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PwC Associate Reviews

Updated 22 June 2018
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  1. "Best of the big 4"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate (SA2) in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate (SA2) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People
    - Grad scheme for ACA is intense but worth it
    - Work life balance can be managed very well eg can work from home a lot especially as you get more senior

    Cons

    - Pay- you can make £10k more in industry as soon as you qualify
    - Audit busy season- no holiday between January and March inclusive

    Advice to Management

    Review your pay post ACA qualification


  2. "Work environment"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Tax Associate in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Graduate Tax Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment , with friendly colleagues

    Cons

    not the place if you do not like routine work

  3. "Great company to work for!"

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    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.


  4. "Really great graduate experience"

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    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

    The exposure to interesting and varied clients; a fun graduate cohort; a fair interview process and access to great training opportunities. The office in London is a great working environment too.

    Cons

    If you're not adaptable then shifting between client site/ main office and travelling might be quite tough.


  5. "Very Flexible, Long Hours!"

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    Current Employee - Associate (University Placement) in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Associate (University Placement) in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of work is brilliant able to work around personal commitments. Laptop given is ace and paid overtime is a bonus. Always leave early on a Friday. Offices are nice places to work. Great pay whilst still at uni!

    Cons

    Expected to go onto jobs and be competent in every audit task with little supervision, can be left to own devices. Long hours at times and can be stressful to meet deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with teams, do not leave to own devices and then be shocked when things are not done to your standard. Make the offices more fun places and encourage people to get to know each other can be quite dull/clicky at times.


  6. "My time working at PwC."

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, decent projects. Nice office.

    Cons

    Slow bureaucracy. New people have to work internally which is rubbish.


  7. "Standard Big 4 culture and working practices"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Less focus on your development (is a con as well) means you can choose to participate or not
    - Lots of projects to choose
    - Flexible working is widely accepted
    - Bench time is good for recovery

    Cons

    - No focus on your own development (can't be based on how big the firm is)
    - Remuneration is lower than market rates (experienced hires earn signifcantly more than grads being promoted)
    - People management is wholy dependent on who you get allocated

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to change a Big 4 culture - take people management seriously and reward good people managers and punish poor ones. Pay rises need to be higher than 3-4%!

  8. "Senior Associate - Sustainability and Climate Change PwC"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Diversity of work, interesting projects, great team, variety of clients, intelligent and passionate colleagues, decent benefits , good travel opportunities , well respected brand

    Cons

    Bad pay, long hours, little recognition, base pay of junior employees not raised (not even in line with inflation in years) while senior employees pay increasing significantly, bureaucratic system , uninspiring senior management

    Advice to Management

    Improve recognition and reward for associates, senior associates and managers


  9. "Great staff, offices and opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Really good package and the chance to work with amazing people

    Cons

    Very few so far, lots of travelling


  10. "Hmm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate SA1 in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate SA1 in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in the company

    Cons

    Lots of overtime is expected for no reason