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.  

    Good experience, great opportunity for growth

    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Substantial and engaging work; seniors very helpful and supportive - felt very comfortable talking to them.

    Cons

    Firm almost too big -- felt very disjoint from people in the office that I did not work with.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Positive and Exciting

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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

    Opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Not great compensation and limited promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It is a great company where you can build your career as a consultant

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    We provide you to grow as an expert early in your career instead of a generalist model that other consulting firms apply.

    Cons

    Due to such a business model, it may be difficult to get exposure to many different industries.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great first job out of college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant- Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant- Experienced Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Typically work for high profile clients and opportunity for 80% travel, great vacation policy

    Cons

    Performance review and promotion process is out-of-your hands, lots of politics, terrible learning and development programs, 50+ hours at a minimum for every project, salary is not as high as our direct competitors although we are ranked higher

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning experience with many opportunities that open up .

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

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

    Pros

    Provides great opportunities after you leave public accounting and the culture was pretty relaxed.

    Cons

    Long hours, long nights, long weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, good place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuary in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Actuary in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Most people were great to work with. Lots of social events, especially in the summer. They also had a good new-hire educational program.

    Cons

    The monotonous content of the work and pressures of client hours combined for a very negative environment a few times per year. Certain upper management didn't respect personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, experience was positive, but managers and directors who are workaholics often expected the same approach from their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great work, great company...if you want to set the stage for your growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director - Transaction Services in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Director - Transaction Services in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Top notch big 4 to work for..no questions asked. Great leadership....

    Cons

    None, that I can see really. Every organization has its small issues..but nothing worth mentioning..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership training to partners so they can understand that being a leader means being "unbiased" to everyone on their group...stop having "favorites"!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good learning experience, hard to achieve work-life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Learning experience, variety of projects

    Cons

    long working hours, compensation is not good considering the hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Run away from Tax - Financial Services.

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will learn A LOT not only about tax but also about yourself and your career aspirations. If you're trying to decide if you want to do public accounting, an internship during the winter season is a great resource.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. The salary offer I got was not worth the hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but underpaid

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

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

    Pros

    What keeps me coming back to work every day is the people I work with in Transaction Services. They're great people. Everyone is highly intelligent and maintains similar interests in the market. I also enjoy doing the business development work which isn't present in other groups.

    Cons

    The pay. By far and away the biggest issue with Transaction Services is the pay. You're always going to get less than you think you should be getting. Your hours will be a bit better than auditor hours (no busy season thank god) and your pay will be essentially identical to an auditors despite doing deal-based work and having bill rates triple those of an auditor. It's insulting to sit at the table with the bankers and lawyers and know they're being paid at least 50% more than you are.

    PwC also generally insists on a 3-year promotion cycle despite the rest of the financial world operating on a 2-year promotion cycle. Titles are just titles, what matters is pay which you will be forever disappointed with at PwC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people what we're worth. If our bill rates are 2-3 times those of auditor bill rates, how can you justify paying us just a thousand or two more than an auditor?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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