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PwC Director Reviews

Updated 18 October 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "PwC Review"

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get involved in Big projects
    Overall some really great People
    Great Talent
    Good variety

    Cons

    Not very embracing of diversity
    Very political
    Work/life balance is hard to get
    Career progression is not always very clear

    Advice to Management

    Stop being to siloed in your thinking
    Embrace difference
    Be present and engaging with your team
    Do not judge based on your view only
    Be open


  2. "Slow and steady, lots of politics, very risk averse"

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director 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

    Variety of opportunities due to scale
    Embraces flexible working and parental requirements
    Some degree of autonomy to shape your career

    Cons

    Risk averse business run by accountants
    Not collaborative
    Success of assurance business limits market for advisory
    Average workforce with spots of excellence
    Relatively low payer

    Advice to Management

    Accelerate the change in leadership before business loses relevance in the market
    Change partner incentives to unlock true potential of the company


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still love it after ten years

    Cons

    Large and sometimes too slow to react

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Great firm"

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

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

    Pros

    You work with top quality people with good ethics, get great training and development opportunities including the opportunity to gain global experience. PwC really do value their people, even when they leave as they also have a very active alumni network. They are also serious about diversity.

    Cons

    It is very hierarchical and much rests on getting to partner level and working through the ranks. The risk and compliance requirements are very thorough and can be irksome to entrepreneurial types.

    Advice to Management

    Managing in a very large global partnership is not straightforward - get rid of the fiefdoms


  6. "Great for training and development"

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

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

    Pros

    fantastic people, huge network and resources
    broad range of services
    very helpful and nice people
    client centric, excellent brand
    brilliant work life balance should you need it ie full flexibility

    Cons

    long hours
    decision making take a long time
    becoming more transactional in dealing with people - all depends on who looks after you
    constantly reorganizing

    Advice to Management

    look after your people better


  7. Helpful (5)

    "It's a member of the big 4"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great travel opportunities, great place to build your career. Good training, amazing location of all offices globally. Good mobility

    Cons

    They will get their pound of flesh. Your face needs to fit to get to Partner. The partners are all made of teflon and look after themselves so you need to find the good ones who will look after you.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - let down by internal 'noise'"

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent client base.
    Always worked with a fantastic team around me.
    Opportunities I would not have had elsewhere.
    Very good benefits scheme - 'choices'
    Good London locations.
    Some inspirational leadership - Ian Powell springs to mind

    Cons

    Multiple P&L means cross line of service behaviours can be confrontational at worst / political and time wasting at best.
    Leadership in Business Unit sometimes lack strategic direction.
    Not good at catering for the majority who are not on partner track.
    The exit process was poor for a business that sets its standards so high.

    Advice to Management

    Strive harder to break down the Line of Service barriers. At time there are people within Consulting, Risk Assurance and Deals trying to create the same businesses at each others expense.


  9. "Corporate Finance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International reach, wide expertise and significant opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and political nature of any Big 4 and lack of willingness to do things differently.

    Advice to Management

    Operate more like a business and less like a silo'd partnership...but unlikely to ever happen!


  10. "Good place to work, with decent opportunities....sheer scale of business means its all about who you know"

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

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Client projects
    Diversity of opportunities
    Great people (and some average)

    Cons

    Too big - P&L structure inhibits single firm working
    A lot of talk about culture, but not enough consequences for those not living up to it
    Too much emphasis placed on end of year performance review (less than perfect)

    Advice to Management

    Create a reporting structure that is aligned to the market and not how PwC delivers its services


  11. "PwC UK"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to some very interesting clients and opportunities. Professionalism and expertise of many staff

    Cons

    So large it's difficult to navigate your way around and therefore the organisation suffers from some dislocation. Partnership structure can discourage a collegiate approach and exacerbates politics. Still too structured around traditional audit

    Advice to Management

    Better integrate the firms