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Company
PwC
Headquarters
London, United Kingdom
Employees
10,000 +
Industry
Consulting

Representation - Gender Identity

Male
Female

Representation - Race

Black
Asian
Latinx
Native American
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Handling the application process

July 7, 2020

Find a personal connection at PwC that you can relate to, or someone find someone who sees something in you. This will help push your resume through initial screenings. Having someone vouch for you will make your application stand out more than anything else. Overall, there are so many strong resumes and applicants that networking will help you stand out.

July 7, 2020

For my division, PwC conducts behavioral interviews. I suggest focusing on your personal strong suits; it is important that these come across in the interview. Furthermore, concrete examples are crucial because it is a better way to portray your valuable skills rather than a vague response. Also, you should try to talk to past interns or past associates in whatever division you are applying to because there are division specific interviews. Come prepared with questions to ask at the end. This will let them know you have put thought into their company and are truly interested. Some people apply to a lot of jobs and play the numbers game; therefore, you must show why you want to work at PwC or focus on what career path you would like to take.

July 5, 2020

Get good internship experience

July 5, 2020

Talk to people that have been through the process. The interview can be technical or behavioral so try and get an idea of what questions to look out for.

July 5, 2020

The interview was more conversational and they just wanted to figure out who you are as a person. The interview incorporates more behavioral questions, and rarely have technical questions. Have high level stories to explain who you are. Have stories that go back to different aspects of what you do best. Have a few of those in your back pocket. Also connect with the person that you're speaking with. Draw on their own stories - especially if they introduce themselves first. Play off of the personality of the person who's interviewing you.

Navigating the company culture

July 7, 2020

Get to know as many people as possible and from all different lines of service. This could lead to opportunities in the future. It is easy to be nervous about networking, but just try to project confidence. This will take you a long way. I also highly recommend exploring your passions and interests.

July 5, 2020

It is important to find a mentor or an advisor that looks like you as soon as you begin at the firm. This should be someone who has had similar experiences as you and has your best interests in mind. It is also important to join inclusion groups.

July 5, 2020

Make sure you develop an action plan. The best way to go about this is working with your coach to develop a plan for the key milestones you will complete in a given year. This can include attending black inclusion events, being on certain projects, or exposure to project management. Try to have a plan so that when Career Round Table (CRT) performance discussions occur, you will be able to qualtify your contributions to the firm and development.

July 5, 2020

PwC typically gives you an offer one year out of your internship, but you do have the option to start work immediately. They give you this time to go take your CPA or get additional credits. Most people spend the summer before they start to go and get their masters, or they immediately start taking the CPA. First day you definitely want to be prepared. They usually give you a client (give 2 weeks notice). It's important to research the client and have some kind of background on them. Look at press releases, websites, what they do, how they make money, and point to how large events have impacted them. Reach out and confirm if you have to have certain materials ready.

Succeeding in the promotion process

July 5, 2020

You need to be more productive than your coworkers and peers within your group. Also, through implementing firm initiatives into every day work (ex: push for automating things at PwC). Basically, show how you apply the overall company's goals into your everyday tasks and work.

Negotiating salary & benefits

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Shaping your career development

August 18, 2020

It’s all about relationships. Going out for that extra beer with your team member is helpful.

August 18, 2020

Understand that we’re operating off of white culture. I’m not saying dim yourself down, but understand that you kind of have to assimilate to their culture so they can work with you. Once you get that one white person in your corner, they’ll bring you along with them.

September 6, 2020

(Former) Transformation Associate

New York City, NY

tenure:

1-3 years

Promotion discussions

They have a board that acts as a buffer for end of year discussions and makes sure that there’s no discrimination. They told that to all of the Black people.

Promotion discussions

Unfortunately, once a narrative is painted about you in the company, it is what it is. Those little mistakes that I made in my first year contributed to a narrative about me, and sometimes I got put in a bad light at the company.

Company culture

It wasn't lax. It was semi cutthroat and rigid. It depended on your client team.

Diversity programs

They had START, which is an HR internship that gets you acclimated to the company culture. The program was helpful because everyone in the program is Black or Latino, so you’re connecting with these people and the program acts as a pipeline to get people into the company.

Company culture

They weren’t transparent all the time. For example, I had five projects in my two years at PwC. Around my second year, they weren’t transparent with my performance, and I felt like that was in part because I was a Black man. I was the only Black person on my team, and I felt like they weren’t candid in what they were saying about my performance.

