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PwC Associate Reviews

Updated 18 September 2018
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  • "Essentially you will be away from your family for 80 percent of the time which does affect work life balance" (in 2797 reviews)

  • "Long hours depending on your project" (in 2859 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant Associate in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Management Consultant Associate in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are lots of things to get involved in on top of your day job including sports and societies. It’s a very inclusive workplace. The offices are great. They are always investing in their people with training and the best technology and offices etc. Almost everyone I have met is really friendly and I’ve gained some amazing friends.

    Cons

    I have to travel lots with work so I am rarely at home. This is exciting in some ways but it also gets tiring. Because projects are often only 3 months, it makes it hard to plan far in the future.


  2. "PwC Assurance Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, looks impressive on your CV, amazing offices, lots of other young employees (joined in an intake of grads), lots of chances to get involved in things outside of work, and on the whole what you learn in your ICAEW qualification is useful and will open doors in the future.

    Cons

    Mainly that there are really long hours in busy periods (e.g. potentially working 8am-1am for two weeks), and even in less busy periods you're still working most evenings as you have to fit in your exam study around your clients. The exams are also quite difficult and have a huge amount of content that you have to learn in a very short amount of time. Due to the large size of the company you can also sometimes feel like a small fish in a very big pond. But I would say the pros outweigh the cons and it is worth it in the end.

  3. "4 years at PwC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of young people, easy to make work friends.
    Can transfer to other offices around the world (although this can be competitive)
    Can transfer elsewhere in the UK
    Opportunity to transfer within departments (after 3 years)

    Cons

    Long hours, no overtime pay, similar jobs expecting the same will pay 50-100% more.

    Generally poor training, left to work without being prepared for the tasks expected. No real development compared to other grad schemes, sold as a job with advanced responsibility - but in reality just huge volumes of admin tasks with reviewers who have responsibility.

    Likely to earn less than undertaking other similar roles in London as a University leaver.

    Poor attitude toward those with difficulties, PwC are the only firm (and possibly grad scheme) not to pay for things like dyslexia tests.

    Overall - outside London, well paid and reasonable hours, in London, underpaid and a below average grad job, with below average training, well below average hours and pay, and below average prospects on exit.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the London salary by 30% minimum, or move bonuses from around 3% to 25%.
    Pay overtime
    Change attitude towards those with difficulties


  4. "Senior Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard-working people that help you with your development.
    Solid training programs, and decent amount of time off in college to prepare for the exams.
    Wide range of clients to work with and gain different kinds of experiences.
    Flexible working.

    Cons

    Long hours, and can be monotonous at times.
    Understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Staff your jobs properly, but keep up with the flexible working.


  5. "Friendly place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training opportunities, Sociable employees, Flexible hours

    Cons

    Not sure what to include


  6. "Audit Assosiate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very friendly and everyone is treated the same

    Cons

    The course can be long and monotonous.


  7. "Assurance Employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone into the financial sector.

    Cons

    Can be over-worked and little care for employees well being.

  8. "Good work life balance - slow development is the con"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and welcoming environment

    Cons

    Slow development below manager level.


  9. "Good hours, friendly teams"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements
    Lovely people to work with
    Like quitting your job every couple of months due to the variety of projects

    Cons

    Not always the most challenging role


  10. "Deals tax"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, good promotion ops

    Cons

    long hours at times and poor bonuses for juniors

    Advice to Management

    increase bonuses for juniors to improve retention and morale