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Updated May 23, 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. "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


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  3. "Tax apprenticeship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


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  5. "It's what you make of it"

    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 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are good and they really turn up - they care about their work.

    The company is big enough that if you want to try something, anything, new, you can make it happen with the right imitative.

    International secondment opps are common and encouraged.

    Cons

    The business structure can lend itself to empires and politics, making it hard to do the best thing for your clients.


  6. "Career Builder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started PwC at 21 years old and worked there for seven years. For those starting out their career and looking for direction in the corporate world, there is no better introduction than PwC.
    The training you receive upon starting prepares you for the job ahead in your future department, you are given support from your team and managers as you learn to do the job and progress.
    You literally cannot say enough about the people you meet in PwC. The level of skill and talent that I worked alongside has not been matched since leaving. The workforce is driven and aids each other in times of high pressure. Everyone wants to succeed and tries to aid in the success of those around them.
    The people are the No.1 aspect of this job.

    Cons

    The starting salary is low compared to competitors in the same field however the benefits and additional holiday allowances make up for this. It can take several years to be earning a 'competitive' wage. The starting salaries of the other Big 4 are all higher. As you progress through the grades, this becomes less of an issue.
    You can and will be called upon to work long hours with tight deadlines and short notice. It comes with the territory of working for a company like PwC.
    Occasionally you might be asked to travel for work last minute. Again, as this is a client serving environment, this is not something that can be helped. Nature of the Job.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure to make new employees and more junior members of the team a priority in your day.
    Discuss opportunities for them and ideas with them openly.


  7. "Great Firm"

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

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

    Pros

    Large volume of work available, interesting clients, work in all industries

    Cons

    Poor pay, poor worklife balance, some boring work

    Advice to Management

    Need to review graduate pay salaries, limit the number of graduates


  8. "Working with PwC on projects"

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

    I worked at PwC as a contractor

    Pros

    Some of the best Consultants in the world work for PwC. A grown-up consultancy.
    Proper clients, proper projects.
    Great career opportunities.
    Top methodologies, properly capable and in-depth resources, well better than most.

    Cons

    Some projects can end up being difficult to complete due to the ambitions of middle managers, over-selling or under-resourcing project tasks. This includes the creation of silly deadlines and the resultant crap that is produced. Working junior, inexperienced staff 12 hours a day results in poor outcomes so don't do it! Expect hard work, work/life balance is what you can make out of projects. Usually you'll be fine, pace yourself! Watch out for the occasionally rubbish/fascist Oberstleutenant, don't become one!

    Advice to Management

    Boot camp is one thing but at each stage of the climb up the greasy pole within the consultancy boot camps should be enforced as workaholic junior staff do not make effective mid-senior consultants or managers without proper mentoring. Furthermore projects are not about creating a pretty coloured-in spreadsheet or gantt chart and beating up staff to deliver to to impossible deadlines because your spreado says so; It's about client management. Remember clients always want superman to come and wave the magic wand at a big problem and magically fix it for no or tiny cost! Unless you are going to start wearing your underpants on the outside don't promise the impossible. Negotiate and manage! Don't let fashionable management and social trends get in the way of delivering best outcomes.


  9. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    top employer, good progression opportunities, pay for exams, good wage in comparison to other placement years, nice office and environment to work in

    Cons

    having to move very far away from home (too competitive down south), maybe could include more benefits to placement students or secure our graduate programme after the year.

    Advice to Management

    due to only just starting i don't have many complaints as it is my first job in this industry so have no comparison, they really make you feel included and make you feel like a permanent employee


  10. "PwC review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great locations, great team

    Cons

    always under pressure, long hours


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    "PwC Benefits"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Training, Flexibility and benfits

    Cons

    Salary, workload, politics, sometimes feel like a small fish in a big pong

    Advice to Management

    Listen to junior grades more closely


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