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PwC Advisory Manager Reviews

Updated 28 August 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. Helpful (1)

    "Manager in Financial Services Risk and Regulation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England
    Recommends

    Pros

    Generally good work life balance although dependent on projects
    Smart and knowledgeable colleagues always willing to help out
    Large variety of opportunities including international opportunities

    Cons

    Getting off a project you didn't enjoy was sometimes difficult.
    Unrealistic work/life balance expectations from some (a v.few) colleagues
    Once yearly promotion cycle was frustrating for some employees who joined mid-way through a performance year
    Internal knowledge management not great

    Advice to Management

    Twice yearly promotion cycle with less input to overall process.
    Intern
    Improve internal knowledge management systems.


  2. "TS Manager"

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    Former Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Transaction Advisory Services Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great variety
    Good exposure to businesses
    High levels of responsibility and chance to develop

    Cons

    Work life balance non existent
    Unpredictable nature of work makes it difficult to commit to any personal plans
    Pay staggers behind industry in spite of work life balance sacrifices
    Lack of female role models

    Advice to Management

    Place as much focus on your employees as you do on your clients


  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand
    Good hours
    Some good colleagues
    Good client list
    Good progression opportunities

    Cons

    Some poor quality consultants
    Botched acquisitions affecting culture
    Very political
    Lacking one firm culture with focused strategy

    Advice to Management

    Listen more talk less


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  5. "Better opportunities elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England

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

    Pros

    - A huge network of people that you can draw on
    - You will be working with some very smart people (though some not very smart also)

    Cons

    - Work / life balance could be terrible when on a project
    - Your career progression is dependent on having a strong performance manager who is willing to fight for you in consensus meetings
    - Pay is lower than what the outside world expects

    Advice to Management

    - If you are serious about growing the business in non-audit verticals, then don't let audit have priority in everything that they do


  6. "Corporate finance UK"

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    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of young people, good atmosphere in the office
    When not too busy the face time culture is better than some places.

    Cons

    Work-life balance sometimes lacking, especially on more intense projects. At that point the salary starts to look worse and you may as well go and work somewhere else doing similar work for more money.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the involvement of HR in the appraisals process, makes it painful for everyone trying to perform against irrelevant 'competencies' dreamed up by someone with no understanding of the business.


  7. "poor work/ life balance"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every day I worked at this company I learnt something new. The diversity of projects I did was incredible and I obtained a very wide spectrum of technical skills.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work/life balance. It is taken for granted that people work very long hours and weekend and respond to emails and phone calls during holidays. The salary however does not compensate for the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the work load assigned to people is actually manageable within the agreed upon timeframe. Weekend work should be an exception in emergencies and not standard.


  8. "Advisory manager"

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, great benefits, high profile clients, great out of office package

    Cons

    Poor bonus, becoming back office function

    Advice to Management

    Reduce partner salaries


  9. "Advisory Manager"

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

    Pros

    Excellent team, Collaborative approach, Best place to develop technical skills

    Cons

    Long working hours, Process driven, Promotion is slow beyond Senior Manager

    Advice to Management

    More focus on employee welfare, salary


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Dull but solid"

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    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager - Advisory in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. "PwC London - Technology Consulting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working culture
    Nice office location

    Cons

    Not many projects relevant to the skill area, you would be often asked to take on anything whether you want it or not. When I write anything it literally means 'ANY' whether or not it links to your own career aspiration.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate and listen to people who work here especially about their career aspirations.
    Yearly assessment process is completely screwed. You have to be in the 'cohort' to get a good rating and if you are not, your rating would suffer.