KPMG
  • Accountancy & advisory
  • Consulting

What it does: One of the ‘Big Four’. Specialises in advisory, enterprise, tax, and auditing services
Staff stats: Around 190,000 globally. In Australia, it has a workforce of 6,700 people, including over 400 partners, spread across 13 offices
The good bits: Excellent training, diverse experience, friendly colleagues
The not so good bits: Paying your dues before the structured progression & big promotions/pay rises kick in

The KPMG Australia story
KPMG came into being in 1987. That’s when a variety of accounting firms, launched over the preceding century in London, Amsterdam and New York, came together in one of the 1980’s largest ‘mega mergers’.

Nowadays, KPMG Australia is part of a global network. One spanning 152 countries that provides advisory, enterprise, tax and auditing services to an eclectic range of industries, government departments and not for... Show More

What it does: One of the ‘Big Four’. Specialises in advisory, enterprise, tax, and auditing services
Staff stats: Around 190,000 globally. In Australia, it has a workforce of 6,700 people, including over 400 partners, spread across 13 offices
The good bits: Excellent training, diverse experience, friendly colleagues
The not so good bits: Paying your dues before the structured progression & big promotions/pay rises kick in

The KPMG Australia story
KPMG came into being in 1987. That’s when a variety of accounting firms, launched over the preceding century in London, Amsterdam and New York, came together in one of the 1980’s largest ‘mega mergers’.

Nowadays, KPMG Australia is part of a global network. One spanning 152 countries that provides advisory, enterprise, tax and auditing services to an eclectic range of industries, government departments and not for profits.

KPMG Australia is an employer that provides the opportunity to assist organisations ranging from mid-sized family businesses to blue-chip multinationals. You’ll be expected to help your clients solve complex challenges, steer change, disrupt sectors and grow. You’ll be expected to be both collaborative and innovative and deliver genuine, sustainable value to clients. The company’s key values include leading by example, working collaboratively and upholding the highest professional standards.

The culture
KPMG is big on diversity and inclusion. In Australia, as elsewhere, it champions diversity. KPMG’s “Everyone Agile” initiative promotes diversity of thought and culture and welcomes those of all sexual orientations and gender identities. KPMG also provides cultural/religious leave to promote ethnic diversity and offers flexible work practices to accommodate those with demanding personal responsibilities. There’s even a LGBTI network (Pride@KPMG) that employees and allied supporters can get involved in. KPMG Australia is also committed to attracting disabled staff and has an accessibility policy in place to help them succeed.

Social contribution
KPMG Australia is active in addressing the inequality experienced by Indigenous Australians. It donates business expertise and resources to assist Indigenous peoples to achieve economic independence. Staff can work with Indigenous organisations and communities on a project basis in a range of locations.

The recruitment process
KPMG Australia offers graduate and summer vacation recruitment programs and is one of the nation’s largest employers of graduates and interns. You start the process by submitting an online application via the ‘careers’ section of the website. Once you’ve submitted your online application, you’ll be put through your paces and invited to sit two online assessments. After this, it’s a video interview and if you make it to the final stage, you’ll be invited in for an interview with a manager and Partner.  .

Remuneration
You’ll get lots of training and diverse experience but don’t expect an impressive starting salary. It’s competitive in the industry though. There are also other benefits as well. Bonuses are based on your performance, as are promotions. But if you’re doing well, you can expect to be promoted each year – reaching manager after 3 or 4 years. There is the occasional free lunch. Taxi vouchers and food is provided if you work back after hours. Plus with the “Everyone Agile” policy, you can log in from home or start a bit later if you’ve pulled a late one.    

Career prospects
Given the size of the business there are lots of opportunities. You can make side-ways moves, secondments to clients or overseas, and move teams. You’re certainly not stuck in the team that you start in. That noted, you’ll have to bide your time while progressing through the standard promotion cycle for the first couple of years.  You can’t usually head off on a 12 month secondment after 1 year.

The vibe of the place
Grads can expect lots of challenging and diverse tasks, comprehensive training and sociable colleagues. Partners and senior managers are encouraging but you might not always have a lot of contact with them. However, with the new “Everyone Agile” policy and no set desks/offices, KPMG staff sit together so they are accessible. Long hours are sometimes required but you can expect a good work-life balance most of the time.  

Overall satisfaction rating among grad employees: 4.1 stars

 

From the Employer:

"Take a tour of the office! Use your mouse or trackpad to drag, push and point to get a 360° view of the KPMG workplace.

How we’ll take you ‘beyond’

Interested in a career beyond accounting? Our Advisory, Audit and Tax teams are shaping the future of leading organisations across Australia.

With one of the country’s most varied range of client engagements – across Audit, Tax and Advisory – we’ll have you working with the nation’s most respected companies from day one. You’ll receive dedicated development and mentoring, and mix with some of the brightest minds around. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work on community and environmental programs that make a genuine difference to our society.

At KPMG we believe that business has a vital role to play in solving social and environmental problems, we support numerous organisations in the areas of education, social inclusion and health.But it’s also our diversity that sets us apart – we’re not tied to certain qualifications, backgrounds, disciplines or experiences. As long as you can ask the big questions as well as answer them, challenge us as much as much as we challenge you, we’ll never hold you back. If you want a career for all of you, talk to KPMG.

Culture & Values

As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, we work with organisations in over 150 countries to work smarter, grow and prosper. Here in Australia, we employ around 5,200 people across 13 offices and work with some of the most high profile public and private names.

Our open and friendly culture embraces individuality, rather than curbing it. We encourage building communities, and understanding the bottom line as well as bottom lines. We’ll encourage you to chase your personal goals as well as professional ones and build a successful and individual career at your own pace.

Learning & Development

Our people never stop learning.

Forward thinking development and growth programs to support your personal interests and ambitions are the foundations on which all graduate careers are built at KPMG.

Undergraduates

KPMG offers graduate and vacation recruitment programs to students and university graduates. 

Nationally, KPMG is one of the largest employers of graduates and vacationers.

A career for all of you

We’re open-minded about people.

Our standards are high but we’re interested in more than just academic records. We welcome all backgrounds, value all experiences and consider all qualifications, beyond just the ones you would expect. We’re looking for talented people, team players and progressive thinkers who can communicate their ideas with passion.

Degrees/Disciplines

All disciplines accepted.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online via the ‘Careers’ section of our website."

 

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Reviews by KPMG graduate employees

  • 4.1 out of 5
    We surveyed 41 graduates working at KPMG. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 41 responses.

Graduate Stories

Claire Impey
Monash University
Claire Studied Masters of Business Economics, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics at Monash University
Rui Yi Woo
University of Sydney
Rui Studied Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at University of Sydney
Nina Hauser
Deakin University
Nina Studied Bachelor of Law/Arts at Deakin University

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Peter King studied Bachelor of Laws at the Queensland University of Technology and is now a Senior Consultant in the Tax Dispute Resolution & Controversy team at KPMG Law.

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Roisin O’Sullivan studied Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Journalism at Queensland University of Technology and is now Consultant at KPMG Law.

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