Staff Accountant : avis sur KPMG
Gets real old if you don't fit the mold
The company initially promised a lot of opportunities for advancement and diverse work, and branded itself as 'not just another audit firm' when, in fact, it is just another audit firm. Generally, you will work on a portion of an audit, but if you are lucky enough to be in Enterprise group, you will get to do a full audit. The enterprise, tax and business advisory groups are small, but wonderful and full of understanding managers who work towards your success and passion. The corporate audit group (largest group) is least concerned with individual strengths and simply wants audit worker bees.
If you enjoy excessive drinking a few nights a week while working 12+ hour days, and don't mind repetitive, boring work, then the job isn't bad for you. Otherwise, a smaller firm would probably better suit your job goals. Very high turnover once CPA is obtained.
This company has a very narrow idea of what an employee should look like, so if you feel you fit the mold then you will do fine. It seems that discourse is not encouraged, and diversity of opinion or otherwise is a token rather than a true initiative.
Poor remuneration, but you can claim your meal expense even if you didn't use it all.
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
Points négatifslong hours, chronicly understaffed
The role of a public accounting is pretty well known and summarized in many other sources. The expectation is to work significant hours, and at the staff level, the pay does not nearly compensate for the hours worked.
The training and knowledge that you learn on the job is the biggest plus, however the work is incredibly mundane and very granulated. The expectation on jobs is to put in as many hours as possible as you are required to meet deadlines that Managers and Partners have set for you.
Public accounting is very polarizing, as some people seem to very much enjoy the work, whereas it is the complete opposite for most people.
Great training and opportunity for advancement
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.
Points négatifsLong hours
Productive and driven workplace
The most enjoyable part of the job was, through our advisory services, helping clients make better business decisions. Working with a talented team of colleagues who leveraged their knowledge and expertise to meet client and firm objectives.
Points positifsGreat perks - bonuses, career advancement, dining, travel
This was a fast track environment
Typical large entity exhausting staff and promoting only certain desirable staff. Just a stepping stone out to the real world for most of us. No true value or lessons learned; no mentoring or serious attention to education on the job training.
Points positifsGood pay good benefits
Points négatifsTerrible work environment
Fun work place
Excellent work place to begin your accountant career. Management very professional and co-workers as well. The most enjoyable working is the exposure and knowledge you can encounter and the diversity of industries you work with.
Points positifsgood benefits
Points négatifsshort lunch breaks
Not fun to work at super stressful and tight deadlines
Very competitive, stressful and pressure driven environment where employees put in long hours and are expected to put work before anything else. No work life balance at all.
Points négatifsLong Hours, Non- supportive management
An accounting firm
• Managed KPMG’s relationship with the Department of Defense to ensure client cooperation and contract renewal.
• Consulted the Department of Housing and Urban Development on how to streamline their pension systems.
A great company to start your career with
A great company with great people. Working as a summer intern, i got to learn a lot of things about assurance and tax. I was working there in the summer so the work load was not too much.