PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 16 October, 2014
Updated 16 October, 2014
5,156 Reviews
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Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 253 reviews)

  • PwC is a good place to start out if you are coming right from college (in 127 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life Balance does not exist as much as they say they are still working on it (in 885 reviews)

  • Long hours that often keep me at the office or working from home late at night (in 845 reviews)

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  1.  

    People Who Care, great place to build career

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent, driven colleagues
    Work with F500 companies
    Top notch support

    Cons

    Certain groups can be very hierarchical
    Diversity can trump performance in performance reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to pay for performance and create incentives for high achievers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managing Director

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

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

    Pros

    PwC is an excellent consultancy with deep capabilities across a number of functional areas and solid industry expertise

    Cons

    Not as committed as a practice to human capital consulting as to technology or business consulting work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Job Shadow

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

    I worked at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wide range of exposure
    Got to interact with senior partners a lot
    Seemed interested in all shadowers

    Cons

    Lectures rather than real shadow
    Very unorganized when I arrived
    Too many shadowers at once

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow shadowers to actually shadow employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult work life balance, but great learning environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, working with some of the smartest people in the industry, brand name recognition, scope and impact of engagements, opportunities for learning and advancement, woman-friendly work environment

    Cons

    Excessive work hours and constant travel, Sunday-Friday night work week, very little personal time during engagements but partially offset by generous time off and vacation benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward working smart rather than putting in prolonged hours. Excessive time worked leads to diminished productivity and errors.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work

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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 people, great work environment, management that actually cares about their people

    Cons

    High travel requirements...can expect 100% travel within the advisory practice, mon-thurs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage virtual communication tools to decrease travel requirements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing, PwC really lives up to the hype.

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

    I have been working at PwC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people really make the experience in public accounting. Being in a room for hours on end with people you enjoy makes working long hours a lot more enjoyable. PwC also has the best clients and are great about transferring you to a new client in a timely fashion as long as your a good performer.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge at time but it is definitely worth the experience you will gain at the best public accounting firm in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mediocre - quality varies widely by group

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

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

    Pros

    1. Everyone knows PwC
    2. PwC MCS (PwC's pre 2002 consulting arm which was sold to IBM) had a great rep and it gives current day advisory a halo.
    3. Some groups are world class (deals & accounting related advisory services)

    Cons

    1. Ridged silos prevent groups from working together. I worked on a client where there were 3 groups pitching for the same project, and none knew the others were involved.
    2. Quality varies widely by group. This may be a product of all of the recent acquisitions (diamond, bearingpoint, prtm, etc...)
    3. Project Performance reviews have little correlation to annual reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split out consulting from accounting (eg Deloitte )

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start your career

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

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

    Pros

    - young group of talented people
    - good chance to gain exposure to a number of different companies and industries
    - teaches time management and organizational skills given the amount of responsibility taken on early in career
    - good travel opportunities

    Cons

    - hours can be very long and minimum hours required during busy season
    - never get to dive too deep into a particular area given budget and the amount of work that needs to get done
    - promotion schedule generally lags competitiors by a year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coalition building in a shark tank

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

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

    Pros

    Great development, experience and supportive flexibility

    Cons

    Work-life balance, silo-ed thinking and lack of diversity at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more consistency in process, infrastructure and hold partners accountable for modeling the behaviors you expect from staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PwC was a good company to work for where I met a lot of smart people but it was difficult to move around in the company

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of smart people from various departments to network with. Reasonable pay. Good work life balance in my group.

    Cons

    It was extremely difficult to move around within the organization. I wanted to change groups xLOS and it never happened. Then I wanted to go to a different group within tax and it was going to take a while. Finally I got fed up and left the company since I wasn't going to wait any longer. Promotion took longer than it should have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your own people want to rotate/transfer to a different group, make it easier/faster for this to happen. Otherwise, they will end up leaving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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