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KPMG US Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
3,168 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance (in 192 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career but would not recommend staying long term (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 457 reviews)

  • Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance (in 502 reviews)

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  1.  

    Equal amount of enjoyable and dreadful days.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
  2. 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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5. 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 (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
  6. 10 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 (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unorganized HR - Good Consulting

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    For Consulting -- Easy to work, good people around, lot of things to learn, work-life balance

    Cons

    HR doesnt know a lot about internationals. Visa/PR is a problem. Staffing is not organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better practises from other company to up the utilization will help everyone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    KPMG a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Variety of work; staffing capabilities; work life balance

    Cons

    Experience of senior management with certain industries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great vacation benefits and offer a Pension plan.

    Cons

    Issues with their hiring selection and their an-equated promotion policies. Also very slow through the interviewing process sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of compensating employees who are exceeding above expectations. So you don't loose quality workers.

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

    Overall great experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial culture with great people that respect the work/life balance. At KPMG you control your own success or lack thereof.

    Cons

    Very entrepreneurial means it can get stressful at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Audit Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed all of the people that I got to know. They put on a lot of fun events and provided a large network.

    Cons

    The work that interns are given can be pretty mindless. They treat you nice it just isn't work that is always all that interesting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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