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KPMG US Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
3,147 Reviews
3.6
3,147 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Digital and Mobile Services

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager
    Former Employee - Advisory Manager

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

    Pros

    KPMG has a generous training budget, provides decent benefits and 25 days of PTO although some of that is used for mandatory time off at Christmas.
    Some of the divisions of the firm seem hungry to embrace new capabilities such as design and agile software construction.

    Cons

    KPMG acquired Cynergy Systems to become a player in the digital and mobile services field in March of 2014. The problem is, the firm, whose foundations are tax and audit, is the last place anyone looking for a great mobile app would call.

    Rather than retaining the Cynergy brand as a KPMG company and leveraging the skills, passion, and knowledge of the experience agency they acquired, the partners are instead trying to remake the creatives and technologists into interchangeable firm resources that can be plugged in as generic management consultants outside of DMS. The firm has all of the overhead and regulation associated with a giant audit and tax company and a culture where "Jeans Friday" is a big thing. The partners who drove this acquisition do not understand, value, or promote high quality design, have no demonstrated capacity to produce usable software, and seem to either not understand or not care what motivates designers and technical wizards to produce experiences that massively exceed client's expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. The choices to dismantle Cynergy that are being made by senior (partner) management are deliberate and the messaging to "deal with it" is becoming increasingly clear.

    All that is left for now is to watch it come apart, and wait to see if a viable thing can be put back together from the pieces or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hard work has its benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are very young for the most part, as it is in the entire industry, and I consider many of them my good friends. You'll be able to interact directly with the client and often with upper management. National trainings are a lot of fun and the size of the firm allows you to do anything if you perform well and go ask for it.

    Cons

    Long hours and tight budgets and deadlines can be tough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to experience and learn new things

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management always listens what you want to do with your career. They will help you do what is best for you and supportive of having a work/life balance

    Cons

    You have to put in your time, long hours and scarfices are necessary at the start of you career, but it will be worth it in the end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    long hours but great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Audit Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    learn a lot; great work autonomy; intelligent and motived coworkers; structure promotions

    Cons

    long hours; not great pay

  6.  

    KPMG US

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time

    Pros

    KPMG offers wonderful opportunities for growing your career, and the people are nearly always awesome.

    Cons

    Depending on your service line, can be stagnant in the work exposure you get. Work life balance can be difficult.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, travel opportunities, quality of workplace, career opportunities

    Cons

    work life balance, lack of vacation opportunities, politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow your own rules

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great professional environment that challenges all. Good benefits and exception perks (i.e., summer jump start, extended Christmas holiday break). Alternate work arrangements for work-life balance is a major plus!

    Cons

    Not applicable. No negative comments to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not applicable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to start or end your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Name recognition
    Trainings/continuing education
    Big clients
    5 week PTO (if you're able to take them)

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance
    Pay is below humane in Audit practice but the same as the other Big 4

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    What a joke

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

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

    Pros

    You get a pay check

    Cons

    Blamed for managements inability to bring in business. Bonus is not comparable to the standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Limited experience as a staff auditor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Significant international presence
    Big 4 on your resume

    Cons

    Limited breadth of experience as a staff auditor and senior auditor as compared to other top 25 firms. I would expect this is would be the same at other Big Four as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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