PwC

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  1.  

    Good company to work if you are ready to fit in

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and great ethical values.

    Cons

    Not innovative, repetitive work. Love to brag slef proclaim as a 'High performing organization".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more exciting work for your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Prestigious company that lives up to its name.

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

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn a lot in a given industry
    Work with very motivated and intelligent people
    High expectations to perform at an entry level
    Exposure to top tier clients

    Cons

    The culture demands very long hours
    Longer than expected busy season
    No work/life balance
    High turnover
    Low salary considering the hours you work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good start for a consulting career

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

    I have been working at PwC full-time

    Pros

    Big company, worldwide presence, highly valued consulting experience, Above 95% retention rate. Rich knowledge pool with more than 100,000 people worldwide.

    Cons

    Look for people who closely fit company culture, prior work experience in consulting is important, if you do not have it then you are at a disadvantage. Long working hours of consulting industry. Lastly lots and lots of traveling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While recruiting, focus more on the candidates knowledge rather than just the prior work experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding; Great exposure to various industries early on

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great office; generous benefits; international mobility

    Cons

    Improvement needs to be made in assigning mentors and ensuring that the coach has the bandwidth to support the mentoring relationship. The coach - protege ratio for each coach was too high for my liking.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Rare combination of brilliance and humanity.

    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I meet crazy smart people every day; yet nearly everyone is humble and human.

    Cons

    A little risk averse, but getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working to improve work-life balance.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at PwC (FS Advisory) has been underwhelming

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

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

    Pros

    Hours are alright
    Pay is okay
    Name-brand recognition
    Decent trainings

    Cons

    Stodgy culture
    -very territorial, hard to pursue interests, easy to get pigeonholed
    Work is neither challenging nor particularly interesting
    -mostly a bunch of Big 10 grads doing benchmarking, brown guys doing IT strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

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

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

    Pros

    International exposure and access to resources / relationships

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, compensation, and politics for promotions

  9.  

    A good place to start your career

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

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

    Pros

    Managers and above are enrolled in Pension Plan.
    Nice benefits which includes compelling vacation time
    Work culture is different and better than at BearingPoint
    Practice takes your career aspirations or areas of focus into consideration before staffing you on a project. This is quite the opposite at BearingPoint.

    Cons

    No defined bonus at Manager level.
    Firm practices are still old school
    Technology practice is not as strong as BearingPoint
    Not strong in project delivery
    The leaders who came from BearingPoint and joined PwC still operate in a staff augmentation mode.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good times can be great, bad times can be terrible

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work location and hours.

    Cons

    No accountability from peers. Too many levels without clear distinction of responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better bonus

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking for Lip Service and Back Biters? Work at PWC!

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

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

    Pros

    All of the negative comments that one hears about the big four are epitomized by the PWC Financial Services group. If you are looking for a cut throat work environment that works to provide a facade of progress and decency, then the FS department is perfect for you.

    PWC promises job security, its need for staff, balancing the enormous work load (that at least they recognize) with an amazing work/life balance, and great company culture. Well, it is certainly true that nothing is what it seems.

    Okay, there is one great thing about PWC and that is their dedication to providing employees with remote access. But don't try to use it, or you'll be deemed inefficient, although you crank out more quality work than the useless intern sitting in the dank conference room, staring emptily into his screen for twenty hours at a time.

    Cons

    For the past three years, job security for staff had been promised, those who received outstanding personal reviews were praised, and the firm constantly preached its need for associates. How, then, is it possible for this company to decide to cut jobs for those employees in an area of tax that is almost always understaffed? Or, rather than transfer experienced staff into other departments, will cut their tenure short just to "send a message" - and yes, that is a direct quote.

    Well, maybe it is because the staff had the gall to cash in on work life balance, since, you know, it is somewhat necessary to have a personal life when you have a family to tend to. Or apparently it is even worse to attempt to work outside of the department, since, you know, professional development can only exist in the vacuum of a single department. But maybe the biggest offender was not spending time in the mind numbing company culture of "busy season fun" because, well, you know, having dinner at your desk rather than at home with your family comes before anything in your life.

    If you think compensation makes up for any of this, think again. Zero raises were given to so much staff, zero bonuses given as a result of their overproduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can only say: Good riddance to PWC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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