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Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)
Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)

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


You learn things, but more importantly you get exposed to what life really is like in an accounting firm of this size. If you find that you enjoy this sort of lifestyle, then there is no better firm than PwC. Otherwise, you should really find another career, or go to internal auditing.


Long busy season, long hours during busy season, and difficult to keep a consistent work-life balance. The job really becomes the center of your universe.

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    Awful place, filled with discrimination, demoralisation and office politics

    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)

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


    Some of the people who work at PwC are genuinely kind and friendly and working with them can be a good experience. However, these people are always dominated by the loud, arrogant types and left unrecognised and demoralised.


    Deeply unfair performance management system, in which the most important trait appears to be a loud, dominant personality and in which office politics and discrimination (particularly against quieter types who get on with their work rather than talk all day) is rife
    Excessive and unreasonable working hours in which staff are worked like slaves, often under unreasonable pressure. It is usual to have to work at weekends. And, at the end of the year the hardworking people end up with a demoralising negative (and often false) performance review whilst the loud (but often incompetent) ones get promoted.
    The quality of work often is not great. The firm is increasingly obsessed with budgets and efficiencies and often work is signed off that is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to recognise and reward the people who actually do the work rather than the loud people who are good at office politics but often manipulate and lie about others.
    Abandon your deeply unfair performance management system.
    Reduce hours and hire more staff to reduce the workload
    This could be (and used to be) a nice place to work if there were changes as there are some nice people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Tax summer intern

    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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


    - Friendly colleagues, work as a big family
    - Open environment, seniors are willing to teach you stuff
    - Good reputation in the industry


    - long working hours, no work/life balance at all
    - high staff turnover rate, smart people are leaving
    - Hierarchy problem is huge in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more people to share the workload and try to retain the smart guys in the company.

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