KPMG employees volunteering overseas with Free the Children

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Along with providing maternity leave top-up payments for new moms (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks), KPMG maintains a Working Parents Network to bring together parents with young children to share their ideas, experiences and resources in balancing their personal and working lives -- and also manages a virtual Special Parents Network to support parents of children with special physical, emotional or behavioural needs
  • KPMG helps employees balance work and their personal lives through a variety of flexible work options, including a "Personal Care" program that provides employees with up to 50 hours of paid time-off annually to help with a range of personal matters, such as family emergencies, bereavement, moving, religious observance and personal appointments
  • KPMG strongly encourages employees to keep their skills sharp with generous tuition subsidies (to $3,500 annually), a variety of in-house training programs, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring programs and generous bonuses for some course completion
Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Bilodeau has recently partnered with KPMG as an official KPMG Ambassador
KPMG employees attending one of the company's Lawn Summer Nights, an event supporting Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Employer Background

Industry Accounting
Parent company KPMG International
Full-time employees in Canada 6,165
Part-time employees in Canada 1,761
Full-time employees worldwide 162,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.22%
Average age of employees in Canada 36.2
Longest serving employee 48.9 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the Toronto head office has been constructed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard, consuming 40 percent less energy than comparable buildings, office features access to underground PATH walking network and subway system, outdoor courtyard with gardens, KPMG Kafe lunch room, a state-of-the-art "Halo Room" for virtual meetings with locations across the country and around the world, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, pool table
Snacks available apples, bananas, pears and oranges
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Cloud Garden Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Hummingbird Centre, Royal Alexandra Theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events Friday afternoon socials, ski trips, end of tax season celebrations, Winterfest celebration in Toronto (with concert featuring Hedley), summer barbecues, employee sports teams across the country, including curling bonspiels, hockey tournaments, skating, dragon boat club, skiing and snowboarding, cycling, broomball, bowling and golf tournaments, tennis, soccer and cricket
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications KPMG Today/KPMG Aujourd'hui, an online communication portal that features firm-wide news as well as sub-sections for regional and departmental news, internal social media tool (The Hub), which lets employees from around the world connect easily

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for non-executive personnel range from 2% to 25% of salary

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), fitness reimbursement program of up to 75% of the cost of annual fees as well as initiation fees for gym membership or other fitness plans (such as golfing or skiing), up to 1.25% of an employee's annual salary for home gym equipment and weight management programs, retiree coverage continues for dependents in the event of the retiree's passing
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $6,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $20,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, emergency short-term daycare
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information Working Parents Network, to bring together parents with young children to share their ideas, experiences and resources in balancing their personal and working lives, virtual Special Parents Network to support parents of children with special physical, emotional or behavioural needs, the Working Parents Network helped develop a new program for parents going on maternity leave, assisting employees through three stages of their leave, including pre-leave, during leave and returning to work, Personal Care program, which provides employees with up to 50 hours of paid time-off for personal matters, financial subsidies for emergency back-up care for children, elders and dependents

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information additional vacation purchase program for both full- and part-time employees (purchased through payroll deductions in one week increments)

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, online peer recognition program with a variety of award levels that are measured through a point system (award values range from $25 to $1,500)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 75% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs summer internship training program, internship opportunities for new Canadians in partnership with TRIEC's Mentoring Partnership Program

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 25,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 250 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Free the Children and Me to We (national "We Day" sponsorship), Sacred Circle, Ride to Conquer Cancer, World Partnership Walk, United Way, Women Building Futures, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Regina Education and Action against Child Hunger (REACH)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight KPMG encourages employee volunteerism through its "Community Leader Awards" program, which recognizes employees who have made significant or unique contributions to their community and rewards them with a $1,000 donation to the organization of their choice. The firm also operates the longstanding KPMG Foundation, which is primarily focused on providing grants and matching donations to Canadian universities.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • KPMG created a 2-day workshop entitled "Ace the Case" for first, second and third year Commerce students interested in pursuing an accounting designation -- the program helps participants improve their case-writing, analysis and presentation skills, and is available across Canada -- the team with the best presentation moves on to compete in the international case competition
  • KPMG manages a summer intern rotational program to provide work experience across audit, tax, advisory, enterprise or national shared services groups and also created the National Boardroom Skill Challenge, which offers interns opportunities to provide solutions and strategies to a real business case on issues the firm is currently facing
KPMG UFE preparation participants celebrating a successful course completion


Industry Accounting
Full-time employees in Canada 6,165
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives National Experience Community Challenge for students to experience the firm's community leadership strategy firsthand

