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KPMG US Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 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.  

    Excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisory Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Significant career potential for the moderately intelligent who hope to overachieve

    Cons

    Completely arbitrary performance review system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give more than lip service to concepts of teaming and High performance culture

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work mostly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Open culture, very diverse, lots of room for growth to a certain point. Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance.

    Cons

    Although they push for a strong work/life balance it isn't always possible with shrinking budgets and growing work loads. Also, nepotism is alive and well and causes issues in many support areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Usual Big 5 Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    1. Brand Name
    2. Hundreds of Templates
    3.

    Cons

    1. All works are named as Assessment, Assistance, Help
    2. They never do any work other than producing Powerpoints
    3. Promotion/Growth are just related to how close you are with Mgt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Networking opportunities, ability to interact with various clients, international opportunities, 25 paid vacation days

    Cons

    Work can get boring after x number of years, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ability to move internally should be an easier process, more recognition for employees hard work

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people but the consulting group isn't organized the pay is low

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I met some very talented people and learned a lot in a short time span. The firm is getting better and there is increased opportunity for international rotations and working on internal strategic initiatives. Also there is a plenty of opportunity for alternate travel. I went to Hawaii, UK, France, Mexico, and all over the US.

    Cons

    There a lot of engagements where hundreds of people are basically outsourced labor performing tasks like document review. The firm makes a ton of money on these. Stay away from the financial services practice because that is mostly what they do. Some of the partners are very passive aggressive so make sure you meet your partner and like him. The pay is usually about 15% less than other consulting firms and KPMG moved to a 3 year promotion requirement where almost all employees are required to stay in their roles for 3 years....that means your salary barely increases at all for 3 years out of school. NO THANKS! Also the pay bumps are smaller than normal and bonuses are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better. The staff are 100% utilized and you are making between 60-70 % margins on us, we deserve to get paid more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Average to above average pay, good atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    For at least what I do, salary is competitive, they are flexible (my husband needed to move and they are allowing me to work from home for the most part), great benefits

    Cons

    Things are slow to get done (like promotions) a lot of red tape for promotions especially director to managing director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making arbitrary requirements for promotion if it's not consistent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Former Administrative Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    For accountants, it's probably a great networking environment, and has great opportunities for working on many different projects. Perks can very by department.

    Cons

    The most conservative of the Big Four. Very rigid in structure, rules, processes. Some crazies and some good people mixed like any other firm. It's a crap shoot.

    Ridiculously low pay for the amount of work admins are required to do, and very slow promotion opportunity. Reporting structure to third party manager complicates matters unnecessarily making work goals unrealistic to actual needs. The Administrative Manager says you need to do this, but the people you work for say do that. When the left hand and right hand don't jibe, you are caught in the middle and there's no way to please two masters. A recipe for failure if ever there was one.

    Admin hours are 9-5, and overtime is frowned upon with extreme prejudice. Meanwhile, their intranet has SO MUCH information buried everywhere that it takes months to learn your way around. Then there are a bunch of required programs and educational modules that must be passed within the first 30 days, but that shouldn't interfere with your regular work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the third party management structure for admins. It says a square peg must fit in a round whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Miserable

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing really positive to say.

    Cons

    Horrendous leadership, highly political, outdated services and technology, bare essential benefit package. Work life balance is non-existent. 80 hour weeks are expected with little to no praise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate 50% of mid-level to executive management in Montvale, NJ. Harry Moseley and John Veihmeyer are clueless inbeciles who are driving KPMG into oblivion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Great Brand Equity
    - Great team members

    Cons

    - Average health benefits
    - Low to no work-life balance (based on the group you work in)
    - Low Salary increments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve the employee review process in the Advisory practice as it is focused on a few negative incidents on engagements.
    - Engagement Directors/Managers should also get feedback from people whom they are reviewing
    - Match skills of a candidate to the engagement they are being placed on for the candidate to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management needs to be refreshed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate IPBR in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate IPBR in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy work
    Some good trainings
    Some good qualified individuals

    Cons

    You are based on one metric which is how chargeable you are. The advisory practice is a national level practice and you can put on any projects throughout the country, but they have such lazy unqualified resource managers who dont know what skills match the individuals with the projects and therefore most of the time you would just sit on bench without work. Senior management also doesnt help in anyways allocating you into projects. But every year end they judge you on how many hours of work you have put in and not on your performance. If you do get lucky and get onto a project, you still cannot claim the allocated hours because of no work in the project.

    The only way to survive here to be a bootlicker to your manager. There is absolutely no personal or professional growth, you do not get opportunity to work in different areas or industries as they promise during your interview. Increased politics, you will only get promoted if you are one of the partner/Sr managers favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cant base someones performance when you cant bring in business. Please change the way your review people based on performance and not changeability alone as each practice works in different way and also hear from staff because ultimately it is the staff who does all the work and not the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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