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3.7 of 5 stars (341 Ratings)

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KPMG: Politics and Travel

1.0 of 5 stars

April 2016 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

As you read in most reviews about KPMG, there is a great pay scale. However, that is a must when it comes to the downers section.

Downers

Travel and mentality that it is impossible to telecommute. Leadership mentality on technology stuck in late 90's/early 2000's.

Comments

As many have said before, it is a resume builder. Not a career. If you want to have a wife and kids and maintain a good relationship with them, move on.

First company I have actually recruited others to join

5.0 of 5 stars

April 2016 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Company delivers on promise to be employer of choice - and there has been an almost tangible boost in morale across the company. Management enables employees to be successful. Mobile technology is extremely forward thinking for an audit/accounting firm - most all internal compliance and work-related functionality can be performed from your smart phone - travel, expenses, meetings and hoteling, conferences, and intranet. Firm consistently seeks feedback from employees and listens - multiple systems and some internal policies have been updated based on this feedback. Advisory University, which happens annually, really shows that KPMG still spends money in areas that other companies have stopped - enriching the global knowledge of the firm as well as enabling networking capabilities. Offices are closed from Christmas to New Years - extremely rare these days.

Downers

Travel and internal processes/compliance can be tiresome. As consultants, travel is an accepted job requirement which leaves minimal time to actually seek out work at home to reduce out of town travel.

Comments

Proud to work at KPMG - this is first company that I have actively recruited others to join because I actually enjoy working here. Firm has even eliminated ratings during review process - while in its first year the verdict is out on how successful this decision will be, but this is just one of the many ways that KPMG is embracing a modern workforce while at the same time sticking to its core values of always striving to do the right thing the right way. Working at KPMG demands that employees be high performers - meeting expectations here is much more challenging than at other companies I have worked. Those employees who shine are rewarded - this also means that people get burned out. KPMG does not require that you kill yourself though and actually encourages employees to use Paid Time Off. I love working at KPMG - I have never said that about any other company.

No Work / Life Balance

1.0 of 5 stars

April 2016 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

1- Pay is very good
2- Travel Program Points are plentiful because of travel

Downers

1- Zero work/life balance
2- PMO makes consultants spend a quarter of their time updating numerous status reports.
3- Leadership doesn't Lead
4- Does not foster an environment to allow consultants to consult. PMO often hijacks meetings and creates headaches rather than allowing specialists to lead.

Comments

If you are a college kid and have no family or friends, then KPMG is for you. There is no work/life balance. KPMG sets consulting back 15 years to the times when you were mandatory traveling every week.
The people that they promote to director level are there because of either politics or acquisitions. Directors and PMO will use politics to hurt you if they don't like you and to further their careers.

A company that takes care of you

5.0 of 5 stars

April 2016 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

-Lots of assist to get your life in order from assistance with adoption to extra time off for maternity/paternal leave, inclusion in community programs and volunteering
- Career choices and career assist is generous, training first class
- Interesting work on strategic and implementation projects
- good management consulting practice

Downers

- Sometimes light on IT systems implementation side, and IT architecture community
- more focused on strategy and operating models than implementation
- Very risk averse

Comments

A good choice employer who will work with you to get you to where you want to be.
It is consulting, so expect to travel and put the time in, but they honor it, and help you achieve a good life/work balance.

Master

5.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Most people are brilliant and team oriented. The firm is highly entrepreneurial.

Downers

Most people are brilliant and team oriented. The firm is highly entrepreneurial.

Comments

Most people are brilliant and team oriented. The firm is highly entrepreneurial.

perspective employee

4.0 of 5 stars

January 2016 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

friendly team members. meet team members from all levels of operation. They all stressed on cultivating juniors like me.

Downers

low market recognition (strategy team). teams are small but we can see a fast growth

Comments

small working ecology is important. meet the team. don't just go for the big names.

Weakest of Big 4

1.0 of 5 stars

January 2016 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Relatively flat hierarchy
Lots of facetime with Partners
Benefit package includes Pension Plan for all employees, which is rare

Downers

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

Comments

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.

KPMG LLP (Consulting Practice)

5.0 of 5 stars

December 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Rebuilding advisory practice. Flexibility working with smart, intelligent and motivated people. Have a new focused strategy and finding niche

Downers

Lot of players saturating the consulting market. Pressure from startups and boutique consulting firms - especially in the tech advisory.

Comments

To succeed at KPMG- just like any other consulting firm - be sure you are a good fit in the firm's culture. Also, be sure you understand your role on a team and in a wider firm perspective.

Good in pockets

3.0 of 5 stars

November 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Colleagues
Ability to take ownership of what you work on

Downers

Not much support so long as you are bringing fees in
Inconsistency of opportunity

Comments

Understand how KPG thinks of itself as different to other big 4.
Really understand the role you are applying for and think how it will pan out once in the job (don't just read the job spec)

Strong Consulting practice in Canada

5.0 of 5 stars

November 2015 | CURRENT EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Rigorous
Very good people
Growing
Organic growth
Top 5 firm in the next 5 years

Downers

The pay is lower than the average consulting salargy
national staffing model instead of a international staffing model

Comments

The company's consulting interview process is the most rigorous I have been through. 3 rounds. second round interview process was a 4 hour case study.

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