Avis généraux sur l'entreprise KPMG (San Francisco, CA)
Challenging work environment in which you grow significantly
KPMG is a great work place in which one can learn and grow quickly. On any given day, an audit associate's workload can include performing testwork over various audit areas, such as revenue, meeting with clients for follow-ups, preparing memos and excel tables for testworks, etc. The most difficult aspect of this job is balancing multiple projects or assignments and meeting deadlines. Specifically, the amount of work increases significantly during busy season and the difficult part is managing various projects simultaneously. The enjoyable part of the job is the flexibility to work in many different teams and meet and interact with numerous clients.
I have learned very much from my position as an audit associate at KPMG. First, I learned to work efficiently through prioritizing, staying organized, and multi-tasking. Secondly, I learned to communicate effectively with my supervisors and clients via emails, phone calls, and in-person. I also learned to be very detail-oriented, as majority of the testworks and financial statement tie-outs required me to be very detail-oriented. Lastly, I learned to work with different kinds of supervisors and teams, as I have worked with over 10 teams so far.
LONG HOURS, NO WORK LIFE BALANCE, LOW PAY, GOOD CAREER STARTER
Like all public accounting firms, expect to work long hours and have no social life during busy season. Don't believe the BS when they drop terms like "worklife balance". There is no balance. It's basically all work.
That being said, if you know what you're getting yourself into, then its manageable. Big four is solid and safe career starting point. The pay is OK. Definitely doesn't pay you game changing money but you will progress every year and learn a lot. The biggest thing it does for you is having a big name on your resume when you jump to another company. During your short stint at Big Four, you WILL be miserable during busy season (which can be over half the year). Working weekends is normal so expect to push 70-90 hours during busy season. Weight gain is normal becuase thats what happens when you sit on your chair for 14/day, 7 days a week.
If you come in expecting to work hard, then I guess its ok. Otherwise, stay away.
Points positifsName recognition on your resume
Points négatifslong hours, poor pay, lack of appreciation
Great place to work
In my 9 years with KPMG, I have gained valuable experience working in three different positions, have dealt with people of different backgrounds and been involved in different work functions (advisory, training, and local support). The people that I have worked with as well as clients that I supported have been outstanding.
My journey with KPMG have shaped me into a professional who is skilled in information technology, is flexible worker, is robust and dares to face challenges. To me, KPMG is a firm which emphasizes knowledge, experience and exposure, and is one which does not hesitate to provide opportunities to its people. One can grow and excel here if one accepts these opportunities with an open mind. I enjoy the position that Im in today and I look forward to the challenges ahead with its accompanying rewards.
Points positifsWork/life balance, advancement opportunities, training
Points négatifsBig company
The work itself is almost always dry so your enjoyment of the job really depend on the people you are working with. The problem is, teams change very often, and about half the time, there will be someone on your team that will just ruin your day. I mean it may just be my specific experience but I think because of the nature of the job and the emphasis on selling work to advance to manager the most ambitious, people tend to make manager and tend to be very aggressive and not very nice. I'm sure this is true for all Big 4s though so no big deal.
Points positifssometimes you don't have to work at all (if you're in advisory)
Points négatifsmost of the time you work a lot and for managers that just aren't very nice
I wish I never worked here
A place with a lot of tenured Partners and employees that can make it difficult to integrate into the firm/office culture. Can be very isolating. They need to provide more management training and get rid of low performing managers, There isn't any work life balance. You are worked and worked and worked until exhaustion and you leave or you go on sick leave.
Points positifsfirm closure during Christmas ... if you get to take the time off
Points négatifsleadership, hiring process and recruiters, operations team, Partners that are untouchable, favoritism, etc. All the things that make a bad workplace a bad workplace KPMG has them.
At the height of the accounting entity's transformation to an IT and management consulting company, anything new that generated revenue was encouraged. It was a good place to be to rub shoulders with talent that went on to found many of the IT and software companies in business today.
Working with all levels of expertise and education from community colleges to the Ivy League, I was afforded the best education on any topic I wanted to know about.
The change to Bearing Point was short lived.
Points positifsNever boring, interesting personalities
Points négatifsHeavy travel and exempt from overtime pay
Excellent on-the-job learning in a supportive environment
As an employee at KPMG you will have access to and interact with experts across industries and business solutions. At the same time you will be valued for the skills and expertise you bring to the table. It is truly a collaborative environment. KPMG also puts tremendous effort in curating a positive and balanced culture. The culture message is extremely well thought out and executed. Overall, a great place to work and learn.
Points positifsLearning environement
Points négatifsA ton of travel
Overall, if you know anything about public accounting, you know the hours are horrendous. This is very much the case. Though you can be flexible with the hours you work, not the amount of hours. During the peak season, don't be surprised working over 70 hours with limited assistance. I will note you learn an immense amount in a short time, there is not enough staff and turnover is quite bad. I will say I really appreciate the colleagues I had, but that is not enough.
Flexible at the cost of no work/life balance for part of the year
The role has its benefits in terms of advancement, flexible hours during the offseason and benefits. However, the compensation is very rigid in terms of not differentiating for performance, as you can expect with a large corporation. It's hit and miss in terms of the how supportive your managers and partners can be.
Points positifsPTO, flexibility, advancement opportunities
Points négatifsHours, compensation
Challenging, interesting & great people
A typical day was fast-paced, challenging and hectic. The people made it worth it; I thoroughly enjoyed working with my team. I learned how to be a great project manager, an excellent mentor, and the power of networking. The hardest part of the job was always being on call for clients. The best part of the job was my team. Compensation and benefits were also excellent.
Points négatifsMinimal work/life balance