Senior Accountant : avis sur KPMG
Great place to start your career
Being an associate at KPMG is mostly comprised of travelling to client sites and performing audit procedures with client management. The Burnaby practice is focused on privately-traded enterprise clients.
The learning curve can be steep to begin with, but is overall quite easy to adapt to once you get your feet wet a few months in.
Partners and other management staff are great, being extremely supportive of your career aspirations, given that they understand it is not the average associate's goals to stay in public practice. Similarly, the co-workers are great as they are by-far some of the smartest people I've worked with and there's an abundance to learn from them, in addition to being great people to hang out with after work.
I would say the hardest part of the job is trying to fit your life into the work schedule, as while the firm tries its best to provide some balance, the nature of the business (client-driven deadlines) often does not allow for this. Also, the performance rating system can often seem rather subjective and political rather than being based on objective merit.
The best part of the job is definitely the people you work with, as even though work can be mundane and long, going through it with intelligent, motivated, and likeable colleagues makes it really worth it.
Points positifsHigh caliber of co-workers; opportunities for advancement; great learning
Points négatifsLong hours; often administrative tasks; performance rating system
Senior Accountant | Kerala
| 29 janv. 2017
• Financial record management.
• Maintain daily books of accounts
• Post journal entries
• Maintaining Ledger and Trial Balance
• Maintain Bank reconciliation statement
• Prepare cash book
• Prepare P&L Account and Balance sheet
• Review of daily collection and deposit of cash and cheques.
• Ensure the availability of liquid cash for daily transactions.
• Ensure necessary support to internal and external auditors and provide all requisite records.
• Maintaining high morale among subordinates to ensure better productivity etc.
• Continuously review existing policy and procedures and recommend improvements to strength internal control.
• Introducing new ideas to the management for strategic planning. Implementing policies and decisions of company for business development.
• Verifying and evaluating monthly and Annual reports from sub branches and give instruction to them.
Professionally challenging and require a resilient and agile individual
Engage with team members, management and the client on various audit issues.
What I have learned
Deadline driven, good verbal and oral communication and advanced excel skills and application of accounting theory.
Disciplined, knowledgeable and deadline driven
Positive, resourceful and full of energy.
The hardest part of the job
Having to work overtime and knocking off late at night sometimes.
Most enjoyable part
The people I work with, they are positive, resourceful and full of energy.
Points positifsBunisess breakfast every month end and a social event at least two times a year.
Points négatifsLong hours
Excellent work place
KPMG is an extremely fast-growing company and a wonderful place to work! The culture at the firm is the best I’ve ever worked for and everyone is authentic and loves what they do. Training processes are great and really help people to feel comfortable in each position. The managers are always willing to help and will take time out of their day to dedicate to helping you if needed. The management team really seems to care about their employees. You may have to work late/from home sometimes when the company needs you to, but that is balanced with the ability to work from home when YOU need to; its a fair trade.
Points positifsProfessional development
Points négatifsLess pay
Good career launchpad but cons > pros
System and culture specifically set up for 2-3 year retention period for all fresh employees, hence they work you to burnout esp. knowing that you have to pay them for any CPA fees if you leave before you're supposed to. Pro-tip: read your employment letter carefully to calculate the date
High expectations for quality work, long hours, tight turnaround, intense office politics and extreme disregard for WLB in exchange for low pay :) Might as well just go do IB lol
Points positifsLeague benefits (Lifestyle Account can expense anything), good mentorship, great CFE resources
Points négatifsExtreme office politics, value "face-time" over efficiency, long hours, low pay
Horrible culture and company
Horrible people: no one takes responsibility for their own work and when they roll off an engagement expect others to finish up their mess, most managers are too busy to answer question, let alone respond to a simple email/skype message, a lot of favoritism as sucking up to managers/partners is part of the job
Long hours: Engagement that booked for 1 week tends to take 2-3 x the time to finish
Low Pay: salaries are ridicously low, especially factoring in the hours
Employees are dispensable, During April 2020, KPMG laid off hundreds of employees across Canada for all service lines in such a difficult time and acted nothing has happened.
Excellent company to work for to start my career
KPMG was my first job out of college. For a CPA starting a career, I couldn't have asked for a better company. The work was challenging and rewarding. Management was excellent and provided significant support in the advancement of my career. Through the variety of clients I worked on, I gained invaluable experience across a variety of industries that I use to this day. The workplace culture was professional, dedicated and truly enjoyable.
Points positifsExposure to a variety of industries, great teammates, opportunity gain significant experience in a short time
Work life balance terrible, horrible management
Good for your career advancement early on in your career, but try to leave after 3 years if you can make it that long for your resume Extremely demoralizing, horrible management. Negativity is rampant in this office, they will put you down no matter how much work you put in. They will put as much work on you as possible, without thanking you or compensating you accordingly. Good learning experience. Just be forewarned of the office politics, keep to yourself, and hack it as long as you can, then leave for a company that respects and compensates you
Typical accounting firm - long hours and low pay for junior employees. Good company for a career and great stepping stone for future careers.
I worked in Assurance and Advisory, both have their pros/cons as professions. Assurance hours are long as with all other accounting firms. Advisory was more interesting for me personally.
KPMG hires smart and fun people - you learn a lot and make meaningful connections. I had great coaches along the way and colleagues who I still remain in touch with. Recommended as a training ground for your CPA and you can certainly make a good career within the firm.
Great for learning when you are starting working in Canada
Overall great experience working here. Expectations are high.
Challenge is you keep on working on similar files and there is no room for learning and growth specfically if you are in audit and assurance.
If you didn't perform well in one engagement, it will affect other engagements too, as manager will share it among themselves.
Lots to do on your own with tight deadlines.
Manager will tell you, you did a great job but then in feedback they may write other wise.
There are great people too who will help you to achieve the purpose.