KPMG US Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
3,031 Reviews
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Pros
  • Good job security, decent work life balance except during Tax Season, good benefits (in 182 reviews)

  • Great place to start work if you want to see a lot of different things (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 418 reviews)

  • Work long hours especially during busy season and political work environment (in 470 reviews)

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  1. 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 for more than a 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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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  5.  

    Okay but not a career for me in the long run

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty cool people
    Big firm perks

    Cons

    The oldest technology and office I have ever seen (but they are moving to Aon in June/July 2012)
    You never know your schedule.
    I always seem to be working more than other associates.
    Not a very flexible schedule since you have to work on manager schedules and some like to work 24 hours a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a life so you aren't working all the time, then your staff and seniors won't feel like they have to work all the time and maybe they would enjoy their job more

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Demanding environment with rewards

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Pros

    Working with good people doing interesting work that is usually appropriate to your level. The High Performance Culture makes it such that you can't be a habitual underperformer and stick around. Tools aren't usually top of the line but are good. Still part of the big 4 but people and partners seem nice and genuine.

    Cons

    Very demanding environment in what is a very lean organization. Hard to achieve any work life balance at any level of the organization. New office layouts are terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many competing and contradictory priorities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    senior associate

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    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    great company, very good projects

    Cons

    too much turnover. underassign for the projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People first

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to start, but value measured in hours, not innovation

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to interact with big-name clients, people are relatively intelligent for the most part, nice to be a part of a huge young workforce

    Cons

    Although most people are smart, the value-add of most associates (and even seniors) is the ability to sit down, shut up, and not ask to go home. Many times, especially during busy season, where poor planning by senior associates (i.e. 25-28 year olds) leads to "fire drills" at the end of audits. Little buy-in from managers, partners, etc. and low compensation for hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on par with other Big Four, lose the "old boy's network" attitude at the top (it's an accounting firm after all)

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Get experience and get out

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    High turnover allows for the early promotion

    Cons

    work life balance doesn't exist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage human capital, as people drive the business

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Where Seniors are disrespected

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Benefits. Still a Big Four unfortunately for many of us

    Cons

    Dont bring ethic issues up or they'll fire you, they have no values. Managers ridicule employees.
    Management highly immatured and unpolished. It took approx 8 years for mgmt to get there but they expect that you get it in 3 months, even if you strech yourself, they will lie on your performance eval and your career will be out the door. Make sure you act dumb, that way they will keep you for years. Mgmt is insecured and in most cases uneducated. Say NO to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What a destructive management, please dont destroy people's career, you have no right to. Shame on your performance evaluation system. Thanks to that as many intelligent and smart people are out the door in this tough economy and not finding a job. Arent your immature middle managers enough to make life hell for employees?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A lot of hours and great experience; you get a lot of exposure to different clients and a lot of responsibility.

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    It is a great experience, and you learn a lot as you are given so much responsibility right of the back. They take care of you well, but expect you to work a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    Overtime is always expected, and there seems to be an unbalance of workload accross associates at the same level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re assess workload to employees on the same level. Some seem to be doing a lot more work than others.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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