Avis généraux sur l'entreprise KPMG (Dallas, TX)
Chief Information Officer | Dallas, TX
| 7 oct. 2018
Good for those looking to advance their career
KPMG has provided me great learning opportunities and accelerated my career path in the time that I've been here. They have good benefits and do their best to make sure employees feel welcomed as much as possible.
My team has taught me quite a bit what it means to be a consultant and have great business acumen. They push me to take on more responsibility and have helped me build credibility with our clients.
However, this job is not a walk in the park. As is true with other consulting gigs, the workload is demanding and you need to be your number one advocate when it comes to taking personal time, leave, etc. It is also not a job where you can generally have a set schedule - also something to be expected when you are in a client-facing delivery role.
If you are able to effectively manage your time and the expectation that your team and clients will have of you and your work, I highly recommend KPMG and their advisory services.
Tax compliance SWEAT SHOP
You can forget having any kind of social life if you work in the KPMG Dallas office and you do any type of tax compliance work. Managers are required to deliver the work on time with limited resources (e.g., no staff or limited staff) even if the client information is received late. You can expect to work 18 to 20 hour days during busy season and maybe get some sleep on the weekends if you're lucky. Some members of management work the same hours so raising the issue is preaching to the choir. The firm has programs in place for developing their people similar to other big 4 firms, however, I did not experience any type of coaching. It was sink or swim for me. The only upside to working at KPMG was the bonus and pay which isn't bad if you're willing to sacrifice having a life for money.
Points positifsFree food/Perks; flexibility of working from home on the weekends
Points négatifsTerrible work/life balance; Poor opportunities for development/growth
Transaction services is great if you can handle unpredictability.
My experience in transaction services has been great. Partners within my particular group genuinely care about their employees and are easy to communicate with about your career and goals. The work is intense and time sensitive, but if you are in transaction services then that is what you are looking for. Generally everyone in our group is highly motivated, intelligent, and skilled in financial in analysis. It is pleasing to be around co-workers that all pull their weight and where everyone wants to learn. You are also at the front echelon of mergers and acquisitions which is exciting.
Hours and timing of transactions are difficult to predict, so you may have one week of a 30 hour work load and the next is 80 hour work load. Ultimately the unpredictability is the hardest thing about this job.
Decent pay but not worth the stress for me
Expect to work long hours. Keep in mind that you need 50 - 60 billable hours per week, not just regular clock-in, clock-out hours. Some people may work well with that kind of requirement, but it was definitely not for me when I was fresh out of college. The team was lovely, really nice people, but the structure of the job itself was very demanding and left little room for work-life balance. I left partially because my efforts to bargain for more work-from-home days for entry-level workers failed. Shortly after my resignation and a few weeks before COVID reached our area, they did increase work-from-home options for entry-level workers, so that may improve your experience if you work there now.
Points positifsFriendly coworkers
Points négatifsVery long hours, little work-life balance
Job, Benefits and Flexibility
- Most Enjoyable part of the Job: People that I worked with, training, events and when it's not busy season.
- When it's not Busy Season typical day of work is relax and flexible.
-The Firm accommodates working from home.
-Compensation/Benefits are competitive.
-Emphasis on Work Life Balance, but execution needs improvement.
-Tax Busy Seasons are typically very hectic and stressful, especially for those employees who are not in Alternative Work Arrangement.
-Direct Management needs Improvement in priorities, equal treatment, recognition and communication.
Points positifsCompensation, Benefits, Flexible (allowed to work home) and very little stress and sacrifices when it's not busy season.
Points négatifsTax Busy Season - stressful and hectic and long hours got in the way of work life balance.
Legacy Company Not Very Open For Change
KPMG leads in the offered services, but the culture and environment is very much behind the curve.
In HR, you may seem very disconnected from the rest of the firm and leadership lacks the training to help bridge the gap and connect the right people.
The matrix is set up to have three or more teams doing one job. Nobody is able to identify nor put in place to direct the traffic between internal processes.
The technology is also very dated and makes it hard and the silos between practices makes it hard to serve the clients and internal stakeholders.
Points positifsLarge company, great benefits
Points négatifsLimited growth potential
Human Resources Specialist | Dallas, TX
| 19 févr. 2013
Professional, rewarding place to start a career
Began my career here in Human Resources. Spent 4 years there. Learned invaluable lessons in the importance of customer service and baseline HR policies and practices that must be adhered to in order to sustain a professional workforce. Also learned the intricacies of hiring concerns and the strategy behind attracting top-notch talent from undergrad.
Points positifsgreat benefits, and a professional setting and attiude explemplied by all employees and upper management.
Points négatifsslow climb towards career advancement. limited training opportunities/budget.
Great future career opportunities, but at what cost?
Working at KPMG is a great place to establish yourself in the financial world and will open the doors to many future opportunities. Unfortunately, these benefits and opportunities come at a high cost of time and resources. Big 4 accounting companies ask a lot of lower-level employees and do not compensate them accordingly. If you can sacrifice many aspect of your life to put in the time at a big 4 accounting firm, it will pay dividends in the future, but is not preferable when actually involved with the company.
Senior Administrative Assistant | Dallas, TX
| 27 juin 2018
A wonderful experience
KPMG has 30,000+ employees stateside and approximately 190,000 globally. The company rewards those who work hard and put in the effort and creativity to get the job accomplished. My boss of 8 years was an excellent leader. I acquired the most skills and knowledge of a positive working environment than any other work place. I enjoyed my time at KPMG immensely.
Points positifsPositive support from leaders and co-workers, benefits, salary and a work environment that allows a person to be creative and involved.
Points négatifsTravel time to work.
Besides the long hours, a perfect place to work
I learned so much and worked closely with top leadership right from day one. The partners that I worked with were very approachable and quite helpful. The projects were exciting and we were given plenty of opportunities to learn and gain excellent experience.
Unfortunately, the travel and long hours eventually clash with having a family and needing to be there for children's events.
Points positifsExcellent Learning Opportunities, Great Projects, Very Professional Individuals
Points négatifsLong work hours and lots of travel