KPMG US

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KPMG US Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 3 March 2015
Updated 3 March 2015
117 Reviews
3.8
117 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance (in 192 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career but would not recommend staying long term (in 98 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 457 reviews)

  • Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance (in 502 reviews)

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  1.  

    Made Senior and exited

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  2.  

    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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility, strong reputation.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, a lot of good training available, Interesting and fun people throughout the firm, easy to network and meet a lot of people, ability to try other jobs within the same company if you desire.

    Cons

    long hours, easy to burn out, can be hard to fit in at times if you don't like the same things as others in your practice, can be difficult to gauge what others think of you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience!

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great professional environment that challenges all. Good benefits and exception perks (i.e., summer jump start, extended Christmas holiday break). Alternate work arrangements for work-life balance is a major plus!

    Cons

    Not applicable. No negative comments to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not applicable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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