PwC Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
4,915 Reviews

3.6
4,915 Reviews
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PwC US Chairman & Senior Partner Robert Moritz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • No work-life balance during busy season because the nature of assurance work (in 237 reviews)

  • It is a great place to start your career if you want to stay in accounting (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Also work life balance is very difficult to achieve until it gets to the problem stage (in 803 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season but thats to be expected at any audit firm in the city (in 787 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great opportunities in Risk Consulting, new emphasis on increasing revenue at all costs (at least in Canada).

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate, Consulting  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Associate, Consulting in Toronto, ON

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn new industries and new things;
    possibly very interesting projects;
    access to best practices, mostly from the US and Europe;
    variety of clients, hence connections;
    very talented and motivated colleagues, well, for the most part;
    international and domestic travel,
    recognizable brand.

    Cons

    Increasing revenue at all costs became priority #1 in around 2012. This somewhat changed the culture. The pressure to hit new higher (not always realistic) targets translated into fear, political games, back stabbing and treating people like dirt at times.

    You are expected to learn things on your own. Formal training is rudimental at best.

    Choice of engagements in Risk is becoming smaller. Mostly Internal Audit varieties which do not require extraordinary mental abilities. I don't mean to offend internal auditors but IA is not the reason why most of us went into consulting. To be booked on a good project, you have to jump through some hoops, constantly network with Directors and do a little begging.

    Hours can be terrible but it is normal for consulting. Forget about work-life balance. It is a myth.

    Salary is on par with other Big 4 firms but far below of what strategy consulting firms, banks, mining and companies from pretty much any other industry offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remember that you are selling mental abilities and qualifications of your employees. Make an effort to retain talented, qualified and motivated people.
    Don't go only after a "low hanging fruit" type of projects. Consultants want to be interested in what they do and challenged.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Interesting people to work with but very demanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PwC

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating, fast paced with some truly interesting people. Consulting can be a lot of fun, especially when you are hitting your utilization targets and getting staffed on interesting gigs.

    Cons

    Unbelievable work loads with an underlying expectation that work and only work comes first. While things are improving, there are way to many workaholics in this place, whose sole aim seems to be to judge others by the number of hours they plug in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Never going back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Senior Associate  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Experienced Audit Senior Associate in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on resume. Able to work on large corporate clients.

    Cons

    There's no work-life balance no matter how much they try.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Three Years Advisory Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highly qualified, intelligent co-workers
    Strong ties to industry leaders
    Provide staff with an amazing breadth of experience
    Not too shabby on resume

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Not really a con, but you must understand that you are a nobody until you prove yourself which can be difficult given the size of most departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poor salary increases

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at PwC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Not bad salary to start

    Cons

    Below inflation increases- a lot of unpaid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure raises are distributed in a fair way so that persons are not "loosing" money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Expectations are Unexpected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Broaden Professional Network
    - Exposure to technical experts in the field
    - Challenging Work Environment - really enhances one's skillset
    - Great People
    - Great Travel Opportunities

    Cons

    - Work/Life Balance - lack thereof
    - Compensation is at least 10% below similar, if not smaller, firms
    - Performance Review Criteria (and achievement of which) are inconsistent between reviewers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve clarity in expectations
    - Enforce update meetings mid-audit/project to review performance and measure against reviewee's performance goals
    - Move away from the "Exceeds Expectations", "Meets Expectations", and "Does not Meet Expectations" to a 5 point scale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall great people and excellent training ground

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provide great training, comparable compensation, people are very good to work with (developed strong relationships), lots of opportunity to develop your career, travel opportunities if you are interested

    Cons

    Long hours (same goes for any Big 4 firm), generally required to specialize in a particular industry, often staffing/turnover issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance and send less staff on secondment (staff that stay become over-worked)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for as it provides solid learning ground.

    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities primarily because of the nature of clients it services. You can be allocated variety of projects and the skill set you acquire gives the leading edge.

    Cons

    The change management issues for the firm internally are not managed. Internal Communications about the anticipated changes and how it impacts employees are not communicated and you are just left to manage on your own.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Treated well but ideas only come from partners

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to different businesses. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Partners only listen to partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Risk Assurance Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    People are very nice, career growth is very possible is you are persistant. Positive environment altogether

    Cons

    Work/life balance is basically null. Depending on the department, staffing model is a bit off and not in accordance with the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more junior staff to do the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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