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Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Senior Audit Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. "Excellent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is Key

    Cons

    The political structure is frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Make it less political and more about the employees


  4. "IT Audit Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - IT Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, networking opportunities, leaning client facing and project management soft skills.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, learning no transferable hard skills

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time in training staff on the job and help them see the bigger picture/how our service adds value, stop relying on annual training.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Racist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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).


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Advisory - Great Start to a Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite being the runt of the Big 4, you still get access to industry behemoths, great learning resources, and name recognition that can open plenty of doors. The Big 4 are pretty much the same in the incestual world that accounting / consulting is in, but KPMG attracts a good combination of bright individuals and scrappy state school kids - at least in Advisory. It's a good combination of interacting with some brilliant people and hard working professionals.

    Compensation is adequate. The salary is competitive and the 5 weeks of PTO (with it rolling over in CA) is great! Work-life balance is decent. You work hard and have some unpredictable hours, but if an event is important to you, you will most likely be able to make it.

    Overall, a great learning opportunity to start a career and learn a good foundation of accounting / financial analysis that can be used to transition elsewhere if desired. Not much incentive to stay longer unless you truly love the work and want to realize the pension / 401k benefits, but with the Bay Area offering so much opportunity, Big 4 doesn't seem to entice that many to stay long.

    Cons

    Compared to other Big 4, KPMG lacks in some benefits, especially health-related perks. The company is well aware that it does not want to be a industry leader in this and instead shows that it offers better 401k and retirement options. Great if you want to be a lifer, not so great if you are planning an exit before year 3 or 4.

    The culture in Advisory is something that doesn't inspire you to say longer than 2 years. Nothing really shows you that Directors and Partners care about you or your career aspirations. Managers and Directors that are social and awesome almost always have a foot out the door, leaving the mundane, less people-oriented leadership in place. But this is the Big 4, so turnover is high - especially in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Try to realize that you need a mix of good accountants and good leaders in the Director roles. Also, expense policies should really be relaxed on some aspects. If we are working investment banking hours or have to miss plans, expensing a coffee or snack shouldn't be pushed back. Consulting / Accounting will never rival Tech, but try to keep your employees somewhat happy when they are cranking.

  8. "Great firm to be part of"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "KPMG for the IT professional?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Good Place to Start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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