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KPMG Graduate Scheme Review

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When did you start working for KPMG and how has your role changed over that time?

I started at KPMG in October 2010 on the Transactions and Restructuring Graduate Scheme. It involves training towards an ACA, a 3 month stint in Audit, and one year in each of the following departments: Corporate Finance, Transaction Services and Restructuring. I spent 12 of my first 15 months in Transaction Services, specialising in Financial Services, and I also completed 3 months in Financial Services Audit. I have just started my second rotation in Corporate Finance Valuations, and have also done one month Restructuring, as that department was in need of resource.

What sort of hours are you working and has that changed since you started?

Hours are quite varied to be honest. If you are on a project you can be often required to work well into the night for extended periods. But at the same time, if you’re not that busy, you rarely need to put in face time and stay late for the sake of it. It generally balances out over time, but some people have had it harder than others. I know I’ve been unlucky in terms of hours compared to some people, but it’s all experience. They also don’t make you work late when you’re nearing exams.

What is a normal day in the life of you at KPMG?

There isn’t really a normal day. One day you can get put on a project that sends you to another department or even part of the country. It’s difficult to tell. As a junior though, if you’re on a project, you’ll spend a lot of time on excel and doing research, that can be guaranteed.

How many days off a year do you get?

We get 25 days a year, and they try to give you days in lieu if you work weekends, or are on a particularly hard project that requires a lot of hours.

What sort of salary did you start on and has that changed since you have been there?

I started on £26,500, but that immediately went up to £28,000 when we started for some reason. It has now gone up to £30,000.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

Best part is the people you work with, and the diversity of the projects that you are exposed to. Also the rotation programme looks fantastic on the CV. Worst parts are the hours at times, and combining work with study is difficult.

If you had to describe KPMG in 3 words what would they be?

Standard Big Four

What is the culture of the organisation?

People oriented, they try and create a good place to work, always offering various opportunities to expand your knowledge should you wish to. It’s definitely a good company to work for as a graduate.

Finally, if you could change 1 thing about KPMG what would it be?

Our rotation scheme was the first of its kind for KPMG, so there were naturally some teething problems, so I would have changed the fact that we were the guinea pig group, but as it stands it’s going well, so can’t complain too much.






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