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Great Place to either Start a Career or Stay for the Long-term

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Associate
Former Employee - Senior Associate

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Challenging environment (No two days are the same)
- Mentorship
- Internal opportunities to move to other lines of business due to KPMG's Scale

Cons

- Long Hours (But this is a trait shared among all top firms and fortune 500 companies)
- The experience is very divergent depending on the line of business and industry you choose. Make sure that you have a real interest in the job and industry.

Advice to Management

I believe management is headed in the right direction in terms of listening to its employees and trying hard to fix the comp structure so that people want to perform and high performers want to stay. I think retaining high performers is critical to the business, but this is not an easy problem to resolve. So my advice to management would be to just keep doing what you are doing.

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    Problem Managers Amongst The Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides a great deal of internal opportunities for training that is mostly focused on Auditing and compliance. They also provide an annual $2500 training budget for each employee. The facilities are good and most of management is effective and functional.
    The engagements really test you so be prepare for long hours (60hrs - 80hrs) which is a good thing once you are willing to learn and you like producing a good product.
    Having a great personality would get you a long way!

    Cons

    However, there are some engagement managers that really need professional training. The company should try and identify these managers and train them properly. Some operate as if its their right to abuse junior staff or make them look bad if they don't like you.
    KPMG do a lot of Diversity training but it is not focused on the usual things such as Race, Women, religion, etc. It seems to be heavily focused on same sex issues. This is not a good thing. It is better to have a balanced approach.
    There are some assignments that may require relocation for a prolong period of time. This can be problematic if you have a family. Don’t be caught off-guard if avarice appears to be an issue. As one manager indicated they have to make sure all engagements are profitable.
    Finally, favoritism is a problem. This may show up as the legnth of time between engagements (sitting on the bench). You definitely need to market yourself. This is not told to you in any training but through conversation with some of the good managers and colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Do internal audits on your staff to really weed out the bad managers amongst the many good and productive people. I know you have the employee hotline to secretly report poblems but secrets within KPMG is like putting water in a leaky bucket. It always gets out; hence many keep quiet,

  2. Good Career Progression but no life

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good progression of career, pay increment is above commercial standards, low politics for the lower ranked employees. Ability to book leave 1 year in advance.

    Cons

    Weak family orientation, poor work-life balance. Poor policy on charging actual hours to jobs. Budget setting is cutting from previous years.

    Advice to Management

    Communication to employees could be improved. Lip service is not enough. Wrong usage of funds to build a club house and following up by cancelling Annual D&D and implementing compulsory no-pay leave.

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