KPMG US Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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  1. Great place to build a career and grow your network.

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    Current Employee - Director Advisory in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director Advisory in Washington, DC

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Great environment to build a career. The firm has an awesome training program and it offers virtual training year around. It's a globally recognized firm.

    Cons

    Demands long hours resulting in poor work life balance. The politics can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to a better job at defining a career path to the partnership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    KPMG was a great place to start my career - it helped develop me as a professional and opened a lot of doors.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    - Fast career progression
    - Room to take on as much responsibility if you like
    - Good work-life balance
    - Strong mentorship programs

    Cons

    - Lots of travel (M-Thursday)
    - Not everyone is an all-star or motivated to be an all-star

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture your star performers. Listen to their needs and give them the opportunity to grow in different directions rather than the standard career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Case study in Bad communication

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

    only one or two nice members of leadership but spread too thin; too many toxic ones

    Cons

    Team leads are inexperienced and all level of management doesn't communicate well. Instructions on tasks are vague or assignee does not receive all the necessary files or tools to complete the assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your leadership to communicate and treat their subordinates better (including subcontractors)--need to learn processes and are scared of team members that are more knowledgeable than they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Arrogant, delusional, incompetent and corrupt organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Audit in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Audit in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    you get "Big 4" public accounting experience on your resume.

    You also get plenty of experience dealing with difficult and demanding clients. As in, clients who

    Cons

    overbearing, draconian, corrupted management

    Accountants who believe they are god's gift to humanity (these people truly think they are on the same level with brain surgeons and mechanical engineers)

    EXTREMELY political internal networking (have to pucker up and kiss the right behinds to get ahead)

    Lots of 1st year associates sleeping their way up the career ladder (physical favors provided to partners in exchange for promotion and cushy job assignments) gotta give a little head if you intend to get ahead

    There are lots of cronyism and mafia like atmosphere (like house of cards or the godfather). Politics will trump Merit every time. Also lots of fraternity type of behavior (big schools have a strong social network here. If you don't belong to an a major alumni association then you will never truly fit in). Diversity is big so you had better have some diversity in you to make it in the big leagues

    Partners think that 3-4 hours of sleep per night is plenty for seniors

    If you think that the big 4 oligopoly is your dream job think again. There is going to be another major accounting scandal in the near future ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merge with Deloitte, they are very similar to this cutthroat business culture, where everyone throws their people under the bus just to get ahead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Not a bad place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Lots of freedom. Work from home. Flexible schedule. Challenging and fun project work in the digital space. Great office culture. Forward thinking management. Lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Can be a lot of travel. During proposal crunch there can be evening and weekend work. There can be a lot of redcap for day to day work and some of internal systems are way out of date and a pain to use.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great Global Firm with excellent opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at KPMG US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was on the advisory side so I can only address that part of the firm. Top tier professional capabilities and some of the top minds in the business. Excellent opportunity for intra-firm assignments both in the U.S. and internationally. The KPMG brand name (and, all of the Big Four for that matter) provides instant credibility in the U.S and international public sector consulting space. During my time with the firm, I had the opportunity to run very interesting engagements and reside as an expat in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Great pay if you are incentivized properly and are successful. The KPMG brand will help you win business..

    Cons

    Even as a senior individual, beware of the dreaded "on the beach" mindset as those without an engagement for cover have very short lives at KPMG. Senior folks often take credit for hard work more junior staff actually perform. Every large firm/company has a pecking order and MDs and partners think they are masters of the universe when their importance may be meaningless outside of KPMG itself. RIce bowl mentalities sometimes get in the way of innovation and creativity. Some practice areas are far more dynamic than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to motivate and incentivize junior staff for senior client-facing engagement and practice leadership. KPMG provides great training to staff so the firm wants to retain that investment and excellent personnel. Treat staff well as there are numerous former junior consultants who have gone on to build and run large successful companies after their KPMG experience. If you want them as clients in the future, make sure that they value their KPMG experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. It's What You Make It

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Advisory in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Advisory in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    KPMG is one of the best places to launch your career. There are numerous opportunities to try different projects within the firm, so you never really have to leave. The benefits aren't perfect, but they are good. KPMG prides itself on having a "high performing culture," which means you are constantly encouraged to push yourself to the next level. Fortunately, there are countless resources to propel your career. KPMG provides excellent career coaches, training programs, and diversity initaitives. You are encouraged , but not required, to help with recruiting programs. When your inevitable busy season begans, you are given many perks to help ease the work/life balance. With few exceptions KPMG employees are genuinely nice, smart, and professional.

    Cons

    The compensation is a joke, which is typical of Big 4 Firms. Although there are many opportunities in the firm, it can be difficult to move to another project. (KPMG leadership recently established a transition assistance program to address this concern.) The busy season can wear you down; even if you work in Advisory, expect to have a busy season. The engagement reviews and compensation process is a big mystery, because it seems that your success/salary is contingent on your partner's mood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to transition to different projects more easily.
    Hold partners accountable for rewarding/compensating their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Your career depends on your practice and most importantly the person you work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    If you make the right connections, this can be a great place to advance your career. There is a strong emphasis on work-life balance, but only to an extent. The pay is okay, but raises can be pretty weak. Your best bet is to get in high and not expect huge jumps in pay every year.

    Cons

    When you get beyond Manager it gets a little difficult and more political in terms of promotions, etc. If you don't work for the "right' person you might get stuck on projects where you're not doing what you came there to do - sometimes for years. The person you work for needs to be able to sell the work you want to do - without that it can be a very difficult place to work. The one thing that bothers most employees is the vacation situation: you've given a good amount of vacation but it is "use it or lose it". You can carry over a certain amount of hours but that's it. Sometimes your in a position where you can't take vacation and you end up loosing it. It's not fair. You earned that vacation if you can't take it there should be a way for you to at least get paid for it. Obviously you need to look at individual cases but if someone is billable for 12 months and wasn't able to take their vacation - they should be paid for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some partners that probably shouldn't be partners. The best way to figure out who those partners are - is to see which partner has the most turn over. Look at everyone from administrative staff to client service personnel, you'll find the ones that can't keep a admin are probably the ones you really need to look at. You've got great talent at the manager and director level - maximize that by paying them more than what you think the market is. Don't compromise on bill rates, leverage the firm's reputation and demand the most from the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Team members can either provide great or horrible experience, but overall strong team community.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisory Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The time off is great - 20 to 25 days per year, plus 13 Holiday. There is also separate volunteer leave. Some flexibility depending on work group. Lots of money to spend on parties and team events.

    Cons

    The senior of the project can make or break your experience here. Some are only out for themselves, and it seems like the people who complain the most get what they want. But others are great. Some projects have no work-life balance, don't always care for personal life, but again, depends on the specific lead of the project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place to work if you like big 4

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you lik big 4

    Cons

    too many long hours, esp in audit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut dwn on te amunt of hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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