July 12, 2020

Internal Technology Consultant

tenure:

1-3 years

Promotion discussions

Performance differentiators are directly tied to your evaluation ranking and compensation. You have to go above and beyond in some form or fashion. If you show that you’re constantly outperforming your peers, you’ll get promoted quicker. They are measured indirectly, so having a good relationship with your manager/team can definitely help in that. I didn’t know how important they were, no one really had that conversation with me. You have to target them in your day-to-day work.

Company culture

PwC is a very dynamic, fast paced environment. It's a coaching environment - the person in front of you teaches you. There's a lot of expectation of once you've learned it, you should be able to take it on as your own. The goal is to be able for you to pick it up pretty quickly.

Company culture

Depending on your environment, you’ll quickly realize you will be the only black person on the majority of your teams. The people on your teams may not be representative of the people you’re accustomed to. Relationships are really important at PwC, so building healthy relationships with the members on your team goes a long way.

Company culture

People won't help you unless you ask for help. If you don't make the effort to put yourself out there, you'll find yourself in a place where you have trouble finding help when you need it.

Company culture

January-March is the busiest time of the year for most auditors, but the remainder of the year is the typical 40-50 hour work week.

July 12, 2020

Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Associate

tenure:

Less than 1 year

Application and interview process

I found the PwC to be very punctual during the application process. PwC's process was very streamlined. I felt welcomed and included during the interviews, and people were genuine and friendly.

Company culture

I would say the culture depends on the project. Overall, there is a strong culture of mentorship. You are assigned different mentors which will help you with different stages of your career. You will receive advice from a lot of different places and partake in informal networking. The team atmosphere was definitely there. I’ve attended a diversity event for women in coding, an LGBTQ event, and more. These events are a great resource to have at such a large firm; they give you opportunities. I feel like I can be myself at PwC, but adjusting to corporate life can be hard for anyone as it is a very different environment.

Relationships with manager(s)

My managers were very supportive. I met with them regularly to discuss feedback and what areas I would like to learn more about. Some of my managers held lunchtime yoga sessions and informal life coaching; I really enjoyed and appreciated these events. It is all about taking initiative and putting yourself out there.

Training and career development

There is a very formalized process for career development and mentorship. When you first arrive at the company you are assigned three mentors. They are responsible for guiding you as well as observing your performance.

July 5, 2020

Associate

tenure:

1-3 years

Promotion discussions

I do not feel as though I have always known where I stand, and I find this to be a big issue at PwC. Despite getting formal feedback, as CRT (career round table) concluded I ended up being significantly lower than what I expected. I received no formal warning, improvement plan, and had no conversation. I had reached out to partners and directors, yet the result was not what I was expecting. The feedback process is poor, and I encourage you to be ready for a result you might not see coming.

Company culture

The company has a relatively serious culture. However, it is a good place to learn a lot very quickly and for expanding you network. I feel that I can be myself because generally people are quite friendly. The expectations are high and the job can be demanding. I am on the road Monday through Thursday, meaning I spend a lot of time with my teammates. Teams either become best friends or have a lot of problems due to the amount of time spent together. The bright side is that engagements usually last 3-6 months, so even if you're on a bad team you can switch after this time frame.

Diversity programs

Personally, I am involved with BIN (Black Inclusion Network), and this has positively impacted my experience. The group holds meetings two times a month with the topics being geared towards minority inclusion. There are also social events which I recommend you take advantage of from the beginning of your time at PwC. Recently, PwC has started a mentor-mentee program for black employees. These diversity programs are genuine and well-done; however, they are very small groups compared to how large this company is.

Relationships with manager(s)

Managers have supported me by being open to my interests. There is a full chain of people you can connect with on a regular basis to discuss performance and issues. The managers could have supported me more by relaying honest and specific feedback. Solicit feedback early and often. Speak to partners but be aware that feedback is not always the whole story.

When you start at the firm, you are given a coach which is a manager that advises you frequently. You are also given a relationship leader which is a director that will represent you at CRT, or performance review. Finally, you are given a connectivity partner that will help introduce you navigate different areas of the firm. As I mentioned, PwC has also started a mentor-mentee program for black employees.

July 5, 2020

Financial Markets Associate

tenure:

1-3 years

Company culture

Work life balance is pretty much not attainable, they preach a great balance, but it isn't always there. I oftentimes work until midnight. Firm does good job at having diversity and group inclusive efforts. Everyone is pretty smart and helpful.

