PwC Associate Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Glassdoor uses cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies. OK | Learn More

PwC Associate Reviews

Updated 11 December 2017
3,882 reviews

Filter

Filter

Associate

3.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Associate Consultant London"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well rounded company. Considers every aspect face by their employees, e.g. diversity, woman at work, work life balance and making sure there are outlets to let your voice be heard.

    Cons

    Need to shake off the corporate feel of the place as new joiners from the forth coming generation gets over whelmed by the size of the firm and it's structured systems.

    Advice to Management

    Sub divisions to create more individuality within the firm but still remaining under one roof


  2. "Finance Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with other teams

    Cons

    Perhaps the base pay for associates


  3. "Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Associate in Newcastle, England
    Current Employee - Associate in Newcastle, England

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

    Pros

    Challenging work with great people

    Cons

    Work life balance at times


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Great place to begin career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good training, lots of secondment opportunities

    Cons

    Compensation low, hours can be long


  6. "Graduate with 1 years experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people and social environment
    - Opportunities to work with high profile clients

    Cons

    - Under resourced
    - Demanding hours
    - Strict exam failure policy for graduates

    Advice to Management

    - Provide juniors with earlier responsibility and more of a role with clients
    - Provide more attention and coaching to juniors
    - Find ways to show employees and valued


  7. "PwC can be a demanding employer, but they reward high performers and try to bring out your best"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate (Actuary, Pensions) in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate (Actuary, Pensions) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Push for you to achieve your potential, great mentors, reward high performers, lovely people, give responsibility

    Cons

    Push out lesser performers, politics plays a large role in promotions, under resourced at times leads to high working hours, expect you to be on call 24/7 at manager level and above

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees more, get junior colleagues in front of clients early, provide better technical training to junior employees


  8. "Excellent experience, training and people"

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

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

    Pros

    You make your best friends here. You have a lot of support, protection and benefits working for such a large employer. It is possible to travel around.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and you can be overlooked in review periods because you're not a man who shouts the loudest.


  9. "Love it, but a bit too bureaucratic"

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to learn, Clever and welcoming colleagues, Great atmosphere, Awesome office spaces, High-end clients, a lot of support for development

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic, difficult to move forward or get things done as requires approval from senior leadership.
    Junior roles are very add-hoc based, you will do a lot if repetitive and sometimes boring tasks until you progress further in the firm; usually until you become Senior Associate / Manager.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition needs to be completely revamped. Current promotion and performance review process is heavily based on feedback from what others say, which can be very subjective and do not reflect your actual skills or abilities.


  10. "Grad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training and opportunity to learn lots of different things working with different people.
    Lots of travel and some clever people

    Cons

    Too big you are a 6 digit number. Also I think the review system is flawed as there's a lot of game playing


  11. "Consulting Associate"

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    - abundance of opportunities to explore different industries on client projects
    - chance to align your personal interests with internal/external work
    - benefits of networking internally/externally, especially with extremely approachable Partners and Directors, are likely to extend to any area of your choosing within PwC and beyond

    Cons

    - lower pay than peer competitor firms (e.g. other Big 4s)
    - expenses and opportunities to transfer/attend internal events in London are increasingly limited
    - takes getting used to adjusting the fine work-life balance, especially given any personal career ambitions
    - long hours required at times

    Advice to Management

    Since gross pay levels for junior grades (up to 3-4 years after starting grad scheme) have been static for 5 years or so, it is high time to review and consider raising salaries.