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KPMG Germany Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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  1. "M&A intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - M&A Intern in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Intern - M&A Intern in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Large team and great dealflow
    - Supportive and smart co-workers
    - Exposure to senior level from very early on
    - Work-life balance could not be better in M&A
    - Perfect to gain first M&A experience

    Cons

    - Poor benefits
    - Senior people can be tough
    - Little formal guidance at the beginning


  2. "Company does not always keep their promises"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Intern - Intern in Hamburg (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly people
    - Good working hrs (in comparison to other consultancies)
    - Big4 Brand

    Cons

    - High employee turnover rate resulting in not so good working environment
    - Promises are being made which are not kept
    - People focus more on their work and care less about supporting others

  3. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work Global and international.
    Good HR department. You will learn a lot of methods and techniques. Great equipment. Cool events.

    Cons

    Partners only support their own people. So, if you want to work here, find yourself a partner. Long working hours.
    Personal issues will not be interesting for partners. If you get sick due to work and stress, don't look for attention.

    Advice to Management

    React better and faster on discrimination


  4. "Senior Associate at KPMG"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

    Pros

    good social benefits
    interesting projects in international companies

    Cons

    severe hours of work (>10 per day)


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    KPMG is an international, well-known company. It is a rather good name on your resume and opens up many opportunities in your later career. Processes are rather fast. Professional manner. Good clients.

    Cons

    Felt KPMG had among the steepest hierarchy I've ever seen in a corporate, everything is formalized and standardized which gives you little room to bring your ideas in.
    Further Cons:
    -low salary
    -no training
    -low work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Cherish and train your people more. Try to remove barriers regarding bottom up communication. Try to reduce hierarchy thinking within the organization.


  6. "Great from skill building, IF you are analytically talented"

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    Former Intern - Del Advisory in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Intern - Del Advisory in Hamburg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG as an intern

    Pros

    Worked in the Deal Advisory Due Diligence department
    - great exposure to different industries and projects
    - some nice co-workers and team commiseration
    - skill building in Excel, deep company financial analysis
    - good internship salary

    Cons

    I need to say first that this internship helped me discover I am not made for Finance roles, so my experience was not very fun. I chose the wrong division in the company and paid the price. Working on strategic projects would have been a better fit. However, one thing independent from that is the work culture. Working late was demanded even when people had nothing to do throughout the day. Face time was a strong factor in how our performance was viewed and feedback was given extremely directly and not always in the "teaching" style that would make it last. Partners greatly contributed to a fear-culture although I will say that other departments did not have this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Work to train your Managers to absorb the pressure from their bosses and communicate more constructively with their reports. Managers shouldn't scorn or increase pressure at interns and Associates just because they are stressed. Invest in your people and the results will be better. Also communicate more honestly with clients up front so not every project ends up being a 5 AM submission.


  7. "Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG full-time

    Pros

    Learning Curve / Variety of Options

    Cons

    Salaries not at a market level

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitive salaries to management consultants

  8. "Solid internship with broad opportunities"

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    Former Intern - Valuation in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Former Intern - Valuation in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diverse tasks, exposure to senior managers, good integration into the team

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy, high level of bureaucracy, work environment is not really dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucratic interaction between employees


  9. "KPMG Germany; place for a 10 hours per day"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity to network (170,000 employees)
    - Working hours are somehow balanced
    - Switching between department is rather easy

    Cons

    - responsibilities are not clear
    - not easy to try offices in other countries, because of their legal structure
    - projects are local
    - only strong in the financial services industry based on their audit history
    - pay structure is rather low
    - lots of unclear politics
    - in the German practice is very local, very few global projects

    Advice to Management

    More organisation structure need to be put in place. Also, potential projects and engagements can be won if aligned with other member firms


  10. "Good but still improvable work stie"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Cologne (Germany)
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Cologne (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Will to improve scientifc and social skills.

    Cons

    Too hierachical conservative management structure

    Advice to Management

    Very good responsability for fellow colleagues


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