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Good starting point for fresh grads

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Generally a good company with structured learning and career progression eg promotion every year. Long working hours. Good if you are looking to progress in finance or auditing.

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Financial analysis, structured training, diverse exposure, project management

Cons

OT a lot with low pay
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Toxic culture dominated by Indians and aussies (with infighting amongst them)

Toxic culture - small groups that fight against each other (and amongst themselves). Need to lick axx of / drink heavily with partners and directors at parties for career advancement. And employees pay for their own computer screens.Mediocre work quality.Office has not been renovate since 1970s.Basically all about profits for the partners
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Typical audit experience

Joining as a fresh graduate, training will be provided and accounting foundation will be built throughout engagements. Generally pleasant colleagues to work with. Expect late nights and deadline, as usual in the audit industry.

Pros

Build audit and accounting foundation

Cons

Long hours and stressful
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underpaid overworked

Audit function (year 2020):you know the meme that 'if you do a good job, you get to do other people's job too'? yup. thats KPMG; incompetence gets rewarded. hardworking competent individuals suffer with heavy workload and are slowly decreasing in numbers due to this reason (all are leaving the firm)KPMG SG is slowly being overtaken by mid joiners from different firms and malaysia, with these experienced hires bringing in their 'face time' culture (where online = hardworking), without getting anything done. These mid-joiners are diluting the friendly culture KPMG once had.you will have to protect yourself a lot, as there are a lot of finger pointing when anything goes wrong. there is no clear line on what your job scope is, reiterating again that if you show a bit of competence, you basically just do everything.despite audit being essential, partners are cutting our pay in the form of deferred promotion. there is no clear direction of what their response given the covid-19 pandemic. partners themselves say that the audit function is doing well, but then conveniently said that they are not 'meeting targets' when deciding to defer promotion.

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nothing

Cons

long hours, underpaid, overworked, unappreciative
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Poor employment practises. Avoid!

Poor off-boarding processes where bosses ask you to leave early from notice period to save money. Poor promotion prospects in the year. No business in the company. Bonuses delayed. Hired employees asked to delay employment. Boring dinosaur slow company in adopting technology. Slow internet processes. No one wants to decide.

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Leave can accumulate but can't use

Cons

Poor pay compared to other roles outside. No appreciation of staff
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Competitive environment

KPMG Singapore has a competitive environment. It assists in growth but at the same time could be overwhelming to some. The firm does not focus on industry specialization as well
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Good place to learn many skills

Great and smart people around you to work with. There are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills especially for a fresh graduate. Good working environment and good management.

Pros

Learn lots of things, well taken care of

Cons

Work life balance
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Good advancement

Good place to advance in your career, it is easy to get a promotion every year. You would be in a good place to succeed if you are able to take stress and long working hours.
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Good place to improve accounting and auditing knowledge

Overall, working in KPMG is good. While I highly valued my time at my previous company, there are no longer opportunities for growth that align with my career goals.
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Productive

Good place to learn, many exposure. Colleagues are friendly and easy to get along with. Gain a lot of experience in term of group reporting and listed company experience.

Pros

Flexible

Cons

Long hours
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Poor pay but great learning experience

I worked with many great people but many leave after a few years. Projects can be hit or miss but the good ones really helped me learn a lot and take on bigger responsibilities. Overall, a decent place to start a career.
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Fun workplace. Especially with the personnel department.

It was fun and exciting working there. Majority of the secretaries were helpful & fun to work with. Have learned quite a lot from there. The auditors were friendly as well. Due to further advancement, have to leave the job. Anyway, still enjoy frontline jobs till now. Love meeting people and learn new stuff if possible. Last but not least, KPMG is a great place to work in.
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Productive workplace

The company has alot of resources given to help the staff in completing their daily work. Competitive and challenging environment to work in. The company cares about the well being of their staff
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Toxic culture in Tax

I was from the Corporate Tax Planning and Compliance department, where I worked for approx 4 years. Management is entrenched and blissfully unaware of sentiment on the ground. They favour staff who go out of their way to bootlick, and overlook how these staff will push their actual work to other staff members who are already overworked and under-appreciated. The key issue with the management is that the few who are aware of the extremely toxic culture do not make any attempt to stop it. Staff are divided into two camps - the bootlickers and the non-bootlickers. The former group will go out of their way to curry favour with management, and as a result have a lot of influence during day to day work and the appraisal process. The latter group will be dumped with significantly more work, yet get rated poorly by the management simply because they do not try to suck up. Staff turnover has been overwhelming high in the past three years. More than half the department is new. Experienced staff leave simply because their hard work (working ot past midnight almost everyday and being expected to come back to office on weekends) is not appreciated, and the toxic culture makes it unbearable. This is not the place for you unless you can withstand being manipulative, throwing your friends under the bus, and forsaking your morals for the sake of your career.

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Wide exposure

Cons

Toxic culture, vicious cliques in the office, indifferent management
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Productive and fun place to work

I have been working with KPMG for more than 5 years.KPMG provides a great career path and especially good for a fresh graduate to learn new knowledge and soft skills.

Pros

clubhouse Free Monday Dinner

Cons

Long hours during peak season
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Na

Good culture in certain teams. Need better pay and bonus. Innovative culture. Promotion is structured. Advisory has no engagement manager. Allocation of job is unfair.
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International Audit Firm

It's an reputable international audit firm. Was in the audit team and audited various companies from different industries. Workplace culture was good.
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Good company culture and opportunities to learn

I have learnt many skills and have been sent on a lot of training during my time. I have been given opportunities to try new things and participate in large projects. Work-life balance varies project to project, and some projects can have really bad working hours. Flexible working hours are given, however, this works both positively and negatively. May have to work Saturdays or Sundays depending on project.
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Helpful Colleagues but Long Hours

Young and vibrant colleagues since Big 4 traditionally recruits fresh university graduates every year. Wide exposure to clients in different industry, good mentorship from senior and managers and adequate, regular professional and personal training. Regular supper and drinking sessions with colleagues due to long hours during peak.

Pros

Young and vibrant colleagues

Cons

Lots of OT during audit peak
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Challenging

Challenging environment with excellent resource and support from various departments and colleagues. Good exposure, personal development and fast pace progression.
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Excellent working environment

KPMG Singapore is an excellent organization for fresh graduate. Principals and Directors are good mentors as well as highly professionals. Thank you KPMG singapore.

Pros

Flexible working hrs

Cons

Can be very busy at times
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