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PwC Advisory Associate Reviews

Updated 3 December 2017
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  • Work/life balance is very hard to have at consulting firms in general (in 2396 reviews)

  • Sometimes had long hours with little notice (in 2475 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate (Deals)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great, highly performing people. Very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Lot's of travel involved. Variable hours, depending on project. Less diverse at Partner/Director level.

    Advice to Management

    Inflationary payrises.


  2. "Great start to career, but very poor pay and progression"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I joined the consulting graduate scheme. It was an excellent start to my career. Some work is interesting and some is very boring. Work life balance is also varied, I’ve done 70h weeks and 35h weeks. Really depends on project.

    Cons

    The pay has not kept up with career progression. You will learn a lot but don’t prepare for this to be a long term career move. Progression can be limited. The work is massively varied, depending on what resourcing put you on.

    Advice to Management

    The firm don’t seam to care about attrition at SA level in consulting which is massive. It would be better to pay and treat people fairly so you retain knowledge and good people rather than having such a high headcount turnover.


  3. "PwC"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England

    Pros

    great training and the people are very clever, good equipment and IT support.

    Cons

    poor pay and work life balance

    Advice to Management

    pay better


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  5. "Senior Associate, Risk Consulting"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can be a very rewarding opportunity for a graduate if you are able to establish a strong network and go onto the projects you like
    Excellent 4 week training programme for new graduates
    Clear promotion and moderation process

    Cons

    Poor pay, Senior Associate grade is the highest for attrition because of the pay
    Bonus is significantly lower than what you would expect from a Big 4 firm
    Will find it difficult getting onto a good project if resourcing decide to assign you

    Advice to Management

    Involve junior members in firm strategy and client strategy work
    Improve pay and bonus for the Senior Associate grade to reduce attrition


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Career Builder"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    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. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to learn, nauseating culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start career and lean base skills

    Cons

    Culture is a bit sickening, forces you to become a certain type of person. Managers and colleagues vary in quality. Excellent client work is not rewarded, people who self promote internal work see the greatest reward

    Advice to Management

    Shift the culture to reward excellent client work over internal work.


  8. "Senior Associate - Deals"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of x-Los opportunities and some truly large, complex engagements. Strong talents, great effort to drive company culture. Enough room for being creative and pick on non BAU type of roles. Fast advancement opportunities and recognition of talent.

    Cons

    Expect more collaboration between business units, and a more inclusive environment. Lots of small circles within teams making it a bit more difficult to integrate into teams.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace more of the 'One PwC' and global mindset.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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

    Pros

    Great training program for the graduates, intensive training and the culture is great to start off. PWC was great for what it was, the name on your CV and the chance to work across different industries.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to step up and take responsibility, penalised in year end moderation if you are working on projects in a field different than your team despite bringing in revenue. Belfast office culture is the worst I experienced in the UK, Partners are unapproachable, in London they make time for staff - even though they are extremely busy. Belfast office culture is very forced, a lot of two facedness and staff seem to get promoted on likeability rather than capabilities. There are a lot of staff at manager and senior manager level who lack the skills required and so extra pressure is placed on those underneath them.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of staff who have been at the same grade for 5 years or more. Encourage lower levels to step up and give them the opportunity to do so. Change the culture of the Belfast office - this is why the turnover is abnormally high compared to the rest of the UK.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great company to work for but need to increase salaries"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and experience. Get to work with the best clients and the work is usually interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Pay at the lower grades is not as much as the other big 4.
    Very structured so can only progress as quickly as the structure allows

    Advice to Management

    Brand and culture count for a lot but so does salary. At least match the other big 4 or people will continue to leave


  11. "Great place to start career"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary for Manchester (Consulting)
    International travel
    Great team to work in
    New office in Spinningfields in 2017
    High profile clients

    Cons

    Long hours at times
    Travel can be tiring
    Can feel London centric at times
    Not all projects are massively exciting

    Advice to Management

    Keep the graduate salary competitive otherwise everyone will go to London! Trust those at the lower end of the company to work flexibly.