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PwC Consultant Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  1. "Consulting Associate"

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    • 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.


  2. "Too powerful for its own good"

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

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

    Pros

    - Top brand
    - Variety of roles and projects
    - Some very good people
    - Tough recruitment process and experience is valued when changing jobs

    Cons

    - None of the pros are unique
    - Doesn't do what it says (More slogans than politicians)
    - Fosters and sometimes rewards bad behaviours
    - One direction hierarchy with no real upward feedback impact

    Advice to Management

    Believe in the culture you say you aspire to and listen to the employee base rather than ignore it.
    Be willing to change and improve and don't rely on the power of your brand and attrition.


  3. "Management Consulting Senior Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work flexibly, good benefits package

    Cons

    Workload is extremely unpredictable


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  5. "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment, inspiring colleagues, culture and environment

    Cons

    Management don't care about your concerns or development


  6. "Great place to build your foundations"

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

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

    Pros

    Potential for exciting projects with top FTSE 100 companies
    Great training and development opportunities
    Great people to work with
    Plenty of variety & Opportunities to work across a range of sectors / projects
    Well recognized brand - making it easy to find jobs elsewhere should you wish to leave

    Cons

    Pay is relatively poor compared to what you can be paid elsewhere
    Promotion processes are laborious and slow
    You may be penalized for not spending enough time on client work (even when there isn't work for you to help out with)

    Advice to Management

    Think very carefully how you recognize individuals for their work. Year end processes can have a huge impact on how valued individuals feel.


  7. "Not enough high quality work for graduates"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Good people (on the whole)
    Some good benefits

    Cons

    For young, intelligent and motivated graduates straight from University, Teach First, Internships or otherwise the work on FftF (Graduate programme) is extremely unfulfilling and you can spend large periods of time on the bench, begging people for work and a code to find you spend 6 weeks acting as a director's glorified PA. Understandably, someone needs to do those jobs but they should be complemented with a mix of really high quality, interesting work that keeps your brain ticking over. There are far too many associates and not enough work.

    At lower ends of the spectrum, can only be promoted once a year.. regardless of how good you are.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce your numbers. Make getting in more competitive. Make graduates feel like you want them to be there and they they have some responsibility and accountability - at least then, they will be motivated. Graduates are the future of your firm and frankly, I'm not sure many of them feel proud and motivated to be there.


  8. "Associate Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working in a regional office means you have a higher chance to work on projects and not sit on the bench
    - Good culture

    Cons

    - Poor pay industry
    - Regional offices offer less opportunities for certain types of consulting and industries


  9. "I like it."

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company with a strong progression path. The opportunity to work on lots of projects! The chance to travel with work.

    Cons

    Long hours, and no overtime as well as mountains of presentations and sometimes mind dumbingly boring work that can lead to boredum

    Advice to Management

    Pick up the stick and run with it. Nobody ever got to first place by asking where we were all running to, you've got to take risks to win in this game.


  10. "Great to start a career, move out quickly"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place for a first job and hands on experience

    Cons

    Super bureaucratic and excessively political

    Advice to Management

    Get lean and agile


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Consulting manager"

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Variety, opportunity, working amongst smart people, lots of flexibility, reputation precedes you, can open up a lot of doors with imitative

    Cons

    Lots of travel in consulting, can be at the behest of partner wants rather than your development needs, lack of social budgets and celebration of success