from PwC.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that interns applying for Data Assurance know what they are getting themselves into.


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