PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
5,006 Reviews
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience with many opportunities that open up .

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    Current Employee - IAS Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - IAS Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Provides great opportunities after you leave public accounting and the culture was pretty relaxed.

    Cons

    Long hours, long nights, long weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, good place to start

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    Former Employee - Actuary  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Actuary in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most people were great to work with. Lots of social events, especially in the summer. They also had a good new-hire educational program.

    Cons

    The monotonous content of the work and pressures of client hours combined for a very negative environment a few times per year. Certain upper management didn't respect personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, experience was positive, but managers and directors who are workaholics often expected the same approach from their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work, great company...if you want to set the stage for your growth.

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    Current Employee - Director - Transaction Services  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Director - Transaction Services in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top notch big 4 to work for..no questions asked. Great leadership....

    Cons

    None, that I can see really. Every organization has its small issues..but nothing worth mentioning..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership training to partners so they can understand that being a leader means being "unbiased" to everyone on their group...stop having "favorites"!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but underpaid

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    Current Employee - Transaction Services Experienced Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    What keeps me coming back to work every day is the people I work with in Transaction Services. They're great people. Everyone is highly intelligent and maintains similar interests in the market. I also enjoy doing the business development work which isn't present in other groups.

    Cons

    The pay. By far and away the biggest issue with Transaction Services is the pay. You're always going to get less than you think you should be getting. Your hours will be a bit better than auditor hours (no busy season thank god) and your pay will be essentially identical to an auditors despite doing deal-based work and having bill rates triple those of an auditor. It's insulting to sit at the table with the bankers and lawyers and know they're being paid at least 50% more than you are.

    PwC also generally insists on a 3-year promotion cycle despite the rest of the financial world operating on a 2-year promotion cycle. Titles are just titles, what matters is pay which you will be forever disappointed with at PwC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people what we're worth. If our bill rates are 2-3 times those of auditor bill rates, how can you justify paying us just a thousand or two more than an auditor?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good learning experience, hard to achieve work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Learning experience, variety of projects

    Cons

    long working hours, compensation is not good considering the hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Run away from Tax - Financial Services.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PwC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You will learn A LOT not only about tax but also about yourself and your career aspirations. If you're trying to decide if you want to do public accounting, an internship during the winter season is a great resource.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. The salary offer I got was not worth the hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good Career Opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    With PwC there are great opportunities to grow your career in the way you want. Although the hours are usually more than your standard 40 hour week, the longer you stay the more benefits you received in the long-term.

    Cons

    There is not as much free time with friends and family. Also, there isn't much disconnect from the company when you schedule to take off for vacations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very dynamic and energizing environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great career advancement, and meeting the best people

    Cons

    hours, hours, hours
    Often random assignments that did not warrant an evaluation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ANTI WOMEN IN DIVERSITY CONSERVATIVES

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    Former Employee - ASSURANCE Whatever  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - ASSURANCE Whatever in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Conservatives, don't question anything, just follow blindly.

    Cons

    Celebrate diversity with -- a conservative board?!!!! How shameful! ANTI WOMEN IN DIVERSITY. No multivariate analysis can substitute for humans and common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a BROAD sense of cultural differences and women issues and challenges of growing a family and job breaks thereof. Support hiring, NOT by using a MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS to weed TALENT OUT with narrow, conservative approach. BE HUMAN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, ok benefits, energetic staff.

    Cons

    Long hours and weekends are the norm. The flexibility they preach does not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with regards to expectations and understand the physical and mental limitations of one human being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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