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KPMG Careers: How to get a job at this Big 4 company

KPMG careers span a very wide range of roles from associate positions in various business services, technology, federal government practice, auditing, taxation, and advising. Of course, there are also executive positions, software development jobs, recruiting careers and even some contract roles.

Here is a quick snapshot of some KPMG jobs:

  • Audit Manager
  • Audit Associate
  • Experienced associate, Business Tax Services
  • Senior Associate, Marketing Technology
  • Managing Director
  • Major Projects Advisory Associate
  • Internal Audit Associate
  • Data Science Specialist
  • Financial Due Diligence Manager
  • IT Audit Associate
  • Workday Payroll Lead Manager
  • Tax intern
  • International Tax Manager

At any given moment, KPMG might have over 1,500 openings. This is not because of unusually high turnover — it’s due to the fact there are over 200,000 KPMG employees working in a very dynamic industry. To give you an idea of how international KPMB is, of the total employee count just 30,000 work in the US. 

KPMG is one of the top financial services, accounting and management consulting firms in the world. With over 200,000 employees in many locations spread across the planet, KPMG is one of the most prestigious employers. The “Big Four” accounting firms are the largest professional services organizations globally. They provide management consulting, advisory, taxation, actuarial, audit, assurance, and corporate finance and legal services.

What are some of the KPMG career benefits?

  • Pension plan
  • 401 (k) plan
  • Profit sharing
  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Prepaid legal
  • PTO is 20-30 days a year according to several online sources.
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Annual reimbursement of $2,000 for mental health support.

What are some of the perks?

Fitness plan reimbursement, employee discounts, campus hire associates may receive a bonus for passing the CPA exam within one year of starting.

Can working at KPMG advance my career?

Yes, working at KPMG or any Big Four firm will likely advance your career.

Where are some of the places I could live at work there?

The corporate headquarters are in Amstelveen, Netherlands and there are tens of thousands of employees in Europe. The US headquarters is in New York City and KPMG has many locations all over the world so it’s up to you to decide which ones you want to target. If you look in the office locations section of the website you will see them. There are dozens like Buffalo, Providence, Cincinnati, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and so on.

How do KPMG employees like the company?

Great Place to Work created a KPMG profile writing that 89% of employees gave the company a favorable rating.

Additionally, the company has been rated by FORTUNE magazine as one of the best companies to work for.

How would I get a job at KPMG?

Look on the KPMG website in the careers section to get an idea of what jobs are available. You can also view the openings on LinkedIn and look for alumni from your university or college who already work there. If you identify the jobs you are interested in and can connect on LinkedIn with a current KPMG employee who graduated from your school you could try to set up a phone conversation. Also, you could try to find someone in your personal network who works at KPMG or who has a contact there.

If you only apply through the KPMG website, you might have a much lower chance of getting a response than if you go through personal or business networks. 

Another way to get a job at KPMG is to try our app, which is used by over 6,000 KPMG employees. (We surveyed some of them to generate these insights about the KPMG scandal.)

When you use it you can communicate directly with a number of them to find out about hiring and various roles. You could also ask for a referral.

While you are doing your research it might be helpful to being open to working in a less competitive location. So, if you really want to work at KPMG in New York City, but the competition is very stiff for jobs there, you could look for positions in Chicago, Raleigh, NC or Minneapolis to boost your chances. If you get a job in the less desirable location you could do that one for a year, get some experience, and then try to transfer to the one you prefer.

KPMG for Students

If you are a student, your college or university might have a relationship with KPMG. So, contact your campus career center or office and see if they can help you reach out. Also, you can visit the KPMG campus recruiting team page and contact one of their representatives to ask about recruiting events where you can meet in person to start the process.

