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KPMG US Reviews in Kuala Lumpur

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
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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.  

    Audit in KPMG malaysia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Work is full of life! In the Asian environment, audit attracts many young professionals - meaning most partners are young themselves.
    Most people are driven for success, whether on job or for the company as a whole - so it makes pretty much a positive environment to learn.

    Cons

    Being in the Asian market however, very often or rather work is more extensive and hence much longer hours clocked in.
    I remember certain times of the year i will be working 7 days a week, but i wasnt unhappy since there was always people around "fighting" with me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring talent may be one of the important factors, but retaining the right ones is certainly the harder ones.
    Take notice of those below you - for the ones who truely inspire will retain the same people who desires to do good in the firm.. inspirational pple might not be those that are truely magnificient in their work as remember you will always have the resource to train the knowledge, charismatic pple that attracts other pple .. that is harder to train.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lousy place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training, but only if u work under a fair and transparent leader. In my working duration there, they would really throw work at you even though your plate is spilling over. Over the peak period, I used to work from 5am to 2am, daily. Admin work are followed up at the junior / senior level, and even when staff pulls out from the job, he/she is required to follow up the file up to signing of accounts. On average, you would be given 1-2 weeks to complete field work. An accounts take approx 3-4 months from start to finish. Hence the files that you would be required to follow up for will accumulate quickly up to 8-12 files. I worked in PwC subsequently - following up of the file up to signing of accounts is usually done by the manager.

    Cons

    No transparent grading system. I know of someone who was recently not promoted from associate to senior due mainly to 1 exceptional case where there was no cooperation from the client during field work (client was not giving out information sufficiently and all the major information are held by the senior management of the client, which obviously needs the involvement of the manager / director of the audit firm to penetrate). The manager, director and partner did not take any steps in getting cooperation from client (such as set up a meeting with the client as information was not forthcoming), or at least escalate the matter upwards to the senior management of the client. After the allocated period for field work (usually short period of 1 week), the employee was allocated to other field work, and subsequently had to rush off for his study leave, which left him no time to complete another round of fieldwork (obviously this is required). The file, which was not able to be completed by this employee, became the reason the employee was penalised and denied promotion.

    Its a grievance to employees, with no proper quantitative grading system, where the employee's fate is left to the whims and emotional fancies of the director during that time.

    Also, the bonus payout over the years have not improved. I have interviewed many candidates from KPMG KL, most of them gets average bonus of 1 month.

    Also, the demographic of the employees consist quite a bit of chinese educated graduates as well as from local university. As such, communication skills of seniors and managers leaves much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favoritism and lack of objective decisions during the grading of employees will cost you good employees. I am very disappointed in KPMG after hearing my friend's case as described above. This friend of mine worked his heart out for the past year, weekends and late nights, yet he is unfairly treated. Its a blessing that my friend is well-to-do, but this was not made known to them, otherwise the treatment would be completely different as they are known to bully the weak and worship the well to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good exposure to various industries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    There is a steep learning curve and you are always put in a position where you have to learn or read up about something new. You will also be exposed to different industries, which would help you gain more insight about how other companies work and meet different people from different industries

    Cons

    The working hours can be exceptionally long and the workload can be rather large, especially if there are many projects coming in at the same time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management of employee - project ratio

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    kpmg

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    exposure to different businesses, work with different people , great starting platform

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, lousy promotion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting experience, great overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at KPMG US as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work at KPMG is versatile. As someone in audit, you learn first hand that you cannot rely purely on technical skills as soft skills is needed to work effectively within a team as well as building rapport with clients.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working here is that work can be quite draining. Corporate culture is not what I expected; there is an huge range of personalities within the company which makes it hard to fit in at times.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Public Accounting Firm in KL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Good Training ground for fresh graduates, team work

    Cons

    Long working hours; 100% commitment required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People centric will improve morale among staffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work - Work Hard & Play Hard!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work - Work Hard & Play HardClose knit family environment!

    Cons

    Limited exposure to outside home country!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Learn corporation tax

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Learn corporation tax and assurance auditing

    Cons

    Over time unpaid, polities in office too strong

    Recommends
  10.  

    Very interesting experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Good community and friendly environment with the high level of experience in this working place. benefit for you to involve in other industry after leave the audit field

    Cons

    time is limited with family because the work load is too much with the dateline that we have to catch up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the high level of experience in this working place. but the title of auditor at KPMG is very important for people to come here and get the experience make improvement in their life

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Big 4 Accounting Firm in Malaysia with most diverse portfolio!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Deparments are not segmented by industries compared to other Big 4. Hence, will have a portfolio of multiple industries which will give you a broad learning base. In the later stages of your career you can also negotiate to focus on a few industries. Friendly and helful seniors in training you in areas your not comfortable with. Commitment to sports and social activities by the partners and managers.

    Cons

    Like the other Big 4, you will experience long hours. During off-peak periods (Apr to Sep) you will be going home at 6-7pm on average. During peak periods (Oct to Mar) you will be going home at 9-11pm on average. Although most seniors are helpful their management skills tend to be bad in not knowing how to allocate assignments to juniors. Hence, in certain areas your doing more than is required and there is uneven work hours within the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the seniors in management skills in particular work allocation and monitoring too increase effeciency. Also encourage more meetings and planning before an assignment so that seniors actually meet the partners expectatios as opposed to seniors overdoing work for fear they didn't do enough.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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