KPMG US Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
3,029 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good job security, decent work life balance except during Tax Season, good benefits (in 182 reviews)

  • Great place to start work if you want to see a lot of different things (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 418 reviews)

  • Work long hours especially during busy season and political work environment (in 470 reviews)

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  1.  

    Gained a lot of experience in a specialized area

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at KPMG US for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some of the brightest people around

    Cons

    proposal work is done on your non-chargeable time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer meetings please

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    KPMG is an excellent place with a great brand to begin your career.

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

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

    Pros

    KPMG is a huge company that performs a giant list of services to clients all over the world. Every Advisory team is unique, and pending that you find yourself on a team with a positive work atmosphere, you can really excel and learn a lot. It is a fast paced environment in which several opportunities arise as you gain experience within the firm.

    Cons

    Not all teams are equal. Some teams have a very competitive or negative aura that looms over them. If you are unlucky enough to join one of those teams, your only options are to either tough it out until you have enough experience to transfer to another team, or find a new employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate culture varies from team to team. Each Partner runs their team a little differently than the next. I cant stress the necessity of team building exercises, happy hours etc. Teams that do not invest honest time into these factors always seem to have the most tense culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Public Accounting

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

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

    Pros

    good company culture and personable staff, 25 days PTO

    Cons

    busy season and health care costs

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Low Salary and No work Life Balance

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

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The com pay is very diverse they hire people from all backgrounds, they are very family oriented, they provide exceptional training and they pair you with a career mentor within the firm. They have an amazing volunteering program and the PTO is 5 weeks if you are not stuck in multiple busy seasons.

    Cons

    Average work day is about 12 hours, clients are not efficient and effective, whatever practice you end up in you are stuck there for a couple of years. Salary could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers and Partners that actually contribute to the engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical Big Four

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Leadership is solid
    - You know what you're getting yourself into
    - Stability

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic processes
    - Compensation isn't top notch for the hours most people put in
    - Federal practice is very boring work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more mobility for Associates and Senior Associates, especially in the Federal practice. Technical skills are hard to come by when you're stuck on the same project for years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience, experience, experience, experience, experience

    Cons

    Long hours, late nights, stressful at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Definitely worth it based on the informal culture

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

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

    Pros

    Who you work with are extremely friendly people.
    Have a lot of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    It is really hard sometimes to have a personal life outside work. Some weeks are busier than others though so it is not that terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always stay true to the philosophies and values of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to launch your career in a tax/accounting profession

    Former Employee - Tax Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many resources available to assist in your growth, great people, opportunities to learn through extensive training, generous benefits and PTO

    Cons

    lack of strong leadership with line of business, high turnover within management, weak practice and no defined plan for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create measurable goals for growth within your practice, mentor and equip others for success

  10.  

    Sr. Executive Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    A great pool of very talented people and upbeat work environment! Lots of training opportunities and avenues to keep improving your skill sets.

    Cons

    If you are interested in becoming an admin. be prepared to be heavily supervised with very little flex time and no opportunity to work from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hired the best for your company and that includes your admin staff. Trust that we can manage ourselves and work as a team. We are professionals just like you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Full of young, brilliant employees

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Get to work with fantastic, intelligent coworkers
    - Trusted with real, important work right off the bat
    - More relaxed atmosphere than other Big 4
    - Great exit opportunities

    Cons

    - Long hours are expected, not rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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