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KPMG New York City Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. "Senior Audit Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name, some decent people

    Cons

    Some managers are not qualified to be managers--they're just the ones that were promoted because they did not quit. Pay at the entry and senior levels are abominable--I know people who work in the middle of no where, have not spent countless hours studying for a licensing exam, and did not pursue an additional 30 credit hours, that make more than I did. Bonuses are poor. Cannot relate to leadership. As many people know, the pay per hour in public, factoring in busy season, is ridiculously low. People going the BS Accounting/150 hour/CPA/Big 4 route should explore other career options. While an accounting degree is great, you can make much more money much faster outside of Big 4 with an accounting undergrad. One example would be working at a ratings agency and pursuing a CFA, or at a financial services company like AMEX, Capital One, or something similar. If considering a 5th year, consider a Masters in Finance. If MBA is in your plan, realize that while Big 4 can get you in, it's not the most efficient way--people working 40 hour jobs get into top programs. At the end of the day, do what you have to do, but don't limit your options.

    Advice to Management

    Pay Audit Associates and Senior Audit Associates better.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth and development. Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    As with any large organization, sometimes change will take some time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to demonstrate a commitment to our clients, people and doing things the right way.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Racist"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent perks, salary is ok (nothing special), jumpstart Fridays in the summer (you never jumpstart in tax) great culture and efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    Long hours
    Never ending busy season especially in Audit and Tax
    Disrespectful Seniors and Managers
    Lack of support from performance managers

    Advice to Management

    Make sure HR is more involved with practice decisions. Certain groups need to embrace people from different backgrounds instead of being prejudiced. Create a work/life balance across the board to eliminate the crazy turnover!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Necessary starting point but not a long term career for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of PTO (5 weeks) but with all the hours worked during busy season it evens out.
    Early leave on Fridays during the summer.
    Decent perks (i.e. summer outings, free gifts and food, yearly training in Orlando or other parts of the country, etc.)
    Some freedom to come in late or leave early and get up an go out for walks/coffee breaks.
    Work from home a few times a year.
    Locations all over the country and world so transfers are not so hard.
    Necessary to get good accounting jobs in the private world. Almost every place prefers Big 4 experience.

    Cons

    Busy season = no life.
    Really need to get your CPA to make it up the ladder.
    Too many administrative things need to be done in addition to your actual job.

    Advice to Management

    The Big 4 need to start modeling their culture after places like Google. Everyone works really hard and although they give lots of PTO and some nice perks, they really need to compensate for busy season by creating a better environment (i.e. gyms and other perks found at tech companies like Google).


  5. "Great firm to be part of"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm to be part of

    Cons

    Can suffer from being too big


  6. "Manager NYFS"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of exposure, great clients

    Cons

    long hours, some tasks are not very meaningful

    Advice to Management

    take care of your employees


  7. "KPMG for the IT professional?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of "stuff" happening, you'll never be bored. There is plenty of stuff to sink your teeth into.

    Cons

    Draconian change rules. Upper management second guesses everybody or simply keeps asking everybody they can until they get the answer they like. 50 to 60 hours a week is the norm, anybody working less than 50 hours is considered by the executive directors to not be pulling their weight.

    KPMG has figured out how to obtain a 2nd shift without hiring a second shift, by forcing all changes to start at 9pm, sometimes later depending upon the area. This is after working a normal 8hr day. You're expected to be at work the next morning for a day of conference calls and planing your next set of changes.

    Advice to Management

    Higher more people. Honor your pledge of a work life balance. Pay attention to the number of hours people are putting in.

  8. "Architect ( Ktech )"

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    Current Contractor - Architect in Montvale, NJ
    Current Contractor - Architect in Montvale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For Technology jobs- Above average US compensation , Perceived Brand name , Easy Tech interviews . Long Term Contract . offer employee status but may accept to contracts at high rates.

    Cons

    Legacy tech with very conservative ( aka old !) processes where Engineers may end up loosing skill set doing odd jobs . Architects are power point driven , very limited access to resources . beware of opportunity presented to you and ask right questions and check for red flags before you leave your current job. Contractor are valued much less than employee for project allocation , access to resources. very few ( 1 out of 50?) are converted to employee .

    Advice to Management

    Guess 360 review will help to expose the gap . ask why contracting is hanging in year after year( hint : lost the edge doing mundane thing for employee )


  9. "Conference Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conference Coordinator, Performance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Conference Coordinator, Performance Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company for any level of the personnel, good compensation as well as beneficial company culture. Impressive technical support.

    Cons

    Transparency between staff and management

    Advice to Management

    Providing constructive feedback and opportunities for improvements


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great out of college"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Auditor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Auditor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great vacation policy and initial training out of college

    Cons

    Lots of long hours. Grueling pace.


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