KPMG US

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Challenging learning opportunities across different industries

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at KPMG US

Pros

Broad client exposures, strong teamwork and analytical skills enhancement

Cons

Sometimes cannot achieve work life balance

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    High performance culture just means we expect you to work like a robot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    There is some flexibility if you have kids and are a manager working there, but if you don't have kids or at manager status you probably won't get this.

    Cons

    The staff does not get a say in anything and there is a ton of work and not enough people to do it. They expect you to get it done and don't care how. There are some managers there that don't know as much as staff and not a good role model, but somehow are managers. They are not fair when it comes to promotion or pay raise. If you are a favorite there then it might happen for you faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff's needs or you will have a higher turn over then you do now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience, depressing personal growth, but pedigree follows after you get smart and leave.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great learning curve for technical aspects of your service line (Audit, Tax, Advisory) and there is absolutely a benefit to learning how to work hard. A large part of the market value of a KPMG alumnus is the ability to work hard without expecting very much.
    Lots of Vacation time right off the bat.

    Cons

    There is a heavy focus on keeping associates, seniors, and to an extent managers, away from real quality discussions with clients. I personally felt like my public speaking, interviewing, and general discussion skills suffered after 2-3 years being told to stay back and work, as opposed to creating relationships.
    There is a big focus on "chargeability". While this is beneficial for the company, it almost expects employees to forget that every hour of overtime they work reduces their own hourly value. Work/Life Balance is only an initiative because otherwise it would be SO BAD.
    Vacation is plentiful, but is often needed just to de-stress from the work.
    On that note, see discussion with management on vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vacation: needing to book vacation in order to get half of SUNDAY off is not ok.
    Value: help associates & seniors build more than technical value. Help them make connections with real decision makers. Make this an institutionalized charge, not a one-off example of overachievers getting a unique opportunity.
    Interaction: Partners, YOU MAKE MONEY OFF THE EFFORTS OF STAFF, SENIORS, and MANAGERS. RESPECT THAT, RESPECT THEIR TIME, AND GIVE THEM SOME OF YOURS. If you take 10 minutes to find out the names of the people on your teams, look them up on linkedin, remember their faces, and maybe even start a discussion or connect on linkedin, you give them a feeling of purpose, ownership, and loyalty. Every time a partner re-introduces themselves to the same person, or doesn't know a team member's name ahead of time, productivity, desire, inspiration, loyalty, and general enthusiasm drop off the map. At the end of the day your team is working to make you money. If they can't see the value in that, they won't worry about creating value for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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