Avis généraux sur l'entreprise KPMG (Calgary, AB)
Gets real old if you don't fit the mold
The company initially promised a lot of opportunities for advancement and diverse work, and branded itself as 'not just another audit firm' when, in fact, it is just another audit firm. Generally, you will work on a portion of an audit, but if you are lucky enough to be in Enterprise group, you will get to do a full audit. The enterprise, tax and business advisory groups are small, but wonderful and full of understanding managers who work towards your success and passion. The corporate audit group (largest group) is least concerned with individual strengths and simply wants audit worker bees.
If you enjoy excessive drinking a few nights a week while working 12+ hour days, and don't mind repetitive, boring work, then the job isn't bad for you. Otherwise, a smaller firm would probably better suit your job goals. Very high turnover once CPA is obtained.
This company has a very narrow idea of what an employee should look like, so if you feel you fit the mold then you will do fine. It seems that discourse is not encouraged, and diversity of opinion or otherwise is a token rather than a true initiative.
Poor remuneration, but you can claim your meal expense even if you didn't use it all.
Good opportunities for career advancement
Working as an admin assistannt with KPMG has its rewards and challenges. It is a busy and deadline-oriented work environment, with many oportunities for learning new skills. The best part about the company is the people. I have many friends at KPMG and enjoy working with my co-workers and the group I support. The most challenging part of the job is the introduction of new computer computer systems and programs on a regular basis. We are constantly in a learning curve with new systems and that can make it challenging to gain any work momentum.
Points positifsgood people, good benefits
Points négatifscontstant technological upgrades/changes.
The role of a public accounting is pretty well known and summarized in many other sources. The expectation is to work significant hours, and at the staff level, the pay does not nearly compensate for the hours worked.
The training and knowledge that you learn on the job is the biggest plus, however the work is incredibly mundane and very granulated. The expectation on jobs is to put in as many hours as possible as you are required to meet deadlines that Managers and Partners have set for you.
Public accounting is very polarizing, as some people seem to very much enjoy the work, whereas it is the complete opposite for most people.
Typical accounting firm - long hours and low pay for junior employees. Good company for a career and great stepping stone for future careers.
I worked in Assurance and Advisory, both have their pros/cons as professions. Assurance hours are long as with all other accounting firms. Advisory was more interesting for me personally.
KPMG hires smart and fun people - you learn a lot and make meaningful connections. I had great coaches along the way and colleagues who I still remain in touch with. Recommended as a training ground for your CPA and you can certainly make a good career within the firm.
A great training ground, a permanent career will only appeal to some
There is no better place to begin your professional accounting/finance career than KPMG. The training ground they offer is robust and you are surrounded by high-quality individuals. However, a lifelong career at KPMG will require the right individual. Consulting-style careers are not for everyone, they require long hours and a need to be detached from your project, but learning how to operate this early on is a great introduction to the professional world.
Good benefits, shame about the management
KPMG is a worldwide accountancy firm. Nationally they have good benefits, personal care time allowances, good vacation, reasonable pension, and antibullying policy. However, locally management does not necessarily buy into the national policies.
You will work with the best providing top quality advice for clients.
Points positifsGood benefits, good vacation, pension
Points négatifsLong hours, worklife balance, no control over quality of admin staff
Great work environment with people who want you to succeed
The enterprise group is very different from most Big 4 firms in that it definitely has a more family based and caring environment. People here really do care that you advance and get the most out of your career. The work is still challenging, but its made up by working with great people!
Points positifsAmazing people
Points négatifsLong Hours
Great Experience to gain
It was a great experience and the people are great to work with. They encourage work life balance and as I volunteer quite a bit they encourage that. The most enjoyable part is working with so many different clients as I am very personable and I was able to utilize my strengths.
Points positifsOngoing training seminars and the people
Points négatifsThe environment
Competitive, Rewarding Workplace
Highly competitive workplace that takes care of their employees, but pushes them very hard. Excellent benefits with a focus on mental health and well being. Sometimes a bit of "feast or famine" with your work hours, but time off is available (and encouraged) in between engagements. Mandatory time off during the holiday season.
Do NOT recommend
High expectations with excessive work-loads and Management that is more concerned with their own growth than that of their staff. Decentralization would be your first clue that they are clueless and over- managed. Many great ideas fall short of getting to decision makers. Not ALL branches have a poor workplace culture, but many do.