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Review averages

  • 221 employees say

    Excellent (115)
    52.036199095023%
    Good (58)
    26.244343891403%
    Satisfactory (29)
    13.122171945701%
    Subpar (19)
    8.5972850678733%
    3.79
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Company summary

PricewaterhouseCoopers has a kununu score of 3.79 out of 5 based on 200 reviews.

This is above the Industry average (Consulting) of 3.72 and above the overall kununu average of 3.32.

 

What reviewers like about the company

“They take care of their employees and show that they value you.” (Current employee, July 2018)


“There's great opportunity to be mentored and learn.” (Current employee, June 2018)


“Extremely supportive network that compliments both personal and professional life. Great leadership, amazing colleagues, clear vision from the top.“ (Current employee, May 2018)


“The best experiences I've had are at company functions outside of the workplace where people are able to unwind and relax.” (Current employee, June 2018)

 

What reviewers don’t like about the company

“Some jobs require more than 40 hours a week.” (Current employee, May 2018)


“Not the most clear path for moving up, also difficult to move to other departments.“ (Current employee, February 2018)


“They do a major reorganization about every 3 years so you're not in an environment where you feel that your position is secure.” (Former job since 2017)


“I disapprove of just about everything especially the way they treat those who see things that are wrong and speak up.” (Current employee, August 2018)

 

Best Factor

The best performing factor for PricewaterhouseCoopers is Workplace Safety (4.25 out of 5).

 

Worst Factor

The worst performing factor for PricewaterhouseCoopers is Support from management (3.39 out of 5)

 

Overall, 75% of reviewers would recommend PricewaterhouseCoopers as a place to work.

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Reviews for PwC

Reviews - What employees say

3.79 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 18.Aug 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • There are so many good things about this firm, but this obsession with being "different" isn't always good. It is good to differentiate on the things that matter, but you hobble us with terrible technology, put performance measurement systems that are tied to our compensation in place that are nothing more than a popularity contest, and then expect us to work our hinds off for you with big huge smiles on our face. You have not once asked the firm what they think of these new changes in any way that would allow honest, but confidential feedback - because in truth, you don't really want to know. Stop trying to "sell" us on these new tools. You have never had to do that before. When the value is obvious, you will have an entire firm that will support and adopt the changes. Right now it feels like a used car salesman who has to over sell on the paint color to make up for the terrible interior and under powered engine. If you have to do this much selling to get us to use something - is it really THAT good to begin with? Differentiate on the things that matter - the additions to our capabilities though the amazing acquisitions we have made, the deployment of the value exchange, our positioning with the analyst community, thought leadership that allows us to carry a strong point of view into the market place, the significant investment you make in the training and skill development of staff, the relationships that we build with our clients every day through the amazing work we do. You have a ton of people who are proud to work here and who trust and value you as leaders, but these decisions you are making now make us question whether that trust is well placed.

What I like about the company

Great upward mobility for entry level positions. Lots of opportunity to move to various groups within company to learn different specialities (advisory, audit, tax, or different industry focuses). Company has invested money in good training programs to not only learn your industry, but to also learn about emerging technology.

What I dislike about the company

Busy season can be pretty busy! Pressure to always have outstanding work

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    pwc
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Free (company provided) Meals is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • I think utilization is played up too much. I understand that is what brings money into the firm and the partner's pockets. More time should be taught making people experts in their field and while there are partners who seek to help you, many try to hide the ball instead of helping you learn and grow constructively.

What I like about the company

The work environment is second to none. You will work with a lot of smart people - both new joiners (with new ideas) and more experienced partners (with more traditional ideas). The atmosphere is challenging as there are unique issues that constantly come up and need to be resolved. Some of the partners are truly there for their teams and provide great support.

What I dislike about the company

Disapprove is a strong word - I think reality is just the better word.

I would say that you should expect to work long hours and while there are a lot of unique and novel issues that pop up, a lot of the work can be mundane and routine. There has been a tradition of giving the new hires are hard time. I recall when I started I ran errands (e.g., to pick up Starbucks for the team) or did menial tasks (e.g., photocopies).

The firm has laid off a lot of the secretaries (euphemistically referred to as EAs) and so an increasing load of administrative tasks have fallen on the directors/senior managers, managers, senior associates and associates.

And, well, in a large organization there are a lot of different personalities - many of whom are unpleasant to deal with - though I imagine it is the same in all large organizations.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC)
  • City
    san francisco
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 13.Dec 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

There is no company culture per se. Each Partner runs his/her group in his/her way, ignoring whatever the company policy is. Employees are as a servant to his/her Partners with dare not to question the Partner's authority.

Support from management

If you are management's pet, you get all the support and can away with anything. Anyone else, no one care.

Teamwork

There are Teamwork only when it is a necessary to get the job done. Otherwise, it is a "dog eats dog" mentality. Partners encourage that in order to identify the "winners" over the "losers"

Freedom to work independently

No matter how many experience you have, they love to micro-manage you. That is how the Partners and Directors make their big bucks and take credits for succeed. If the project fails, they run for the hill and blame downward.

Internal Communication

Using client confidentially as the reason, company practices a "need to know" only policy. You do not know what each other is doing and should not ask. Plus, Partners and Directors grew up with the "knowledge is power" mentality,. Unless you are in the loop, you are a outsider.

Gender Equality

Look at the Leadership Team, they are mostly white male. Yes, there are women in selective Leadership role in HR, Diversity, etc. The true leadership are male.

Attitude towards older colleagues

If you look at the make up of PwC employees, they are mostly 22 to 25 year old as their first job out of college. Using the PwC brand, they worked these kids like slave. After they gain enough work exp, they leave, what is left would selectively move to management and grow old at PwC; unmarried, childless, and devote their life to the firm.

Career Development

If you are 22, they are willing to train you on the basic of Tax and Auditing. Everybody else, you are on your own. A Partner actually said "You can attend any training that you want, as long as you pay for it and at your own time"

Overall compensation for your work

Compensation is not bad. You are generally paid well but need to work 60 to 80 hours a week. That is until they need to save money.

Office / Work Environment

No US employee has a permanent work space. You can't every put a picture of your kids because that desk isn't yours.

Work-Life Balance

What Work-Life Balance? Despite the all external message of "Flexibility", there is none in reality. Employees are EXPECTED to work 60+ hours a week during the tax season with no exception. You have to stay pass mid-night or go to the office during weekend because it looks bad otherwise.

Company Image

The company's marketing does an excellent job in branding the company and maintaining a good reputation.

Job Security

They started moving jobs to contractors and India a few years ago. That trend will accelerate in the coming years. Plus, they are investing in robotic technology to eliminate more jobs.

Challenging Work

It depends. Advisory has interesting project per the clients. For others, no. You are there to complete a project. Once the project is done, you are to leave and find a new place on your own.

Inclusive / Diverse

Majority of Partners are white-male. There are few women and minority at the higher. These Partners must bring in $XM a year, so only salesperson would make it at PwC.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Monarchy was the way to do it in the 19 century. We are in the 21 century, authoritarian doesn't work any more.

What I like about the company

The pay is good and the brand is also good.

What I dislike about the company

Partners treat staffs like sh*t.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • City
    New York
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Legal/tax

Review averages

  • 221 employees say

    Excellent (115)
    52.036199095023%
    Good (58)
    26.244343891403%
    Satisfactory (29)
    13.122171945701%
    Subpar (19)
    8.5972850678733%
    3.79
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

PwC
3.79
221 reviews

Industry average (Consulting)
3.73
93,522 reviews

kununu average
3.33
2,965,000 reviews