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KPMG Sydney Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Sydney, Australia Area (Australia)

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  1. "Fun place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Laid back team & fun culture
    - Made a number of friendships, not just a place for "networking"
    - Great corporate benefits (really well established corporate benefits page with a lot of corporate partners).

    Cons

    - work can be repetitive
    - technical knowledge mostly self-taught / on the job
    - lack of senior mentoring

    Advice to Management

    - Leadership comes from the top. Partners should engage more during team events.
    - Great initiatives are started but not supported and in the end die out.


  2. "Doesn't value good employees"

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    Current Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good exposure to different industries and companies
    - Good opportunities for internal or client secondments
    - You will learn a lot and fast
    - Friendly open culture
    - If you don't like sitting in one cubicle, some types of work (e.g. audit) allow you to move around between different locations and client offices
    - Regular promotion assessment cycles means that you most likely will be performing new and different work each year, rather than always stagnating in the same work

    Cons

    - Poor work/life balance
    - Poor pay
    - Lots of commuting, if you're working at client locations far from home
    - Inadequate effort to address issues of low performers, which impacts everyone else in the team
    - Difficult to receive development feedback from your superiors. Everyone is so busy that performance management and development becomes an administrative task at the end of the to do list, when it should really be an important part of our career
    - Little to no emphasis on upwards feedback, so the wrong people get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Make some real effort to obtain both upwards and downwards feedback to identify your good employees, not the ones who are good at becoming your friends (usual office politics)

    Put in some effort to truly value your good employees whilst they're still interested in their jobs, not just when they find new jobs

    Address underperformers. By letting them slide and having the good performers carry their load, you are losing your good employees

  3. "Hard work but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    General pattern of work may be repetitive but different client environments keep things interesting.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, partners not engaged with teams (although director level and below is good)


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, strong junior development profgram

    Cons

    Low pay, well below market.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on junior development


  5. "KPMG review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about KPMG is the people you meet and the network of people you get to work with

    Cons

    Being a big four, KPMG suffers from beaurocracy and also does not pay a well as some of its competitors

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Miserable bootcamp to either break you or put you on a path to success (outside the firm)"

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    Former Employee - KPMG Senior Accountant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - KPMG Senior Accountant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Supportive co workers below manager level
    - Pays for CA
    - Yearly promotion
    - Good for university graduates who have no other work experience and want a 3-year crash course on the corporate struggle.

    Cons

    - Low-quality training.
    - Horrible hours and worse pay.
    - Majority of managers are poor at project management and worse at leadership.
    - Division starts to notice you only after you have your CA and get job offers outside the firm.
    - Strong culture of playing internal politics and favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Specific to FS Audit:

    - Stop playing, promoting and generally supporting office politics.
    - Listen to your employees and put their advice into action without shutting it down because of "policy".
    - Don't ostracise outliers just because they have a different viewpoint or don't use buzzwords like innovation or data analytics.
    - Look to offer rotation programs to graduates instead of pigeon holing them your division.
    - Revamp your performance evaluation. The 1 to 5 rating and scaling system is the stupidest practice. Treat every employee as an individual instead of putting them in a box and fitting them in your scale. Sure this might take more time but maybe this would possibly impact the retention problem.
    - Change your hiring cycle. Why would you bring in fresh graduates with no understanding of how things or the audit system works in the worst months (January and July) when seniors and AMs have no time to train or coach them?
    - Fire your HR department and give the money to the graduates and seniors instead.
    - Read Maslow's hierarchy of needs. It might be a simplistic theory but it would give a better understanding, to your divisional "leaders" on how to deal with people.


  7. "X"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Working Hours Work Environment

    Cons

    Micro Managed
    Paperwork results in long lead times for short consultancy tasks

    Advice to Management

    look at your micro managers

  8. "Culture and work environment"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Administrator in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Engagement Administrator in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of quality people and world class facilities (Sydney barangaroo office)

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to market rate, poor management, surprisingly lots of red tapes, overtime work is everyday routine, not that much career progression

    Advice to Management

    Necessary to treat its employees as a valuable asset, not just as a number


  9. "Good for some basic advisory services experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at KPMG as an intern

    Pros

    Well known company to work for

    Cons

    Certain lines of work can feel monotonous

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in the feedback you provide


  10. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    flexible work arrangements
    open space office
    independence

    Cons

    salary is considered on the low scale
    long hours
    career progression


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