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PwC Director Reviews

Updated 18 April 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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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 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


  2. "Depends which bit you get"

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    Current Employee - Tax Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge firm stuffed with very clever people who work very hard. Access to good work and good clients. Lots of modern thinking about working flexibly, equality, fair access etc.

    Cons

    Some areas try to run as huge teams - individuals become headcount or resource on a spreadsheet rather than people. Enormous focus on short term finances (chargeable hours, recoveries, WIP days etc) for this month rather than over a more realistic business cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Big and profitable firm - doesn't need advice from me. But, sometimes its easy to forget that those 60 chargeable hours represent most of the waking hours of a real person for the last week.

  3. "Director"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great bunch of professional people. Solid expertise in transformation with forensic eye for detail. Partners are hands on in clients and engagements, which is rare to see in other big 4. Collaborative culture within the consulting arm to get the best solution to clients.

    Cons

    Usual work life balance is difficult to strike vs client demands.
    At times can be political so best to let partners to sort out any conflict. Is a big big organisation so it will take time to build the network.


  4. "Associate Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Good name on CV and possible opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours and more cut throat than Banking


  5. "PwC"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunities, good clients, strong learning and development programmes, good progression, travel, secondment opportunities both to other divisions and other countries

    Cons

    Long hours, pay is perceived to be low compared to other similar organisations, requirements to travel at short notice for long periods of time


  6. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients and clever people

    Cons

    Too flat a structure and messed up P&Ls creates a sole trader mentality within Partners that is accepting when successful in terms of fees

    Advice to Management

    You need to make more of an active play on the consequences of inappropriate self interest behaviour


  7. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented, dedicated people
    Great work opportunities, it can be as interesting as you want it to be

    Cons

    You are just a number in a vast machine.
    Most of the rewards are in the partner base

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    "PwC Review"

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    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


  9. "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


  10. "Great firm"

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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 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