KPMG US Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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  1. Great Place to START Your Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at KPMG US

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Culture
    -Team atmosphere
    -Office wide Events & celebrations
    -Summer hours
    -Looks great on a resume
    -Training
    -Great internship program

    Cons

    -Work life balance is nonexistent
    -Pay is not as competitive compared to other companies w/in the same industry

  2. Provide financial risk management services to fortune 500 financial services firms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong brand, well-known clients, well positioned in post-crisis world to deliver advisory services, generally bright people

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to distinguish oneself, Big 4 consulting requires little intelligence, easy to get pigeon-holed

    Advice to Management

    Do more to accommodate staff's career interests, improve training, improve proprietary tools & resources

  3. Helpful (3)

    Made Senior and exited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to start a career, A players leave, C players get fired and B players become partners.

    Cons

    Hard work and long hours. Still, it's a great place to learn the fundamentals of the job.

    KPMG US Response

    Mar 04, 2015

    Thank for your feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve employee satisfaction. Please let us know if there is anything additional we can do for you.

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  5. I have learned a lot working at KPMG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I am able to work independently and I never felt like I was micro-managed. In addition, the leaders always make me feel like my opinion counts

    Cons

    It is very hard to work with senior leadership, at times. Since the leaders are out in the market trying to generate new business, they don't have much time to spend with their teams

  6. Great people great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Management Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Risk Management Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the people
    the flexability with which clients you work at
    The ability to move around within the company (change groups and/or re locate)

    Cons

    the long hours
    The pay is below average for the market
    travel can be up to 100%

    Advice to Management

    none

  7. Helpful (1)

    Typical Big 4 dissatisfaction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company will constantly challenge you by exposing you to new technical accounting topics and opportunities to prove yourself in a tough situation. There are many high profile clients that you have the opportunity to work on. The reputation of working at a Big 4 accounting firm is good. Majority of the people are intelligent and motivated.

    Cons

    The tough situations are caused by high turnover. People quit because the workload is high. Management doesn't do anything to change the workload which results in even higher workloads and more people leaving; vicious cycle. Management makes claims to change things but things never change. Compensation is low for the hours worked. I honestly believe there is collusion between the Big 4 to keep wages low.

    Advice to Management

    Change the compensation structure. If a project comes up (outside typical busy season) that requires busy season type hours, ask for volunteers for the project with the understanding they will be compensated accordingly (substantial bonus for the work, temporary raise, etc). This would reward the people doing the extra work instead of making the people who are placed on it feel like they are getting screwed.

  8. Good career starting point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EVS Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - EVS Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was a lot of training in my line of work. It was a good place to start my career, and I learned about consulting - tough client deadlines, client interaction, putting in overtime etc. Definitely a rigorous environment, but you become exposed to multiple facets of business.

    Cons

    I would say with consulting in general, the work, life, balance can be tough. The workload can be intense sometimes (relative to pay), but that's the nature of what you signed up for.

  9. Young home grow team lacks futuristic vision. Find comfort in own and now scope for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New office in Chicago. Though not space friendly yet new in look.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. I have seen almost 70% attrition in my team. Most managers grew up their hence lack dynamic leadership. Its like frog in the well.

    Advice to Management

    Create work life balance, give opportunity to hear to new people and not to go by gossips of old teens of the team.

  10. Friendly but tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility, strong reputation.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Have patience and don't give up quickly when times get tough.

  11. Great company to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Networking, opportunities to engage cutting edge projects, 25 days off, brand name, KPMG takes care of its employees

    Cons

    long hours, chargeability pressure, competition to rise the ranks

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not numbers, please don't focus on chargeability so much - treat them as humans and they'll be more productive.

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