Students can also apply for internships at KPMG to gain working experience and make connections. KPMG typically hosts several thousand interns per year. In fact, KPMG’s internship program has been rated by some college students as the best. These internships are paid and the rate reportedly is over $20 per hour. Completing a KPMG internship in good standing can lead to a permanent job offer, and the conversion rates are favorable. Another appealing aspect of the internships is the number of international locations. KPMG has interns all over the world and you can see some of them on Instagram using the hashtag #kpmginterns.

Will working at KPMG help me get into a top graduate program later?

Acceptance into the most competitive professional and academic programs depends on many factors like test scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, where your degrees are from and your work history. So, working at any Big Four firm will probably help, but it alone won’t be the deciding factor.

Where can you go after working at KPMG?

Some KPMG employees move on to other Big Four firms. They are already familiar with the business, the work and the environment. After gaining work experience, many employees want to move up the career ladder to get better pay and to take on more responsibility. Once you are in a Big Four firm  you can do that internally or resign and move on for a new opportunity. If you don’t want to be an executive eventually, then you can content yourself with less ambitious moves.

A number of employees may choose much smaller organizations for a variety of reasons like moving to a less populous area to purchase a more affordable home or starting a family. Others may want to start their own companies to create their own jobs or have more flexibility.

Going back to school is another option. If you combine an accounting degree and work history with a professional degree like an MBA or JD you will be even more attractive to many employers.

How do you become a partner?

When you are first hired you will probably need to work about four years before you can become a senior associate. During this first phase you will likely have little to no interaction with clients but your essential knowledge base and skill set will develop. After this phase, you may start taking on more of a leadership role by managing projects and having some client interaction. You might also become more involved in the business side of the work.

Your ability to collaborate with clients and retain them is an important part of growing into a more senior role. Having the capacity to bring in new ones is equally significant.

Awareness of international business operations and how to communicate with clients overseas is another aspect of possessing partner potential. If you have the potential to become a partner it is assumed and expected you know the technical aspects of the field. On a personal level you will need sound ethical practices, effective communication, the willingness to lead and business or entrepreneurial acumen. If you can identify new opportunities and add financial value to the business you have this entrepreneurial ability. Partners grow the business they don’t only know the mechanics and dynamics of their jobs. IT savviness is another attribute that could prove instrumental in becoming a partner. Increasingly, information technology has made the financial services and consulting industry more global. If you don’t understand the trends like big data, machine learning/AI, cloud computing, blockchain, and security issues you may not be able to communicate with potential new clients.

What are KPMG Workday jobs?

KPMG Workday jobs are positions that utilize the strengths of both company’s offerings. Workday makes cloud-based enterprise software for the management of human capital and finances. KPMG works with this software to build applications that support their clients. Many KPMG Workday jobs are technical in nature. There are also some associate roles in Workday implementations and integrations.

KPMG also works strategically with companies like:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Apptio
  • Aprimo
  • Aptitude Software
  • Coupa
  • Cognizant
  • CyberArk
  • Dell Boomi
  • Flexera
  • Google
  • IBM

How is the work/life balance?

The work/life balance depends on your position, the type of work you are doing, your manager, and your lifestyle. If you are young and single you may be open to working long hours sometimes and not doing much after a day in the office. If you are married with children, you might define work/life balance differently.

There are work cycles when you spend more time and energy in the office and consequently there will be less time and attention for life outside of work. In some cases, there may be an option to work from home for periods, but not all the time. Work/life balance for some workers means not having to commute very much. If you live as close as possible to job site you will have a better balance. Other employees aren’t bothered as much by commuting so they will travel over 2 hours a day in their own vehicles or on public transportation. Work/life balance speaks to wellness and happiness because it’s hard to be healthy and happy if you are overworked and constantly stressed.

What does KPMG support outside of work?

Golf has been a focus for KPMG which has sponsored the Women’s PGA Championship and individual golfers like Phil Mickelsen, Stacy Lewis, and Mariah Stackhouse.

What does KPMG mean?

Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler. This name resulted from the merger of Klynveld Main Goerdeler and Peat Marwick in 198. KMG was formed in 1979.

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