Avis généraux sur l'entreprise KPMG (Toronto, ON)
Worst law firm I have ever worked at
I was hired to work at this company for the global mobility team and let me just say it was the worst experience I have ever had. Having worked in the legal industry for over 5 years, this specific team had the most toxic environment wherein the managers were rude and condescending. There was no teamwork as the managers always had the final word and to make matters worse, they always made you feel incompetent. This behaviour is tolerated by upper management as other people have complained about these managers. The benefits are great but the salary was not enough for the amount of stress and sleepless nights I had to endure. Job security is non-existent in this place as there is no training plan in place and you were expected by your manager to find work for yourself during your first few months at the job. If you didnt find work or you weren't doing anything at no fault of your own because your manager failed to give you work,
you were questionned as to why you should get paid your hours even when you weren't billing per hour for the work done for the department. You are always walking on eggshells as you dont know if and when any of your managers are having a bad day and just want to snap at you for no reason. There is also no organization in this team. They also wont pay for any licensing fees like RCIC, paralegal, and anything associated with those. To anyone who joins this team, stay as far away as possible!
Points positifsWork from home, benefits were great
Points négatifsManagers were rude and condescending and this was tolerated by upper management
Professional environment, skills and knowledge improvement and sharing, friendly people
A typical day at work starts at 8.30 - 9.00 am with checking email, news and new information provided in a dataroom, which is of a high interest. It is then used in further work/analysis.
Employees are often involved into project work, which is carried out by teams of a few people. On average these people spend a few weeks working together and it is common to share/discuss news, have small talks, etc in addition to work. It is not a rare case that project management joins the team in project room. This makes management and employees closer and this is a very nice part of work.
Having good relations at work is important for me and I usually have friends-colleagues. We normally spend lunch time together, chat, go out on Fridays, etc.
The most enjoyable part of my work is that I'm surrounded by people and have a chance to learn constantly from others and share my experience. Some people are really great characters, working with them is fun. Some have rare skills and they share them.
The hardest part of the job is overtime and unpredictable working hours, but when projects are over, employees are compensated for these hours, which is a good deal.
Completely out-of-date old boys' club culture, with highly egotistical partners.
Management culture is that of an old boys' club, stuck in an era from three decades ago - client dinners, breakfast speaking seminars, and zero follow-up with their clients after the event; no targeted follow-up for business development. Instead, clients receive a thank you email with the presentation available to download. Why is there no targeted or customized follow-up with clients? Because the partners are too busy and they expect or hope that a client will pick up the phone and call. And since the partners essentially own the organization (versus a publicly traded company), they are not willing to invest the budget to fund the technology and (human) resources to enable current marketing capabilities. Furthermore, they do not understand or agree with the importance of social media and other digital channels as a means of raising their profile through relevant content and dialogue. Leadership is completely out of touch with how millennials think and connect with others. Sadly, they are not preparing themselves for their next generation of partners and senior leadership.
Toxic work environment . Management clueless on ground realities . High work stress. Proper training not provided .
Without doubt their immigration practice is the worst place I have ever worked for. The management has no idea about the lack of processes at the operations level. They have high expectations from employees but lack any kind of operational process and support system in place . They are old school and not open to change. Old time senior managers are very rude and condescending. Terrible place to work. They need to learn to respect and be kind to their employees. You will only get nightmares about work and will have no peace of mind. I will not refer working here to anyone. They should have a 360 appraisal system and should get rid of all the old timers that work with a condescending and rude attitude.
Points positifsWork from home
Points négatifsExtremely toxic work culture, No training process, Staff shortage, No recognition for effort, Impractical work pressure especially at admin level roles, Management does not care about mental health of employees, Mental and emotional burnout is a high possibility, Employees are severely underpaid and highly overworked
Dynamic work environment
Good place to build career and get exposure to different markets/industries/sectors. Dynamic team setting working with people from different backgrounds locally and globally.
Culture can be very individual performance based even though it operates largely within teams. Competitive both horizontally and vertically across the company.
Opportunities to rotate to different groups internally to learn. People are generally friendly and willing to help and some projects bring different groups together to deliver work to clients so there is opportunity to network inside the company.
The hardest part is having to multi-task to get work done and working on multiple projects and having to meet different expectations. Also, sometimes personalities can get in the way depending on the size and nature of people in the project. Overall it is a good place to work and build a career.
Offer opportunities for career advancement
It's a fast paced environment and no ordinary day at work. I've learned a lot in both professional and other soft skills which help me to develop as a well rounded professional. It also provides many opportunities for challenges and advancement within the organization. Overall environment is supportive with good benefits offer to employees. The hardest part of the job is to maintain work life balance as this is public practice (with busy seasons). I also work with approx 20 bosses versus than one or two bosses in most industries and therefore time management is crucial in this profession. The most enjoyable part of the job is that I get to meet many other professionals (both externally and internally) throughout my career.
Best accounting learning experience
A typical day at work would be a 1 mins discussion about the plans we have, the progress we have made and how much is left to finish. I learned a lot a technical information in taxes, and I also learned to work in teams, collaborate, and motivate others to work towards a goal.My management was excellent. I felt very motivated since day one, and I also felt they cared about my opinion and the way I felt about the job. My co workers were also pretty good, We came from different schools, but we really made a good team. The hardest part of the job were the long hours, sometimes 12 hours, since we did a lot of overtime during the tax season. The whole experience was very enjoyable.
A challenging yet rewardable working place.
Everyday, or even every minute, is different here in KPMG Risk Consulting. I have been involved in various audit and advisory projects for two years. My clients includes big five banks, prominent pension funds, regulatory and govenment agencies.
Hardest part, which I found also the most interesting part of my job is I have to interact with the smartest people (my coworkers and clients) in the world on a daily basis. I learnt different skills from each of them. I was given great opportunities to coach COOP/ Junior Consultant while strengthening my leadership.
Points positifsOur work ethic is well recognized in the world.
Points négatifsHuge turnover
Working at KPMG is an experience that I am very thankful for. It provided me with so many connections and a true learning experience. KMPG is where I learnt about working with customers and how to deal with adversity. A typical day at work would be just to contact various companies and ask them about if they are interested in helping and sponsoring our events. Management was extremely friendly and were great along the way. I made so many great relationships working at KPMG and that was probably the most enjoyable part of the job. I wouldn't say anything was hard but probably the most trying was the commute to KPMG from where I live.
Points positifsGreat people, great events
Working for lawyers who aren't taught how to be managers
A lot of the low to mid level staff are amazingly kind, fun people, and many of the lawyers who work at the firm are too. However, fun people who have passed the bar are not necessarily prepared to manage large teams. There's little structure to training and directions, meaning you have to guess what supervisors want from you. On a related note, it is very difficult to advance past a mid level role unless a) you're a lawyer or registered immigration consultant or b) you spend a very, very long time in that mid level role.
Points positifsBenefits and vacation are fair
Points négatifsUntrained management, minimal opportunities for growth