Productive, learning and motivating workplace to be.
KPMG Sierra Leone is a member firm of KPMG International, and provides comprehensive services of audit, accounting, tax, and management consulting in a variety of sectors.
KPMG also provides a wide range of consulting services including, organization development, financial management systems, information technology, manpower training and development, transport and communication, cost control, health care, executive recruitment and search and remuneration and benefit planning.
Our consultants are widely experienced and have been employed in government, industry, and academic life before entering the field of Consultancy. Our consulting division also has the advantage of drawing on the resources of experienced professionals within the general practice division of the firm.
We at KPMG Sierra Leone combine our knowledge of local conditions with the experience and skill that a major accounting firm such as ours can offer, to provide our clients, both national and international, with first class professional services.
At KPMG Sierra Leone, every day was a learning process and the management and staffs were a motivating factor especially for me to be steadfast and be more proactive in the job.
KPMG gives priority to recruiting and training. Their trainee accountants are mostly university graduates, many of them with accounting degrees and I was one of the graduates. All graduates complete a structured training programme which combines practical work experience with an exten
ProsProfessional career development
Coordinator | Toronto, ON | Apr. 5, 2021
Worst law firm I have ever worked at
I was hired to work at this company for the global mobility team and let me just say it was the worst experience I have ever had. Having worked in the legal industry for over 5 years, this specific team had the most toxic environment wherein the managers were rude and condescending. There was no teamwork as the managers always had the final word and to make matters worse, they always made you feel incompetent. This behaviour is tolerated by upper management as other people have complained about these managers. The benefits are great but the salary was not enough for the amount of stress and sleepless nights I had to endure. Job security is non-existent in this place as there is no training plan in place and you were expected by your manager to find work for yourself during your first few months at the job. If you didnt find work or you weren't doing anything at no fault of your own because your manager failed to give you work,
you were questionned as to why you should get paid your hours even when you weren't billing per hour for the work done for the department. You are always walking on eggshells as you dont know if and when any of your managers are having a bad day and just want to snap at you for no reason. There is also no organization in this team. They also wont pay for any licensing fees like RCIC, paralegal, and anything associated with those. To anyone who joins this team, stay as far away as possible!
ProsWork from home, benefits were great
ConsManagers were rude and condescending and this was tolerated by upper management
Senior Accountant | Burnaby, BC | Jul. 4, 2015
Great place to start your career
Being an associate at KPMG is mostly comprised of travelling to client sites and performing audit procedures with client management. The Burnaby practice is focused on privately-traded enterprise clients.
The learning curve can be steep to begin with, but is overall quite easy to adapt to once you get your feet wet a few months in.
Partners and other management staff are great, being extremely supportive of your career aspirations, given that they understand it is not the average associate's goals to stay in public practice. Similarly, the co-workers are great as they are by-far some of the smartest people I've worked with and there's an abundance to learn from them, in addition to being great people to hang out with after work.
I would say the hardest part of the job is trying to fit your life into the work schedule, as while the firm tries its best to provide some balance, the nature of the business (client-driven deadlines) often does not allow for this. Also, the performance rating system can often seem rather subjective and political rather than being based on objective merit.
The best part of the job is definitely the people you work with, as even though work can be mundane and long, going through it with intelligent, motivated, and likeable colleagues makes it really worth it.
ProsHigh caliber of co-workers; opportunities for advancement; great learning
ConsLong hours; often administrative tasks; performance rating system
Senior Consultant | Ottawa, ON | Jul. 25, 2013
Not a great place to work
Worst job I ever had:
- Management is unapproachable, communication is one way and you are being talked down to, Partners and some Senior Managers have huge egos.
- The work is repetitive and uninspiring.
- Very limited career options for non-accountants.
- Unless you are an accountant, forget about ever becoming an Equity Partner, as this is 100% an accounting firm, only trying to market itself as a professional services firm.
- You will have to work very very hard to make sure the Equity Partners make their 7 figure bonuses, it's a pyramid scheme where most good people are fired or quit after a couple of years when they have burnt out.
- Many people working for this firm look 5-10 years older than they are. Those of you who are still in the firm, the sooner you realize you are being taken advantage of the better.
- You will not have time to enjoy (m)any of the perks you have, as the workload is to big. Forget about quality time with the family, defer getting married or plan a divorce, this will greatly help your career with the Firm.
- Always cover your back, never delete any emails, you will need them to protect yourself when you get stabbed in the back by your co-workers, as they are trying to save themselves from getting fired.
ProsOk salary, but not amazing
ConsTo many to mention
Staff Accountant | Calgary, AB | Aug. 17, 2018
Gets real old if you don't fit the mold
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.
Associate | Toronto, ON | Apr. 1, 2014
Professional environment, skills and knowledge improvement and sharing, friendly people
A typical day at work starts at 8.30 - 9.00 am with checking email, news and new information provided in a dataroom, which is of a high interest. It is then used in further work/analysis.
