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Introduction

PwC is widely considered to be the world's most prestigious and progressive accounting firm. It offers extensive career development opportunities, including formal coaching and mentoring, informal mentoring, excellent trainings, and clear promotion paths. It’s also heavily focused on CSR initiatives and improving DE&I. It set a carbon neutrality goal for 2030, and has many offerings for its staff to get more informed about DE&I issues and take anti-bias training.

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Major Departments

Audit and Assurance...


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Major Office Locations

Birmingham, AL...


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U.S. Chairman & Senior Partner

Firsthand Findings

One of the prestigious Big 4 professional services firms, PwC is looking for hardworking, ambitious, analytical, personable candidates with strong problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and time management skills. PwC runs a very valuable internship program for students. Interns are treated like full-time staff, gaining hands-on experience, exposure to a variety of clients, and direct access to staff at all levels, including partners. For its full-time staff, PwC offers extensive career development opportunities, including formal coaching and mentoring, informal mentoring, excellent trainings, and clear promotion paths.

Although hours can be long and the client demands stressful during the busy tax season, a healthy work/life balance can be achieved most of th...

About the Company

New York-headquartered professional services firm PwC LLP is the U.S. member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, whose network of firms operate in 157 countries, employ more than 284,000 people, and serve 84 percent of Fortune Global 500 companies and more than 100,000 entrepreneurial and private businesses. For the 12 months ending June 30, 2020, its revenues were $43 billion. 

In the U.S., PwC focuses on audit and assurance, tax, and consulting services. Additionally, in the U.S., PwC concentrates on 16 key industries that include but aren’t limited to consumer products, fintech, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and technology; and provides targeted services that include but aren’t limited to cybersecurity and privacy, human resources, deals and forensics. By revenue, it’s the second-largest accounting f...

