Director : avis sur KPMG
I worked at KPMG full-time for more than 10 years
Plenty of people who want to move the needle forward
Above average compensation against marketplace
Above average benefits, e.g., Pension and health (though with the current Covid environment all VC/variable comp has been eliminated and the pension plan will likely be reduced as will the 401k plan
A lot of noise in the system/friction against all technology projects
If you look at the data not a diverse environment
Men of all colors are under represented
Too many redundant technology systems
Lack of vision and priorities: multi-million dollar spends on FL. training center, or NYC. video studio versus investing in people to run, and grow day-to-day operations, and opportunities
Advice to Management
Gain a better line of sight to division leads, and how they support, or don't support their teams
Less time on 360's and more time getting to know your people at the Manager, AD, and Director levels, their strengths and passions
Employees are expendable resources
As a senior professional in HR with over 30 years of executive-level experience, I was shocked and disappointed to see how the lives of employees were toyed with behind the scenes.
While I worked with many young, bright, and hard-working professionals, the partners and principals with whom I worked were generally heartless, uncaring and uninterested in what these talented individuals had to say or contribute.
There was little to no effort to assure that associates and managers were placed on projects which would prove beneficial to their development. If they were placed on projects outside their core practice group, these employees were most often left out there with little or no guidance - no one would check in on them to see how they were being treated or if they were being utilized in a beneficial capacity.
Points négatifsbenefits, lack of ergonomic work spaces, poor control of hoteling space, dirty work environment.
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.
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.
Accelerated professional growth, minimal work/life balance
While a great firm to work for and opportunity to work with world class clients and projects, the firm is not a good place if you strive for any work/life balance, particularly if you have a family. Within the Advisory business unit, travel will be 90-100% barring rare exceptions. Also, while the firm tries to place resources on projects within their skillset and discipline, it often becomes a situation where whoever is available gets placed on a project. This provides opportunity for broad exposure to many unique business challenges but will also limit one from building on their desired expertise at times.
Smart people, interesting business challenges, tough lifestyle on the consulting side
Spent 8+ years within Management Consulting. Loved the ability to continually build and contribute to the organization. Had great opportunities to solve interesting business challenges for clients across industries, and had tremendous growth as a consultant and a leader. Excellent quality teammates at all levels. Creative thinkers, collaborative and driven. Downsides are tough hours and high travel. Management did what they could to accommodate local engagements when possible, however it could not be guaranteed.
Great place to work: Challenging and Great People
KPMG is a great firm to work for. They tend to hire the "best of the best" and retain those people by giving people challenging, technical and creative projects to perform....from day one.
The hardest part of the job is continous travel; however, if you are young and do not have a family, want to go all over the US an world, this is a great place to be!!
Highly recommend KPMG as one of the great places to work and to do good work!
Points positifsgreat place to do great work!
Points négatifstravel can be consuming and overwhelming.
Great offices and ice cream stands in lunch time
Great employee orientation with a focus on training and personal development. Treats you well with a good corporate ethics. My personal experience with the Oracle practice was not so great as I thought that there was a bit of a bias against foreign origin individuals. Some of the leaders were very autocratic and were not looking at the strengths of the employees rather than focusing on the weaknesses to hammer them.
Points positifsGreat training opps
Points négatifsVery conservative culture in Dallas office
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
Of all the Big 4 firms I've worked for or had as my auditor, KPMG stands out as the most pleasant of them all. The culture is one that includes, not ostracizes it's staff, seniors and managers. As a leader in the firm, I was given carte blanche access to whatever I needed to improve the lives of the staff/seniors/managers working the very long hours during the first few years of SOX attest.
Like all Big 4 firms, your rise and support in the Firm is wholly dependent on your Partner counselor who can make or break your rise.