This review is in regards to the EMC team.
From the first day to my last day, I suffered while working at the downtown Los Angeles location. I remember that on my first day, the first thing my boss told me while walking up to meet her was "oh Jesus Christ" for no reason at all. Well, that was a warm welcome. I was always made to feel that I was unwelcomed at the company and I am not sure why. No matter how much I put in terms of effort, I was always told some nonsense of how I could better do things. I would get stared at randomly with no effort to conceal it. I felt that some individuals were doing their best to get me fired. So much was the discomfort that I eventually had to talk with the Human Resources which led me to leaving the position.
The training was abysmal. Training was a by-product of people's schedule. If there was time on their schedule for training, then there will be training. There was no training for itself. While in training, nothing was formal or organized. You just had to shadow fellow employees which was not the best way to go about this because of the nature of the position. Absolutely no manuals were given as a reference. You had to rely on asking questions to your peers.
The company atmosphere was infected with the attitude of "I got hired here so I am awesome". Too many people had an inflated sense of themselves. Efforts were made to "prove" how they are better than you. If you made any attempt to seem intelligent about anyt
Left for a better work/life balance & increase in salary.
To be fair there are many benefits to working for a Big Four accounting firm. You will learn a ton of new information and you will grow as an employee. Employees get to work with many talented people. Not to mention a job at a Big Four looks great on your resume.
On the downside, if you look at the Best Places to work lists - you will find KPMG either listed below every other Big Four firm or completely absent from the list. Top management can make all the excuses they want but it comes down to two primary issues.
Management loves to take credit for success but blames underlings for failures. Either way you aren't going to share in the money pouring into the firm.
Second, management likes to play favorites and no one seems to be willing to reel these managers in. Companies need to be able to show why one employee was promoted over another and in many cases a halfway good lawyer could prove that this was not the case.
Over the years I watched countless talented employees jump ship to the other Big Four Accounting firms. As a result, many people who do remain and work up to Partner or Principal aren't the best and brightest.
If you find yourself working for this firm and want anything other than a very, very slow climb to the top - take as many classes as you can and constantly look for a position at one of the other Big Four Accounting firms. Many people I know jumped ship with their manager to a new firm and even entire departments have left together.
Points positifsexperience, training
Points négatifslong hours, high pressure, low salary, management plays favorites, hard to get promoted
Great place to work if it is not a the CA, Cypress office
The money is good, but the Cypress office does not know how to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Cypress, KPMG is still making up the development rules as they go along. This job needs around 3-4 people to test the product properly. You will be bullied and blamed for not being able to do the job of four people, while this job lasts. The people in this particular office are holdovers from Arthur Anderson's failed firm. This office is full of office politics. If you have experience with hand to hand combat you might survive.
Started at KPMG right after college in their advisory program. Our group had a good work life balance compared to others. Experience at KPMG is directly correlated with your Managers and projects. If you are lucky enough to have good Managers and projects your time at KPMG will be enjoyable and rewarding. I learned a lot during my time at KPMG but long term KPMG does not offer what I am looking for in my career.
Points positifsExcellent PTO, Lots of opportunity internally
Points négatifsCompensation is low, Experience varies greatly by project
Great place to advance career. However, highly understaffed with high unrealistic expectation for the remaining staffs to push through the deadlines with lack of guidances. Wished they have better resource allocation system as currently working alone (prior team members are all rolled out from the engagement or unavailable) as an A2 experienced hire and reporting to a senior manager who's busy working for multiple other engagements is quite overwhelming.
Points positifsOvertime meals and miscellaneous perks
Benefits and compensation is a five star.
Work-life balance is very low. Everyone is competing against everyone else and it is a very competitive environment. It's all about who you know and people are always trying to one-up the next person. Very large employee base and hard to build relationships if you did not come in as entry level and move up.
Some groups are closer but they are the exception to the rule.
Points positifsgreat compensation, lots of time off available, and free food.
Points négatifsEveryone is afraid to take time off, too competitive, cold groups.
Busy momentum, provide high level of review and research regarding risk management process. Co-workers within my team work remotely. Challenging aspects of job are continuous and daily extensive review, change and finalyzing of risk process. Management of work flow is crucial.
Enjoyable aspects is knowing you assisted a team member with a time sensitive matter and later resulted in a client win.
Points positifsOpportunity to learn in various areas
Productive, Structured workplace with great advancement opportunity and encouragement.
A great place to expand knowledge and skill.
KPMG as an organization and my knowledgeable wise mentors provided opportunities in life and career coaching and advancement that I could not have imagined possible prior to joining the TEAM.
KPMG in policy and implementation is a great place to be employed.
Points positifsFlex time, Working remotely, Generous personal time, humane HR policy
My coworkers and partners are extremely knowledgeable -- very creative and fast-paced individuals that are always willing to help. The environment has been beneficial to develop a professional skill set. A typical day includes a variety of account management, reporting, event planning, internal and external networking, as well as proposal and collateral creation.
The team/people you work with are amazing. Management/HR policies are horrible
Not sure why management feels the need to carry on the charade of big 4 work/life balance. It is a bad joke. Its all meant to seem like you are an important part of the company/team but if that was the case, they should treat you way better. Do your time, and once you find an exit opp, take it.