KPMG US

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KPMG US Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
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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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  1.  

    Great Global Firm with excellent opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Your career depends on your practice and most importantly the person you work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Team members can either provide great or horrible experience, but overall strong team community.

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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 (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
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  5.  

    Enjoyable!

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and decent hours most of the year. Graet people to work with and clear career ladder.

    Cons

    Work for first year associates can be boring and monotonous at times, but usually the day goes by fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased salary for audit associates out of good schools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, a good place to develop and advance your career.

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

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wide diversity of opportunities. Good training and continuous career development emphasis.

    Cons

    As a large organization, tends to be bureacratic. Computer technology is a bit clunky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good work, seasonal hours

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

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

    Pros

    Competent, professional coworkers, consistent promotion from staff to manager.

    Cons

    Seasonal hours spikes for busy season. Federal practice does busy season in the fall (Oct - Nov), then rolls onto commercial from Dec - March. A long time to be working 60-90 hour weeks.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, great exposure to clients.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    The big four will give you good exposure to clients in various sectors. Pay for out of school is right along other big 4. Much better time off than other big 4 (25 days per year).

    Cons

    Work / life balance as many others have noted. Audit seems worse than advisory in general.. but it depends on the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Tax Externship

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

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

    Pros

    Good experience for KPMG office atmosphere, unable to work with clients so of limited practical use.

    Cons

    Forgotten sometimes, often had so seek work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Gained a lot of experience in a specialized area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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