Steer very clear of this B4. I worked in the FIRES group and it was very, very draining mentally and physically. Some observations:
1) Very, very toxic staff and management. They all gossip and generally stab each other in the back to get ahead. Very competitive. The amount of politics here are insane.
2) Experience in the firm is determined entirely by the first few teams you work with. If you don't work well together and/or they don't bother explaining the work (common), they'll either spread negativity about you or your flaw in skill will carry onto future clients.
3) Very low pay. B4 is known to be a meat grinder for a few years, but at some point the expectations become unreasonable for the amount of pay. That is very much the case here. Honestly not worth it.
4) Hire lots of newcomers/"secondees" from other countries as seniors that aren't of the same quality as domestic talent. The secondees are basically there for a vacation and don't really care about the work. This makes files stressful as there isn't good leadership. Why not just invest in retaining high quality talent instead of sourcing new lower quality talent quickly to replace?
All B4 are around the same so don't consider prestige when making your decision. Always put some weight on the cultural and personal fit aspect. The culture here is very conservative and uptight. It's a random mix of people that are hired frantically as warm bodies and its evident in the culture. It's 2021 people, don't settle for wor
Points positifsCFE Support, CPA PERT Hours, Good benefits
Points négatifsLong hours, low pay, toxic environment, rude managers, understaffed, very high turnover
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
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.
Worst job experience. No ounce of work life balance. Busy season is really busy season
Don’t bother working here. I’ve only been here for a bit but people who’ve been here longer say the same thing.
No work life balance
You’re expected to know so much in such little timeSo many deadlines and trainings you can’t catch a break
Points positifsCan’t think of any besides having ‘big 4’ on your resume, You’re actually learning a lot of excel and cpa stuff
Points négatifsAbsolutely no work life balance Extremely fast paced
Long hours and rotation with managers is intriguing and tough at the same time. Each has different styles and will always say their style is best.
You have to manage the managers who manage you.
Some jobs are over staffed, while others are under staffed
Volunteering for social activities etc is not required but of course your looked down upon if you abstain
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.
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
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.
Working with top talent from college could be a competitive but learning experience
Staffs are expected to work overtime and make available late nights and weekends
However, you are able to work on some of the largest client in public accounting
Questions et réponses au sujet de l'entreprise KPMG
Comment avez-vous obtenu votre premier entretien chez KPMG ?
Posée le 20 févr. 2018
J'ai postulé en ligne et on m'a téléphoné pour un premier entretien physique avec la RH.
Réponse du 11 mars 2022
Avec la directrice sur rdv
Réponse du 29 sept. 2020
Comment décririez-vous lenvironnement de travail et la culture dentreprise chez KPMG ?
Posée le 16 oct. 2019
Équipe soudés et agréable
Réponse du 10 févr. 2022
Pas conviviable, aucun effort fourni pour intégrer les nouveaux arrivants
Réponse du 17 mai 2021
Quels conseils donneriez-vous à une personne qui doit passer un entretien chez KPMG ?
Posée le 24 sept. 2018
Rester sois même
Réponse du 21 nov. 2022
Réviser les écritures comptables, savoir se présenter
Réponse du 9 juil. 2021
Quelles sont les perspectives de carrière chez KPMG ?
Posée le 20 déc. 2017
Pas de perspectives si vous n’êtes pas lèche … et si vous oubliez votre vie personnelle
Réponse du 19 nov. 2022
aucune si vous ne léchez pas les bottes du chef
Réponse du 21 mai 2021
Quelles questions vous a-t-on posées lors de votre entretien chez KPMG ?
Posée le 18 juil. 2019
Belle question 🥰
Vous voyez le nombre de candidat que j’ai à voir. Pourquoi vous ?
Conseil ne pas décrire votre Cv, il c’est déjà le lire 🤣
Réponse du 11 juil. 2021
On vous pose des questions vos dernières expériences et sur votre motivation. Vous faites des souhaits mais ils n'en tiennent pas compte.