Weakest of Big 4
of 5 stars
Relatively flat hierarchy
Lots of facetime with Partners
Benefit package includes Pension Plan for all employees, which is rare
Management is disorganized and selfish; client and sales come first, employees very distant last
Highly political, hurts work environment and employees
Due to sales-oriented environment of upper management, trained to pay lip-service to everyone including employees, with no follow-through
Lots of under-prepared promotions motivated by retention-pressure or politics instead of skill; results in a lot of overwhelmed middle management who serve as bad examples to junior staff
The firm has several major organizational problems, which despite their ambitions to be an advisory leader, continue to undermine their efforts at improvement. Younger employees treated as disposable, and when they leave, management is offended they chose to go. Internal management of employees deplorable, Performance Management Leaders (PMLs) inadequately trained despite the importance of that role to growth of junior staff. Employees unable to determine their projects, instead blindly submitted to open needs or dictated by Partner sales interests, rarely communicating staffing plans with actual employee being staffed. Poor communication of performance reviews, which PMLs do not take seriously. Heavy use of "loan staffing" system where an employee is kept on a single client or project for years, which boosts management sales figures, but is damaging to an employee's career growth.
There is also a pending Gender Discrimination class action lawsuit against the firm which has caused senior management to pay greater attention to their disappointingly sexist attitude towards women in the workplace. KPMG has issued a number of promotions and created new roles to appear to be more gender-sensitive, but very little has changed on the ground. The company has a habit of paying lip-service and minding appearances, while remaining completely unchanged behind the scenes. Gender inequality is still rampant, largely due to management that still doubts they need to change.
Remains the weakest of the Big 4.