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PwC Senior Manager Reviews

Updated 21 February 2018
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  1. "It's what you make of it"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are good and they really turn up - they care about their work.

    The company is big enough that if you want to try something, anything, new, you can make it happen with the right imitative.

    International secondment opps are common and encouraged.

    Cons

    The business structure can lend itself to empires and politics, making it hard to do the best thing for your clients.


  2. "PwC UK"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff are generally excellent and great fun to work with
    Projects are interesting
    Flexibility in where you do your work
    Prestige

    Cons

    Overly reliant on staff commitment and can end up doing large amounts of overtime
    Promotion path is very narrow
    Penny pinching, whilst asking for more commitment from staff e.g. assumption that everyone will do large amounts of overtime for free, rather than hiring proper numbers of staff

    Advice to Management

    Can follow cost containment or differentiation: can't do both and your penny pinching damages morale for very little real tem gain
    Promotion paths should be looked at, as you cannot afford to lose your experienced staff, who clients look to you to provide and you rely on to win and deliver work, but are not going to be suitable for partner track


  3. "Senior Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, always learning and evolving, they really invest in you individually. Work with bright, smart, fun people.

    Cons

    Long hours, but against that incredibly flexible so there's a quid pro quo.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate the flexibility vs the long hours. So much to be proud of.


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  5. "Mixed bag"

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

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

    Pros

    - best of the ‘big 4’ (knowledge of three)
    - variety of roles
    - high level of autonomy
    - decent tech
    - nice offices
    - decent base pay

    Cons

    - limited perks and discretionary pay
    - very political
    - slow progression
    - hierarchical
    - stuffy dress code
    - opaque pay structure

    Advice to Management

    Be more visionary and forget your experience of moving through the firm. Seek inspiration from others and don’t be afraid of diversity of thought.


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    "Senior Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    A world of opportunities and possibilities if you know how to navigate.
    A safe environment for learning.

    Cons

    Silent aggressive environment for senior management.
    Very passive with low performers
    Not fair with high performers
    Encourages medium performers

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking that the partnership model is what your workforce aspires for their careers. Love to the organisation only comes with REAL work-life balance, opportunities and compensation. The leadership speech does not match with the reality anymore.


  7. "You get out what you put in"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for self-development, incredibly varied work , fantastic people who care deeply and gives good people management / softer skills - which open up many opportunities outside the firm at senior levels.

    Cons

    Limited role models at senior levels to encourage progression, particularly given the ever increasing track to partner - heightens one's dilemma of whether the long hours, pressure and average pay/bonus (in comparison to partner profit share) is really worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Address the balance between internal BD and client facing staff - lost the balance of internal staff supporting the business and as a result are working in different directions with different objectives.


  8. "Senior manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Variety of work
    Collegues
    Culture
    Progression opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Expected to travel frequently


  9. "Demanding but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Liverpool, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pushed to perform
    Great experience
    Great teams and ability to make long term relationships
    Great clients

    Cons

    Long hours and expectation to always put work first
    Poor pension and bonus
    Face fits is often more important than ability

    Advice to Management

    Pay more
    Treat staff like individuals and embrace diversity
    London is not the centre of the universe and there is opportunity north of Watford


  10. "All round positive consulting experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Genuinely caring environment (mostly, it's a big place)
    Work comes in peaks and troughs so you get the buzz of working hard but also it does slow down again
    There's such a broad range that you can find your own niche
    Getting to work in content
    Generally very friendly and positive people
    Good working environment

    Cons

    Some of the culture/values is still aspiration than reality - I.e. Diversity and ways of thinking amongst the partnership
    Some sectors (FS, Deals) have a longer hours culture that can be unhealthy
    Salary is lower than some competitors
    Not a huge range of 'inspirational leaders', more people who are good technically.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing to ensure the values we aim for become the ones we experience every day
    As Consulting grows, making sure we identify and keep our top talent at all grades
    Hold partners to account in their performance and £ for the working experience of their teams & diversity.


  11. "Great experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunities, exceptional training

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, can be inflexible, highly political