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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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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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An up-to-date worksplace

A modern workplace which keeps its policies updated and in line with the government initiatives, and keep the benefits on par with the primary competitors.
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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.

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Learn lots of things, well taken care of

Cons

Work life balance
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Good pay but bad leadership

- The pay scale, staff benefit and physical office environment are above average. - The working culture is less ideal. - The leaders often demonstrate inconsistencies in providing direction to the team and their actions don’t match their words. They are driven by ego.
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Competitive, less work/life balance

Learned about the work culture in Singapore. Had direct client interactions and was involved in implementation from the scratch . Developing escrow and change management plans etc.
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Good work life balance

Good work life balance can be experienced in KPMG. Flexibility to make decisions related to the assigned work. The management keeps a well track of your progress and activity
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Salary and benefits should be increased to compensate the employee's efforts

Salary and benefits should be increased to compensate the employee's efforts as all employees really put on a lot of time and efforts to complete all the projects.
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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.

Pros

Wide exposure

Cons

Toxic culture, vicious cliques in the office, indifferent management
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Extremely long hours due to staff shortage

Management seems incompetent to deal with staff shortage issue. Junior staffs work extremely long hours, and morale is not that good. Experience varies depending on the specific project manager.
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Nice people, ok projects

Culture: People are generally nice and collaborative. Work life balance is generally observed. Work: Work can get boring after sometime given the advisory nature. Sometimes management push for projects that expand the team capabilities but generally very hard to deliver
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Great accounting firm

Value staff Plenty to learn, with good training program. A lot of exposure, given job rotation option. Good human resource management, with 360 evaluation system The hardest part is long working hours

Pros

Value staff

Cons

Long working hours
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Toxic Workplace

You'll work with people who constantly complain about no work-life balance and want to resign but they are the same individuals that perpetuate the 'overtime' culture. Expect working past midnight daily to meet expectation of managers and seniors alike. At times, unnecessary work is done that leads to working overtime. The work place thrive of inefficiency and its something you have to live with, working in this industry.

Pros

Younger working environment

Cons

Extremely inefficient
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A place to build up career path

Assist tax partners in Singapore tax assignments (planning and compliance) for corporate tax clients, including provision of tax compliance and advisory works for clients from a wide range of industries in both public and private sectors in Singapore. Past and present portfolio of clients include multi-national corporations, listed companies and SMEs in Singapore with activities ranging from manufacturing, trading, retail, investment holding, transportation and logistics, services, hotel management, shipping, telecommunication and construction.
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Professional Financial Firm

KPMG is one of big four audit, tax and advisory firm in the world. I learned a lot while working there especially supporting advisory teams. The management at KPMG are professionals.The most enjoyable part of the job is joining on the ground projects.

Pros

KPMG cares

Cons

Necessary guidance for some new joiners
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Challenging but Rewarding

A typical day is difficult to describe since the work at KPMG is very dynamic and never the same. On most days you can tear up your to-do list by 10 because the day goes in so many different directions. This is what makes the job so enjoyable and the worst aspect of it at the same time Working at KPMG gives us the opportunity to work with different clients from different industries, collaboratively with our local and global teams. There are always new things to experience and learn from. The management team here are always supportive, both in the aspects of our career, as well as our personal growth.

Pros

Global and local opportunities

Cons

Challenging
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Insight view of Big 4

A steep learning curve during the initial stage in the firm before realizing all the cons that come after such as: - Long working hours - Poor department management - Poor communication flow - Poor department culture

Pros

Good employee benefit

Cons

Long hours, poor management and culture
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Fun place to work at

KPMG Singapore feels pretty much like a university. As a graduate or someone in the mid 20/30s, it is easy to find friends/Colleagues of the same age group, there are tonnes of fun activities like welcome night, dinner and dance, monday drinks and even sports day organised yearly. Best part of this job is the people, but of course as with every company there will be issues in retaining talent. One thing KPMG Singapore lacks is the grooming of employees who have been with them since day 1 (first job). At a certain level, the management becomes a little more selfish and forgets that the employees come first. Nonetheless, still enjoyed my time there.

Pros

Tonnes of parties and fun

Cons

Poor employee management of career
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Dynamic environment

The working culture is dynamic and rapidly changes. Although you may have a reporting manager/director you are free to speak and work on various projects (provided that there are projects to be on and the engagement manager wants you on those projects). Management is open to discussion and ideas regardless of position.
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Prestigious and Competitive Workplace

Typical work day: - Work is project-based and while not on project, you will be benched temporarily - Work is usually team-based and is competitive - working independently is essential - no levy for mistakes Management: - Rarely get to interact with upper management - Performance is strictly monitored Workplace culture - Stressful at the lower levels of employment - Competitive culture - Promotion is based on years of experience and performance - Frequent workplace events to bond colleagues Hardest part of job - Long work hours - Tight deadlines Enjoyable part of job - Workplace events are fun and enjoyable
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