KPMG US

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KPMG US Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
3,217 Reviews
3.5
3,217 Reviews
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance (in 192 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career but would not recommend staying long term (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 457 reviews)

  • Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance (in 502 reviews)

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  1.  

    Solid company to build your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Advisory
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Advisory

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Great culture and decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Underpaid relative to market/competition data.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Auditor

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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

    Pros

    Good team environment
    Reputable name
    Travel possibilities

    Cons

    Long hours
    Repetitive work
    Stressed out managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your teams more to find out what they need rather than assume what they need.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    KPMG Review

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Partners are Good and helpful

    Cons

    work pressure and worklife balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    KPMG Audit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good platform to start your career

    Cons

    compensation below industry market rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Global Firm with excellent opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was on the advisory side so I can only address that part of the firm. Top tier professional capabilities and some of the top minds in the business. Excellent opportunity for intra-firm assignments both in the U.S. and internationally. The KPMG brand name (and, all of the Big Four for that matter) provides instant credibility in the U.S and international public sector consulting space. During my time with the firm, I had the opportunity to run very interesting engagements and reside as an expat in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Great pay if you are incentivized properly and are successful. The KPMG brand will help you win business..

    Cons

    Even as a senior individual, beware of the dreaded "on the beach" mindset as those without an engagement for cover have very short lives at KPMG. Senior folks often take credit for hard work more junior staff actually perform. Every large firm/company has a pecking order and MDs and partners think they are masters of the universe when their importance may be meaningless outside of KPMG itself. RIce bowl mentalities sometimes get in the way of innovation and creativity. Some practice areas are far more dynamic than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to motivate and incentivize junior staff for senior client-facing engagement and practice leadership. KPMG provides great training to staff so the firm wants to retain that investment and excellent personnel. Treat staff well as there are numerous former junior consultants who have gone on to build and run large successful companies after their KPMG experience. If you want them as clients in the future, make sure that they value their KPMG experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Great place for growth; you will get recognized for the name and allow you to move into a big company if/when you choose to move on.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and politics; you will need to play the game to be able to move up at the rate you like. Otherwise you are just another number and will move up with everyone else, whether you/they deserve it or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better merit-based system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities and great people, poor compensation and work life balance.

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    The people really are great within the advisory practice. Very smart people who also enjoy having fun. Good benefits including small pension and 401k matching.

    Cons

    Below market compensation including little variable compensation. Lack of space in New York Office means that you must reserve a cube every day if below manager. Work life balance is a definite con as work can be unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must pay people better and more equitably. When transferring between various functions market compensation bumps should be given.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work or start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere of young professionals who work as a team toward common goals.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is not very sexy, although important (i.e., audit). Hours can get quite long during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All segments of the business should remember to create career paths for their talent. Young talent can get lost given the size of the firm,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    KPMG has a great promotion program with clear goals that they will help you set. They also have family friendly policies such as extended maternity leave.

    Cons

    The office culture can be a bit male dominated but that may be the nature of consulting firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good company

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

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    smart colleagues that all want be successful

    Cons

    long hours that often don't end for months on end

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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