KPMG US Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Good overall experience, compensation and benefits could be better.

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Hard working people, good training programs, variety of business you are exposed to

    Cons

    Long hours, constant turnover, stagnant salaries, no work-life balance for a good portion of the year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great Company! Seek Employment!

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Excellent Pay! Great Bonuses! Great opportunities!

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance and a lot of overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great place to launch career & grow professionally. Workload can be draining, overwhelming, and stressful.

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    Current Employee - Associate - Federal IT Attestation
    Current Employee - Associate - Federal IT Attestation

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

    Pros

    The salary is great for a first job (although other Big 4's offer more), great place to start your career and grow professionally, lots of training and professional development opportunity, 25 PTO days a year (however many times too busy to use all of it), people are generally friendly, learn a lot through on the job training and experience, technology and work supplies readily available, get to travel to new places (sometimes rural) for client visits and see the U.S. Learn about many different technologies as you're exposed to many different IT systems from various client engagements.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is lacking especially during busy season. Typically 9-12 hour long days and not unusual for people to work on weekends. Mentor program needs improvement. Job can be very overwhelming and stressful especially during busy season. Very heavy client facing job and must build rapport and win over clients-lots of times they are wary of auditors presence and must build trust. IT helpdesk via phone is not always ideal for those who prefer in-person assistance when experiencing technology issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more senior associates in both the federal and commercial practices. It is frustrating for associates with limited experience to take on projects with little guidance, as management alone does not always have the necessary time to provide this to associates. Improve mentor program- allow employees to choose their own people management leader (PML) rather than initially assigning them one they may be less comfortable with than if they'd chosen their own. Scheduling needs improvement- allow employees to choose and manage the engagements they're rather than being assigned.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Management Consulting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities, competitive pay, very experienced senior leadership

    Cons

    Variable work schedule, possible to be pigeon-holed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. intern advisory

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    Former Intern - Intern Advisory in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern Advisory in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    the people I worked with were great. They were always willing to help. It can get very busy sometimes but during the summer it is pretty relaxing

    Cons

    They expect a lot from you so you must always do good work. There were some times where I had no work to do all day so it can get pretty boring even though those days were rare. You must satisfy the client even through tight deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My group was great, always responsive by email and always helpful. They are usually very understanding. I have no advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Amazing work environment and opportunity to grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Management Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Management Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The firm actually reciprocates your hard work and effort. Work/Life balance is amazing. Able to work remote several times a month. Jeans every Friday, and you are allowed to leave two hours early every Friday during the summer. The firm subsidizes your commute to work. Many opportunities to grow with the firm.

    Cons

    Must be mentally prepared to work long hours during busy seasons but it evens out year round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great leadership!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    KPMG US Response

    Mar 4, 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.

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    KPMG is what you make of it - you have to be a self-starter and really advocate for what you want.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Offers a lot of career development and opportunities to learn. Also, working for a big firm allows access to professional and social events that might not otherwise be accessible working for a smaller company.

    Cons

    Lack of stability and uncertainty of when/where the next project will be. Also, is not the most friendly atmosphere for someone new joining.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Every experience is different

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    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a certain certainty, that once you are liked by a manager, you will be growing within the firm well. Each engagement team is different, however, if you are on a big client, you will not have to look for another engagement again. You always have an opportunity to prove yourself. HR always will help you if you actually approach them.

    Cons

    Depending on the industry you are in (for me it was NY Finance), there is no work-life balance. The work takes on anywhere from 10-14 hours/day on average. Showing face and staying beyond a certain hour, if the manager is still at the office, is an unwritten rule. Though management will never tell you, they almost always judge your actions. On many occasions there is a conflict of interest between your engagement manager and your performance manager being the same individual. Teams that have a certain bond do not tend to accept "outsiders".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to avoid having favorites, because those people get bombarded with the most work, and therefore burdened with expectation to complete the work faster, thus possible decreasing the quality of work. Try to distribute work equally. Don't let your emotions get the best of you when reviewing work, and instead try to take different approaches at explaining what this work is.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great experience overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisory Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    Enphasis on Training and mentoring

    Cons

    The work was not challenging

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Work work work (work work work work)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory

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

    Pros

    You can find good teams and learn a lot, if you are given the time and opportunities to do so. If you find the work interesting, there is a ton of it to keep you occupied. It is possible to move between teams and choose assignments you're interested in or want to learn about, if you're politically savvy.

    Cons

    You can get stuck on awful teams and taken advantage of terribly if you can't stand up for yourself. This is everything. You may be worked to death regardless. There is no work/life balance. There is no division of labor. There are many "mission impossibles" that you just have to figure out with no information and will be blamed for if you're set up for failure. You have to learn to work the system if you want any hope of survival. Ridiculous expectations it seems like you can't say 'no' to. Big culture of kiss up/kick down. Big culture of passing the buck. Big culture of "p*ss on your leg and tell you it's raining". When something big comes in, practice is stretched thin (i.e. people get one way tickets to a client site and don't sleep for months) and turnover/burnout/lawsuits ensue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy those third and fourth homes/marriages we're all working so hard with no overtime to furnish you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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