Intern, Assurance (Insurance) at PwC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£22,000 - £23,999
Roles
Accountancy

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8.5/10

The Role
9.5
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

7.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I enjoyed the internship to a large extent as the work was satisfying, I learned a lot and was placed on 4 different clients within my 6 weeks. The teams that I worked with are extremely supportive and friendly and I found myself really enjoying my 6 weeks at PwC.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

PwC's culture and image of being a supportive firm met my expectations as the firm and team focused on coaching and training the interns a lot. Even within the firm, each permanent staff is supported by a career coach and a buddy. I felt like I was listened to whenever I had questions or concerns and I was entrusted on various tasks of mid to high responsibilities.

10/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was given a lot of support and guidance whenever necessary! We had a training induction stay at an estate, somewhat like a training camp which was really useful. Also, my supervisors were helpful in explaining the various tasks as we were not expected to have any prior knowledge of any softwares, tools or audit skills.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was busy with the various clients I was placed on and my supervisors ensured that I had just the right amount on my plate. While I never stayed over time, I was positively busy on a daily basis as there is always something that needs help with in the firm. If not, PwC is encourages coffee chats and the staff to network across different lines of services, which helped to fill up my time well.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given quite a lot of responsibility on my clients. I was in a few meetings with client management and I found that really exciting! Being on such big and interesting audits meant that I was always performing a task that played a big role in the auditing of a client.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I learned how to manage my time as I was given a lot of space to work independently and schedule meetings with various people of different grades within the firm. I also learned the value of managing expectations with different team members and clients. PwC also promotes a culture of taking ownership over our own tasks and I found that really important.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The More London space had really nice views which helped enhance the inviting atmosphere of an open office. As PwC practises hot desking, I enjoyed how we could sit with different people on a daily basis. Most of the team was really keen on learning more about me as an individual which was nice!

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It was well organised. We had an induction day planned, where we got our laptops and work phones, which was really useful in getting us on board. The resourcing team made sure we were booked on clients which was good as it helped to manage expectations. Overall, the internship was quite organised.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I had a lot of time to look at Vantage, which is PwC's internal e training portal and there were a lot of interesting opportunities for me to upskill myself. The team also brought me out to an offsite digital transformation day, it was quite informative and engaging. Overall, PwC is a firm that truly invests in their people.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Extremely! The firm coaches everyone to perform their best and supports everyone to do so anyway. I managed to get a graduate offer to return to the firm, where the training contract allows me to work towards my professional qualification while working with the audit team. The support during the training period is also extremely structured.

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes, it is based in London so we had plenty of social events around us to participate in. Most of us would agree that PwC is a firm that prioritizes our wellbeing and work life balance. We had a few after work drinks and activities like mini golf. Being near the scoop meant that there were a lot of events going on in the area.

9/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It is London, so evidently and expectedly more expensive than the rest of the UK. However, PwC has perks for PwC staff where we have access to discounts (retail and museums), which meant that there were a lot of things to do for free during the weekends. I found myself having a lot of things to do.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

It was alright. I'm not very familiar with the Nightlife in the area but it is quite accessible to other parts of London. Some bars in the area like Belushi's and the drinks at the vinegar yard are worth checking out. Overall, there's quite a chill atmosphere for you to relax after work.

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes! I participated in an offsite day and an event held by the technology team in another office. The Raise and Scale teams in PwC work mainly with startups looking for funding and the teams are very keen on having people explore their events. Plus, PwC pays for all River Cruise rides, which enabled me to have access to free transport between the More London and Embankment Place offices.

9/10

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