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Updated 10 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. "Life at the Big 4"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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

  3. 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.


  4. "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,!


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.