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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL US

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.8 143 reviews

41% Approve of the CEO

PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz

Robert Moritz

(29 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    PwC was a good company to work for where I met a lot of smart people but it was difficult to move around in the company

    Tax Senior Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsPlenty of smart people from various departments to network with. Reasonable pay. Good work life balance in my group.

    ConsIt was extremely difficult to move around within the organization. I wanted to change groups xLOS and it never happened. Then I wanted to go to a different group within tax and it was going to take a while. Finally I got fed up and left the company since I wasn't going to wait any longer. Promotion took longer than it should have.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf your own people want to rotate/transfer to a different group, make it easier/faster for this to happen. Otherwise, they will end up leaving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor work/life balance

    Audit Senior Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsPrestige, vacation time, working with young people

    ConsUnable to use vacation time, work comes first and life second, coaching has gotten worse due to everyone's lack of available time, creates too much red tape for itself

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus on more flexibility for employees, need to focus on more flexibility on audit engagements, things are too planned out in an industry where unusual items are the only constant, quit promising what won't be delivered

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for, however, there is a disconnect between upper level expectations and reasonable expectations.

    Experienced Audit Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsLeads to many other. Opportunities.

    ConsAmount of hours worked with no added incentive

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncentivize those at lower levels working 60-70 hours a week with bonus' rather than a pat on the back and saying "good job"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company to work for

    Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsUsually trys to do the right thing. Culture of partnership allows more of a beg forgiveness than ask permission culture, which keeps partnership nimble. Focus on education, opportunity and advancement. I believe compensation relative to Industry is good, but I need to spend more time in Glassdoor to confirm

    ConsFrequently seems like those that get promoted have more of a short term financial bottom line attitude than the general culture of long term growth. Sometimes achieves great results by outworking rather than out thinking. Maybe this is endemic to consulting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue attitude of acquisition and growth during economic downturns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall Pleasing Environment

    Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsMany opportunties to develop and work in various types of businesses

    ConsTravel can be too extensive

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue delivery as much as sales

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PwC provides limitless opportunities

    Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    Prostremendous opportunities and ability to grow into a role to be able to manage your own work and career.

    ConsThe same with all large companies, practices and procedures are implemented and required for all employees whether or not they apply to certain speciality groups or not.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    auditing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsGood culture teamwork good platform to grow up

    Conspressure salary is relatively low busy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding learning experience; public accounting firms are still struggling to find the right way to foster flexibility

    Experienced Audit Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsYou can get a great learning experience in a very short period of time. You will work with some very bright individuals. If you want it, you can continually get challenged

    ConsIf you are a high performer, beware. The firms have no way to reward those people who work well above and beyond others. High performers are abused and not rewarded

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out proper forms of recognition for individuals who work above and beyond their peers. Don't have some individuals working 80-90 hours a week, while just around the corner, their peers are working 40 hour weeks - Put pressure on managers to speak up when staffing is well understaffed. Also - I would suggest you be less greedy at the top of the pyramid; spread those funds throughout your pyramid and hire more individuals; you will not lose your best people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Training Ground

    Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsExcellent chance to learn new skills and work with excellent people.

    ConsA big company where you can easily get lost.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Managing Director (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsGood people, leader in their industry, lots of opportunity. Good place to work overall with a good deal of lateral movement.

    ConsThe organization tends to gyrate too much. Lots of studies and when leadership changes at the top every number of years the firm feels the need to reinvent itself too much. Creates a lot of churn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay the course more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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