KPMG US

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KPMG US Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
3,171 Reviews
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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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.  

    Comparable intern experience with friends in the other Big 4

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    All your travel and overtime meal expenses are reimbursed. There is per diem. Pretty standard for a large, multinational firm like KPMG, but hey, it's nice to have so that you're not paying for business costs out of your own pocket.
    KPMG also gives full time Associates 25 vacation/sick days each year. This is addition to 8 days of firm holiday that everyone gets off.

    Cons

    Although the internship salary was comparable with the other Big 4, KPMG pays its full time Associates about 2k less than its competitors in the Big 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give full time Associates and Senior Associates to make it on par with your competitors.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tremendous amount of learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    You will always be learning on the job

    Cons

    Everyone around you are workaholics.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just another accounting firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    As a big four this is everything you expect, being a COG on the chain but the benefits that come with a massive institution.

    Cons

    You don't get the ability to truly understand how your role fits the overall project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All levels of management need to do a better job of acknowledging the grueling hours.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Start but Be Ready to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E-Discovery Management and Litigation Support in Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - E-Discovery Management and Litigation Support in Cypress, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    A lot of Industry exposure
    Surrounded by intelligent and competent people
    Good intra-organizational networking opportunities
    A lot of autonomy is granted within project teams so that ad hoc issues may be addressed as they appear

    Cons

    Very, very long hours
    Frequent work on nights and weekends
    Difficult to predict when client requests will come through
    Since our litigation support function exists within KPMG, it is difficult to get the umbrella company to address differences in the way our office works as contrasted with other areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More people from within the company need to get promoted to manager positions. By hiring most managers from outside the company, associate and senior associate morale can be damaged.
    Hard work should be rewarded with much greater frequency given the rather long hours and amount of night and weekend work that is performed.
    Upper management needs to be more cognizant of the industry trends to keep our function relevant in the next five years and beyond.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    knowledge, challenge, team woking environment, exposure to different industry, working with different people and team, core business of a company

    Cons

    very stressful, long working hours, tight deadline, inefficient working arrangement, bad team working environment if cannot get along with team leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the employees, more effective and efficient leading style, better client acceptance, higher compensation, more activities, encouraging flexible working arrangement

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Big Four - KPMG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to different clients. A great place to be if you are just starting your career. Great people.

    Cons

    A lot of office politics. Also, KPMG is the smallest big four among the other big four in Los Angeles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop piggyback of the other big four, be innovative and come up with its own idea instead of just copying ideas from the other big four.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    watch out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Intern in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Intern in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Is willing to accomodate those without pedigree degrees
    Open to listening to your concerns

    Cons

    If your not qualified to be a consultant this is the place for you.
    Very political
    Does not spend money on its employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will always be the 4th of the Big 4 if you dont start spending money on your most valuable resource....your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Overworked, very underpaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Deciding to go into accounting, I think KPMG or any of the other big 4 is the best place to be.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low for someone of my level. Because of that, my future job search is limited in the amount of salary that the employer is willing to pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. KPMG is designed to be a high turn over company and as such, the low pay facilitates that.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, you are there for the experience and not the salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    You learn how to be a professional, the training is fantastic and the networking opportunities are valuable. You get to join the Big 4 club and that stays with you for the rest of your career.

    Cons

    It is just grueling. There is a solid reason that people leave and turnover is high. The whole structure of the firm requires to over-work the staff and managers. It's tough for families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Public Accounting is beast and keep on trying to tame that beast. Thanks for the good times. It was real.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Review of KPMG Audit

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Good training and looks good on resume

    Cons

    Everything else - management are liars, reviews make no sense, performance evaluation process is unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have integrity and treat employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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