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Pros
  • Lots of days off - work life balance (in 192 reviews)

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

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  • 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. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to develop a solid foundation out of college. You will lear everything to kick start your career and also develop and strong work ethic. Great and robust training.

    Cons

    Long hours. "working for the machine". Limited mentoring.


  2. Helpful (4)

    The Most Oppressive Place I Ever Worked

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn the profession; interesting work, but not a lot of variety. Great junior people; eager to learn and willing to lend a hand. A few terrific senior partners; too bad I didn't work for them. Looks great on a resume when you go for the next job. I learned all I could about the particular area I worked in spite of the overwhelmingly bad management. Most of the people I worked with are long gone.

    Cons

    I was treated like second class scum by my senior manager, who did nothing to help me advance my career. When asking a question to expand my knowledge and improve my performance I was called "stupid," I was derided for not already knowing the answer, and was told to "go look it up in a book and when you have the answer then come tell me." I had another direct female manager who came in late every morning, obviously hungover, slopping coffee all over herself, and would come to me and say "[my name] I'm not going to take this crap from you anymore" and other such pleasant greetings in front of all my co-workers. Never was I complimented on my work product or how hard I worked. Yet, when I finally left the company, there were 17 people at my going away luncheon, including several senior partners. But of course, the person who I had slaved for for over 7 years had a convenient excuse not to show up.

    Advice to Management

    Beware the sycophants who suck up to senior management but treat their junior staff like chattel. Treat people with dignity and respect; help people who are eager to learn new skills and enhance their performance instead of putting them down.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Motto "great place to BUILD your career" rings true

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Fabulous opportunity to gain experience - Translatable skills to many other careers - Highly respected on your resume

    Cons

    - Bad work/life balance - Really depends on who is on your team and what clients you are working for - Doesn't pay nearly as well as comparable positions outside Big 4 - Time tracking and billable hours is SOOOO stressful

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff, scope projects more realistically, reward performance with higher bonuses, make more of an effort to hold on to your best employees


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  5. Great Place to Learn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to Learn and develop skills

    Cons

    Work life balance under staffed

    Advice to Management

    Hire plenty of staff


  6. Everyone put on your happy faces

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a pool of knowledge; good trainibg ground. Great place to start a career. You will learn a lot it very little time!

    Cons

    Think if it as a frat/sorority where the first year associates are pledging and you to do whatever upper management asks.

    Advice to Management

    Treat senior associates better especially competent ones. Because if the competent ones leave, you're left with second years who aren't ready to be seniors and then what?


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunity for starting a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good career paths Smart people Good benefits, time off, and supportive of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of sophisticated leadership Lack of development plans Do not support ongoing education/ executive education or post graduate degrees

    Advice to Management

    Leadership need better programs to understand how to motivate people and encourage to think outside box.


  8. Neutral on KPMG

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall I think that KPMG is an OK place to work and start a career, but advancement in the firm is more about knowing the right people and kissing the right butts and avoiding getting hit with the blame for anything.

    Cons

    Long hours, mediocre pay and incompetent quote/unquote professionals make most days at KPMG less than bearable. Overall if you can put up with the BS its ok.

    Advice to Management

    I think that management needs to realize a lot of their staff are quite incompetent and rely heavily on the more advanced staff. Unfortunately, most of the rock stars realize this early on and leave for greener pastures since we don't know how to keep them around. As a result, the mediocre butt-kissers become the next wave of management.


  9. Great place to start your career. Challenging to build.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you get connected with the right people, you can definitely have some incredible experiences and meet great clients. Lots of opportunities are available for young staff members who show a lot of initiative.

    Cons

    It's easy to feel trapped by managers who don't want to share you with other engagements. You can end up spending years doing the same kind of work and the decision for your promotions is entirely in their hands.

    Advice to Management

    KPMG management should (1) increase overall compensation, (2) get more involved in understanding staff members' interests and goals, and (3) better support staff who show individual initiative by breaking the 'tradition' to reward them with promotions or other incentives.


  10. Lets not think lets just do.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good foundation to begin your career.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance, really poor pay and management fails to take control of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with the same respect you would give a CFO or audit committee chair. Partners and senior managers like to pretend they are important until they are in the room with the client and then they bend over and accept their position in the world of business as the cleint's biatch.


  11. Helpful (1)

    KPMG review of Silicon Valley Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, timely downward feedback and review process for associates. KPMG is a great place to learn accounting and network in the industry. Global opportunities are also possible for high performers.

    Cons

    Associates are very overworked particularly in the Silicon Valley Office and underpaid. Bad upward feedback review process of managers. There are managers that dont deserve to be in their current level of employment and associates who deserve to be at a higher level.

    Advice to Management

    Partners - associates are way overworked and underpaid! Show us how we benefit by working here despite all the cons. Review process for managers needs to be revised. Managers are reviewed by Partners, but there is very little upward feedback from the seniors and staff about their abilities. Being a manager is a lot about how you manage your staff and I have NEVER been asked to review any of my Managers.



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