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KPMG US Reviews in Minnesota

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
3,171 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.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life, people, management generally makes decent decisions which is always nice. Minneapolis office full of smart, hard working, and nice people.

    Cons

    Market prices make profitability challenging / not great branding in the market makes it tough

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    "Slavery"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Federal Tax Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Federal Tax Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent place for first job. Great formal and informal training ground. Extremely long hours. Very weak pay.

    Cons

    Most employees have very poor communicative skills. Working in the Minneapolis office the vast majority of employees are passive aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overtime pay is a must for low paying associates.

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

    Prestigious, but long hours, lots of stress, and lots of know-it-alls.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    You can learn to become very competent at auditing, tax preparation, or at another service by working in one of the firm's service lines.

    Cons

    Blame is a one-way street that runs only from the top to the bottom. If you go over budget in terms of hours as an underling, it's your fault irrespective of whether the budget was unrealistic to begin with, which it always is because issues will come up on every engagement, but no one ever takes that fact into account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like all for-profit companies, the firm's main goal is to increase revenues year-over year. To achieve this increase, the firm's business strategy is, to some extent, to earn money by volume, which it can only do spreading thin its resources . The firm, however, also expects perfect work product. If the firm made a priority of providing better client service by allocating more resources to each client, perhaps it would be able to achieve its earnings goals without sacrificing the quality of its work product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Modern day slavery

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good employment opportunities outside of public accounting after putting a couple years in.

    Cons

    Long hours and stuffy management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that work is not life for everyone just because it is for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you're young and ambitious

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

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

    Pros

    Obsessive focus on clients and business problems. A great way to learn about businesses across a number of industries. Work you like a dog but you learn a lot. KPMG hires smart and energetic people so you will be surrounded by interesting and stimulating co-workers who challenge you to come up with ever more creative solutions to clients' issues. Perhaps the most entrepreneurial culture of any Big Four firm. Great place to build a career if you are a self-starter.

    Cons

    Hard work and long hours, especially for management-level folks who do the proposal writing and backstop delivery. Occasional bait-and-switch with bonuses. Partners are stretched so thin that they are unavailable for important meetings. Lots of travel (could be a pro for some). Career paths are not well-defined (especially for those with superior technical skills) and it takes a lot of determination to get the guidance and training needed to advance and keep skills sharp. Budgets for external training are poorly defined and approvals are completely discretionary, which makes it difficult for staff-level personnel to get anything other than internal training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR and new performance management system (High Performance Culture) suck. Advisory University is a poor substitute for other types of training. Protect training budgets more: training budget is often available when everybody is busy and can't get to training, but it is the first thing to be cut when things slow down and people have more availability for training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Intern Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Well structured training programs, potential for growth, excellent networking opportunities

    Cons

    Not immediate feedback of performance, but this is really related to the personality of the co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, please pick the "buddies" that have coaching skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people but partners like to oversell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    great audit clients and good training... good learning out of school..great vacation and flexibility out side of busy season.

    Cons

    under staffed jobs, too many administrative duties and change is not managed. different templates to do your work every other day. sampling was a mess. did not let people move in the firm easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please dont under staff jobs by using the 'busy season' excuse. also listen to your loyal employees when then want to try something different and don't string them along with the 'one more busy season' excuse.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, good compesation overall, very easy to take long vacation, good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours of work sometimes, fastpaced,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with employees,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Provide a lot of encouragement to help build the market opportunity
    Provide a lot of freedom to focus on building career
    Actively involved in the community and encourage everyone to participate

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season
    Cut back on a lot of group/social activities due to firm-wide cost cutting during the recent downturn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on the market place and on providing career development opportunities

    Recommends
  11.  

    KPMG is a great place to start a career in accounting.

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    If you're sure that you want to pursue a long-term career in accounting then KPMG is a great place to start your career as it will provide you with endless accounting related opportunities. In general, the auditing profession provides you with a great opportunity to see many different companies and gain a better understanding of business. KPMG-Minneapolis has a great set of clients unmatched by the other big 4 firms in Minneapolis.

    Cons

    The profession has a way of pigeon-holing you into a career in accounting, so I would suggest starting out in industry instead if you're not certain that accounting is the path for you. The KPMG-Minneapolis works alot of hours which is a product of having a great set of clients (ie. always work to be done).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to implement a better system for resource scheduling (ie. all teams should work together for the greater good of the office).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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