KPMG US Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 10 October, 2014
Updated 10 October, 2014
3,099 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Firm provides plenty of personal time and drives for a strong work/life balance (in 187 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career but would not recommend staying long term (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 444 reviews)

  • Unpredictable schedule; long hours during busy season; difficult to achieve work-life balance (in 496 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    great

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

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

    Pros

    teamwork is the way forward

    Cons

    poltics is a draining part of the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Motivating

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

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

    Pros

    If you are self-motivated, this is a great company to work for. Like the other Big4 Accounting/Advisory firms, it depends on your office and group. But by and large, at KPMG allows your plenty of opportunity to make a name for yourself.

    Cons

    The benefits packages compared to the other Big 4 are not that impressive. In particular, our health insurance is subpar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truthfully, the health insurance is the biggest con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    great opportunity

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing place to start your career and build a base for future success. Benefits and pto are top notch.

    Cons

    a lot of people burn out and hurt company culture. They try to manage work life balance, but sometimes the nature of the work makes it difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to turnover and don't be afraid to cut from the top

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Standard "big 4" internship

    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Advisory Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learning/training program, young work environment

    Cons

    work-life balance, little face time with people above senior associates, recruiters are slow to respond

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Consultant in Financial Services

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity of projects, vast resources, smart people

    Cons

    Bonus compensation low, benefits medicore, heavy IT and technology related

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic network of capable professionals

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Advisory practice is filled with talented folks. Reputation allows for trusted advisory relationship with key clients and often on the short list for calls when opportunities present themselves.

    Cons

    The travel aspect is less than optimal...utilization often trumps efforts to staff locally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency in applying criteria for promotion across functions / practices would result in less turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's public accounting, you know the drill

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training and learning experience

    Cons

    Long hours, as you would expect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say here. You know what you're getting into as an employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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