Steer very clear of this B4. I worked in the FIRES group and it was very, very draining mentally and physically. Some observations:
1) Very, very toxic staff and management. They all gossip and generally stab each other in the back to get ahead. Very competitive. The amount of politics here are insane.
2) Experience in the firm is determined entirely by the first few teams you work with. If you don't work well together and/or they don't bother explaining the work (common), they'll either spread negativity about you or your flaw in skill will carry onto future clients.
3) Very low pay. B4 is known to be a meat grinder for a few years, but at some point the expectations become unreasonable for the amount of pay. That is very much the case here. Honestly not worth it.
4) Hire lots of newcomers/"secondees" from other countries as seniors that aren't of the same quality as domestic talent. The secondees are basically there for a vacation and don't really care about the work. This makes files stressful as there isn't good leadership. Why not just invest in retaining high quality talent instead of sourcing new lower quality talent quickly to replace?
All B4 are around the same so don't consider prestige when making your decision. Always put some weight on the cultural and personal fit aspect. The culture here is very conservative and uptight. It's a random mix of people that are hired frantically as warm bodies and its evident in the culture. It's 2021 people, don't settle for wor
Points positifsCFE Support, CPA PERT Hours, Good benefits
Points négatifsLong hours, low pay, toxic environment, rude managers, understaffed, very high turnover
Fun place to work..partners are cool..admin management sucks!
Partners are cool until you get replaced and then they dont even say hi to you. Always focus on the negative and dont encourage you at all.
KPMG says it offers flexible working arrangements and leaves of absence to pursue interests schooling and hobbies but when I inquired about this for a course for 10 months it was denied left right and centre. It seems as though all rules apply to everyone BUT the admins. Why? People work from home admins can't...why? I've seen admins come and go in the last year I've been here and I can understand why they leave and some stay and are miserable. Pay is low, training is minimal and you are expected to know everything by the 3rd day which is absolutely ridiculous and not realistic (IBS needs at least 6 months with proper training to fully understand)
In the end you'll never be recognized as hard as you work. You're just a number and just as expendable as the money they use to go out and eat and wipe their butts with.
Points positifsTeams are cool
Points négatifsAdmin performance managers suck, rules only apply to everyone but the admins
High stress environment without opportunity to learn
KPMG is a great place to learn technical accounting and financial analytical skills. Your experience will be influenced mainly by the people you work with which can be a hit or a miss.
Management throughout the financial year spoke about steps they are taking to hire more individuals instead of focusing on retaining the talent we had at the firm. The external hires from foreign countries are not on the same level as talent that have moved up the ranks.
The high turnover creates a lot of problems, lack continuity on files, High performers burn out and leave. This is what happens when the firm is run like a sweatshop. More often than not we were understaffed which took away from the opportunity to learn narrative that they provide when they justify the pay rate.
Points positifsFlexible work arrangements, CFE support
It was a good run working as an admin assistant with the advisory KPMG practice, it has its rewards (good people) and challenges (mgmt.). It is a busy and deadline-oriented work environment, with many oportunities for learning new skills. I have made many friends but I moved on to another company for better compensation. The compensation is not on par with other Big 4.
The most challenging part of the job is the outdated performance management for employees and the support structure. When we don’t know something, the expectation is that we have to learn it, regardless of education. I would hate to see an admin help responsible for a financial decision they are not necessarily trained for or compensated appropriately to do.
Points positifsFree lunches, social, people
Points négatifsWhat is the true value of the admin to the organization
I can only speak from an admin and reception perspective, as I've had both jobs at KPMG. Be ready to be taken for granted at every turn. Usually the Partners you work with are great and you can build a great relationship with your team. However, head admins and admin management says they are on your side but never are. They will not fight for you. They will not give you fair living raises or wages. They will throw a ton of parties instead. That's where your living wage goes. Not to mention support staff gets zero thank yous ever. Unless you count a generic card on Admin Day.
Points positifsGood work/life balance
Points négatifsPoor management and atrocious wages
I was only a work experience student but I was still treated with respect and co-workers were very polite and inquire about my day etc. I learned more about how to navigate the little happenings of the office, such as the catering for clients. I also learned of their incentive program where you could give points out to people who helped you out, which would accumulate to prizes through the KPMG points system, and you could get prizes ranging from gift cards to vacations.
Points positifsFree coffee, and occasionally free lunch
Work hard, learn lots, system upgrade every 3 years. Difficult to get momentum. Managers, senior managers and partners will squeeze the life of you. If you're starting your accounting career, you found your company, after 3-4 years, you'll be looking at other opportunity. Every month, you get 1-2 good bye emails, Take the emotional out of the equation, bottom line is the most important and utilization.
KPMG paved the path of my entire career. They hired me right out of university with zero office skills and kept taking chances on me as the years went on. I can't say enough great things about the company. The ONLY reason I left was due to location....I would have still been there today if I lived closer.
Points positifsGreat people, team events, leadership, opportunities
The company invests a lot in their staff and have created a culture of openness by empowering the staff to reward one another. The company accommodated those still in school and has beautiful facilities for the staff and meeting rooms for discussions with clients.