A great training ground, a permanent career will only appeal to some
Senior Manager, Audit (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 December 2018
There is no better place to begin your professional accounting/finance career than KPMG. The training ground they offer is robust and you are surrounded by high-quality individuals. However, a lifelong career at KPMG will require the right individual. Consulting-style careers are not for everyone, they require long hours and a need to be detached from your project, but learning how to operate this early on is a great introduction to the professional world.
Fun place to work..partners are cool..admin management sucks!
Partner Assistant (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 4 December 2018
Partners are cool until you get replaced and then they dont even say hi to you. Always focus on the negative and dont encourage you at all. KPMG says it offers flexible working arrangements and leaves of absence to pursue interests schooling and hobbies but when I inquired about this for a course for 10 months it was denied left right and centre. It seems as though all rules apply to everyone BUT the admins. Why? People work from home admins can't...why? I've seen admins come and go in the last year I've been here and I can understand why they leave and some stay and are miserable. Pay is low, training is minimal and you are expected to know everything by the 3rd day which is absolutely ridiculous and not realistic (IBS needs at least 6 months with proper training to fully understand) In the end you'll never be recognized as hard as you work. You're just a number and just as expendable as the money they use to go out and eat and wipe their butts with.
Teams are cool
Admin performance managers suck, rules only apply to everyone but the admins
Senior Technical Writer - Contract (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 20 November 2018
IT Enterprise Operations is a great bunch to work with and the SMEs have a great deal of expertise. Management was very supportive and expected a lot from you. If you delivered you were rewarded with progressively more challenging opportunities. Was a contract that did not get renewed due to budgetary constraints based on Partner direction
Business Analyst Consultant (Former Employee) – Canada – 8 November 2018
Everyone is nice. Team spirit is highly promoted. Best Learning experience is having a team that pushes you to have an innovative mind. Challenges on the job are easily surmounted because of adequate support systems in place.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver – 8 October 2018
I can only speak from an admin and reception perspective, as I've had both jobs at KPMG. Be ready to be taken for granted at every turn. Usually the Partners you work with are great and you can build a great relationship with your team. However, head admins and admin management says they are on your side but never are. They will not fight for you. They will not give you fair living raises or wages. They will throw a ton of parties instead. That's where your living wage goes. Not to mention support staff gets zero thank yous ever. Unless you count a generic card on Admin Day.
Audit Services (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 5 October 2018
Great organization, good networking opportunities, and lots of social events and work perks. KPMG does a good job of staying ahead of innovation. The work culture is what drove me away. It's a very cut-throat and political.
Audit Manager (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 2 October 2018
You get a prestigious name on your resume, you gain a lot of knowledge, and you can get promoted every 2 years if you're good (for the first 6 years or so anyway). The downsides are that the hours are terrible, the pay is really low for how hard you work, and your bosses don't really care about your wellbeing, they just care about how much money you're making them.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 26 September 2018
The firm is full of great people that are fun to work with. My experience with the firm has been great for the most part. I have found though that being in an administrative role working with executive partners within the firm, you tend to be treated a bit more poorly than other positions working with client work. It isn't often recognized just how much you have to do to accomplish some of the things being asked of you, or perhaps if you go above and beyond in your role, which doesnt sit well when you aren't really being paid competitively to other positions similar to yours.
Financial Analyst (Current Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 21 September 2018
KPMG is a great place to work. You are always treated with respect. If you have a family they are very family friendly. To the extreme point that if you are single you may not get the same benefits if you were married.
With lots to learn from peers and superiors. I wish to work in KPMG again. For a long time. I joined in KPMG knowing my existing skills set. My managers helped me mould my skills set and instilled confidence in my professional behavior. Despite being an entry level internal auditor, my manager believed I could successful be responsible for the overall execution of internal audit engagements.
Growth, Team, Ability to develop soft skills and meet similar people who are different than you
Team Lead, Automation & Offshore (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 22 August 2018
For many years, I really enjoyed working at KPMG. They have strong values that they stand by and build into the overall strategy. They have a high standard in hiring top talent and the people are great to work with. Over the years, they have moved to a more flexible work environment where employees are encouraged to work virtually.
STAFF ACCOUNTANT/CONSULTANT (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 August 2018
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.