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PwC Audit Associate Reviews

Updated 8 December 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. "Worked Hard, but Rewarded"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - PwC Assurance Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, and working atmosphere. They'll give back to you a lot. Monthly office drinks. Meals at the start and end of big jobs. Social events. Work perks like like insurance, healthcare plan etc.

    Cons

    Lower starting salary than many competitors. Tough hours during busy periods and overtime unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to find much. The lower salary is justified as they invest thousands of pounds in educating you to pass your CA exams. They're paying you salary, while they're paying you to go to college and earning them £0 revenue.


  2. "PwC Review"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible employer especially when it comes to working hours

    Cons

    could pay better
    terrible travel expense policy


  3. "PwC Audit"

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

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

    Pros

    Very comfortable working environment and nice people

    Cons

    low pay and frequent business trips

    Advice to Management

    control the loss of employees


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  5. "PwC Audit Associate"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Milton Keynes, England

    Pros

    Opportunities to develop
    Intelligent People to work with
    Quick Client Exposure
    High Level of Support
    Clients
    Ability to shape portfolio

    Cons

    Long hours at certain times of year (roughly 3 months)
    High Exam pressures
    Salary for hours worked sometimes seems inadequate


  6. "Audit associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate
    Current Employee - Audit Associate

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

    Pros

    good atmosphere, great people, learning opportunities

    Cons

    overtime during busy season, a lot of travelling


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, feel part of a team and a wider collective"

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

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

    Pros

    Continuous training and development, structured career progression and promotion. Great people and opportunity to work in changing teams of different sizes and for varying lengths of time

    Cons

    External audit can be limiting by nature. Retrospective in that always reviewing financial statements of year just completed - at junior levels it's hard to feel how this is adding value to your clients. Clients often feel hostile and defensive towards auditors, as the "enemy" who can catch them out and find their mistakes, which over time can become difficult to accept and be comfortable with. If you don't mind not being liked, then you'll find this easier.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think there is much management can do to solve the key downfalls in this role - they are inherent in the work itself and unavoidable. Generally the management I work with are great people and build good relationships which I find most inspiring about the workplace.


  8. "Great company to boost your career to next level"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    You get to learn so much by working on large/global, household clients. Managers are very helpful. You can get booked onto the client of your choice if you speak to the managers beforehand about your interests.

    Cons

    Everyone at PwC is assigned a "People manager" who monitors your development. Your People manager represents you in the manager's meeting to discuss your promotion prospects. If you are not happy with your PM, change it.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work life balance


  9. "Great start of career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great devemopent and progression opportunities
    Full of driven, talented people
    Access to high quality technical resources

    Cons

    Overtime
    Salaries 15-30% below industry level (but progression opportunities are nuch better so it is somewhat justified)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance, but great opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    You work with talented smart people
    Great Career progression
    Loads of opportunities
    £28k starting audit salary in London +£700 for choice options e.g. heath insurance

    Cons

    In London at the I&IM office the hours are the worst in UK audit for PwC
    Can be tough to do the exams and work but it is the No.1 times 100 company and you can basically work for any finance firm after 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Try and reduce the hours and give people more choice on the clients we can work on e.g. sectors that interest us.


  11. "Audit Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Assurance in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Assurance in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PwC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented employees, who all work very hard for the company. The office was in a great location and is very comfortable to work in.

    Cons

    Long hours, treated as a number which is to be expected in such a large organisation, the HR department being called 'Human Capital' says it all really.

    Advice to Management

    Front load audits more, so silly hours are not worked towards the end.