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Updated 17 June 2018
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  1. "Professional Behavior"

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    Current Employee - IFS Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - IFS Senior Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    My manager in PwC is the best I have worked with through my 13 years work experience working with other company

    Cons

    Complex environment, it requires slowing down to understand

    Advice to Management

    always embrace all opportunities that comes your way in PwC


  2. "Life at the Big 4"

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse individuals - the difference is valued
    Amazing opportunities
    Something for everyone because the work is so wide

    Cons

    Difficult to get in - they can afford to be choosy
    Be prepared to work hard

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the staff

  3. "Great organisation, lots of opportunities"

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

    Pros

    Great organisation, lots of opportunities to work on different challenging assignments, travel the globe, explore and grow in various areas, get access to senior stakeholders.

    Cons

    Red tape, procedures and polices make it difficult to innovate and make changes,
    Hierarchy driven and poor internal technology to collaborate and work in current age.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce hierarchy, red tape, improve performance management process


  4. "Transaction Services"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong brand in the market, great clients and can get to work on prominent transactions... good for your CV!
    Also made good effort to support flexible working (working from home or other offices).
    Can have fast-track career progression if you are able manage office politics and please certain partners.

    Cons

    Stagnating market not much scope for progression beyond SM grade,
    Pay structure and bonus not at all transparent,
    Pay below other Big 3,
    Too much politics behind closed doors - Partners like to work with their favourites and if you are not the chosen one then you will not progress,
    Does not promote ethnic diversity at senior level (very evident at the Partner / Director grade),
    No open door policy (although they claim that!),
    Very high staff turnover at Associate to Manager level.


  5. "great if you want to get paid in experience and travel rewards!!"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    - Access to a wide variety of organisations
    - Generally interesting & challenging work
    - Lots of smart people to work with

    Cons

    - Almost impossible to progress at senior levels. Processes are opaque & preference seems to be to recruit externally rather than promote high performing individuals from within. no internal advertisement or application process for external roles. very rigid annual promotion process
    - Reward is below industry average, but expected to keep working extremely hard in the hope you get promoted.
    - Reward is not linked directly to actual performance - flat bonus amounts across grades rather than %age of salary does not appropriately reward performance

    Advice to Management

    Look after and promote the senior motivated people who are developing the relationships, winning and delivering the work enabling the partners to receive the rewards they do!

    Revenue related bonuses would motivate the more senior individuals to develop and win more business & further increase the firm's revenues.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PwC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities to develop and grow, if you seize them. Also, they look after their employees well.

    Cons

    There’s a considerably hectic travel schedule, but this depends on which practice area you are aligned to, so it’s worth checking beforehand.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.