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KPMG Senior Associate Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career starter and promotional progress is well defined.

    Cons

    Lackluster pay starting out and long hours from January - March.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun culture with happy hours, firm wide events
    - On team that had moderate busy season - max 55 hours except for last few weeks of February
    - Ample PTO and some flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    - Got stuck with poor manager and no senior associate, basically had to fend for myself which has left me without the same knowledge that other people my year have

    Advice to Management

    Continue to appreciate employees and make sure no one falls through the cracks when it comes to learning on the job

  3. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience & colleagues. You get to work with a lot of people your age which is a huge plus when moving to a new city out of college.

    Cons

    Compensation is extremely low for skill level & number of hours worked


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start your career."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Performance review can be very subjective rather than objective.

    Advice to Management

    Fair treatment to employees.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Business Tax Services in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Business Tax Services in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, positive and professional culture, lots of opportunities, flexible work schedules, dedication to continual improvement (at both the individual and firm levels), top notch training, good benefits and perks, really smart managers, forward thinking at the top levels, inclusive environment, nice modern office and facilities.

    Cons

    Incredibly long, high-stress hours for extended periods of time during certain times of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce hours or get us some napping pods.


  6. "Great Company!!"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They spend time working with you and preparing you to own your career! You also gain a lot of experience with a very steep learning curve!

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season with weekend work frequently during busy season (January - Mid-April for me). There is also travel which isn't always desirable.


  7. "Typical Big 4 CPA auditor"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gaining different experiences for multiple industries.
    Big name for resume, big 4 experience in high demand.
    Rapid advancement and clear promotion track.

    Cons

    Long work hours, especially during year end.
    Lack of flexibility, though PTO is not bad.
    Client locations can make some commute to be rough.

  8. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High level of training opportunities.

    Firm pushes you to develop at a rapid rate.

    If you choose to depart, you'll be equipped with the necessary skills to thrive and excel.

    Inclusive workplace environment

    Family like atmosphere. Really enjoyed the people I worked with.

    PTO - lots of it.

    Cons

    Typical long Big Four hours.


  9. "Senior Audit Associate"

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    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.


  10. "Excellent Company"

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    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