KPMG US Reviews

Updated May 6, 2015
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Pros
  • Lots of days off - work life balance (in 192 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career (in 98 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is heavily slanted on the "Work" end of the spectrum (in 457 reviews)

  • Long hours especially during busy season (in 502 reviews)

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  1. Great comp and people, but long hours early in career.

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility, generous PTO, very strong earning potential later in career. Co-workers are generally among the best in the industry. Promotes quicker than the other Big 4.

    Cons

    It is public accounting and can be demanded, especially early in your career. Definitely not for people who are easily stressed or hate long hours.


  2. A great place to build a foundation for your career.

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

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy working with the people here. They are very helpful and easy to work with. If you are looking to get additional training there are plenty of opportunities and resources to fulfill that need. Perks are good, company values are great. The flexibility they allow for PTO and work-life balance is wonderful.

    Cons

    The compensation could be improved.

    KPMG US Response

    Jan 29, 2015

    We take pride in making sure our employees are taken care of. Thank you for your feedback and please let us know if we can do anything else.


  3. Good benefits, very high expectations

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    5 weeks PTO, pension plan, insurance rates, summer hours, some managers can be quite flexible

    Cons

    Too much focus on "team" working environments, the expectation that it is NOT just a job but a lifestyle

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone is cut for public and you know this. Therefore encourage the removal of how taboo it is to talk seriously about career opportunities outside of the firm. The networks that partners and managers have is incredible. So why can that not be used to help staff find better situations?


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Slavery"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Overtime pay is a must for low paying associates.


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

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

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Modern day slavery

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

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long hours and stuffy management

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you're young and ambitious

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Excellent Intern Experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Great people but partners like to oversell

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

    I worked at KPMG US

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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