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PwC Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
5,607 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC as an intern

    Pros

    - Part of the Big 4, gives you awesome exit opportunities
    - Has the resources and vision to care for its employees

    Cons

    -very large firm therefore you can sometimes feel insignificant
    -Cons really depend on position, team, department and when you joined

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Improvements required

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Flexibility, fun, professional, controlled, international

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and loves being bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what employees are telling you.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    PwC Consulting - does not lead in quality and impact; but better work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    - Generally, much better at managing work/life balance. Hours are not as terrible, when compared to the norm at top tier consulting firms. Those that stay in the office past 7pm are generally seen as workaholics.
    - Nice people. Down to earth. You will make friends there
    - Lots of opportunities to shape your own career and explore a wide variety of business problems, across both functions and industries.
    - Healthy focus on general training and people development (e.g. core consulting skills such as communication, people management, etc... not as much on technical / content-oriented training)

    Cons

    - Too commercially focused; not enough focus on truly building the quality of talent, approach / methods, and maximising the impact and value delivered for each and every client, on each and every project
    - As a result, junior staff are more interested in knowing the "right partners", and "selling work" to get ahead. Few people are actually truly and primarily focused on the quality of the work, on the impact they can have on clients, and on building a practice that is based on market-leading thought leadership, insight, and capabilities
    - I do hope this changes with the acquisition of Strategy&. Though, PwC has struggled to (a) retain, and (b) build on the strengths of other recent acquisitions
    - Lots of people get disillusioned by the promotion process. Not at all transparent, and clearly not merit-based. As a result, the really good, talented people lose patience and leave. Those that thrive in a much more "it's about who you know" environment (generally, content-light) do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Building a practice that wins in the market needs building both demand and supply. Put as much emphasis on both.

    Demand-side: OK
    - PwC, generally, can get access to the right Execs in the industry
    - Staff KPIs are oriented around the demand-side: utilisation targets; sales targets to make it to Director / Partner
    - Good brand (though often still seen as auditors, and often run into "I didn't you know PwC did that too")
    - There is always someone who knows someone (e.g. alums, across the Audit practice as well) who can get the firm in the door
    - Also, early on, junior staff are already encouraged to build a commercial mindset...which is not necessarily a bad thing. People are generally always on the lookout for opportunities to make the connection, help clients, and do client work

    Supply: Not great
    - Build a proper practice. The capabilities, generally, are there. They're not harnessed nor encouraged
    - I can't think of any KPI I was ever measured against that is focused on building practice capability: trainings conducted, thought pieces written, how I was pulled in to support and provide thought leadership on a pitch or project, etc
    - Put in place an op model that identifies the talent you need to keep and retain them. Too many good people have left / are thinking of leaving.
    - Put in place an op model that pushes staff to continuously improve. Too many people coast. I can't believe part of my bonus pool paid for such mediocre talent. How about some form of up or out?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Great place to work in

    Cons

    nothing much, I was quite satisfied

  6.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    The people,the culture, the leadership, the training

    Cons

    the work life balance and pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Friendly People
    Lots of opportunities to network

    Cons

    Compensation
    Rigid structure for promotion; you need to prove yourself to a people manager, a role full of people of variable quality.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunity to lear, develop and progess in a chosen career path.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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

    Pros

    Partners and senior management are always looking to help and promote you through the company aswell as most people in the office being intelligent and competent.

    Cons

    Aging workforce, not many undergraduates in certain competencies/lines of service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dull but solid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England

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

    Pros

    Solid and clear progression.

    Cons

    Very white middle class. Dull as hell and no room for innovative thought. Get in and get out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    PwC Talent Academy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Gave general insight on the company.
    PwC offers a lot of opportunity to learn and grow! The culture and the people at PwC make it feel like you're not even working.

    Cons

    Very poor organisation of HR
    The size of the firm has clearly impacted on its efficiency
    Treat possible future employees better and adhere to commitments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more HR

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    PwC consultor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    The most important thing is that you have to get your job done, no matter how and where you do it. You need to deliver.

    Cons

    Sometimes there doesn't seem a lot of room for change and improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus more on change instead of following the rules

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