KPMG Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good training and career development. Great people

    Cons

    Often boring job. Overly Type A managers

    Advice to Management

    Be less political when it comes to rating/promotions/etc.


  2. Audit Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG (More than a year)

    Pros

    Standard pay of any big 4, 5 weeks vacation, big name company

    Cons

    Work/life balance, hard to find a mentor, senior management


  3. Associate - tax

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate - Tax in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate - Tax in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    KPMG as well as any other big four have countless learning opportunities. It's a great learning experience, but that's about it.

    Cons

    They can't keep people around because of they way they treat their employees. You go into public accounting knowing you're going to work a ton for little pay, but when you have to deal with rude and demanding people who care less about you...it makes finding motivation to do your work a lot more difficult. They expect a first year associate to be doing manager level work, and if you make a mistake, they aren't constructive about it. Terrible people skils.


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    Candid Perspectives

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Advisory
    Current Employee - Director Advisory
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Firm continuously invests in thought leadership and new capabilities, through "innovation labs", targeted recruitment, acquisitions, and partnerships / alliances; New opportunities for staff open up with each move 2. Senior leadership genuinely interested in the development and advancement of staff, but as with any company, you need to invest time to build up internal support networks and relationships first; 3. For the highly motivated, there is opportunity to establish your brand within the firm, develop solutions / service offerings based on your areas of interest, promote / drive internal and market awareness, and present / deliver value-adds to clients in the Fortune 500 (i.e., an alternative to those considering the start-up route)

    Cons

    1. Association of KPMG brand with "Big Four" audit can at times make it difficult for clients to see KPMG as an option for projects in other domain areas (i.e., need to work harder to be in the consideration pool); 2. Despite competitive base salary and many standard benefits options, bonuses tend to be limited / capped (even for top performers), making it difficult to recruit, motivate, and retain best talent; 3. Career direction/pace of advancement tied to strength of partners that you work with and your relationship with those that matter (i.e., they control your destiny despite how well you manage and execute)

    Advice to Management

    1. Partner agendas and conflict is normal given strong personalities but these situations are often very visible to staff; Many times, staff must unofficially partners to align with; Despite very explicit HR policies, this is almost always a lose-lose scenario for staff; Need to create a vehicle for staff to "rate" partners on ability to lead and motivate (provide more formal 360 feedback); 2. Need a stronger brand differentiation message in the market (ideally one that permeates down to the service network level) to compliment the deep relationships the firm has with the c-suite, and to generate awareness of KPMG brand / strengths with VP and director levels within client organizations; 3. Revisit bonus targets, profit-sharing options, and/or equivalent of equity in the firm for staff so that we can better recruit and retain staff - i.e., what elements of MD/partner overall comp structure can be "made available" to staff, and at what resources levels; Can payout be tied to service network level and/or "One Firm" levels?


  6. Senior Manager, Audit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The firm delivers excellent training - both on the job and formal content. Additionally, the firm puts a dedicated on focus on mentorship and career development. Skills acquired during my time at the firm include: - Dealing with Ambiguity - Project Management - Staff/People Management - Executive presence and presentation skills - Critical Thinking and Professional Skepticism Other benefits of my time at the firm: - Accelerated career progression outside of the firm - Network expansion - Significant Flexibility outside of busy season (increases with seniority)

    Cons

    The biggest con to working at KPMG (like other Big 4 firms) is the workload. Consistent with the public accounting industry your calendar is driven by client deadlines and events. It is not uncommon for a client transaction to occur during a planned holiday or time out of the office. Your cash pay is below market as a significant portion of your compensation is intangible career development.

    Advice to Management

    Improve clarity on path to partnership. Transparency is great for retention.


  7. Audit

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG full-time

    Pros

    The working environment there is great! Can learn a lot!

    Cons

    It is very busy, you really has a lot of work to do!


  8. Management Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great people, steep learning curve, the best corporate culture

    Cons

    mediocre pay, wish there were more international opportunities, hard to transfer within

    Advice to Management

    make it easier to move around within the company. increase salaries or start giving larger bonuses


  9. Never leaving.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working for KPMG has been so much fun. A lot of young people work there so it's easy to make friends with the teams you are placed with. Going to work in the morning is enjoyable because of the people you get to spend your day with.

    Cons

    Unnecessary seasons with extended hours is inefficient. Management forces employees to work more hours on engagements where there may not even be enough work to do so.


  10. Corporate Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    KPMG is one of the largest professional services companies in the world and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and PwC.

    Cons

    KPMG employs 162,000 people[3] and has three lines of services: audit, tax, and advisory. Its tax and advisory services are further divided into various service groups.

    Advice to Management

    In 1990 the two firms settled on the common name of KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock but in 1991 the firm was renamed KPMG Peat Marwick, and in 1999 the name was reduced again to KPMG.


  11. Resume builder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Advisory Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - IT Advisory Intern in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training opportunities Flexibility "One" firm culture

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult to attain at times



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