KPMG
3.5 of 5 2,726 reviews
www.kpmg.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

KPMG Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.5 2,726 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

KPMG Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer

John B. Veihmeyer

(574 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Inclusive culture that promotes work/life balance while providing a challenging job"
    in 154 reviews
  • "Get resume builder; great place to start your career' exposure to an array of industries;"
    in 79 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance can be very difficult to maintain during busier times of the year"
    in 347 reviews
  • "Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance"
    in 415 reviews
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A positive experience so far!

Audit Intern (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX

I have been working at KPMG as an intern

ProsI have learned a lot not only about audit work but also about the inner workings of the clients I have been on. Also great culture!

Consexpect long hours and the work can get dreary at times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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KPMG is an excellent professional services firm with many opportunities available. They hire top-notch talent!

Partner (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at KPMG full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMore relaxed, collegial culture established by career KPMG leadership, flexibility to move into other roles within the Firm, a "band of brothers" set of relationships that are developed.

ConsThe former Andersen Partners diluted/changed the culture in Advisory to more dog-eat-dog set of values, too much focus on short-term results, Former Andersen partners brought bad habits of saying one thing and doing the opposite that tarnished the integrity of the leadership team.

Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve in your partners. Senior partner leaders must do what they say and learn to "walk the talk."

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Real-life Master's Program

Senior Audit Associate (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

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

ProsVery fast paced. Sink or swim attitude. Great exposure to many areas and industries of accounting. The partners and managers that I worked with always had their door open for discussions. The people are GREAT! Lots of learning opportunities and responsibilities. Work independently and as a team. Good medical benefits. Great place to begin.

ConsNo work-life balance - work is life. There are numerous instances where what you communicate to partners/managers (e.g. you need additional staff/seniors, would like to work in a different industry, etc.) would not be heard, acknowledged, or considered which has directly lead to employees leaving the firm. Poor rating structure which allows for easier rating managers to inflate associates/senior associates ratings. What they preach - High Performance Culture - is NOT what they reward.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Typical Big Four

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at KPMG

ProsLots of talented people
Structured career path

ConsBusy season with poor work-life balance
Atmosphere can vary from team to team

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Great place to begin your career in public accounting

Audit Manager (Former Employee)
Shreveport, LA

I worked at KPMG full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat training, benefits competitive with other international accounting firms, global mobility, ability to learn from the best, strong culture of values, networking

ConsWork-life balance is unbalanced until you reach management, accounting firms tend to overreact to slow downs in the economy (i.e. massive layoffs and low compensation increases and incentive payouts during the financial crisis 2008-2010)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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nice company. but lots of work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at KPMG part-time

Prosgood connection with clients such as high-tech companies

Consheavy workload, but still have time on weekends

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at KPMG as an intern

Prosco-workers are very helpful, learn a lot

Constoo stressful, usually work more than 12 hours everyday

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best Company to work with

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at KPMG

ProsGood Management, Employees,Human resources, work life balance

ConsNothing that i have come across in my career in India

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at KPMG full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat People, Great Corporate Culture

ConsNone, great office environment and strong focus on helping the clients

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Didnt Drink the Kool-Aid

Audit Associate (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at KPMG full-time for more than a year

ProsHaving Big Four on the resume is huge
5 weeks vacation

ConsYes, the hours could be long but the worst was that everything was always a competition. The fastest way to make yourself look better was to make sure other people looked incompetent. It make it very hard to learn new things or get better at my job. There were a few people that were delightful to work for that managed to climb up without being jerks to everyone around them but they were very rare.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe performance review process is too time consuming and doesn't help anyone get better that his or her job. The environment is very "who can I throw under the bus?"-

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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