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Worst Job I've Ever Had

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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 for more than a year

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Auditor  in  Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - Auditor in Northeast, NY

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    KPMG a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Variety of work; staffing capabilities; work life balance

    Cons

    Experience of senior management with certain industries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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