TS associate (Higher apprenticeship) at PwC

Start Date:
2014
Location:
Belfast
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4)
Salary:
£12,750 annually
Review Date:
26th June 2015

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Review Score

7.1/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

7/10

I work as a Transactions services associate within PWC. Day to day I work with deals teams to provide due diligence on company accounts in relation to mergers and acquisitions. Working mainly with excel and powerpoint I have worked on many large projects.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

8/10

I am working towards a Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business as well as my higher apprenticeship. PwC provide training courses where I get the tuition required to pass exams. As well as this we get coaching on business skills- communication, presentations, IT Skills etc

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

7/10

I enjoy working for PwC. there is a good social culture in the firm and I have made new friends working with different teams. I have also had the opportunity to travel. Overall the programme has lived up to expectations.

4. How valued do you feel by PwC?

6/10

I do feel valued by PwC. I have been involved in a number of large projects and have received good recognition and feedback for this. However sometimes I have to work long hours with no extra financial reward.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The programme is well structure. We received good initial training and induction. The teaching and exams are well spaced out and you receive good support with your studies. There is a good team structure with clear responsibilities.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

9/10

Excellent support. I am provided with a Kaplan tutor who I can contact at any time. I receive classroom teaching before exams and have a good support network should I face any problems. Overall I have been very pleased with the training provided.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

8/10

My manager is very supportive. I have regular progress meetings and chances to ask questions. HR are also easily contactable and very helpful. The firm has a good attitude towards supporting staff.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

3/10

The salary/package is the one area where I think the firm could improve on. My salary this year was £12750. Given that I often work long hours and don't receive overtime I feel this is an unfair amount. Often on such a low salary it can be difficult to meet living/travel costs.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

8/10

There are good opportunities outside of work. There have been away days and adventure activities that have been enjoyable. There are social events and charity events. I have also played 5-aside football for the firm against other companies

9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

It is a good place to work with many opportunities to travel. There is a good social aspect. Its a good place to gain professional qualifications as you learn.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *

Do plenty of practice for online tests in application process. Make sure to prepare well for assessment centres and interviews. Studying the firms global competencies is a good place to start.

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