Part of the prestigious Big 4, KPMG offers the ability to drive your own career. Development opportunities include strong training, the ability to move locations and change roles, and the ability to switch practice areas. Wellness offerings are extensive, and there are several valuable affinity groups that support women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
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Part of the prestigious Big 4, KPMG is ideally looking for accounting students with strong soft skills and an interest in technology and data analytics. The firm’s valuable internship program offers students hands-on real-life experience, along with excellent networking and learning opportunities. KPMG’s full-time staff have access to rotational opportunities to other internal groups and clear career progression paths with promotions and pay increases. There are also plenty of opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and learn ‘on the job,’ as well as many virtual trainings.
A healthy work/life balance can be achieved at KPMG. Although there are busy times of the year when you’ll have to work longer than 40-hour weeks (sometimes close to 60 hours), th...
About the Company
With more than 35,000 employees in more than 90 offices across the U.S., KPMG LLP has rightfully earned its place among accounting’s Big 4. KPMG, the fourth largest accounting firm in the U.S. by revenues, is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee, whose member firms can be found in 143 countries and territories and have approximately 265,000 professionals. KPMG’s service lines are divided into audit, tax, and advisory, with industry-specific focus in each.
In the U.S., KPMG works for clients in numerous industry sectors, including aerospace and defense, alternative investments, asset management, automotive and transportation; banking and capital markets; building, construction, and real estate; consumer and retail; energy and chemicals; financial services; gov...
- “As is to be expected, there are times of the year where work/life balance is a little bit harder to manage and you may be working more than 60-hour weeks. However, there are other times of the year where you do have flexibility. We're always kept aware of what to expect ahead of time so we can plan. Even in crazy busy times, we're encouraged to take time for ourselves, whether that's attending doctor's appointments, fitting in a haircut, etc. Our teams know we have lives outside of work and trust us to get our work done.”
- “There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to determining work/life balance. Employees of all experience levels are given flexibility in how they approach their work, and they need only communicate thoroughly and upfront with their team. Firm leadership is mindful of the hours we work, and they intentionally delegate work in a manner to ensure we are all able to work hard and enjoy our down time.”
- “We are given a generous amount of PTO and are encouraged to use it by our managers. When we are on PTO, there is no expectation to check emails or stay connected.”
- “I am well paid for the work I do, and being in a risk management position internally, the hours are very reasonable (40 to 45 hours per week). Previously, when I was in audit, in busy season I'd work more than 60 hours for months at a time. I also would be scheduled on summer year ends where I'd work 55 hours per week and would work 50 hours per week year-round when not in busy season. Long and often unpredictable hours made it difficult to have a good quality of life.”
Getting Hired Here
- “KPMG is shifting to a rolling interviews process and developing new strategies to be more effective in recruiting. They recruit across the country and use our Lakehouse as a signature pillar of the recruiting process. We collaborate with team members across the country on a regular basis, and it makes sense that our recruiting would reflect such.”
- “When I was hired for an internship, which led to my full-time role, the firm had an on-campus hiring event. I had two 30-minute in-person interviews on the same day at my college and was called later that day saying that I was extended an offer. I believe the ideal candidate the firm is seeking is an accounting student who has demonstrated soft skills such as project management and an interest in technology/data analytics. The firm is calling this the ‘next gen auditor.’”