Employees are often involved into project work, which is carried out by teams of a few people. On average these people spend a few weeks working together and it is common to share/discuss news, have small talks, etc in addition to work. It is not a rare case that project management joins the team in project room. This makes management and employees closer and this is a very nice part of work.
Having good relations at work is important for me and I usually have friends-colleagues. We normally spend lunch time together, chat, go out on Fridays, etc.
The most enjoyable part of my work is that I'm surrounded by people and have a chance to learn constantly from others and share my experience. Some people are really great characters, working with them is fun. Some have rare skills and they share them.
The hardest part of the job is overtime and unpredictable working hours, but when projects are over, employees are compensated for these hours, which is a good deal.
Director of Communications | Toronto, ON | Mar. 2, 2018
Completely out-of-date old boys' club culture, with highly egotistical partners.
Management culture is that of an old boys' club, stuck in an era from three decades ago - client dinners, breakfast speaking seminars, and zero follow-up with their clients after the event; no targeted follow-up for business development. Instead, clients receive a thank you email with the presentation available to download. Why is there no targeted or customized follow-up with clients? Because the partners are too busy and they expect or hope that a client will pick up the phone and call. And since the partners essentially own the organization (versus a publicly traded company), they are not willing to invest the budget to fund the technology and (human) resources to enable current marketing capabilities. Furthermore, they do not understand or agree with the importance of social media and other digital channels as a means of raising their profile through relevant content and dialogue. Leadership is completely out of touch with how millennials think and connect with others. Sadly, they are not preparing themselves for their next generation of partners and senior leadership.
Staff Auditor | St. Catharines, ON | Jan. 6, 2020
Not for everyone
If you're willing to drink the proverbial Kool Aid, you will find success at this company. Ultimately, the opportunities for professional growth and promotions are dependent on how much you are willing to put your head down and work. I enjoyed working in this environment for a while but the toxic corporate culture and poor management support/coaching drove me to pursue other opportunities. Management was considerably more focussed on ensuring that billable hours were minimized rather than maximizing the quality of the work. Some management personnel were better at creating a teaching environment than others but the majority of Senior Management were too busy to provide any meaningful teaching opportunities. The constant employee turnover was demoralizing to the point where the conversations around the water-cooler revolved around "How much longer are you going to put up with these working conditions before you leave?". The answers were typically "until I get my hours" or "until I write the CFE". The steady turnover coupled with the overall attitudes of the majority of employees created toxic work conditions that I could not tolerate for very long.
Account Executive | Vancouver, BC | Dec. 4, 2018
Fun place to work..partners are cool..admin management sucks!
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.
ProsTeams are cool
ConsAdmin performance managers suck, rules only apply to everyone but the admins
Administrative Assistant | Ottawa, ON | Aug. 10, 2016
I continue to learn new skills in Caseware. I have made a number of friends and I don't believe I have ever had a relationship where you don't feel left out or are not part of a team. When I first joined there was only myself and my manager. We now have 6 people plus our manager. A typical day is checking the web to see what work needs done, putting our name to a submission and doing the work on the Reporting Control Sheet. All first drafts and final submissions are reviewed by our manager. All finals are proofed by us and added and cross-added for consistency. My co-workers and I share ideas to ensure all work is being done accordingly. The hardest part of my job is during corporate tax season, making sure all E-Files are done by June 30th, as well as all statements and letters are done and sent to client service staff. I enjoy being surrounded by such diverse people.
ProsGreat health and wellness plan, free tickets to hockey, soccer and football games
ConsNo ability to grow with this position
Questions and answers about KPMG
Why would you want to work at KPMG?
Asked Apr. 30, 2017
: To take up professional career, responsibility and challenges in an environment where talents are appreciated and encouraged. Also to contribute new ideas to the overall advancement of such organization, accounting profession and the World at large
Answered Dec. 31, 2019
KPMG has a good reputation, I also love to learn so many things from this company and also make my resume look classic.
Answered Mar. 1, 2019
What is the company culture at KPMG?
Asked Jan. 17, 2018
Team work one aim
Answered Apr. 28, 2018
Very down to earth and open-minded culture.
Answered Apr. 23, 2018
What are the working hours at KPMG?
Asked Jul. 14, 2017
8Am to 8pm
Answered Aug. 12, 2018
Typical day starts at 9am but can end at 10pm
Answered Jul. 23, 2018
What is the work environment and culture like at KPMG?
Asked Apr. 13, 2017
Very good and collaoboratie
Answered Jan. 12, 2020
we have different culture from all over the world.
Answered Oct. 16, 2018
How should you prepare for an interview at KPMG?
Asked Aug. 6, 2018
- Wearing very formal
- Be prepare for answer all the questions
- Bring a copy of your resume
Answered Aug. 13, 2019
Be honest and show your enthusiasm toward your career path with the firm