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KPMG Edinburgh Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Director in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Director in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Equality, Diversity, professionalism, people, variety

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of depth, behind the curve

    Advice to Management

    Cut the bureaucracy and make it easier to hire good people


  2. "Good place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KPMG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Very good training and bright colleagues. Interesting wok and projects. Good exposure to large clients in all industries and a great place to start your career given the opportunities to network.

    Cons

    sometimes it feels difficult to navigate through the company and get in touch with the right individuals if you want to make a move to a different service line.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving for excellence. I would like to see a bit more interest from senior management in the development of the more junior people once said people have decided to try something different but want to stay within the company.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, decent pay for hours worked, good support from, colleagues, treated with respect

    Cons

    Have to take 3 days annual leave over Christmas, annual bonus terrible and goes down every year


  4. "Pay could be more competitive"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, friendly, lots of experiences

    Cons

    Pay to be more competitive, more broad engagements needed

    Advice to Management

    Pay review


  5. "Good with some buts..."

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    Former Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Joined audit department from university to train as CA. High quality training, generally highly motivated colleagues who are good company. Prestige name, good to say you work for KPMG.

    Cons

    Audit work can be very boring... Try to find a different department if you can but audit swallows large numbers of graduates. Presenteeism is rewarded; colleagues would swan around office doing very little all day but then stay late into the evening; they were promoted over those who got the job done and left at 5.


  6. "Great springboard & learning experience, but pay does not compensate for the hours required"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Diverse range of bright colleagues
    - Broad experience of different clients & good transfer opportunities
    - Great springboard into other roles once you have completed professional qualifications

    Cons

    - Very long hours (in audit, unsure about other areas)
    - Poor salary relative to the hours put in
    - As a graduate there is a deliberately high attrition rate - expect some peers to be identified as potential future partner material and most others to leave post-qualification
    - Lack of creativity in the role - extremely rigid structure in the approach to work

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more entrepreneurial thinking & give a little extra flexibility for people to approach work from different angles.


  7. "good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, good work life balance (compared to other employers), interesting work, have been here for 4 years and are enjoying it.

    Cons

    leadership often change corporate structure so i don't really know what team i fit in. recent promotions have been a joke, people who clearly aren't competent have been promoted. salary increases are determined a month after promotions and then backdated which is just stupid.

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    "Much better than I expected the Big 4 to be"

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    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG full-time

    Pros

    -Great training
    -Very understanding with personal circumstances: mental health problems, disability etc. Can't say enough good things about KPMG on this front
    -Exams policy has been relaxed so your job is not in danger if you fail some of your professional exams
    -Very supportive of parents (flexible working, generous maternity leave, etc.)
    -Decent hours, not usually working past 5 or 6 unless it's busy season (but then you'll probably have e-learning or studying to do when you get home)

    Cons

    -Seldom in the same location week to week, with very little notice
    -It's assumed that you want to eat as much sugar and drink as much booze as possible - expect to get drunk and put on a stone
    -So. Much. Admin.

    Advice to Management

    Try to cut out some of the bureaucracy. Your staff are already working long and hard without filling in endless forms and completing admin processes.


  9. "Competitive enviroment"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience and great exposure to interesting projects.

    Cons

    Cut-throat environment which keeps everyone on their tows and breeds mistrust among co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to push the more junior staff that hard.


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