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Updated July 22, 2017
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  • Great people; Training; Clear career progression; Great client list ; Good remuneration; Work life balance (in 580 reviews)

  • Learn a lot - lots of on the job training (in 353 reviews)

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  1. "PwC - Consulting"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting roles and clients
    Opportunity to work with Exec level clients

    Cons

    Lots of red tape
    Performance review process


  2. "London office internship"

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

    I worked at PwC as an intern

    Pros

    Very well organised internships, with training and networking opportunities. They had a Dragon's Den type competition which I thought was a fun addition to a student's first experience working in an office.

    As for the company more generally, I had a great experience with the people working there. Everyone was nice and happy to help, positive atmosphere, and a beautiful office (Embankment).

    Cons

    The Assurance work, to me, was very dull. Perhaps this is something to be expected but it really is made to sound much more interesting during the application process.

    Advice to Management

    Opportunity for more dual schemes would be interesting for graduates, i.e. Assurance/Another part of the business.

  3. "Overdue"

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    • 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)

    I worked at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Great name on CV, lots of opportunity to move intra-firm to gain experience, great opportunities to learn and develop

    Cons

    Consulting hours can be long (depending on sector and project type), compensation was on the low side


  4. "Career Builder"

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    • 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.


  5. "Director"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely good for building a network. Fantastic network of companies to connect with.

    Cons

    Not a company that understand technology or technologists

    Advice to Management

    Embrace modern technology


  6. "Associate - Data Analyst"

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

    Varied experiences, nice office, sometimes interesting projects

    Cons

    Long hours
    No choice in the type of work you do
    Lots of admin, report writing and PowerPoint


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance, but great opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    You work with talented smart people
    Great Career progression
    Loads of opportunities
    £28k starting audit salary in London +£700 for choice options e.g. heath insurance

    Cons

    In London at the I&IM office the hours are the worst in UK audit for PwC
    Can be tough to do the exams and work but it is the No.1 times 100 company and you can basically work for any finance firm after 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Try and reduce the hours and give people more choice on the clients we can work on e.g. sectors that interest us.

  8. "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


  9. "Not great"

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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!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    • 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!


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