It was excellent - I got a deep insight into pwc as a company and audit in particular. From the very beginning when I received an invite to my internship to when I left the office for the last time, I felt supported the entire way. I would 100% recommend the insight based on enjoyability.
Pwc treats all of its employees like one big family and I got the sense that we as interns were valued because of the unique skillsets/experiences we brought. I also think that the variety of divisions in which interns were placed created an interesting environment where we were seen as being able to offer something to the firm.
Lots of training given that for many people, this was their first formal work experience programme. This included Microsoft Office training to public speaking, and we were also encouraged to learn on the job/ask as many questions as we saw fit to our respective teams. Moreover, we were asked at the beginning of the programme about what specific training we would like to gain.
Massively - I've learnt to improve my time management, to communication orally as well as in writing, and to in general act professionally. This will help me to find a graduate job because although I have decided that audit is not for me, it helps that I have at least one professional services related internship.
Very well structured - I felt as though the insight programme was designed to 'sell' the firm to all interns, and being well structured only increased the chances of that happening. The structure was present from the interview stage to the very end - we were well informed about relevant deadlines during the interview process, and in the internship itself.
Excellent - all employees and interns gave me the impression that Pwc is a great environment to work in. This was helped by the regular interactions with my team as well as other divisions within the firm, both within the workplace and outside of work through the various social events they organised for us.
A lot - they provided a decent number of instructive courses on both technical and non-technical aspects of the job. There was also a lot of training on applying for roles in professional services for those who did not want to take up a full-time offer. This showed to me that they really valued our development.
Massively - I was doing work that other full time employees within audit were, and was exposed to client work from a very early stage. This does not surprise me as Pwc prides itself on the quality of its internship programme which they use as their main source for entry-level employees.
Very well - the company culture was drilled into us from the very first application form, in which we were encouraged to research widely the values of the firm as well as during the insight itself. This was achieved through constant reminders in the office about what Pwc stand for and how we could reflect those values.
Very valuable - I learnt that although audit is not for me, I am keen to start my career within the professional services, although I have not yet fully decided. I have been able to keep in touch with mentors within the firm to help me decide my next step, which is invaluable.
All work-related were reimbursed throughout my insight.
Yes - on most weeks there were informal networking sessions, and we were always in distance of other teams/employees because of the open-office environment that Pwc encourages. One restriction was the client confidentiality principal which required some teams to work on different floors however, this is entirely understandable and we were still able to interact.
They were ample - as mentioned, in most weeks there were informal network opportunities and we also had two days' worth of paid charity work, where each division within the company nominated to work at a charity in London. This for me really 'humanises' the company and showed its commitment to corporate responsibility.
Yes - there are all sorts of events from sports to paintballing and theatre/museum trips. Pwc encourage employees to suggest out-of-work society ideas, so there is in theory something for everyone to get involved in. I get the impression that there is a high takeup of these opportunities among their employees.
Yes because doing an internship at Pwc or any professional services firm is a great way to expose oneself to the way that a top company operates. You not only learn about how Pwc are so successful and there way of working, but also potentially have an opportunity to convert your insight into a fulltime role.