Assurance Intern at PwC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Uxbridge Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Accountancy

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7.0/10

The Role
7.8
Organisation
7.6

Socialising

5.0

The Role

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

The work experience was very interesting, and working on client site was a great insight into how PwC operates when interacting directly with clients. When working in the Uxbridge, it was great to see what a normal day in the office would be like. Days in the office varied as some team members were working on multiple projects and therefore did not have as much time to work with you.

8/10

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

I felt valued when working on and off site. When working on longer projects (usually over a week) the team would assign more serious work to me and rely on me more. This was great to see as I was exposed more to what working for PwC would be like rather than not being assigned real work.

8/10

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

In nearly all cases I was given a lot of guidance by my supervisors and if there was anything I did not understand they were usually available to answer my questions. I only had one supervisor who was working on multiple projects who was not as available to guide me in my work.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Most days I was quite busy and would have work to do the entire day. There have been one or two days when I have not had much work to do and have been left a bit bored but in these days were exceptions in relation to the rest of my internship.

7/10

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

With teams that I was working with longer I was given more responsibility. For example, I was tasked with creating and formatting 23 audit opinions which are included in the client's financial statement. Being trusted with this level of responsibility was exciting and pushed me to work harder and more diligently.

8/10

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

The skills that I gained from use of excel will help me a lot in my university degree, but because PwC uses some custom software it is not as applicable to my broader studies. I have gained a better understanding of financial statements and how to interpret them which will definitely help me in the future.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

In general there was a good atmosphere in the Uxbridge office, where people were always willing to talk and discuss any questions or ideas I had about my career and other topics. There is also a table tennis table which provided some fun later on in the afternoons when some of the work was dying down.

8/10

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

Overall the internship was very well organised. It started with an orientation at a hotel for three days with all of the interns from around the country where we had instructional classes and got to know everyone. Later HR were always in contact notifying you of what was to come and what was needed of you.

9/10

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

PwC held a three day orientation at a hotel where we had networking events, training classes and ice breaker games. Later we also had online classes the were provided to us and more could be requested if interested. It is clear that PwC value their employees and are willing to invest in them to help them and the company succeed.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
6/10

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

The future employment opportunities are quite appealing as it is a large company that will pay for the ACA professional qualification. While this is true the starting salary of PwC is the lowest of the Big Four, which all provided similar training. In contrast, the streamlined and structured career progression in PwC is very attractive.

7/10

Social

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

Interns would socialise together but there were no company events beyond the orientation.

7/10

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

Not very expensive. Did not socialise much after work.

4/10

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

No nightlife

3/10

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

So clubs within PwC but the internship was not really long enough to join them and I was based out of the office for more than half of my internship.

6/10

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