KPMG US Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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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. Great people and culture, different projects

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    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Tysons Corner, VA

    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

    The people are mostly down to earth.

    Cons

    Lower pay than other big 4

  2. Audit Senior Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours outside of busy season. Neat travel to clients and assignments.

    Cons

    Overlapping engagements at times. Could be paid more else where for same skill set.

    Advice to Management

    None - They have a great 3-5 year plan in place.

  3. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at KPMG US as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! The opportunities offered by this firm are amazing and you will learn so much during your time at the firm.

    Cons

    Busy season!. Be ready to put in 12+ hour days for a couple of months of the year. Pay could be better. Exit opportunities are more limited as you move up in the hierarchy,

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  5. Senior Associte - Advisory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Good for learning new things

    Cons

    Long work hours and stringent

  6. Senior Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG US full-time

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

    Pros

    At KPMG, you'll be exposed to many high-profile clients, the exit opportunities available to you are vast, and you'll be given lots of responsibility.

    Cons

    Depending on your client, the work-life balance of your group may be terrible and you many need to work many late nights.

    Advice to Management

    I'd make sure that each client is staffed appropriately with the correct number of staff needed for the project.

  7. Great Opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Work Functions, Team Building

    Cons

    A lot of work to go aound

    Advice to Management

    None, thank you for asking

  8. Helpful (4)

    Better than I thought it would be... We were acquired by KPMG, and I wasn't sure I'd like, but I'm staying.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, and they delivered on promised variable comp in high-performing business units for those who met their target goals. They are definitely focusing on innovation over last couple of years, creating new solutions and providing new career path opportunities. They have a huge learning capability with high-quality training across an impressive array of industries, skills and methdologies. They are serious about continuing education for employees they make time and provide content. Some of it is pedantic, but a lot of it is really great. They are taking steps to overcome their stifling paternalistic culture and shift to a more diverse-friendly, performance based and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    There are still large pockets of the organization stuck in the traditional, hierarchical, stuffy model where the partner thinks he is a god and those who want to advance their careers act like they agree with him. There is still a disturbing lack of diversity in top leadership. And if you don't like continuing professional education, don't come here - you will have to do a ton of online training initially and then hit heavy annual credit hours each year plus a super-target every 3 years. Also, you are significantly constrained on your investment portfolio, more so the further up the chain you are. And you could be required to immediately dump stock, an investment firm or your mortgage provider etc. if they become an audit client of the firm.

    Advice to Management

    We appreciate the motions you have made and the toddler steps you have taken, but we can't take you seriously until you actually walk the talk and address the lack of diversity at the very top of the US organization. Crunch the numbers and face the truth. You need to address gender-based salary inequities, failures to promote based on merit rather than old boy networks, failures to hire, support, and groom top talent from under-represented groups - women of color as a prime example. (I am not part of this group but it's obvious to anyone they have very limited presence except at the bottom layer of the organization.) You have some encouraging initiatives like KNOW but you need to get real and address your vanilla leadership profile. And, please - it's time to tell your high-visibility bad apple partners to shape up or ship out. You know who they are - and so do we.

  9. risk consulting intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at KPMG US as an intern

    Pros

    good opportunity to learn accounting knowledge

    Cons

    may lack of training opportunities

  10. Sr. Associate Risk Advisory

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG US full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to start your career, different projects and lots of exposure

    Cons

    Preach work life balance, but its not always practiced by management

  11. Audit associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    focus on teaching employees and their development

    Cons

    Long hours during business season

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