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KPMG Chicago Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work, but not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good learning, compensation, development, smart people, and the firm does genuinely seem to care about its employees.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be bad. Some groups (Deal Advisory) are very cliquey, which can influence your career advancement.


  2. "Chicago Tax Practice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice group of colleagues and mentor

    Cons

    Executives don't look out for their teams

    Advice to Management

    Promote tax leaders from within the Chicago office versus transferring them from other offices

  3. "Incoming Audit Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG full-time

    Pros

    People
    Team Leadership
    Exposure to different clients
    25 days of PTO for first year
    Great benefits
    Updated office

    Cons

    No paid travel time to client sites.


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    "Senior Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work experience, enjoyed working with my colleagues.

    Cons

    As is the case with any large organization, the bureaucracy can be tough to manage. It's a good long-term career for those who want this lifestyle and is a good stepping-stone for a good career in private industry


  5. "A great corporate culture primer"

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    Current Employee - Economic and Valuation Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Economic and Valuation Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Sink or swim experience is invaluable

    Cons

    Like a poker game but with your livelihood

    Advice to Management

    Tangible and TP hangout on at least a weekly basis. Intangible would do well to follow suit.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Take good care of their employees, reward them for their hard work. Culture is full of supportive people.

    Cons

    Long hours even beyond busy season


  7. "Good Place to Start"

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    Current Employee - EVS Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - EVS Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot quickly, highly respected company, many exit opportunities, upward advancement is clear, competitive and fast paced

    Cons

    Work long hours for most of the year, pay is not great, work is not always fulfilling

  8. "Associate Designer"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Senior Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KPMG as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People, Good Environment, Amazing Team Projects, Diversity

    Cons

    Fast Paced Environment, Large Corporate


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best I've seen"

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    Current Employee - Associate - Cyber Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate - Cyber Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO days out of the gate = 5 weeks. Best I've seen period
    Pension plan
    401k matching .5 for every dollar up to 5%
    Variable Comp = bonus each year
    Annually pay raise - assuming your alive and doing your job
    Great professionals working at KPMG. The nonesense of unprofessionalism is not part of our culture.
    Culture - We pride ourselves on being great and humble. People are great to work with and there is ALWAYS room to advance here. Don't let someone tell you that your stuck. Completely not true!
    Leadership is as transparent as its going to get. No surprises to the staff
    Medical insurance - normal rates for great coverage
    Compensation - Overall, I am well compensated. Retirement is secured with Pension plan and 401k(I've maxed it out) and everything else is gravy
    Work Experience - I work in Cyber Security Services, I get to work on various types of cyber security work. Not all of it is the glit and glam but it allows me to see the different domains of Security. Great experience and will pay off in the end absolutely!
    Christmas - we shut down for about 10-12 days. We don't use PTO for it :)
    PTO - we are allowed extended periods PTO, I take a month off using my PTO and travel the world. Where else are you able to do that? I have never heard of someone telling me that they can take off a month for vacation. However, I would assume as anyone climbs the ranks at any company or firm this will becoming increasingly difficult to do. So I'm making the best of it while I can.

    Cons

    Some projects are better than others :)
    Travel - if you work in Advisory, you will travel, period. Though, hotel points can be racked up very quickly. Free vacations if people are smart about traveling. Sometimes there is a need to travel Sunday night. Thats the cost of having a great career and working for a Big 4 Firm. I wouldn't quit because of it
    Pressure of consulting - you know what your getting into. It will either make you stronger & hungry or you will quit for various reasons. There is no middle ground.
    Work/life balance is alive and well here however, I gave it 4 stars because there are times you will travel at a moments notice

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. If anything, perhaps a little bit of relief for the medical insurance


  10. "Very good company"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    growth, smart people all around you

    Cons

    gets too pressuring at times


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