KPMG US Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
3,103 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance (in 187 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.  

    Limited experience as a staff auditor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Significant international presence
    Big 4 on your resume

    Cons

    Limited breadth of experience as a staff auditor and senior auditor as compared to other top 25 firms. I would expect this is would be the same at other Big Four as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Take it for what it's worth

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

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

    Pros

    Gives you the name that everyone knows and opens doors for you.

    Cons

    Overwork/underpay, long hours, no work-life balance

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Be a corporate cog.

    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at KPMG US as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits for employees, too bad I was just a contractor.

    Cons

    Felt like I was completely anonymous. Lots of rules, systems that change constantly.

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  5.  

    Lack of career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Pros

    work life balance depends on your projects/ clients.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth/promotions. If you are not in the right project/client, no matter how super performing you are you cannot grow in the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Wide range of expereinces

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experiece, exposure to many different industries, exposure to many different issues

    Cons

    Work long hours, not treated like a person, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Analysis people as individuals as opposed to groups or "Classes"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    What a joke go to another big 4

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

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

    Pros

    Easy work, easy hours, busy season lol more like not busy season, surround by morons so therefore I feel smart all day

    Cons

    You are based on one metric which is how chargable you are. Well if your Partner and Senior Manager are not good at bringing in business then you will have no work such as myself. Each group is different but Tax in Dallas is not a well oiled machine. You must complete 24 months or more in a role before being promoted in my group so therefore i will not be promoted becauase I have 18 months. Senior management especially at the national tax level like to blame everybody else excpet themselves and fail to realize their inability to bring in business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cant base someones performance when you cant bring in business!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    KPMG is a great company to start out your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Since the company is large, there are many resources available. One plus is the large amount of paid time off days you receive. Moving within the company and transferring to other geographic locations is fairly easy.

    Cons

    You are easily replaceable and management knows this. Long hours and lack of merit based bonuses. Salaries are below market and are not equal across the board for all employees at the same level. Employees do receive a good amount of vacation days, but it is very difficult to use these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries and bonus structures. Do not over-work your top performers. All top performers end up leaving the firm due to the lack of a work-life balance. Changeability is put on the staff and is an unnecessarily stressful metric. We should be doing good work and taking the time to do things right instead of worrying about our manager's budgets from low-bid projects.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for middle of the road

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good and the opportunities you get from working for Big 4 make it a good place to grow at more junior levels.

    Cons

    Politics are silly and so territorial, penny pinching attitude prevails in silly things, workloads seem designed as a disincentive to high-performers, the immature culture makes being valued a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the structure to reward high performers who don't fit your cookie-cutter model before you lose them to the competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great firm for professionals in accounting, advisory or tax. Not as great for administrative staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people (for the most part), strong perks and benefits, PTO, competitive compensation, commitment to diversity.

    Cons

    There is a strong "us" versus "them" between client service professionals and the business process group staff. While there are some Partners who treat their admins respectfully and with dignity, others are rude and abrasive beyond anything I've seen and Leadership tolerates it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop passing out the Kool-Aid and find out why some Partners cannot seem to be leaders and reduce turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Slavery"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Federal Tax Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Federal Tax Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent place for first job. Great formal and informal training ground. Extremely long hours. Very weak pay.

    Cons

    Most employees have very poor communicative skills. Working in the Minneapolis office the vast majority of employees are passive aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overtime pay is a must for low paying associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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