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KPMG US Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
3,167 Reviews
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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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    Senior Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice company party, working from home is generally allowed

    Cons

    60 hour work weeks, management over-promising to clients, slave like work environment, low pay, culture of "whoops"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better, pay them at least what the standard is at other Big Fours, enforce restrictions on constantly working excessive hours,,,, (or pay them overtime), HR - get your act together

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

    Associate, Advisory

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to executives at leading institutions

    Cons

    Managers do not have project management skills or ability to provide clear guidance or expectations on work

  3.  

    Old Boys Club

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    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

    Good benefits
    Competitive Salary
    Flexible work environment

    Cons

    Decisions are made at a glacial pace.
    Little to no innovation
    No career path for non-client facing staff
    Partners & Managing Directors rewarded for short-term behavior -- every man for himself
    Incredibly risk adverse
    No global thinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overworked and underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Tax Managing Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Tax Managing Director in Detroit, MI

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can work with smart people if you go to a big office. Detroit is not a big office.

    Cons

    No work life balance. A lot of immaturity at local office leadership level. Lazy partners who hold grudges and do not work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Lions are perennial losers, so is KPMG Detroit. People with talent move on pretty quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    KPMG's federal practice seemed disorganized and unfocused .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    There is a lot of independence and a lot of people with solid expertise. The work seemed very steady with good opportunities. There is a good array of clients and interesting projects.

    Cons

    The practice lacked management structure and direction and top managers provided little guidance. The office culture seemed contentious at times and not very friendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater collaboration and teambuilding would benefit staff and the practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    They are not what they preach they are.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Pros

    The lower level employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, belittling management, no work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff better. Don't slash hiring if you aren't going to pay people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Was a good place to work for IT

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Montvale, NJ

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

    Pros

    I spent 5 years working for KPMG, got involved in several very high profile projects, I learned a lot while at the company. Work level was high but tolerable and I had no problem maintaining a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    KPMG at some point got it in their heads that it would be a good idea to outsource their whole IT department, brought in a new CTO and simply cut positions without regard to who knew what at the firm. I believe the criteria was "we need X people in this group, hold onto the most senior based upon time with the company and get rid of everybody else" I served to reduce the headcount but several years later KPMG is still paying the price for the short sighted move to outsource.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention and learn who actually makes the wheels turn before blindly making cuts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not recommended for tax practice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This firm would only help your resume be good-looking. Beside, nothing.

    Cons

    most of team members are not cooperative, but selfish to push their work to others, and unethical to take utilization without actual work. But management only cares about utilization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being lazy in reviewing your human resources solely for utilization.

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

    Lost for words

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great benefit great pay the company is a great company. Upper management is the problem in the Atlanta office.

    Cons

    Management is bias and not professional. With this company is not what you know it is who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay Neutral be more professional

    No opinion of CEO
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    senior tax associate

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    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    the name recognition. I guess the doors it opens after youre an alumni

    Cons

    obviously the hours are no fun. but perhaps the group i was in left a much more sour taste in my mouth than the hours. I'm sure its based off different groups, but i heard stories from other members complaining abou the same issues. too much politics for my taste

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better training! i had zero training. was expected to learn the internal software on my own all the middle of a tax season.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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