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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 25 January, 2015
Updated 25 January, 2015
5,638 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 257 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about how to run complex businesses in fast-changing environments (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 930 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 866 reviews)

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  1.  

    Technology Consulting Senior Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great brand
    Strong strategy
    Bold management team
    Make great friends
    Enjoyable company outings, that are regular
    Career progression is directly tied to performance(can't speak to more senior levels)
    Diverse colleagues

    Cons

    Pay is below market - they will try their best to convince you otherwise, but it is below market
    Once you are in and assigned to a group, there is no leaving you are stuck
    Sometimes do not get the strategy engagements and end up playing in the lower level stuff
    Not a lot of partner time for junior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace flexibility with junior staff on projects
    Listen to junior staff when talking about career growth, not just the next project you want to put them on.
    No partner circles at company outings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Service in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Service in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PwC

    Pros

    Multicultural working environment. Frequented company events that get you familiar with the company as well as the people.

    Cons

    Does't treat employees very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more effort on how to take care every employees, rather treat them like machine

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Plenty of Hard Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    -great on-job and continuing professional training
    -great exposure to clients and industry
    -great work experience
    -great for your resume

    Cons

    -work-life balance
    -stress
    -understanding of how you are being compensated relative to others and relative to performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great firm with great options

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    excellent work life balance
    ability to scale intensity up and down when you want to be more / less aggressive about career
    many fabulous, fun to work with people,

    Cons

    because the firm is so big you often have to gain alignment from many many people before pursuing a new initiative
    a lot of administrivia and bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enable better connection at local offices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Senior Tax Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Good name on your resume, good learning opportunities, work with the smartest people

    Cons

    Hours, management, hours, hours, lack of work-life balance during busy season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexibility with 60-80 work weeks still does not work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience, but zero work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    This is a good place to gain a lot of experience working on many different aspects of each project. Great benefits and compensation. Since it is a big firm, there are a lot of opportunities to work across lines of service and get involved in different areas.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. The work/life balance is nearly non-existent, as multiple conflicting priorities require long hours, continuing work after leaving the office, and working on weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really evaluate the hours that people are working, and the budgeted time requirements for each project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    PwC - Transaction Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transaction Services Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Transaction Services Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity to see a lot of deals and learn some skill sets (excel / ppt) that are highly recognized in finance.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work investment banking hours at an accountants compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation - turnover will decrease if you pay more in line with bankers and transaction based consultants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ready for a change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    You can make it to the next level in a rather short period of time.

    Cons

    You work way too many hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to increase salaries and provide more vacation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Experienced Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    PwC is really pushing flexibility with your schedule, as well as making big strides in new technology, considering we're "Going Google" here at PwC and moving to the Google cloud and email for our work. PwC is also great at supporting women in their careers. Love the exposure to big clients and having PwC on the resume.

    Cons

    Some difficulty with work-life balance for a young professional without a family but teams and higher up managers are getting better and better with flexibility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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