KPMG International Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
527 Reviews
3.4
527 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Globally recognised firm with generally good people who are keen to get the right work/ life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Internship programme was well-planned and there were extensive opportunities to learn (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • too many hours - management wants all those billable hours - no work life balance (in 81 reviews)

  • Demands long working hours resulting in poor work-life balance (in 56 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to wok with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG International

    Pros

    Good work environment and good training.

    Cons

    The timings are not good.. You might need to work long hours.

  2.  

    Interesting work and overall commitment to quality. Great people to work with in a team focused environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I worked at KPMG International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Alternative work arrangements and generally flexible schedule. Above average onsite work environment and working conditions. Work itself is always interesting and competitive in technical nature with peer businesses.

    Cons

    Projects are run in a matrixed environment therefore one resource is usually committed to more than one effort. This results in a need to work excessive hours to meet deadlines. Some work that is out-sourced would be better served with in-house resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a consist growth path for employee development. Ensure the business expertise stays in-house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Growth Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Build your Network, Meet great people, Learn a lot, opportunities for global experience, great benefits and perks that come with working for a big 4 accounting firm

    Cons

    Hours can be terrible (required to work a minimum of 55+ hours during busy seasons... about 4 months out of the year). Yearly Hours are not consistent and are more like a "roller" coaster, extremely busy at some points (a few over-nighters) and then super slow at other times. Easy to become burnt out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more help during busy seasons, too stressful and no work-life balance during busy seasons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It was a great learning experience. Did not get a chance to work on live projects but guidance was great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG International as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not very hectic and can maintain a good work life balance

    Cons

    No great perks and low pay

  6.  

    Good workers, crappy management

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    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in Phila, PA

    I worked at KPMG International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    people, work, hours, location, ethics

    Cons

    management, work, hours, location, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work closer with your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Associste

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good experience and training especially to start a career.

    Cons

    Stagnant pay, little to no bonuses, layoffs, poor culture when it comes to employee appreciation and retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Uphill

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    Former Employee - Writer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Writer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Little hierarchical treatment of employees and contractors. Team spirit. Leaders in the industries the company represent. Learned project managers able to provide viable expertise to clients..

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of clear direction, confused communication. Not everyone was alerted or up to speed on the project at hand. Caused some confusion and additional work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish project buy-in and clear communication/objectives at all team levels within a project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Audit senior associate

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    After busy season get aways.
    opportunity for international experience and travel.

    Cons

    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Jordan Valley, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Jordan Valley, OR

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

    Pros

    KPMG provides a ot of training

    Cons

    KPMG puts a lot of presure on the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan work realistically

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG International as an intern

    Pros

    Teach you a lot. Great sense of a team. Very supportive of your decisions. "Investors in people" is no joke, they stand by that phrase. Provides you with a myriad of tools for success. A fundamental and smart place to begin a career.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt a bit restricted in the variety of work coming in, but this is the nature of an accounting firm. Experienced quite a few lull periods with my work stream, but when it's busy, it's busy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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