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KPMG San Jose Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn, not a great place for a balanced lifestyle"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    - great mentorship
    - great learning environment and constant opportunities for growth
    - extremely structured and great resources globally

    Cons

    - no work-life balance
    - will place employees on multiple audits in 1 year so there is no down time


  2. "Great place to start career, but don't stay over 2-3 years."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers
    - Out of Big 4, they seem to care about work life balance more
    - Good hours (in Risk Consulting)
    - Great benefits (25 days PTO, 401k matching)
    - Good training (especially for data programs if you take advantage)

    Cons

    - You are just a number. They will put you where they need you, irrespective of your skills and interests.
    - Partners become protective of resources
    - Utilization is #1 metric of your worth
    - Salary increases dependent on firm's performance, better to increase your base by going elsewhere then boomeranging back

  3. "Audit Associate"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Work/life balance virtually non-existant, below market salary, no regard to leadership or management skills

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone has been around a couple years and gets promoted to Senior does not make them necessarily a good manager. The entire focus of the job is on technical skills, people only treat you like a laborer, and morale is extrememly low. The Silicon Valley office is known for being extremely disorganized, and engagements often go past deadline and can cause stress with the client.


  4. "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 5 weeks PTO, east coast trainnings

    Cons

    Too much politics and no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Implement ideas not only talk about them


  5. "Financial report audited"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big 4 accounting firm's experience is a plus for job finding and the experience of reviewing different companies' financial and operational date is crucial for my knowledge of different industries

    Cons

    Multitasking is required for most of time. It could be very overwhelming sometimes. In addition, working over time is very common and it's hard to find the balance between life and work.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Decent company for mobility; archaic in policy, culture, and environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary was decent but not great, mobility options are reasonable in the advisory practices; accounting advisory and change mgmt partners are above average in industry .

    Cons

    Several service lines are far behind the other firms; Culture heavily favors Partners leaving remaining employees to feel powerless of their own career path.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to tenured employees regarding conduct of new partners; improve culture to encourage unbiased upward feedback; work to identify acts of retaliation by partners for honest employee feedback.


  7. "Senior Associate - Audit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture of hard work and growth. Definately a great place to start if you are interested in entering accounting.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, and pay was low.

  8. "Good Place for Career Growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging Work Assignment
    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Business can have lean time and that effects the Variable pay of employees


  9. "Great place to learn - lots of opportunties"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented hard-working tax people, focused on client service

    Cons

    Sometimes administrative tasks can be challenging - systems are improving. Firm should keep moving forward on coordinating systems.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good communication and teamwork between partners going


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Initial Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Firm has been an excellent learning experience and positions for growth are numerous

    Cons

    Firm is the smallest of the Big Four and more aggressive individuals willing to do the hard work is required to keep up with the competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting from within.


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