KPMG US Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
3,049 Reviews
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good job security, decent work life balance except during Tax Season, good benefits (in 183 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career but would not recommend staying long term (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 437 reviews)

  • Work long hours especially during busy season and political work environment (in 480 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Each staff member willingly helps out others. Very welcoming environment for new employees.

    Cons

    Not really anything bad to say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good long term career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Advisry  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Advisry in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you find a good partner to work for, job is great.

    Cons

    Still wondering how they win awards for working mother and flexible work arrangements as my management does not support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Are you sure, a PROFESSIONAL organization?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate IT Advisory  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate IT Advisory in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Get condescending looks. They are NON-inclusive.
    Managers and co-workers are sarcastic, oh...boy even sadistic and they supposedly know-all. They are GODS you see [they stayed in the city they grew up in] and assumption is second nature to them.

    Cons

    No work-life, its a hoax. Not at all supportive to working mothers [its a shame], your 20s something staff makes mothers at work feel like they dont belong there every second [what a shame again], they gossip to no end, even your tween management who is typically single with an attitude problem with no signs of maturity and this is a NON-flexible work arrangement throughout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Getting promoted is not an indicator of maturity and good judgement skills. Some of your managers are incompetent and your established seniors play politics and make new seniors from outside the organization look stupid. They are highly insecured and have narrow hippocampuses and hipothalmuses. Refer them to a good neurologist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Director  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company has a focus on quality and client relationships.

    Cons

    The company needs to refine more employee engagement programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Public Accounting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Travel, People, Experiences, Opportunities, Training, Education

    Cons

    Hours, Hiarchy, KPMG was a very sink or swim organizaiton.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Equal amount of enjoyable and dreadful days.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    More independence once you become a Senior. Flexibility.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours during final audits. Work load can be based on how much the manager participates and takes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show all levels of staff respect, treat them with dignity, and don't push manager/partner tasks onto lower level employees. This creates an enjoyable environment where the team feels valued and respected and therefore will work harder and more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Undervalued in Lisle.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate  in  Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I gained experience in sales and use tax compliance while working for a Big 4 firm.

    Cons

    LOTS of turnover since Feb. 2012. I know of interns at smaller firms that make more than our Senior Associates. The work is redundant. Doesn't "feel" like you work for a Big 4 firm (no interaction with partners within SALT or employees in other service lines. Not a diverse office by any means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation, become more involved in the career planning of Associates and Sr. Associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The ability to move horizontally across functions with relative ease allows for great opportunities to build your resume and business skills.

    Cons

    Long hours of work on overly demanding mid market clients. Constantly dealing with fee and budget pressures. The upper management doesn't appear to have the best "go to market" skills. Lots of direct entry partner hiring leaves you to question the financial health of the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    audit manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great work experience valued by all industries

    Cons

    inconsistent hours between co workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    No Work/Life Balance and No Appreciation = Time to Quit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -5 weeks of PTO and at times, flexible schedules
    -Learn a lot of technical skills in a short amount of time

    Cons

    -Work/Life balance does not exist. I worked in the Real Estate Tax group and management expected you to be available to work at all times, such as midnight in early November. When you are not in busy season, they will loan you or your support out to another group so even when you are supposed to have a 9-5 type of schedule, you do not. I believe a lot of this has to do with the partners getting pressure to keep everyone's utilization up
    -Zero appreciation for the work you do
    -No communication regarding staffing or changes within the group
    -Almost everyone below manager absolutely hates their job
    -No action is taken on feedback; they do not care about workplace satisfaction because they will burn you out until you quit because there are 25 people willing to replace you at any moment
    -The lack of variable compensation for the people putting in the most hours is terrible, if there even is any
    -If you are valued within the group, they sometimes block you from transferring to another group or doing a rotation
    -Mixed messages regarding how to use the offshore team and the associates
    -Poor planning leads to the same people being overworked or underutilized. Essentially, the better performer you are, the more work you get
    -Related to the point above, the few good people in the group become frustrated and burnt out, and leave
    -The partners only care about the bottom line, so you hear a lot about firm/group performance. However, when the firm/group does well, you do not share in any of the benefits. Why should I kill myself for a modest salary without overtime to make money for other people?
    -The ratings system is meant to be a 5-point scale, with 1 being the top performers and 5 being the equivalent of a pink slip. However, in this group, only 3s and 4s are given. These low ratings impact compensation and ability to do rotation
    -There are no real role models in the group for non-management. All of management has been there for 10+ years and have a very distorted view. Additionally, there are no minorities and very few women in senior management
    -For such a large and profitable firm, the benefits are very mediocre, especially medical and the 401(k) match
    -The firm rescinds any 401(k) matching contributions to employees that leave before spending 5 years with the firm. I realize they don't want to pay it for short-term employees, but given the mindset of burning out your resources, this makes the 401(k) match non-existent for most

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to the Seniors and Staff. Their advice falls on deaf ears just because they are not management, but they are the ones in the trenches actually doing the work
    -If you are going to preach work/life balance to every recruit, you should actually practice it
    -Teach management better people skills. I'm not sure how, but it seems like the vast majority of management couldn't have a conversation with their spouse, let alone co-workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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