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Worst Job I've Ever Had

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  • Culture & Values
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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

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

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

Pros

Potential exposure to a wide variety of industries. You work with new people constantly which allows you learn things from different perspectives. The annual training sessions provide a platform for teambuilding amongst co-workers. It looks great on a resume.

Cons

There is no work/life balance. There is far too much travelling. In your first year, you are bounced around to so many different clients that it's hard to ever get your bearings and you end up doing a lot of busy work. There are social clicks amongst engagement teams that tend to ostrasize other people. During busy times, Seniors tend to give you work without explaining the purpose of it and so it's difficult to grow professionally when you don't understand why you are doing something. Some Seniors have huge egos and are condescending which creates a very unpleasant work environment.

Advice to Management

Take more time to be one-on-one with employees

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Good place to start a career, but don't plan on ending it there. Go with other Big 4 if possible.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to high profile companies. Challenging environment which enhances your knowledge/skills, and promotes your personal and professional growth. Paid time off is good (assuming you actually have the time to use it before you lose it).

    Cons

    The leadership of this firm, both at the national and business unit level, is suspect at best (I'm trying to be professional here...). It doesn't promote and/or retain the most talented individuals, but rather it rewards those who have formed personal relationships/alliances with "leadership" at the local office and/or business unit level. The firm continues to layoff very talented, experienced people, including managers/senior managers, directors and partners, for no other reason than reducing headcount to pump up partner compensation. It is basically an old school boys' club mentality at KPMG where following the party line and being a yes man/woman is key to survival. Decision making is slow and outdated, definitely not "best in class"; practically any/all decisions are made at the national level and office/business unit level leaders are basically overpaid/overfed bureaucrats. This is a firm with a lack of clear leadership or vision. Firm is managed in 3-6 month increments with no long-range plan/focus.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat at the leadership level, decentralize decision-making, develop a long-range vision/plan and stick to it, look beyond the short-term when making decisions, and reintroduce a set of values that rewards your personnel based on talent, skill, effort and creativity.


  2. Big Four experience in a more casual setting.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Their managers are approachable, the people are fun to work with, and there is something new to learn everyday.

    Cons

    The downsides are similar to any other of the Big Four: long hours, not great pay, and some travel away from family.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you keep your open door policy, it works great in Salt Lake, but I hear it doesn't happen in all the offices.


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