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Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. "Assistant Manager - London"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible working
    - Good benefits (healthcare, sickness, travel policy)
    - 26 days holiday
    - Ability to travel within the UK and abroad
    - Generally good teams to work within
    - If you are good, you will get promoted quickly

    Cons

    - Working hours
    - Lack of support from some Directors
    - High pressure environment
    - Base salary lower than industry average
    - Poor bonus

    Advice to Management

    Would recommend a full review of base salaries - as they have not increased now for a number of years, and are lagging behind industry norms. Training schemes should also be improved.


  2. "Good start to career"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Management Consulting in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Management Consulting in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good training opportunities, decent pay and good working environment, and a professional qualification is fully funded. Most colleagues are very good to work with.

    Cons

    Especially early on, people can be moved around the company for months at a time and have little to no say in where they go. This is mainly down to some areas of the business being very much over resourced, and others under resourced.

    When you join, you are simply assigned a team, there is very little say in where you start off.

  3. "Fine"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KPMG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good environment and great staff to work with. Flexible working hours and free lunches. Local to where I live easy travel

    Cons

    No overtime, can be very stressful for no reason because managers think everything is urgent when it isn't ! Have to buy own computer consumables

    Advice to Management

    Give overtime


  4. "Political and in some cases resistant to change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Birthday leave
    - Lunch allowance
    - Staff discounts

    Cons

    - Management politics
    - Promotion success inconsistent
    - Low bonus / pay rise unless being promoted
    - Difficult to move between departments


  5. "Standard Big 4"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learning culture
    Brand name
    Big name clients
    Nice offices in Canary Wharf

    Cons

    You're a cog in the machine
    Politics

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain the best staff you need to treat them fairly


  6. "An extraordinary place, despite some headwinds in U.K., will remain the defining experience of my career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPMG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurialism, tolerant inclusive atmosphere, creativity, pace

    Cons

    Pressure to sell, silo-ed capabilities, management complexity

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics under Bill; just sell amazing projects!


  7. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Every department is different but some really care about work life balance and focusing on the individuals and their professional and personal needs.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, travelling is a negative at times as well as a positive, depending on the type of work your doing it's part of the role to have challenging conversations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the core values in mind, and try not to let metrics get in the way of doing the right thing for your people and clients.

  8. "Ok, benefits slowly disappearing"

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    Current Employee - Tax Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work colleagues, collaborative working. Reasonable working hours. Generally the work is interesting and you get access to some well known clients.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low. The benefits that were in place at the start are slowly disappearing. We used to have a 3 month jump start Friday, now 2 months and from next year it is no more. We used to have monthly drinks, then quarterly, now that has disappeared. They have also just announced that we have to pay for our own keyboards, mice, computer cables so that we can work.....more and more the leadership appear to be cutting costs and at the moment it seems they are trying to cut everything possible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on cutting costs so drastically and start looking at employee moral as the more things that get taken away the more moral seems to reduce.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisory Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive salary
    Great work if you show initiative
    Genuinely care about employees

    Cons

    Can be beaurocratic
    Salary does not deviate much for high performers vs median

    Advice to Management

    Senior manager and above should be incentivised on sales/revenue in year.
    Business development career pathway should be formalised and encouraged to reach 2020 strategy


  10. "Best of the big four"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most people I've worked with are great, lunch allowance is a nice bonus. Friendly culture, which isn't over competitive. Opportunities within the business.

    Cons

    Difficult to get a secondment, which can be frustrating. Work is dependent on your client and there doesn't seem to be much focus over ensuring you aren't just on clients which are difficult/long hours

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and willing to help with secondment opportunities. Potentially a better review process as there is little incentive to perform above average.


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