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • KPMG is committed to supporting the advancement of its female employees, maintaining the Women's Interchange Network (WIN) for over a decade and offering multiple in-house programs to support professional development, including Women in Line for Leadership, which provides career sponsorship for senior-level women -- additionally, the firm created a sponsorship program in collaboration with KPMG's management committee, requiring committee members to sponsor at least one high potential female partner in order to ensure gender balance in the firm's succession pipeline
  • KPMG established a mental health working group, responsible for launching an internal resource portal for mental health, introducing a communications campaign to raise awareness, and engaging all offices in Mental Health Week activities -- the firm's Montréal office also participates in Summit School's job training and integration program, which provides internship opportunities to students living with disabilities in order to help them prepare for future employment
  • KPMG supports the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Accounting Mentorship Program to encourage Aboriginal students to pursue post-secondary education and future careers in accounting -- the firm also manages a national Aboriginal scholarship program for students enrolled in business or the First Nation Financial Administration program at a post-secondary institution and recently incorporated a mentorship component as part of the program, with mentors helping students develop skills such as resume writing, interviewing, summer job search and applying for internships
KPMG UFE writers celebrating a successful completion of their training
"The pride@kpmg monthly networking socials allow me to surround myself with like-minded colleagues. Their presence is a continued reminder that it's not just OK to bring my authentic self to work: it's celebrated. Opportunities like these boost my confidence & motivation in the workplace." Rohan S., Senior Accountant, Audit


Industry Accounting
Full-time employees in Canada 6,165
Workforce representation female employees (53.7 %), female managers (51.5 %), visible minority employees (27.1 %), visible minority managers (26.1 %), Aboriginal employees (.49 %), Aboriginal managers (.47 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Women's Interchange Network (est. 2004), Women in Information Technology Services (ITS) Network, Pride@KPMG (LGBT employees), AdaptAbility Network (employees with disabilities), Ibero-America Network, Team Italia, Ismaili Network, East Asian Network
Formal commitment Chief Diversity Officer, executive diversity and inclusion council, ethnic business initiatives steering committee (enhance firm's diverse customer and market strategy), mental health strategy
Unique diversity initiatives WIN Signature Event (approximately 300 clients, future clients, alumnae and KPMG's female management group), WIN@Leadership (career development program for pre-management client-service female professionals), MORE mentoring program for female employees in Edmonton, sponsors GRIS-Montreal, an organization that teaches awareness and inclusion of LGBT community in schools across the province, such as common myths about LGBT people and how to be an ally, sponsors Sacred Circle, a Me to We, Free The Children social enterprise that offers youth leadership program for self-identified Aboriginal students
Diversity community partnerships Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians), GroYourBiz (mentorship for women entrepreneurs), Canadian Business SenseAbility (member), Job Opportunity Information Network (employment opportunities for persons with disabilities), Community MicroSkills Development Centre, Indspire (Inclusion Works career fair for Aboriginal peoples), Pride at Work Canada, Out on Bay Street (LGBT conference and job fair), Skills for Change, ACCES Employment

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • KPMG employees volunteer as Sustainability Office Champions, leading internal green teams in "greening" their offices and working with environmentally-focused organizations locally -- across the country, teams have introduced expanded recycling programs, including cellphones and eyeglasses, switched to fair-trade coffee, and replaced bottled water with filtered water
  • Through the firm's Global Green Initiative, the firm is committed to reducing its international carbon footprint by 25 percent per full-time employee (compared to the baseline year of 2007) through energy conservation and use of renewable energy -- by 2010, the firm had surpassed this goal by 4 percent and set an additional 15 percent target per full-time employee
  • KPMG's head office is an impressive state-of-the-art building located in downtown Toronto, built to LEED Gold standard -- the building uses approximately 45 percent less energy than comparable buildings, and the firm is constructing or renovating an additional four buildings in Canada to meet LEED Gold standard
KPMG employees volunteering in Africa with Free the Children


Full-time employees in Canada 6,165
Employee green team Sustainability Office Champions (responsible for leading office Green Teams)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives National Executive Director of Community Leadership
Formal strategy/policy name Global Green Initiative (international program)
Unique green initiatives formal print strategy (has reduce paper consumption by 46 percent since 2008), Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Team (offers professional services related to climate change and sustainability initiatives)
In-house waste reduction and recycling e-waste, office furniture (usable furniture is dontated to local charities), extensive recycling program at head office (waste diversion rates have reached 97 percent)
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, World Wildlife Fund, Free The Children (initiatives focus on sustainable agriculture and clean water initiatives), Bike to Work Week, ReForest London, Sustainable Hamilton, Queens University Solar Design Team, Grow-A-Row (community gardening initiative in Lethbridge)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Pending
Building footprint includes other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

KPMG LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
KPMG offers commerce students the opportunity to participate in Ace the Case, a two-day workshop and competition designed to help students improve case-writing and analysis abilities

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Accounting
Parent company KPMG International
Full-time employees in Canada 6,165
Part-time employees in Canada 1,761
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Staff Accountant, Audit Associate, Consultant
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

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