KPMG LLP at a Glance


  • “The people and clients I work with are great”
  • “Opportunities to learn, grow, and get early responsibility—you can have an impact very early on in your career”
  • “Flexible work schedule”


  • “The long hours and high stress deadlines”
  • “Compensation”
  • “Travel”

The Buzz

  • “Great firm and good culture—the most committed to work/life balance among the Big 4”
  • “Least prestigious of Big 4”
  • “Internationally known, tough competitor”
  • “Heavy workload”


With more than 30,000 employees in more than 100offices across all 50 U.S. states, KPMG LLP has rightfully earned its place among accounting's Big 4. KPMG, the fourth largest accounting firm in the U.S. by revenues, is the independent U.S. member firm of a Swiss entity KPMG International Cooperative, whose member firms can be found in 152 countries and have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners. KPMG's service lines are divided into audit, tax, and advisory, with industry-specific focus in each.

In the U.S., KPMG works for clients in 16 industry sectors: banking and finance; building, construction and real estate; insurance; investment management; alternative investments; retail; food, drink and consumer goods; diversified industrials; energy, natural resources and chemicals; healthcare and pharmaceutical; government and public sector; technology; media and telecommunications; high growth mid market; private equity; high growth emerging markets; and Japanese Practice, which works closely with KPMG member firms in Japan to serve Japanese companies doing business in the U.S. 

In 2015, KPMG made several strategic acquisitions, including Towers Watson's Human Resources Service Delivery practice, and Weymouth, Mass.-headquartered Beacon Partners, a healthcare consulting firm that offers strategic management and clinical and information technology consulting services to healthcare providers.

In addition to being one of the top firms by revenue, KPMG LLP was inducted into Training magazine's hall of fame in 2011, singled out for placing among the top 10 in Training's annual top 125 companies rankings for four consecutive years. And in 2017, KPMG rose 31 places to rank No. 12 on Fortune's annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list, making it the highest-ranked Big 4 firm for the third consecutive year; the previous year, KPMG rose 20 places in Fortune's rankings. KPMG also regularly appears on Working Mother's 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list.

The history of KPMG dates back to 1870, when British accountant William Barclay Peat hung his shingle in London. In 1911, Peat reached across the Atlantic, joining forces with New York's Marwick, Mitchell and Company to form Marwick, Mitchell, Peat & Co. After separating for a short while, the two firms re-established their partnership in 1925 and became Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. This was shortened to Peat Marwick International in 1978. Meanwhile, in 1979, a group of international accounting firms in Western Europe and the U.S. made a merger of their own, forming Klynveld Main Goerdeler (KMG). KPMG Peat Marwick was born in 1987 when KMG and Peat Marwick merged, the accounting industry's first (but not last) mega-merger; its name was further shortened to KPMG in 1995.

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345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154-0102
Phone: (212) 758-9700
Fax: (212) 758-9819


  • Employer Type: Private Partnership
  • Chairman & CEO: Lynne Doughtie
  • 2017 Employees: 30,883

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY