KPMG Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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KPMG Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Pros
  • Lots of days off - work life balance (in 192 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career (in 98 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is heavily slanted on the "Work" end of the spectrum (in 457 reviews)

  • Long hours especially during busy season (in 502 reviews)

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  1. Audit senior manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good staff to work with

    Cons

    Partners discriminate employees based on race


  2. Great Firm

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Tinley Park, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Tinley Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High energy environment with very smart and talented people.

    Cons

    Multiple demands can be overwhelming at times.


  3. Tax Consulting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As you move up within the firm there is a lot of flexibiilty in terms of where you work from and compensation is fair if not more than fair.

    Cons

    Firm is focused on utilization rate too much which adds pressure to work all of the time. As you move up within the firm, it becomes harder and harder to learn new technical skills because your billing rate may be too high to work on a project.


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  5. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours can be tricky


  6. Overall

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly new practice. Folks with prior consulting experience will do well

    Cons

    New practice with undefined process and procedure that cause confusion


  7. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    EVS group in Chicago is good at what they do, hard working, and people you would want to grab drinks with.

    Cons

    Associates work very long hours, but you know what you are getting into.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide strong mentorship programs.


  8. Advisory Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG full-time

    Pros

    Lots of recent graduates Friendly people Decent benefits

    Cons

    Hours can be very long at times Salary is lower than other comparable positions


  9. Tax Senior Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Introduction and exposure to numerous clients

    Cons

    Not much flexibility for work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Make time off more of a priority, managers rarely take all vacation


  10. A lot of learning opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You will learn a ton of whatever division that you will belong to (audit, tax, and advisory) during a short period of time. - Good benefits and personal time-off (PTO policy from 1st year - Nice, neat office environment - Many talented people that are willing to help you whenever you need help

    Cons

    - Hard to balance life and work - As you will need to work over time (sometimes, 12 hours straight for 5 days and 8 hours of weekend work at KPMG office with your engagement team members), you would be burnt out by the end of a busy season - As far as I felt, the firm struggles to motivates employees to work at the firm - High turnover rate (I feel average working term at the firm is 3-4 years)

    Advice to Management

    Need to motivate employees in any dimension. This is associated with a better retention rate of the current employees. I hope the firm will have the best retention rate in the Big4 league!


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    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is about people

    Cons

    We seem to lag behind the other firms from a technology persoective

    Advice to Management

    We need to focus on retaining top talent and differentiating top performers. Leadership also needs to share more details with the direction the firm/service line/office are heading and what happened being measured.



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