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It's a big place, but it is okay

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Current Employee - Tax Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Tax Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at KPMG US

Pros

Partner's tend to be quite knowledgable; some interesting work; tend to be understanding about family emergencies; generally a pleasant place with few screamers

Cons

Very bureaucratic; certain people are not respectful of individual time (calls on holidays and work on holidays - the big holidays); compensation is not enough for hours (regularly work 60+ hours for not a lot)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management at the office level I would say is actually quite good; the higher level management is a little out of touch with reality; change the e-mail infrastructure - it is killing productivity; improve internal document storage - Orion is horrible

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  1. My experience at KPMG has been a great opportunity to learn and build knowledge.

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at KPMG is because of the people and the learning environment. The people are intelligent, friendly, professional, and always work as a support system to better one another.

    Cons

    One of the cons of working at KPMG are the hours, although anyone in this profession should be prepared to work many hours during busy season in order to better service the clients. And the main pro I mentioned above, the people, make the hours go by much faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any advice for leadership at this time, the leadership of KPMG has continually performed for the best of the company and its employees.

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  2. 8 people found this helpful

    A decent place to work, make sure you impress on relationships and not just quality deliverables

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Advisory in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Advisory in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Known path of advancement, better than average compensation, great vacation allotment, opportunity to gain experience within several industries, formal methodologies and training to teach employees the KPMG way. KPMG has a great performance evaluation methodology that includes management's assessment of your work, but it also includes peer and reportee feedback.

    Cons

    The performance methodology is great however in actual practice this is lacking. Performance ratings at KPMG are done on a 3x3 box (or 9-box). This is more or less a bell curve and your personal relationships and networking can make or break a promotion as well as your salary and compensation for the year. Within KPMG most associate level employees and many managers will share their salaries so everyone knows what their peers salary increases are. My personal experience is I benefited from all of these "cons" but I have seen some of the best workers taken advantage of becuase they are shy or there was a personal conflict, not work related.

    Work like balance and best place for a mother to work are both lip service. These are things that KPMG pays to be a part of and they measure the results based on surveys. Not everyone completes the surveys and most of the employees that are "in the field" are men. Work life balance does not exist and the norm is to work 50+ hours per week and constantly check email. An average of 50% travel is typically that some employees travel 0% and others travel 100% so it averages to 50%. But mostly only the admins are the 0% travelers.

    Work life balance really does not exist. Most Partners (male or female) have their spouse stay at home. This is the only way that the home is able to stay in order since the KPMG employees is likely working upwards of 60 hours a week and traveling at least 2 days a week.

    For any of the large professional services firms, if you request to not travel you will have a target on your back. This is not a negative towards KPMG ,but in a professional services company employees have to travel to where the client is in order to get revenue.

    Most KPMG employees laugh at the 5 (or more) weeks of vacation that are given. Most employees do not feel like they can take it. This is truly a perception, which is why it is a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KPMG really needs to embrace what they market. Are employees taking their generous vacation allotments? Do they feel like they can take the vacation without being penalized? Are vacations really technology free? KPMG all needs to really look at alternative work plans for mothers. Tons of working moms will leave the firm due to the inflexibility and hours. Fathers of infants will miss out on the pivotal milestones that occur daily in the first 1-2 years of life due to not being at home.. KPMG really is great if a family measures success by income but other than that it's lacking.

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