Employee Reviews


  • “Time off is promoted, and vacation time is generous. For those who find it harder to carve out their own days off, the firm offers multiple complete shutdowns during the year—sometimes four-day weekends, sometimes a full week—where everyone is off so you don’t feel pressured to monitor and respond to email. It makes such a difference for all of us to take collective breaks together.”
  • “There’s a high degree of flexibility, which is great in that you manage your own time, but you need to be available. You take ownership for managing your time. It’s a hard lesson to learn when you're new, but it’s critical.”
  • “True work/life balance. Family comes first type of culture. If I need time off, it’s never a problem. And I’m encouraged to take vacation. Very infrequently, I have to work a couple of hours or less over the weekend, which I don’t really mind at all. Of course, it’s harder to have a work/life balance during busy season. However, the other seven months of the year when you have a relaxed schedule make up for it. Vacation time can’t be used during busy season unless for emergencies.”
  • “Everyone in the firm is very understanding when you need to take time to go to an appointment or because something came up. They encourage new hires to speak up if they feel stressed about their engagements and to always reach out for help.”
  • “The firm takes into consideration what its competitors are offering and will fluctuate our salaries based on this, as well as on many other factors, including how well the firm has performed throughout the year. The benefits are endless, with mental health being one of the firm’s top priorities considering Covid-19 is still in effect. The perks include schedule flexibility. There aren’t any negatives to the firm’s overall salary, benefits and perks.”
  • “Compensation for a first year is low given the number of hours you’re expected to work. However, the annual raises given at PwC far exceed most organizations (these include the raises and bonuses given during the pandemic).”
  • “PwC’s salary and benefits are very generous for those of us coming straight out of college. I’m able to live a financially secure life thanks to the firm. While our salaries are generous, I still think the firm could do better in raising them higher. On an hourly basis, when our busy season hours are taken into account, our time quickly feels undervalued. However, PwC offers perks that help improve quality of life such as very flexible hours and telecommuting. Being able to dress casually in the office is another big plus.”
  • “I believe the salary, benefits, and perks are above average for the industry. The best part is the firm truly puts its people first. During the pandemic, we had a pay freeze instead of laying people off. This made me proud to be part of the organization. While they try to be transparent with the salary/pay process, it can sometimes be vague.”
  • “PwC offers mentorship programs, continuously connects staff with relationship leaders and HR to monitor and assist with growth, and has consistently available, fantastic training opportunities. I have not seen any negative aspects to career development here at PwC.”
  • “The firm offers many opportunities to develop in a variety of areas, whether it be on your team, as a part of a pillar, or as part of a diversity and inclusion network. All of these helps support your career development by expanding your network within the firm and hearing about other people’s paths in the firm. The promotion path is pretty standard and predetermined, which allows you to know where you’re going and when.”
  • “Best aspects include the formal set up of coaches and mentors, as well as the informal mentoring from teammates and colleagues, who are always willing to help. Additionally, the career track and progression is very stable.”
  • “The best aspect of the firm’s career development opportunities is the infinite number of opportunities in every area of accounting. The firm is extremely flexible—as long as you speak up, they will send you on the path that you desire. The most challenging aspect of the career development opportunities is it’s a very competitive environment, so you have to work your best to advance.” 
  • “They try really hard to create spaces where people can gather and express themselves. They’ve cut back on those boring, mandatory ‘everyone get along’ seminars that became so common in businesses for a while. Instead, they’ve moved to more effective methods. They have multiple different social platforms for people to gather based on similar interests and experiences. They have informational pages you can follow to better yourself and get more informed. They have bias training activities you can take by yourself instead of in front of everyone. They encourage honest discussion about the issues instead of just surface level buzz words. And honestly, they have good diversity. It’s hard for a business like PwC to be perfect because a lot of the issues preventing true diversity begin at much lower levels (women being pushed away from STEM activities in middle school, people of color being pushed off the path to college, etc.). PwC can’t be expected to lead the fight to fix these issues. But they’re doing a good job of trying to curb the effects. The START internship, the teaching college planning in schools, and the student loan assistance program are all ways PwC has tried to help level the playing field.”
  • “As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I feel very supported within the firm. There’s not a day where I feel uncomfortable. I feel like the firm places a major focus on diversity and encouraging individuals to bring their own experiences, culture, personality, values, and interests to the firm to create the best experience and teams as possible.”
  • “Our firm consistently gives a lot of money back to the communities through the PwC Charitable Foundation. Just this past holiday season, our firm donated $1.5 million in the U.S. and Mexico to help underserved communities with charitable organizations that address food insecurity, provide educational toys and experiences to children, and support Covid-19 response.”
  • “PwC set a carbon neutrality goal for 2030, and is a leader among professional services firms in acknowledging and tackling climate change. Our firm stands behind those on the margins and has even made generous contributions to multiple organizations through the PwC Foundation. I’m incredibly proud of the work PwC does regarding social responsibility. We release a Responsible Business Leadership report each year, and really put our money where our mouth is.”
  • “We’ve adapted to our clients’ needs consistently over time. We’re looking for more ways to help our clients with the most compelling issues of today, such as how to deal with Covid, changing government regulation, cyber risk, and the generally challenging economic environment. In addition, we’ve been a leader in how companies should digitally upskill their workforce and use technology to analyze data.”
  • “PwC has been very agile in the current environment and continues to thrive. Leadership made all efforts to not cut permanent staff during the Covid events early last year. As a new staff member, I really appreciated having a job when others in the country were losing jobs. The firm is also very technology forward, which helps us embrace and stay abreast of new trends.”
  • “Our leaders are on the forefront of leading/adapting to changes whether it be in business, adjusting to the pandemic, etc. Our leader, Tim Ryan, does an outstanding job of communicating to all levels of PwC so we understand his vision, changes to our business plan, etc. We’re a leader in promoting digital fitness and sharing what we developed internally with the business community to help them upskill from a digital perspective. Also, we developed an app to allow anyone who wants to use it to upskill. This is available to teachers, students, anyone.”
  • “I feel like PwC took a very conservative approach in our response to the COVID pandemic (freezing salaries, really cutting back on bonuses, changing the meals expense policies, etc.). Because of this, and because of the continued workload we have been undertaking, I believe we have positioned ourselves well for the next few years following the pandemic. Tim Ryan has been doing regular firmwide webcasts since the beginning of the pandemic, and these have been well received by everyone at the firm.”
  • “Best parts were getting the real experience of working at PwC, being part of a client team, witnessing how all of the full-time employees worked, working on tasks that were part of the audit, and team connectivity events such as happy hours and lunches out with coaches/partners.”
  • “The best aspect was getting to work with all different types of clients and people. Since it was a winter internship, I was able to experience the busy season firsthand.”
  • “I learned so much throughout it, and the teams that I were on were amazing in helping me get through the learning curve. The hours were really demanding, and I wasn’t expecting it. I mean, I knew how many hours it would be, but I didn’t know what that would mean for me.”
  • “Everyone I have interacted with at the firm is extremely welcoming and willing to help. Whenever I had a question, someone was willing to answer it for me and go into great detail and take time to make sure I fully understood. The only negative part of the internship was the first week during the training. Since it was virtual, the adjustment took some time to get used to.”

