KPMG US Reviews

Updated 30 September, 2014
Updated 30 September, 2014
3,053 Reviews
3.6
3,053 Reviews
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good job security, decent work life balance except during Tax Season, good benefits (in 183 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 437 reviews)

  • Work long hours especially during busy season and political work environment (in 480 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Senior Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Education, 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG US

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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.....

  3.  

    Hard to Leave. Great company to retire from.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Difficult 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    KPMG Canada work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPMG US as a contractor

    Pros

    Great deal of autonomy, a lot of opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Low salary, a lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Senior Accountant

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High stress
    Long hours
    High expectations
    High learning curve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US

    Pros

    Good culture, provide food, learn a lot

    Cons

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

  8.  

    Great Launching Pad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice ppl, nice working environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPMG US as a contractor

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not a good idea working with recruitment agencies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    US Tax

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    During 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  11.  

    Awesome experience

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Training, culture, the people are great.

    Cons

    The nature of accounting can be quite boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just improve on your people skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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