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PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 25 January, 2015
Updated 25 January, 2015
5,632 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.  

    Good start for a consulting career

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at PwC (FS Advisory) has been underwhelming

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    • 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
  6.  

    Manager

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    • 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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  8.  

    A good place to start your career

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    • 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
  9.  

    good times can be great, bad times can be terrible

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    • 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
  10.  

    Luck of the draw...

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of variety of projects.
    - Opportunities for personal growth
    - Better work/life balance than other consulting firms
    - Base salary is decent

    Cons

    - Huge company can prove to be a detriment
    - Most of the projects are PMO/IT related
    - A lot of managers/directors/partners care more about hitting their quota than employee development; as a result you can be stuck on a long term project that you have no interest in
    - Bonus is a joke, and Performance reviews are all politics given the size of the firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upward feedback is key. The range of skill-set when it come sot managing people their career development at the Manager level and above is drastic. Some are very active and accommodating, and try to help make every project a good learning experiences; others don't care at all about associate experience and work them to the ground doing invaluable work. Hold managers above accountable for the turnover and satisfaction of the associate experience.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    International Tax Services, Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Great organization with excellent work culture. Exceptional mentors and access to resources. Good place to learn and grow nationally or internationally

    Cons

    Sometimes very long hours. Non effiencient use of employee time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep open communication with the employees to constantly improve the organisation and make the processes more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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