KPMG US

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KPMG US Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.5 2,961 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer

John B. Veihmeyer

(664 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good job security, decent work life balance except during Tax Season, good benefits(in 182 reviews)

  • Great place to start work if you want to see a lot of different things(in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit(in 418 reviews)

  • Work long hours especially during busy season and political work environment(in 470 reviews)

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    Senior Accountant

    Senior Accountant (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB

    ProsEducation, training, experience, profile, network. The opportunities can be extensive as KPMG gives a person access to clients of all types and has subject matter experts in all areas.

    ConsThe vast majority of articling students leave within a year or two after articling. This is recognized and as such sometimes the treatment of those in the articling phase is not very considerate. Nonetheless the articling students, while working long hours for relatively low pay, gain a tremendous amount of experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Some Good Partners, Some Neutral Partners, Some Absolute Disasters....

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood opportunities to be had, lots of interested people, positive work-life balance, development and growth opportunities to be had

    ConsSome partners have the old school view that they are the king-pin and really aren't interested in maturely developing a practice area and would rather simply focus on their views.....

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    KPMG Canada work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat deal of autonomy, a lot of opportunities to develop

    ConsLow salary, a lot of politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be worth while to treat contractors with more respect and at the very least thank them or acknowledge them when they leave the firm for the hard work and extra hours they put in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard to Leave. Great company to retire from.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsGood benefits and flexible work arrangements which make it hard to leave.
    Smart and talented co-workers.
    There are opportunities but it's up to you to go after them. I have been able to continuously learn and expand my skill sets with different work which is one of the benefits of working for a large organization.

    ConsDifficult to be promoted if you're not client facing. Sometimes don't feel that your work is appreciated.
    Communication within my group can be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    US Tax

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON

    ProsThe work is challenging and presents great learning opportunities. We get a broad exposure to different issues
    as well as opportunities to take on more responsibilities early in one's career.

    ConsDuring busier times there's a distinct lack of respect for personal time and people. Management would give negative feedback to individuals in front of the rest of the group. Promotion opportunities and pay is based on personality and how much income needs to be retained for the partners so senior accountants can see themselves making little more than what they did as an intern. Also because of these reasons the practice becomes severely understaffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't block people from transferring out of the group that only makes the rest of us afraid to stay.

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    Senior Accountant

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsGreat colleagues
    Structured career path
    Good pay for fresh grads/entry-level positions
    Quality mentorship
    Lots of fun work socials
    Great benefits (health, dental, fitness)

    ConsHigh stress
    Long hours
    High expectations
    High learning curve

    Advice to Senior Management- Provide training that matters (i.e. lots of internal websites that was required to learn on own time how to navigate, figuring out report requirements without being taught how, and other soft skills that were not technical accounting related)
    - Treat staff like they will stay for more than 3 years, and they will in turn have a higher chance of wanting to stay for more than 3 years (i.e. do not treat staff like numbers or items to be bartered and traded with other offices or service lines without employee consent)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood culture, provide food, learn a lot

    ConsUnrealistic expectations of work and pace. Busy season is killer.

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    Great Launching Pad

    Senior Accountant (Current Employee) Calgary, AB

    Pros- The experience in public practice is a great well-rounded foundation to build a career.
    - Given the large number of younger employees who are articling students, there is a substantial support network for completing your professional qualification requirements.
    - There's a significant amount of variety in your work from working on a number of clients.
    - Overtime policy in certain offices.

    Cons- Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit. While the summer months allow you to focus more on a life outside of work, the winter months are grueling and there isn't much understanding for having any commitments outside of work.
    - There's a large discrepancy in the qualify of management. Some individuals are great (evidenced by strong coaching skills, delivering quick feedback), while others tend to be less attentive or can takea dvantage fo you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more emphasis on delivering timely feedback, and not overworking employees to excess, especially during busy times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice ppl, nice working environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA big international organization. a good company to start career. good reputation.

    Consworking as a contractor with an recruitment agency in IT. short term contracts only.

    Advice to Senior Managementnot a good idea working with recruitment agencies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some good with room to improve

    Manager (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsWork culture. Compensation and HR perks, relative to other Big4 firms. Working in large teams, promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration to provide the best advice. Partners opening doors to sharing client base.

    ConsPartners can often convey inconsistent messages. CEO speaks a message that is not supported by many partners in daily interactions. Little transparency on individual team strategy and results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMeasure upward feedback of partners and make them accountable to those results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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