KPMG International Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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KPMG International Global Chairman John B. Veihmeyer
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Pros
  • Globally recognised firm with generally good people who are keen to get the right work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Kpmg loves you with good and friendly working environment and events to motivate people (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • too many hours - management wants all those billable hours - no work life balance (in 100 reviews)

  • Demands long working hours resulting in poor work-life balance (in 63 reviews)

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  1. Good start point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG International

    Pros

    Professional experience is easy to get there

    Cons

    Peak season is too busy

    Approves of CEO
  2. Great and dynamic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG International

    Pros

    All round development
    Awesome exposure, not just technical but non technical
    Multiple projects to work on
    Direct client interaction

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Lack of formal training

  3. KPMG International

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at KPMG International as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Short Commute
    Professional co-workers
    International co-workers
    Compensation is fair, good while seeking next opportunity

    Cons

    Management lacked knowledge of project SDLC
    Shortcuts taken to host applications and complete projects
    Unwilling to commit resources to address fundamental problems with infrastructure and investment in applications needed
    Littleregard for contractor experience or contribution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide a environment where all workers are treated professionally. At least 50% of employee population are contractors. Lacks stability and continuity in many critical areas, results in lower quality and unsatisfied business partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Advisory Intern - Financial Due Diligence

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    Current Intern - Financial Due Diligence in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Intern - Financial Due Diligence in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at KPMG International as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities, pay by the hour, great training sessions (typically hosted in Orlando, FL), and an abundance of social hours.

    Cons

    Limited exposure to real client work. Only given small tasks that do not encompass full projects in order to understand the entire process of the career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a great job of making interns feel welcome and valued. However, if felt as though project budgets did not give many interns the same opportunities as full-time associates to be able to fully integrate into client projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Internship in 2011

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG International

    Pros

    Accepting of other disciplines

    Cons

    Office politics, cog in machine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Advisory Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Advisory Assistant Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at KPMG International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for growth, you just have to work hard and you will succeed. Plus the people are great. If you put in the time and effort, you will do good.

    Cons

    There is a lot of competition obviously since they are such a large firm, so you need to stick out and work hard, otherwise you will have challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing well, they are all nice people. I think they should just continue hiring great people, and this company will continue to succeed.

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Interesting challenging work, little work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Experienced Auditing Supervisor
    Current Employee - Experienced Auditing Supervisor

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on interesting, big scale projects
    - Work with the brightest specialists in their fields
    - Opportunity to lead early in your career. In audit you can start supervising teams from your 2nd year.
    - Usually more paid time off than what's offered by the industry + paid study leaves (2 weeks per year for those taking ACCA exams) + paid/unpaid time off for overtime worked (depends on the country though)
    - Great exit opportunities - many companies respect and look for Big4 experience
    - Hard work is recognized and rewarded
    - Many opportunities for development outside of accounting - can ask for delivering client/inter-company trainings, presentations, etc.

    Cons

    - Busy season can be stressful - long hours, weekends, last minute are expected
    - Hard (or more likely - almost impossible) take a vacation during busy season - no skiing trips in February :(
    - Travel can be up to 70-80% during the busy season
    - High turnover among assistants/supervisors leading to projects being often understaffed

    Recommends
  9. good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG International

    Pros

    pay was good to start out

    Cons

    hours were very long most of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at KPMG International

    Pros

    Very good internal resources. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Make sure you come in at the right level. If not you will end up doing the work of a higher level resource without the benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance is not what is advertised to employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. a very nice and friendly working environment. There is a culture of tutoring in this firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG International

    Pros

    People are always willing to help. Everyone is very professional and efficient.

    Cons

    Sometimes they are lack of creativity and too conservative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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