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PwC Associate Reviews

Updated 17 February 2018
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  1. "Management Consulting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1 month immersive residential induction to provide consulting skillset
    Rotational scheme across different areas (you set your own destiny)
    Various opportunities to network across different competencies

    Cons

    Unpredictable workloads - sometimes you have nothing, other times you have lots to do


  2. "Overtime is Tough but the People Make it Worth it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people make it worthwhile - great culture and a lot of fun

    Cons

    Overtime is draining at times and can seem neverending

    Advice to Management

    None really - overtime is inherent with the job


  3. "Consulting graduate scheme is mis-sold"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent people and opportunity for progression
    Great benefits and flexible holiday

    Cons

    Limited choice over project work
    Quality of work is generally poor and less interesting than advertised
    Pay is well below market value

    Advice to Management

    Pay associates and senior associates more. You have a better chance at retaining the top talent.


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  5. "A great place to work!!"

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

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

    Pros

    The network is huge, giving you the opportunity to travel through secondments / assignments and try different work. The people are fantastic as well.

    Cons

    You may get put on one client for a long period, which means that you don't get that exposure to the variety that firm has to offer. However this is dependent on the line of service you are aligned to.

    Advice to Management

    Focus needs to be on retaining lower levels of staff and in this way making sure they have the opportunities to grow within the firm. A forward looking approach would be more useful than a reactive one here.


  6. "I have tried lots of different things in a short period of time !"

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

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

    Pros

    Always willing to find a place for you if you are willing to try your best for yourself

    Cons

    With so many options on things to do it can be difficult to specialise of find what you want to do

    Advice to Management

    Keep being receptive to what your people want to do and provide those opportunities for development or otherwise.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good development in early years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to clients
    Paid to train for ACA and given study leave

    Cons

    Undergoing a lot of cost saving atm due to falling partner profit shares. So less employee benefits, drinks and social events as there used to be. Bonuses being lowered and salaries frozen.
    Not compensated for long hours (i.e busy season)
    Bonuses are low


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Typical big 4"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for travel; focus on employee development.

    Cons

    Very poor work-life balance, low salaries compared to jobs in industry, outdated views in some regional offices which encouraged unprofessional behaviour.


  9. "Associate Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good name on CV and possible opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours and more cut throat than Banking


  10. "work"

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

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

    Pros

    interesting, challenging and varied work

    Cons

    insufficient number of quality staff at lower levels


  11. "Great starting place"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career, get a recession proof qualification and an understanding of how the real world works, good job security

    Cons

    Very regimented structure, no change to progress faster if you are entrepreneurial/talented, the pay until you reach partner relative to other city professions is poor compared to the hours worked