PwC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
5,006 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult work life balance, but great learning environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PwC full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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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 for 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
  3.  

    Amazing, PwC really lives up to the hype.

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    • 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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    Mediocre - quality varies widely by group

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Good place to start your career

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    • 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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coalition building in a shark tank

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at PwC full-time for 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
  8.  

    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

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    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Poor work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Prestige, vacation time, working with young people

    Cons

    Unable to use vacation time, work comes first and life second, coaching has gotten worse due to everyone's lack of available time, creates too much red tape for itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on more flexibility for employees, need to focus on more flexibility on audit engagements, things are too planned out in an industry where unusual items are the only constant, quit promising what won't be delivered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for, however, there is a disconnect between upper level expectations and reasonable expectations.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Experienced Audit Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Leads to many other. Opportunities.

    Cons

    Amount of hours worked with no added incentive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize those at lower levels working 60-70 hours a week with bonus' rather than a pat on the back and saying "good job"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Usually trys to do the right thing. Culture of partnership allows more of a beg forgiveness than ask permission culture, which keeps partnership nimble. Focus on education, opportunity and advancement. I believe compensation relative to Industry is good, but I need to spend more time in Glassdoor to confirm

    Cons

    Frequently seems like those that get promoted have more of a short term financial bottom line attitude than the general culture of long term growth. Sometimes achieves great results by outworking rather than out thinking. Maybe this is endemic to consulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue attitude of acquisition and growth during economic downturns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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