Absolutely horrendous work life balance. There was no balance. It was literally all work and no life. No time for spouse. No time for kids. No time for personal health. Definitely no time for hobbies.
Also, a very demoralizing and depressing culture and working atmosphere. People are not afraid of throwing you under the bus. Managers will happily do it to their in-charges time after time.
Pay was not even close to being acceptable for the hours and stress of the job.
In the end, I wasn’t giving any time to my family. Whenever I had a few moments to talk with my wife it would be about work because it got to the point where I couldn’t think of anything except work. It consumed me. I didn’t spend hardly any time at all with my first daughter for the first year of her life. Let alone me not having any time to support my wife during her pregnancy.
My wife told me I didn’t even seem like a person anymore. Finally my wife said, “You will find a new job.” There was no “or else” or ultimatum. Just something that I will do. Period. I looked at what KPMG had made me become in just 2 years and was surprised. I was a complete workaholic. Before KPMG I had vowed never to become a workaholic and to always put my family first. Within two years I was completely consumed by work and didn’t have a relationship with either my wife or my daughter.
So I got a new job that has good work life balance. My family and I are so much happier now.
Do not go into KPMG thinking you can be there for your family or that you won’t become a workaholic. You most definitely will become a workaholic and will not have time for your family.
Horrible management within the engagement management coordinator (EMC) department. No support-micromanagers! Find somewhere else to work!
Not cool. I thought KPMG employees have medical benefits especially when you need surgery.
Company should hold your job. Not just let you go. It is unethical.
Lack of work/life balance
Answered - Senior Manager (Former Employee) - Los Angeles, CA
Answered - Senior Advisory Consultant (Former Employee) - Atlanta, GA
To further my study in the United States
Answered - Semi Senior Audit Associate (Former Employee) - Lagos Nigeria
Needed surgery. They would not hold job
Answered - PMO Governance Analyst (Former Employee) - Montvale, NJ
To be a stay at home mother.
Answered - Office Manager (Former Employee) - New York, NY
Answered - Senior Associate, Risk Consulting (Former Employee) - Fort Lauderdale, FL
I would welcome any opportunity that would challenge me and help me build on my capabilities.
Answered - Audit Associate (Current Employee) - Accra, GH