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Steep learning curve
Audit Senior (Former Employee) –  Raffles PlaceMay 16, 2019
Workplace culture:
Plenty of growth opportunities, much training provided, but on the job you're almost thrown into the deep end of the pool. Form good relationships so you have people to turn to for help. Very young workforce, almost everybody is fresh out of university, managers are mostly within 10 years age difference.

Nature of job:
Prepare to slog your guts out during peak audit season. The nature of the job itself is demanding. You are expected to know your stuff or do research. Hot desking can be a boon or a bane. You bring your office supplies everywhere with you, which can be a burden on short engagements. Flexi-hours, meaning your supposed 9-6pm job can stretch to 10pm and later.

Overall:
Great stepping stone for fresh grads. If you're not into auditing, don't stay too long.
Pros
Many learning opportunities
Cons
Very long hours
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Toxic culture in Tax
Senior associate (Former Employee) –  CBDMay 5, 2019
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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Accounting professional firm
Senior Audit (Former Employee) –  RafflesApril 21, 2019
- Long working hours due to the nature of the job (External auditor).
- Big organization with many employees (able to have other colleague covering your work when you are not around).
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Team spirit and flexibility
Manager (Former Employee) –  SingaporeJanuary 24, 2019
We work in teams and throughout the engagement would form a sense of camaraderie.

The hours in are although long, it also allows us to be flexible.
Pros
There is never a dull day
Cons
Long hours
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Productive and fun place to work
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  SingaporeJanuary 12, 2019
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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Associate (Former Employee) –  SingaporeNovember 24, 2018
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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Extremely long hours due to staff shortage
Senior Associate (Former Employee) –  SingaporeNovember 20, 2018
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
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  SingaporeNovember 20, 2018
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
Audit Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  SingaporeNovember 1, 2018
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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International Audit Firm
AUDIT SENIOR (Former Employee) –  Raffles PlaceOctober 22, 2018
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
Associate (Former Employee) –  RafflesOctober 16, 2018
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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Fast pace, colleagues-like-family workplace
Events Executive (Current Employee) –  Central Business DistrictSeptember 11, 2018
There was never a day without little work, and have adopted a never-say-die attitude. Working in a team, I have learned how important teamwork can be and it brings the best out of me when I least expect myself to be at difficult times. With multiple events running concurrently, it enabled me to better manage my time. What really keeps me going, it's 100% the people around me.
Pros
Colleagues are friendly and able to work well with
Cons
Expect long hours closer to event date
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Toxic Workplace
Audit Associate (Current Employee) –  DowntownSeptember 2, 2018
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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Helpful Colleagues but Long Hours
ASSISTANT MANAGER, AUDIT (Former Employee) –  SingaporeSeptember 1, 2018
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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A place to build up career path
Tax Manager (Current Employee) –  Raffles PlaceAugust 22, 2018
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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5.0
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Challenging
Audit Manager (Former Employee) –  Central Business DistrictAugust 1, 2018
Challenging environment with excellent resource and support from various departments and colleagues. Good exposure, personal development and fast pace progression.
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Fun working place
Senior Manager (Current Employee) –  SingaporeJuly 24, 2018
Ok working place. However, partners in my unit are not too involved in marketing and business development. This work is unreasonably pushed to the next lower levels with the expectation that technical and compliance work are also performed by these staff at the same time.
Pros
Clubhouse for staff use
Cons
Old building
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Professional Financial Firm
Senior Executive (Current Employee) –  Raffles PlaceMay 21, 2018
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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Excellent working environment
Managing Consultant (Former Employee) –  SingaporeApril 16, 2018
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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Singapore
Audit Intern (Former Employee) –  SingaporeApril 12, 2018
Singapore is a great place to be as an intern from the US. Many people took an interest in me but the experience overall required much travel for clients.
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