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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Pros
  • Lots of days off - work life balance (in 192 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career (in 98 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is heavily slanted on the "Work" end of the spectrum (in 457 reviews)

  • Long hours especially during busy season (in 502 reviews)

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  1. Sr Associate Credit Risk

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn how to deal with office and colleague nuances.

    Cons

    politics, partner trying grab resources from each other, really bad work life balance. Lot of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    You batter fix your own processes before going to advise someone else.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Mountains of unappreciated work

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition on the resume

    Cons

    Tremendous workload, terrible deteriorating client base, sneaky backstabbing culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lobbying washington for stricker regulations, you provide your clients zero value in the external audit practice.


  3. Helpful (1)

    watch out

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Intern in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Intern in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Is willing to accomodate those without pedigree degrees
    Open to listening to your concerns

    Cons

    If your not qualified to be a consultant this is the place for you.
    Very political
    Does not spend money on its employees

    Advice to Management

    You will always be the 4th of the Big 4 if you dont start spending money on your most valuable resource....your employees


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  5. Review of KPMG Audit

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and looks good on resume

    Cons

    Everything else - management are liars, reviews make no sense, performance evaluation process is unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Have integrity and treat employees better.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Long hours, stingy salaries, unreasonable project deadlines, and stressful work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for KPMG proves that you are a strong candidate with the ability to roll up your sleves and get the job done. You also get access to the books and records of some very reputable clients that provide meaningful experience for your career later on down the line. The other professionals working with you are you're greatest resource and are exceptional friends and colleagues.

    Cons

    Prepare to have no life outside of work. Never in my life could I have ever imagined working this much. You work on weekends, sometimes 7 days a week, often times without charging the time or getting recognized for putting in the effort to meet unreasonable budget and time deadlines that your managers will never commend you on. Prepare for 40-55 hr work weeks during summer and 80-100+ hr work weeks from September-April.

    Your clients will never be pleased to see you, no matter how good you are, and they will in fact make that known to you at all times. Some are often very difficult to work with or get the right information from.

    On top of everything, the salaries they are offering are much lower than the mid tier firms for some unknown reason and when you calculate the number of hours you put in compared to your pay you might be making somewhere near $12/hr while they charge the client $350/hr for your services.

    They give you 25 days PTO but implemented 7 days of mandatory PTO, further reducing your paid vacation/sick time to about 18 days. Its not uncommon to get bad performance reviews for taking PTO at times that are not advantageous to the firm. For example, if you book a vacation a year in advance and due to client push back the engagement doesn't finish on time but you leave for vacation, that will negatively be frowned upon no matter how out of your hands the situation may be.

    Advice to Management

    There's no upper feedback channels from senior associates no matter what you may say or claim to be a "senior council". Everyone is overworked and underpaid and it really shows how top heavy and selfish the partnership group is. Not exactly sure why anyone would want to choose this as their career if they knew what they were getting into. By the way, good job on managing your earnings this year and implementing mandatory minimum 10 hour work days during our supposed summer "slow-time" to speed up the revenue recognition. How's that for ironic.


  7. I do not know who Mike Wareing is.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience and learning opportunity when your young

    Cons

    Low Bonus, Lack of Respect for the Individual

    Advice to Management

    Learn to show employees the same level of loyality that they show Senior Management. Have respect for the individual.


  8. Helpful (4)

    KPMG - A package that one should not touch with a 10 foot pole

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Advisory Associate in Irvine, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on CV. Overall as one of the Big 4 it helps open doors in industries. You can make good networks.

    Cons

    Choosing to work in KPMG is a downside. Everything is a big fat lie. The whole work like policy is a joke. Internal politicking is rife. Managers are ignorant buffoons who do not even know their heads from their behinds. Partners are worse.

    you have to fight for projects. Managers form their own dog groups and its hard to get out of a group and get projects. Internal transfers, assignments and rotations are hard to get by. All the stuff that is said in the HR presentations is just gimmick.

    The salary package is the worst. The lowest paid of all the big 4 and they try to compensate by showing the great added benefits. Hog wash

    Advice to Management

    Get a life. Treat your employees with respect. One day these employees will be ruling over you.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place to start right out of college

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay, GREAT vacation time. Trainings are always fun.

    Cons

    Very little diverstiy and support from Management. Horrible work life balance. Very little recognition and feedback. Fairness & respect isn't something that is given outright. Most associates do not last more than a year or two. The lifestyle and the hours are very demanding. Expect to be at work for more than 12 hours a day and weekends, if required. Make sure you get along with your PM because they hold your career in their hands. Would not recommend working at this company to anyone who is at all unsure of their future career goals.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of associates. Work can be very stressful at KPMG--make sure that your associates are happy. If they are not, the overall audit work produced will suffer.



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