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  1. "Very prfofessional firm"

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    Current Contractor - Manager in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Manager in City of London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance; opportunity to work with different clients

    Cons

    work in the audit is sometimes routine


  2. "Good place to learn about many different industries."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Steep learning curve: You will get to learn a lot, about many industries
    2. Good work culture: The people are generally good to work with

    Cons

    1. No work life balance: They expect you to work all the time. And everyone seems to work all the time.
    2. Promotions and Bonuses: They are not very forthcoming with these, and the appraisals process can be a bit wayward.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees have a life beyond work. I know it's not much different at the other big fours, but please try and take the lead here.

  3. "It is great if you are a fresh graduate with a lots of energy and willing to work long hours and learn a lot."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in City of London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Knowledge transfer, you learn very quickly a lot more than anywhere else. The company culture is quite nice compere to other Big 4.

    Cons

    Sometimes you do not get a fair feedback and it is difficult to get promoted.


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    "Potentially good stepping stone - not a long term career choice"

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    Current Employee - Transaction Services Analyst in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Analyst in City of London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice new office, lunch allowance, colleagues are nice people, gives you something to do for the day, generally good level of feedback offered

    Cons

    Very little career progression, pay is very poor, bonuses insulting, often have unsociable hours which make a social life practically nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the way you treat graduate trainees, it doesn't pay to provide very little chance to develop skills. Encourage a greater level of delegation and stop those seeking promotions from hoarding work. Pay in line with your competitors, or you will lose lots of staff


  5. "1"

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    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in City of London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good people, only complian wud be avg salary compared to others..

    the best thing is definitely the culture and the ppl u work with

    Cons

    sometimes a bit hectic, difficult maintain work/life balance

    n very low bonuses

    Advice to Management

    reward performance more, improve motivation amongst D grades, promote more ppl, try and retain staff.


  6. "Great place to work - but be prepared to work hard !"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in City of London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    The overall culture is one of excellence - and it shows in everything that people do. You are always aware that others will be reiewing (and perhaps referencing) your work - so it breeds a desire to excel. The cuture is also an open one - that encourages people to share knowledge and where hiding knowledge is regarded as a bad thing. It's a fun, dynamic place to work that offers a whole host of challenging projects

    Cons

    It's a competative environment - so it's no place for shrinking violets ! The work life balance was non-existant, something that I believe has been addressed recently. Of course it has its share of politics - but then every place does.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your KM systems - knowledge sharing is good - but there is always room for improvement. Sharing data across borders can be to difficult sometimes


  7. "Great place to work - but be prepared to work hard !"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in City of London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Quite simply....the people ! The entire company seems to be staffed with very bright, enthusiastic people who all (well...most) have very high degrees of emotional intelligence. It's a challenging an rewarding place to work.

    The wide ranging disciplines can be really useful as well for those wishing to gain experience of multiple industry sectors. For some there is also an opportunity to travel - although this isn't all good news - it can mean long days travelling but you do get to see some interesing places, meet some fascinating people and experience new cultures and ways of working

    Cons

    The hours can be long...and you can be away from home for long periods of time. If you like your 9-5 job - then this isn't the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Harmonise your KM systems. Too many different systems were used for review, recording work, time etc. All a bit messy.


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