Manager : avis sur KPMG
Working at KPMG has taught me the importance of accountability and my department has been the most fun because it has the best team I have worked with all my career.
Great place to start a career / not so much if you are mid-career and want a life
You get on the right project, you can learn a lot and the process of fostering a client relationship can be satisfying. Get on the wrong project and it could be job-ending. Very political and cut throat. Long days and weekend work when you are managing multiple projects. I think the manager role in the company is a very tough position to fulfill when attached to multiple accounts.
Consulting is not for everyone. These types of consulting companies attract A-players; smart, successful, and ambitious types, who are going to extend themselves and readily make those sacrifices to advance their careers. If you are rooted in family life, and want a work life balance, this may be a challenging environment for you.
Another drawback if you are an experienced hire, is you are constantly tasked to mentor and carry Associates and Senior Associates, since in many instances they do not have the level of skills to perform their roles satisfactorily, but still get billed-out as "experts".
Points positifsGreat pay and benefits
Points négatifsVery political
Manager | London
| 2 avr. 2022
If you make it into the favourites - great. If not - good luck!
Inclusive and supportive culture IF you make it to the favourites in a team. If you align yourself strategically with influential leaders, they will treat you well, help you advance, you'll get the best projects and your colleagues and superiors will support you. You'll be well liked and get promoted early/easily.
This is particularly the case if you started out as a Graduate, and rose up the ranks.
On the other hand -
IF you are an experienced hire, and you do not manage to align yourself to powerful leaders in your team quickly....
You won't get good projects. You won't get coached properly. You won't be up for promotion any time soon. You won't be supported throughout promotion process. You won't know why the things happening to you are happening because it'll all be disguised.
If you are no good at office politics, and if you're not able to foster strategic relationships with seniors asap (unfortunately required at KPMG because favouritism is rife) - good luck in your career with KPMG - because you're going to need it!
Manager | Makati
| 27 déc. 2015
Service line manager and training facilitator
Work starts at 8:30am and may extend overnight. Most audit managers handle numerous accounts/engagements from various industries where service rendered vary from statutory audit to other assurance services. Its difficult to maintain a work/life balance considering work extends even on sundays especially to those engagements with tight deadlines.
Aside from being in the service line, i am also active in facilitating training courses on sampling and data and analytics. being a facilitator is one of the most enjoyable part of the job. the hardest part I would say is managing manpower and continuity of the work considering there is a consistent high turnover of professionals.
KPMG Philippines for 7 years gave me an opportunity to hone my communication skills and critical thinking. I was sent to attend several ASPAC seminars for facilitators which enhanced my knowledge on Sampling and Data and Analytics in Audit.
Tax compliance SWEAT SHOP
You can forget having any kind of social life if you work in the KPMG Dallas office and you do any type of tax compliance work. Managers are required to deliver the work on time with limited resources (e.g., no staff or limited staff) even if the client information is received late. You can expect to work 18 to 20 hour days during busy season and maybe get some sleep on the weekends if you're lucky. Some members of management work the same hours so raising the issue is preaching to the choir. The firm has programs in place for developing their people similar to other big 4 firms, however, I did not experience any type of coaching. It was sink or swim for me. The only upside to working at KPMG was the bonus and pay which isn't bad if you're willing to sacrifice having a life for money.
Points positifsFree food/Perks; flexibility of working from home on the weekends
Points négatifsTerrible work/life balance; Poor opportunities for development/growth
Smart way to assess controls
KPMG is the smart place to learn the art and management of audit controls and governance framework for risk management. I got to learn a lot in the space from handling tough customers, managing programs for internal controls for SOX, and Bank controls, to developing a team of expert assessors to drive the programs all by themselves with limited support from leadership.
It was a great experience in leading the audit programs and keen to build more depth and value in audit leadership.
Looking forward to organizations for allowing to deliver my best for greater business value and customer satisfaction.
Points positifsLots of facilities including lunch and sports in premises, good projects and challenging clients
Points négatifsConsistent long hours for delivery, lack of flexibility to WFH
Good place to work while you are there, not so great when you get let go
People at KPMG are generally professional, hard-working and trying to do the right thing. Although like in any large organization it has its fair share of politics, very few screamers or total jerks.
Depends on your manager of course, but generally they do try to provide a work/life balance and there are plenty of great benefits available.
One area they are not so great at is HR and layoffs in particular. Have heard some awful things about they way things were handled.
Overall there are some real quality people there to work with and learn from, but like any other place has some flaws.
Points positifsample vacation days, great benefits especially when firm is doing well
Points négatifsnot so great at hr and letting people go with class/dignity
Great place to work
Fantastic organisation which will present you with myriad opportunities for growth. Great salary, benefits, and wonderful people. You will be expected to work a lot, and the job generally can't get done unless you do, so work life balance is poor. Can be worth it for the perks for a while, but it all depends on each person's priorities. You won't have much free time, but at least when you do you'll have money to spend. Supportive management and team culture.
Points positifsGreat vacation, amazing opportunities to work around the world, support in pursuing accountancy accreditation, job growth and job security, always new challenges, great people and management, interesting clients
Points négatifsLong hours, poor work life balance, busy season is often a constant
Manager | Texas
| 30 sept. 2021
Great culture, leadership, decent pay, average benefits and work life balance is a challenge
The culture is great. There is flexibility in terms of hours worked, location and personal reasons are respected. But you will have to compensate for the absence in your free time as most projects are intense with tight timelines. Work life balance although encouraged by leadership often becomes a challenge.
Pay and benefits are decent but they are a bit behind competitors. The maternity/paternity leaves are bad.
Learning and growth opportunities are good as well. You will have ample resources to enhance your skills. Deserving candidates are often rewarded with promotions or pay bumps/bonuses
Points négatifsBenefits, Work Life Balance
Manager | London
| 25 avr. 2018
Belief in the "Big 4" status arrogance is rife
Blood sweat and tears expected for a below market rate salary.
The worst company I've ever had the misfortune of being duped into working for.
Expect promises of rapid promotion and nice bonuses. Reality is a daily endurance test of your will to live.
The free lunch is a con, the only free thing you can get is a reformed chicken sandwich you will have to queue for most of your lunch break to get your hands on. - Essentially a ploy to keep you in the building.
No matter what level you are, hierarchy always rules and you will be treated as such.
Leaving on time and working your hours is frowned upon.
Points positifsyou receive a monthly pay check
Points négatifsyou question your life choices on a daily basis
Build a Career then leave
KPMG is a great place to build a career. That being said, it is not a place you should sit around and think that you will make manager. After 3 years, look somewhere else unless you are on partner track and are sure of it. Even if you are, you will need to wait a long time with no guarantee. They will tell you if you leave how big of a mistake you are making but they never left and don't know anything else. DO NOT listen to them. You leaving only hurts them and their current way of life. If they lose you, they have to work harder and replace you. They do not care about your career and it is everyone for themselves. If you remember and live by that, you should be fine.
Points positifsWorking remotely
Points négatifsNever stop working