Diversity programs

First great thing they do is they offer specific internships for minorities from all income brackets to get their foot in the door early in the firm. This usually happens 2-3 summers before they graduate. First year black associates go to Orlando for a weeklong conference of about 3,000 people. It's a huge networking event and opportunity to meet other black colleagues. Great to see other people that look like me and face the same problems in a predominantly white firm.

Relationships with manager(s)

I work pretty closely to everyone from all levels. Managers are busy every day and on the phone all the time. People in manager positions are usually relatively young, so it's easy to build a close relationship with managers since they're close to you in age. I interact with senior manager and director pretty frequently, but not always the case for everyone.

Accessibility

There probably are some programs for people with disabilities, just not sure about it. It hasn't been advertised that much. I haven't seen anyone with a noticeable disability.

End-to-end

Did not like the first team I was placed in. I expressed concerns with coach and allowed him to pivot easily from one service to another. If you have an interest in a different role, it's easy to do it, you just have to speak up and ask for it.

June 6, 2020

Technology Consultant

Columbia, SC

tenure:

Less than 1 year

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May 28, 2020

Senior Analyst

Atlanta, GA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Okay...nothing special.

May 28, 2020

Senior Associate

Atlanta, GA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

it is good until I am not in the room

May 28, 2020

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Friendly, non-hierarchial

May 28, 2020

Deals Associate

Atlanta, GA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Very open!

Diversity programs

Recognize where there are places to work on improving diversity

Diversity programs

Recruiting from more schools to get an inherently more diverse pool of candidates

May 28, 2020

(Former) Associate

San Francisco, CA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

I personally had phenomenal mentorship and relationships with my managers. Given the projects I worked on had little influence in my annual review, their influence was limited. Overall though, they believed in me and trusted me with responsibility above my level.

Training and career development

Given the scale of the company on a global basis, they have structures and programs in place to train, educate, and develop talent. I had the opportunity to visit many global offices of the firm (London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Bangalore, etc.) and found a consistent level of quality in the work and people.

Training and career development

Since it’s such a big company, they struggle to give personalized attention to junior staff. Additionally, they are very prescriptive about how they want you to work, so if you don’t follow in that thinking your likelihood for promotion and advancement is limited.

May 28, 2020

Senior Associate

McLean, VA

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

Overall positive.

Training and career development

PwC provides young employees with significantly responsibilities and the opportunity to take the lead on projects.

May 28, 2020

Senior Associate

New York City, NY

tenure:

Relationships with manager(s)

My relationships vary with different managers, but I largely feel supported in my efforts, regardless if they ultimately benefit me or the firm.

Diversity programs

PwC has been very vocal about social issues over the past couple years. Especially with the recent shooting of Botham Jean, I have seen PwC continue to speak and represent the issue as it should have been, although with limited publicity from my perspective. Within the firm, however, the dominating presence of white, male partners does not necessarily align with the diverse picture they are trying to paint. More and more Indian-Americans like myself are rising the ranks, as seen in other large companies, but I do not hear as much for under-represented minorities.

Diversity programs

While I have had the opportunity to work with open and diverse senior leaders, much of the financial services-specific culture still resonates within my FS advisory role. As the firm begins to focus more on technology, I would like to see more diverse leaders who are experts in the space taking the lead instead of the same partners giving generic pitches to employees.

July 7, 2020

Overall

Salary

Associate

tenure

1-3 years

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

Training and career development

Contribution to work

environment

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July 5, 2020

Overall

Salary

$69,989

Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Associate

tenure

Less than 1 year

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

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environment

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June 4, 2020

Overall

Salary

$78,000

Technology Consultant

Columbia, SC

tenure

Less than 1 year

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

Promotion and upward mobility

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environment

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December 19, 2019

Overall

Salary

$107,000

Senior Associate

New York City, NY

tenure

Diversity

Representation

Recruiting and retention

Diversity programs

role transparency

Accuracy of job requirements

Accuracy of job description

opportunity

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environment

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November 13, 2019

Overall

Salary

$88,000

Senior Associate

McLean, VA

tenure

Diversity

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role transparency

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opportunity

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November 12, 2019

Overall

Salary

$87,000

(Former) Associate

San Francisco, CA

tenure

Diversity

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role transparency

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October 20, 2019

Overall

Salary

$67,000

Deals Associate

Atlanta, GA

tenure

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role transparency

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October 9, 2019

Overall

Salary

$102,000

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

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role transparency

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September 24, 2019

Overall

Salary

$115,000

Senior Associate

Atlanta, GA

tenure

Diversity

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role transparency

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September 22, 2019

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Salary

$120,000

Senior Analyst

Atlanta, GA

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