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KPMG International Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
410 Reviews

3.4
410 Reviews
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John B. Veihmeyer
44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Globally recognised firm with generally good people who are keen to get the right work/ life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Internship programme was well-planned and there were extensive opportunities to learn (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • too many hours - management wants all those billable hours - no work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Long working hours make it difficult to maintain work/life balance (in 40 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Relatively inflexible career path

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Auditing generally gives you a diversified perspective on what's happening with a number of companies.
    KPMG provided great training resources.

    Cons

    Inflexible career path. If you get stuck in the government practice, be prepared to leave the firm in order to get out--if that's not the path you want to take.
    The rating system is frustrating because in order to be ranked as a top performer, you have to be performing at a level above your title.
    There were inconsistencies in the culture and the things the tell you during recruitment. The sell their "flexible" work schedule (i.e. working from home), but managers generally get bent out of shape when you request anything outside the norm.
    It was also apparent that there is a hierarchy to be abided by. Associates are to report to seniors, seniors to managers, and mangers to partners. Any break in the chain when asking questions or discussing strategies will be frowned upon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good. Culture and hours are good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    Pay is below industry comps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Audit Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Full connection and interaction with other employees.

    Cons

    Need to work overnight sometimes.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great intern at kp

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    professional work process, big name clients, frenziedly coworkers, variety of new stuff to pick up in a short time

    Cons

    fast pace, stay survive or go home, travel too much leaving less time accompany families

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more opportunity for graduate

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great networking experience, but ultimately felt overworked and underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    Pros

    Company is young, making it a dynamic and often fun workplace to be. Got great exposure to a variety of different industries and had the opportunity to meet many talented individuals both within KPMG and through client interaction.

    Cons

    It takes at least 3 years to go from Consultant to Senior Consultant, with little to no pay increases year-to-year. A 60 hour week was not uncommon, with no bonuses or overtime to compensate for extra time spent at the office. Upper management can at times be distant, though this probably varies from department to department. As a result, turnover is extremely high (thereby keeping the average age of the company quite low).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career development would help to ensure that entry-level professionals stay on past the 1-2 year mark.

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

    Overall, a great employer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Analyst in Newark, DE

    Pros

    The thing that stood out to me after working at KPMG is that their management listens to the staff's ideas and actually cares about their well-being instead of treating them as work slaves. They also give their employees the chance to work hard if they'd like to. Overall, the company allows people to grow at their own pace while providing all the resources they need to excel.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges you might face are overall personal health and wellness, as well as a personal life outside of work. Working alongside co-workers and comparing hours/productivity creates a competitive air. You may find that you change "teams" often, leading to a necessary shift in the way you work or function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work -- continue caring about your employees and they will care about the company and ensuring that it does well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Tax Associate Processor

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Omaha, NE

    Pros

    My work experience and education

    Cons

    My vision leadership and motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive, young people around, and I can learn a lot of new things to become a business professional worker. fruiteful

    Cons

    hard work, long travel, bad compensation, too little budget for low level staffs, salaries are too low for new entries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work life balance

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

    Career advancement stepping stone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    There are very few companies that can afford the marketability of a big 4. Credibility is built in, so it looks great on your resume. It is what you make it, so what you can learn is expansive.

    Cons

    There are certain "types" that have great advantages in advancing - those able to sell. Regardless of what they tell you, this is the difference maker. Perhaps you can learn this skill, but the point is you MUST learn or have it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance management system is bad. I don't mean it can use improvement, I mean it is bad. You must get rid of the all-too subjective grading system and make recognition more systematic. You penalize employees that "let the work speak for them" and award those who "tout themselves". While self-promotion may be a trait common for executives, it is skewed at KPMG.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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