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KPMG San Jose Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn, not a great place for a balanced lifestyle"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "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.


  3. "Good Place for Career Growth"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "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


  6. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Maximum exposure received, worked on a variety of projects, high learning curve

    Cons

    late working hours almost all round the year


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    "Initial Review"

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    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.


  8. "Resume Builder"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Resume builder
    Counts toward your CPA

    Cons

    worked 7 days a week until 10pm with NO OVERTIME for weeks straight
    zero work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and pay them overtime


  9. "Tax Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    More PTOs (25 days a year), flexible work hour, nice coworker, management with integrity

    Cons

    Lower compensation in Big 4, the gay is getting significant

    Advice to Management

    More compensation to employee??


  10. Helpful (1)

    "KPMG"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Advisory in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG (More than a year)

    Pros

    For younger people starting out this is a great job to get your feet wet and a great introduction to the work force.

    Cons

    For older established careers if you start at the bottom the hours can be too long and you will miss out on the social connections if you want to be at home with your family.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. It is what it is and most people know what to expect going in. Great place to learn how to negotiate bureaucracy


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Undervalued but given good opportunities"

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

    Pros

    -Early opportunities to lead and manage others
    -Constant flow of new projects
    -Lots of flexibility for working remotely
    -promotions occur on a consistent cycle
    -Travel Opportunities are ripe for some teams
    -Lots of talented managers and staff who make great coworkers

    Cons

    -Dramatically underpaid compared to industry and even other competitors. Management has realized a few years too late that this was the case and is now frantically trying to catch up. Time will tell if this is too little too late.

    -Overly protective management actively inhibits employees from pursuing new opportunities. Although there is a constant cycle of new projects, managers and directors will constantly prioritize their own work over letting associates find the projects that most interest them. This can even escalate to almost paranoid proportions. During my three years I witnessed multiple instances of associates being retaliated against for asking to work on different teams. Directors and Managers hold on to associates without any work for them just on the off-chance that a longshot proposal would lead to an SOW. Employees that left the firm to pursue other careers or business school were almost never spoken of in a positive manner.

    -Partners/Management are completely out of touch with reality. Although this is a Big4 stereotype at KPMG it's gotten significantly worse over the past few years. The best of evidence of this is the fact that we were the last of the Big4 in the Silicon Valley to adjust associate salaries. After this was completed there were no salary adjustments made to current employees. Year-end raises did not make up the gap as evidenced by the survey discussed in the point below.

    During the 2015 Employee Engagement survey this discrepancy was highlighted to management and they chose to ignore it in favor of increasing work flexibility and allowing more people to work remotely. Although these changes were appreciated, they ignored the root of the problem and KPMG has been experiencing higher turnover as a result. Management has compensated by basically making managers perform more associate level work.

    -Work 60 charge 40 is basically our company creed

    -Little to no respect towards employee welfare.Almost every director or partner I've met is afflicted with tunnel vision towards winning more business. Although this is a critical aspect of our successful business, employee welfare is rarely, if ever, put before the client's business. If nothing is in motion you are free to carry on your business but the the second work comes through you are expected to sacrifice everything for the client. Forget about raising a family, the only people I have seen raise kids and stay with the firm are directors or above.

    -Lack of trust towards upper management. Pretty much every director/partner is only looking out towards their own self-interest. Backstabbing and dishonestly are almost unheard of below manager but are essentially a daily component of life for those above. Most directors or partners are too non-confrontational to voice their concerns to employees directly and prefer to silently retaliate behind closed doors.

    -Blatant sexism which goes both ways. Attractive females are prioritized for projects where they often face subtle and not-so subtle sexism if they don't uphold a very specific image. Physical attractiveness is a pretty blatant priority in the hiring process. At the same time the upper echelon is predominately male.

    Advice to Management

    -Get out of your bubble and look at what other companies are doing in the area.

    -Treat staff and managers like they are people who perform the work that brings in revenue.

    -Address the blatant sexism that occurs



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