Senior Manager : avis sur KPMG
Just like every other Big 4
The hours are terrible, but the opportunity is enormous. Just like every other Big 4 firm, you'll make way more than you're worth in your first couple of years, you'll soak up a ton of experience during all of your late nights and dinners at your desk, and then you'll be worth way more than you make for a few years. Anyone who jumps ship at the Senior or Manager level can expect to see a great increase in pay outside of public accounting. Anyone that sticks around to make partner can expect to wait about 15 years (give or take 3 years depending on the market), but then partner compensation is pretty fantastic.
Big 4 life is really hard on families. Really hard. 60-80 work weeks for most of the year, frequent travel, and constant social events for clients and coworkers leave little time for anything else in your life. Deciding to join the Big 4 is a lifestyle choice that works best when you're single and have no other responsibilities. If you want to have a family, my advice is to get a few years of experience to launch your career, and then get out before you start having kids.
Points positifsExperience, opportunity, team environment, frequent lunches, dinners, happy hours, and other social events
Points négatifsWork hours, work-life balance, regulatory environment
Smart People, but slow to adapt to market changes
I found KPMG to be a fantastic place to work in general. Everyone is very smart but that does not mean you will get along with them. They do work hard to advance people but tend to end up very top heavy which can make it hard to complete with other firms on price. I also find that they are a bit slow to take up new technologies that are needed in the industry. My co workers were great and they work hard to teach me new skills but I find that learning new skills is talked about but not necessarily acted upon by senior management so there was little formal training. The hardest part of the job was the constant travel which made it hard for me to have a personal life. Then, when budgets got tight, they cut off travel which made it very difficult to connect with clients. It is a very entrepreneurial culture so you have to make it on your own. Nobody is going to hold your hand along the way, which can be good or bad. It is good that it weeds out those that don't make the cut quickly, but it can be bad that everyone is fighting for the same piece of pie.
Points positifsSmart employees
Points négatifsLack of training.
Senior Manager | London
| 22 nov. 2021
Horrible place to work
I've worked here for 6 years and can honestly say it's one of the worst places to work. The firm is exceptionally poor on performance management processes and there is little, if any, support in role. The firm is chronically understaffed and unwilling to update it's approach to attract and retain fresh talent with an insistence on doing the same old thing they've done for the past 100years despite changing workforces and requirements for employee propositions. Staff reward here is exceptionally low compared to comparable experience in industry and again, the firm show an unwillingness to change mindset meaning haemorrhaging of people. There is also a lack of accountability for senior staff who effectively 'bully' junior staff into working harder, longer hours incessantly and never get called out on it.
Points positifsLunch allowance
Points négatifsExtremely long hours, lack of support, staffing shortfalls
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.
Senior Manager | London
| 23 sept. 2015
Full on working with great clients
Engagements require you to help clients to resolve challenges and create strategy - very exciting depending on what the challenges are.
You will need to meet with senior management, understand their issues and work with them as well as long side their employees.
This means spending a lot of time away from your main office.
KPMG has access to many of the UK's biggest brands and my main focus was on helping them with digital transformation programmes.
As well as this you have to manage a team, look after the budget and general administrative activities (on old fashioned systems!)
Points positifsTop class clients, good people
Points négatifsPoor systems, slow to make decisions, bureaucratic
Best learning experience and challenge ever
Public accounting is the best environment to start your carreer and a great place to work. The challenges, new things you learn each day are endless. What you get out of this professional experience is what you make it by applying your own work ethics. My carreer in public accounting was the stepping stone for all jobs I worked after that and what I learned while in public accounting was an incredible foundation. The caliber and diversity of the people your work with is unbelievable, and always created a motivation and mentor situation for me, always trying to better myself and reach new goals.
Points positifsincreadible challenge
Points négatifsvery long hours and some travel
The work itself is almost always dry so your enjoyment of the job really depend on the people you are working with. The problem is, teams change very often, and about half the time, there will be someone on your team that will just ruin your day. I mean it may just be my specific experience but I think because of the nature of the job and the emphasis on selling work to advance to manager the most ambitious, people tend to make manager and tend to be very aggressive and not very nice. I'm sure this is true for all Big 4s though so no big deal.
Points positifssometimes you don't have to work at all (if you're in advisory)
Points négatifsmost of the time you work a lot and for managers that just aren't very nice
Terrible and corrupt company
I worked here for one year and not a day longer. The senior leaders at this company are more interested in their self-serving desires than actually being leaders for the company. The culture is dog-eat-dog and they treat their employees terribly. I’ve worked for their competitor as well and honestly, the whole industry is really shady. If you decide to work here, take it for what it is, get some experience and get out. The more senior you get the more you’ll be exposed to the lack of integrity and morally corrupt values.
Points positifsGood salary, decent benefits
Points négatifsTerrible leadership, self serving people, they think they’re smarter than they are
It was an excellent place to gain good experience
KPMG was a challenging place to work but a great place in terms of opportunities for advancement and for getting marketable work experience that will easily qualify a person for high level accounting and tax jobs elsewhere including but not limited to at another accounting firms, at fortune companies, within government, etc. They also provide ideal an experience for a person eventually wishing to start one's own firm.
Points positifsGreat work experience and opportunities for pay increases and advancement.
Points négatifsNot an easy place to work for those looking for an easy, stress free 9 to 5 job.
Senior Manager | Dubai
| 27 févr. 2018
Wrokplace with high standards
KPMG is a great place to work. It is one of the big four audit firms in the world with presence in almost 160 countries and with more than 190K employees working worldwide. Highest levels of work standards, professional dignity are been implemented in KPMG which are based on international norms, practice etc. You can see yourself grow over the time with continuous improvement on your audit skills, project management skills, knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, communication skills, multitasking skills etc.