Wellness Efforts

  • “Our ‘Be Well Work Well’ policy is greatly encouraged, and everyone from interns to partners adapt to this policy and lifestyle. Recently, I have taken advantage of the firm’s free therapy sessions, which have been priceless during a time like this.”
  • “PwC offers workday mediation sessions. PwC provides apps to support physical and mental health/wellness and D&I. There’s an employee perks website with too many discounts to mention, including discount workout classes, equipment, apparel, apps, habits, and nutrition tips. PwC supports community outreach through PTO benefits. Ongoing tips for working at home and ‘want to talk’ support—financial coaching, community connection, one-on-one/group coaching, and more.”
  • “Access to wellness apps free of charge is a major perk. I use the Calm app and Brain FM regularly and have learned how to meditate through on the job training programs. We reward staff for choosing healthy lifestyles and taking care of themselves.”
  • “Free access to an app with emotional support counseling. All kinds of wellness incentives where you can earn points and redeem them for prizes. Platform for social groups to gather for shared interests. Plenty of instances where the firm paid for our team to go do fun exercise as a group (Soul Cycle, Orangetheory, etc.). Team bonding events. As an intern, there were a ton of social events that were a lot of fun.”

Why Work Here


Getting Hired Here


  • “We have very structured processes around recruitment, largely based on campus recruiting programs. We’re looking for detail-oriented, analytical, personable professionals who are efficient and do their best work during working hours but also know how to take time for themselves. They must also understand how to value their teammates and operate in team environment.”
  • “We are looking for high-performers but also problem-solvers with a positive outlook on making change. Ideal candidate is someone who has time management skills, can work in a team, take initiative, can think dynamically, and has good communication skills. We try to have real conversations to get to know people and let them know the type of work and relationships they will see.”
  • “Very straightforward process and clear, which is helpful when you’re feeling nervous as a candidate. I believe the firm is looking for someone who is kind, hardworking, and themselves. There is no perfect mold to work here, you just have to be yourself.”
  • “PwC seeks excellent candidates and rigorously pursues candidates they believe will fit in with the firm’s culture. The ideal candidate is hardworking, someone willing to learn and raise their hand to take on greater responsibility, and someone willing to embrace and develop new solutions to problems.”
  • “Tell me about a time you had to lead a team through a difficult challenge. Have you ever received negative feedback? If so, how did you respond? Have you ever had to give someone negative feedback? If so, what was your approach? What would you consider your most successful project and why?”
  • “Tell me about a time when you've used technology to help you out on a project. Tell me about a time when you were the leader of a group and helped to give voice to someone who wanted to share their perspective. Tell me about a time when you were working in a group and had to handle the conflicting opinions of other group members.”
  • “Come prepared to talk about yourself and highlight your best qualities through a series of short stories. If I’m the interviewer, I want to come away with an understanding of how you have dealt with conflict and stress, as well as examples of positive teaming and success. Questions are going to vary based on the interviewer, but our core rating system is based on: technology and technical, global acumen and diversity, business acumen, relationships, and leadership.”
  • “Name a difficult situation at work or regular life. What was the outcome? Name something you've done that you were very proud of. Why were you proud of it? What was the last thing you learned and how did it go?”