PwC Employee Reviews in Chicago, IL
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Great place to start of your career in consulting with the big emphasis on learning. Company is still trying to balance being a general professional services firm while trying to compete with big consulting firms (i.e., stay PwC while focusing on consulting-specific improvements)
Depending on the Line of Service, client facing vs. internal, you will have different experiences here. The strongest element is the overall culture and how they up-skill all of their employees.
Room for growth, culture and employee focused
Burn out, work/life balance, management bias
The internship was well organized, allowing me to work with different groups I was interested in. We were always encouraged to ask questions and learn more about what different teams did. It being summer, my workload was really quite relaxed and I was able to take time to learn different software. PwC did a great job pairing interns with buddies and managers, so we felt we always had someone to talk with. Everyone was always willing to help.
intern events throughout the summer, intern class becomes quite close
not the most stimulating work, few days when there was nothing for me to do because team was rushing to meet deadlines
If you don't want to have a life and constantly be under stress, this is the job for you. No matter how you say no, management does not understand. It's not physically or mentally possible to assign this much work and have it all done.
It's accounting, don't know if there's any pros
No work/life balance
Workplace culture is not great. Great company to learn at your job and compensation benefits. Not a great place for work place balance or maintaining trusted relations. Some people however is very supportive of your growth. Typical day at work can be very exciting
The jobs for Contractors are cutthroat. For me, it was a bait and switch tactic (hired for one position, changed completely when came aboard/on-site). The company did not provide space for us to sit and the company employees were very very rude. I had a project manager that was a complete — , very disorganized, rude and would often have meltdowns. the compensation was ok but not worth the grief.
As with any consulting firm, life at PwC varies. One day it can be hectic, the next calm. If you find yourself in an industry/practice you do not like, it is extremely difficult to pivot. This is great if you find something you love. Otherwise, it can be quite the killer with long hours. PwC does provide flexibility to work from home when you're not at the client site. Management tries new ideas to increase learning like improving automation capabilities. However, time is not truly set aside from client work and people are not able to learn these skillsets without adding to already long workdays. Most of the time, teams find easy ways to accomplish management goals on paper, while breaking the spirit of the activity. You can't really blame the teams that do this due to the already large demands placed upon them.
Work life management; opportunities to learn and up-skill new emerging technologies; Very good retirement benefits to employees; but most of the verticals are functioning independently like deals; assurance; tax etc., so people does not have much exposure to what other practice are doing.
typical consulting work culture; good retirement beneftits; 401k
Health Insurance is not good as other companies;
It was overall great experience working at PwC. Too much travel and some absurd clients are the ones that challenge life at PwC. Good compensation and networking atmosphere.
Too much travel, too much work even on weekends
Typical day at work included meetings, spreadsheets, powerpoint decks, and emails. I learned how to manage my time, projects, and people. Management on projects is hit and miss since one typically gets a new project team every go around. This job requires self-reliance, determination, and accountability, especially if you are not on a project.