KPMG US Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
3,035 Reviews
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KPMG US Chairman & CEO John B. Veihmeyer
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Pros
  • Good job security, decent work life balance except during Tax Season, good benefits (in 182 reviews)

  • Great place to start work if you want to see a lot of different things (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is only achieved within the course of a year for those in audit (in 418 reviews)

  • Work long hours especially during busy season and political work environment (in 470 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    KPMG is a great company to start out your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Since the company is large, there are many resources available. One plus is the large amount of paid time off days you receive. Moving within the company and transferring to other geographic locations is fairly easy.

    Cons

    You are easily replaceable and management knows this. Long hours and lack of merit based bonuses. Salaries are below market and are not equal across the board for all employees at the same level. Employees do receive a good amount of vacation days, but it is very difficult to use these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries and bonus structures. Do not over-work your top performers. All top performers end up leaving the firm due to the lack of a work-life balance. Changeability is put on the staff and is an unnecessarily stressful metric. We should be doing good work and taking the time to do things right instead of worrying about our manager's budgets from low-bid projects.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience, but very political

    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with a variety of companies and understand their cultures and how they operate.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Certain teams can get very political

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Upward mobility and room for career progression

    Cons

    Longer hours than sometimes you want especially with a family

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Sr Associate Credit Risk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You learn how to deal with office and colleague nuances.

    Cons

    politics, partner trying grab resources from each other, really bad work life balance. Lot of favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You batter fix your own processes before going to advise someone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Tax  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager Tax in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best place to build your career

    Cons

    work-life balance can be an issue in some areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and culture for those who want to become accounts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Associate  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome training, great people and family like atmosphere. They also have a great list of clients and if you speak up you will get a chance to work on your desired clients. The pay is not bad for an entry level job and the brand speaks for itself in the accounting world. 5 Weeks PTO!

    Cons

    Hours are pretty bad for 7-9 months out of the year but that depends on your schedule. Work gets pretty redundant and dry after a while. No opportunity for creativity. You are like a robot copying prior year workpapers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to work life balance. If you continue to get new clients, you should hire more people accordingly so that people aren't constantly overworked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Starting salary; promotions; competitive environment

    Cons

    Bonuses; overtime; work/life balance; pressure to increase billings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    KPMG is a great place to launch and build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Pace of learning.
    2) Clear career path and growth. "Up or out" may soudn like a bad thing until you work somehwere where that is not the case. At KPMG you get a little faith and benefit of the doubt when promotion time comes. Some places you have to be doing 100% of the job above yours before they even consider the promotion without the opportunity to learn to do it either.
    3) Work schedule flexibility outside of busy season. Take advantage of the vacation days and sabatical

    Cons

    1) Long hours, especially during busy season
    2) This is a client service industry position so it is very deadline driven and you are often the last piece of the puzzle and therefore left getting your work done with much less time available to do it than is ideal.
    3) Horrible 401K match and retirement benefits for non partners

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very great team members and supervisors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at KPMG US full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great peers who are all working hard and smart, very energetic work environment when working with them.

    Cons

    A lot of overtime, sometimes really making people crazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about employees, not too much overtime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    IT Advisory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Advisory  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Advisory in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at KPMG US full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. It allows you access to see what it is like to work at various companies while you audit them. This company / position will teach you a lot about important compliance related topics and how they apply to various business.

    Cons

    They budgets are usually un-realistic. Managers want staff to work extra hard to reduce the risk to the firm, while they agree with clients to reduce the number of hours in our budgets. This causes many engagements to have too much to do and not enough time to finish it in.

    Also, the biggest thing is that most of the Directors & Managers in IT Advisory in OC are old CPA accounting personnel who don't know a thing about IT. It was laughable how many IT managers had to be educated by their staff regarding basic IT principles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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