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KPMG US Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
3,141 Reviews
3.6
3,141 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance (in 188 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career but would not recommend staying long term (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 448 reviews)

  • Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance (in 498 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good career starting point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EVS Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - EVS Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There was a lot of training in my line of work. It was a good place to start my career, and I learned about consulting - tough client deadlines, client interaction, putting in overtime etc. Definitely a rigorous environment, but you become exposed to multiple facets of business.

    Cons

    I would say with consulting in general, the work, life, balance can be tough. The workload can be intense sometimes (relative to pay), but that's the nature of what you signed up for.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Friendly but tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility, strong reputation.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have patience and don't give up quickly when times get tough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - T&R Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - T&R Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, a lot of good training available, Interesting and fun people throughout the firm, easy to network and meet a lot of people, ability to try other jobs within the same company if you desire.

    Cons

    long hours, easy to burn out, can be hard to fit in at times if you don't like the same things as others in your practice, can be difficult to gauge what others think of you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great professional environment that challenges all. Good benefits and exception perks (i.e., summer jump start, extended Christmas holiday break). Alternate work arrangements for work-life balance is a major plus!

    Cons

    Not applicable. No negative comments to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not applicable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Standard "big 4" internship

    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learning/training program, young work environment

    Cons

    work-life balance, little face time with people above senior associates, recruiters are slow to respond

  7.  

    Fantastic network of capable professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Advisory practice is filled with talented folks. Reputation allows for trusted advisory relationship with key clients and often on the short list for calls when opportunities present themselves.

    Cons

    The travel aspect is less than optimal...utilization often trumps efforts to staff locally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency in applying criteria for promotion across functions / practices would result in less turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to experience different roles

    Cons

    High performance culture, gotta love it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offers a lot of growth opportunity

    Cons

    Can do better at managing work-life balance

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    KPMG is an excellent professional services firm with many opportunities available. They hire top-notch talent!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    More relaxed, collegial culture established by career KPMG leadership, flexibility to move into other roles within the Firm, a "band of brothers" set of relationships that are developed.

    Cons

    The former Andersen Partners diluted/changed the culture in Advisory to more dog-eat-dog set of values, too much focus on short-term results, Former Andersen partners brought bad habits of saying one thing and doing the opposite that tarnished the integrity of the leadership team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your partners. Senior partner leaders must do what they say and learn to "walk the talk."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good career jump starter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career; somewhat flexible working hours; lots of vacation days

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay and bonus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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