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PwC Manager Reviews

Updated 22 September 2018
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  • "Essentially you will be away from your family for 80 percent of the time which does affect work life balance" (in 2797 reviews)

  • "Long hours depending on your project" (in 2859 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - TS Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - TS Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - interesting people
    - good project flow
    - reasonable clients
    - good name in marketplace

    Cons

    - hard work but worth it...


  2. "Great company to be a part of"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great boost for your career, good working culture

    Cons

    Sales and marketing leadership team not very organised or clear on strategy
    Low recognition and reward, slow to promote

  3. "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people, Flexi work, Collaborative culture, Getting tech focused

    Cons

    Growth options may be limited in some functions

    Advice to Management

    Identify leadership talent


  4. "Reviews"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Based on likability. If they like you, you will be promoted fast

    Cons

    Difficult to get reward and recognition despite working hard

    Advice to Management

    Transparent system needs to be implemented to ensure all staff are treated fairly.


  5. "Doesn't deliver what it believes it does for it's people"

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

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

    Pros

    Big company, looks good on CV. Nice office. Good salary.

    Cons

    Still an accountancy firm at heart, not a tech firm that it wishes to be. Too slow to respond to opportunities. Talks about people development but in reality is only as good as your manager allows it to be, lots of dinosaurs on big salaries, lots of jargon and corporate waffle, surprising lack of common sense, too much red tape - all standard big company problems. Not agile. Says one thing, does the other. Some good people in the wrong jobs. Creates too much noise, worries about statistics rather than connecting with people and telling an honest story in their comms.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to subject matter experts and empower the to deliver not micro manage or offer empty promises.


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people, big firm, big brand. People are nice in general and are very friendly. The brand is so strong and so many people works here that you can benefit a lot just by being in the network.

    Cons

    Low salary, low utilisation, low satisfaction. Unfortunately the salary band is a lot lower when it is compared with any of the peers. It is very likely to be on the bench for 1-2 months in between projects even if you perform at a very high level. The overall career experience is unsatisfactory and has led to large number of people leaving the firm.

    Advice to Management

    The management should consider to raise the satisfaction of their employees, especially for Associates and Senior Associates to push their boundaries. Because the Partners and Directors of the engagements were so conservative, I found none of the projects I experienced here as challenging or meaningful. This situation did not change even when I made it to Manager.


  7. "My contribution"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Business-led engagements
    Interesting work, and nice colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of technology skills and understanding of technology
    Poor career management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too big to function"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager - FS Tax in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - FS Tax in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Access to top tier clients and a great name on the CV (but for how much longer?)

    Cons

    The pay is woeful. You only stay at PwC for 2 reasons: you have a shot of making partner (when pay is good) or no one else will give you a job.

    The whole system is based around less than average people crunching through less than average jobs. If you work in a dynamic area like consulting or tax advisory then you are still hampered by lack of resource, lack of talent, a ludicrous approach to risk management which makes doing business competitively impossible and an unmotivated workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Look, you have 2 types of people at pwc... average joes happy to plod through a 9to5 and collect very average pay, and you have ambitious talented people. The latter are starting to treat pwc like the public sector - pay your dues and one day you can move to a better higher paying job. To fix it you need to reward people at the level you want to attract/retain. The rest of the city is leaving pwc behind in a cloud of dust. In 10 years time there's a good chance pwc is just a compliance delivery centre and all higher value advisory is done by more agile firms.


  9. "You make it what you want it to be"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, its largely what you make of if for yourself.

    Cons

    Inconsistency in people demonstrating the firms values

    Advice to Management

    Get the strategy right and make people feel that have a role to play in delivering it!! Not just on paper. Look after tour talent,!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Challenges for big4"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PwC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Access to great work, clients, colleagues, knowledge

    Cons

    Resource - there is simply not enough and the demand far outweighs the supply. However, no compensation to make up for this. Firm is too large to function properly and is hugely inefficient. Every day is a battle for resource, risk, billing etc. Very hard to do work as so many hurdles along the way. Pay is poor for the stress/struggle or daily job.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the resource issue or adopt the highly paid law firm model. Focus on allowing revenue generators to have the time, resource and tools to do their job. Instead of just talking about technology and the future, actually implement this change to assist with monotonous and mundane admin tasks, reporting and compliance to free up time to do the high value, high skilled jobs that PwC should be know for.