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PwC Senior Associate Reviews

Updated 19 July 2018
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  1. "Best of the big 4"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate (SA2) in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate (SA2) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People
    - Grad scheme for ACA is intense but worth it
    - Work life balance can be managed very well eg can work from home a lot especially as you get more senior

    Cons

    - Pay- you can make £10k more in industry as soon as you qualify
    - Audit busy season- no holiday between January and March inclusive

    Advice to Management

    Review your pay post ACA qualification


  2. "Full time qualified SA in core"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    good work-life balance
    solid network for trying different things

    Cons

    remuneration lagging behind peers
    some seniors are appalling

    Advice to Management

    be more discerning with who you employ

  3. "Assurance Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Assurance Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Assurance Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting work experience across industries.
    Fast learning environment with many opportunities.
    Friendly and supportive environment.

    Cons

    Long working hours with no overtime pay.


  4. "Cyber Security Graduate Programme"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Senior Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a platitude that you'll hear time and time again whilst working at PwC, but, it really is the people that make PwC. As a PwC-er you get the opportunity to work with lots of ridiculously talented and interesting people from all walks of life.

    You get the opportunity to work on lots of high profile projects working with big-name clients. Whilst working at PwC, I personally worked on two projects where the larger programme made national headlines. I can't think of another graduate career where you are provided with so much exposure from day one as you are at PwC.

    Management and partners are generally very supportive and take your personal wellbeing seriously.

    Cons

    Working in a regional office its hard not to feel like a second-class citizen. The majority of interesting jobs, networking events, and cyber partners are all based in London. Regional jobs tend to be less high-profile and therefore attract less attention (and less visibility and support) than the London Jobs.

    It was my observation that promotions are overwhelmingly driven by how effectively you are able to market yourself internally. It is not a reflection of your capability as a security professional. Indeed, being a safe pair of hands and a willingness to travel can play to your disadvantage.

    PwC can be a bit of a group think echo chamber. Resources are wasted developing service offerings for problems that don't exist. Conversely, I felt that PwC wasn't innovating enough where it mattered. Assessments against control frameworks such as ISO27001 still makes up the bulk of PwC's work, which is pretty dull.

    Training budget/allocation was a very untransparent process. A lot of structured learning was available in the London region; less in the regions. Formal learning and development pathways for graduates were and still are poor.

    Travel - The biggie - As a regions resource working in a national practice you are expected to travel. This can be pretty unrelenting and have a negative impact on your personal life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Better support those of us that work[ed] in the regions! Improve the moderation process. More equitably distribute training allocation.


  5. "My time working at PwC."

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, decent projects. Nice office.

    Cons

    Slow bureaucracy. New people have to work internally which is rubbish.


  6. "Standard Big 4 culture and working practices"

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

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

    Pros

    - Less focus on your development (is a con as well) means you can choose to participate or not
    - Lots of projects to choose
    - Flexible working is widely accepted
    - Bench time is good for recovery

    Cons

    - No focus on your own development (can't be based on how big the firm is)
    - Remuneration is lower than market rates (experienced hires earn signifcantly more than grads being promoted)
    - People management is wholy dependent on who you get allocated

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to change a Big 4 culture - take people management seriously and reward good people managers and punish poor ones. Pay rises need to be higher than 3-4%!


  7. "Senior Associate - Sustainability and Climate Change PwC"

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work, interesting projects, great team, variety of clients, intelligent and passionate colleagues, decent benefits , good travel opportunities , well respected brand

    Cons

    Bad pay, long hours, little recognition, base pay of junior employees not raised (not even in line with inflation in years) while senior employees pay increasing significantly, bureaucratic system , uninspiring senior management

    Advice to Management

    Improve recognition and reward for associates, senior associates and managers

  8. "Hmm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate SA1 in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate SA1 in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in the company

    Cons

    Lots of overtime is expected for no reason


  9. "Senior Associate at PwC"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Name reputation and brand
    - Young, fresh like minded people
    - Training and development
    - Grow into a work horse and develop project management and tech skills much quicker than in industry

    Cons

    - Deadlines mean long hours
    - Understaffing or poor associates mean seniors/managers work longer

    Advice to Management

    - Employ more associates


  10. "Assurance & Consulting Shared Scheme"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exit opportunities are excellent.
    Benefits including holidays are very good.
    High quality training and opportunity to gain professional qualifications.
    PwC grad schemes are a fantastic way to meet a large number of like-minded individuals.

    Cons

    Poor feedback and moderation system, can become very generic and meaningless.
    Poor remuneration for junior staff, bonuses are insulting.
    Reasonably high turnover of staff, can create difficulties on projects.
    Leadership is very uninspiring.
    The Assurance/Consulting Shared Scheme was closed down due to poor planning and management.

    Advice to Management

    On consulting engagements ensure development of junior staff is a key priority. Far too many opportunities are to be a PMO, which largely involves unrewarding administrative work and no learning experiences.