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KMPG employees attending the lawn bowling fundraiser event 'Lawn Summer Nights'  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • KPMG offers new parents-to-be a generous adoption subsidy (to $20,000) and supports new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) -- the firm also maintains a Working Parents Network to bring together parents with young children and manages a virtual Special Parents Network to support parents of children with special physical, emotional or behavioural needs
  • As part of KPMG's commitment to mental health and well-being, the firm recently appointed its first Chief Mental Health Officer, who will focus on supporting and embedding the firm's mental health strategy and developing a national network of mental health champions
  • KPMG encourages employee volunteerism through its "KPMG Impact" strategy and maintains a Community Leader Award to recognize employees who have made significant or unique contributions to their community -- award recipients receive matching donations and the flexibility to volunteer during the work day
KPMG's dragon boat team Blue Steel celebrate after a race  

Employer Background

Industry Accounting
Established in Canada 1840
Parent company KPMG International
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,081
Part-time employees in Canada 177
Full-time employees worldwide 200,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.89%
Average age of employees in Canada 35.96 years
Longest serving employee 45.77 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features the Toronto head office was constructed to meet LEED Gold standards, consuming 40 per cent less energy than comparable buildings, and employees were consulted on interior design, the office features easy access to the city's underground PATH walking network and subway system, indoor bike parking (with room for 100 bicycles as well as an air pump, lockers and shower facilities for commuters), outdoor courtyard with gardens, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, and self-serve lunchroom, KPMG also recently introduced the "Virtual Community Workplace" initiative, allowing Toronto-based employees to work from other locations across the GTA
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, pool table, open café areas on every floor, main lounge area is the "KPMG Kafe", which is used for employee gatherings, with seating for 80 individuals and great views of the surrounding city
Snacks available apples, bananas, pears and oranges, granola bars, cookies, honey-roasted peanuts, coffee/espresso machine
Other nearby amenities YMCA, University Settlement Recreation Centre, fitness club, unique glass walkways and street vendors, urban plaza area across the street (Cloud Gardens Park), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, most of the city's major sports and entertainment venues are within walking distance including Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Alexandra Theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events employees enjoy a number of formal and informal events at offices across the country, including Friday afternoon socials, ski trips, end of tax season celebrations, a Winterfest celebration in Toronto, participation in the annual "Big 4 Battle of the Bands" fundraiser for United Way (an evening of music and friendly competition featuring bands from the largest accounting firms in Canada), employee sports teams and events including curling bonspiels, hockey tournaments, skating, dragon boat club, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, broomball, bowling, golf tournaments, tennis, soccer, ultimate frisbee and cricket, social and volunteering initiatives for retired employees including last year's unique "Hockey Night@KPMG" event for 850 alumni at the former Maple Leaf Gardens
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
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, dedicated Diversity and Inclusion, IT, and Health and Safety portals, state-of-the-art Halo Room for virtual meetings with locations across the country and around the world, dedicated alumni newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note KPMG has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) 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 14% of salary, formal WorkPerks discount program (includes numerous products and services for employees and their families), relocation support services for new hires and current employees within or moving to Canada

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note KPMG has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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
Other health plan information 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)
Additional health and wellness information flex plan includes a base amount of flex dollars that vary by coverage level (single, couple and family), eyecare (amounts vary with flex plan), fitness reimbursement program of up to 75% of the cost of annual fees, as well as initiation fees for gym membership or other fitness programs such as golfing or skiing, home gym equipment and weight management programs, retiree coverage continues for dependents in the event of the retiree's passing, internal mental health portal
Family-friendly benefits note KPMG has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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 formal Working Parents Network, Special Parents Network (virtual support group for parents raising children with physical, emotional and behavioural needs), sends special information packages to parents on leave midway through their leave to support their transition back to work, formal Backup Care program (for children or eldercare), enlightened Personal Care program (up to 50 hours of paid time off for personal matters)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
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
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
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 1 week increments), Personal Care Program (offers 50 paid personal hours for employees to use for personal matters), Sabbatical Leave program (ranging from 3 weeks to 6 months, may be used for everything from pursing personal interests to education to family time)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
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, recently introduced "Spotlight" rewards program (employees can nominate their colleague for exceptional performance, with rewards up to $1,500), and the "Thanks" program, allowing employee to send electronic thank-you cards for day-to-day achievements (also includes points that can be accumulated for higher value awards)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs internship opportunities for new Canadians in partnership with TRIEC's Mentoring Partnership program, reciprocal mentoring (connects senior leaders with employees from diverse backgrounds), new manager training program, local and global secondment opportunities, national onboarding program for new employees, formal two-year women's leadership development program (Women in Line for Leadership), three- to six-month international placement program (Tax Trek Global Mobility Program), global internship program that allows participants to spend half of their internship abroad

Community Involvement Rating: A+

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 250,009 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 300 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way Toronto (raised over $2.3-million last year), WE Charity and ME to WE (three-year partnership and sponsorship of WE Day), Canadian Red Cross, LinkYid (Vancouver), Youth Services Bureau (Ottawa), Bike for Mike (Hamilton), Motionball of Sport (Halifax), READ Saskatoon, Ride to Conquer Cancer
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The firm encourages employee volunteerism through its KPMG Impact strategy, which focuses on three key components: the community engagement of KPMG employees; strategic engagement of the firm in its respective communities; and minimizing the environmental footprint of its operations. KPMG also operates the longstanding KPMG Foundation, which provides grants and matching donations of up to $5,000 to charities of employees' choosing.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • The firm recently launched the "KPMG Ideation Challenge", inviting students from various countries to work alongside KPMG data, analytics and artificial intelligence personnel to solve complex business issues -- ideas are presented to a global judging panel, who then select initiatives for co-development
  • KPMG manages "Avenues", a program for graduates in the early stages of their career -- participants are employed across audit, tax and advisory practices and consider specialization as they work towards professional designation -- participants are also assigned a dedicated Development Manager to provide coaching and feedback
  • With the recent introduction of CPA Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance, KPMG created a college recruitment program for individuals who are not interested in becoming a qualified CPA -- KPMG partnered with 35 community colleges across Canada that offer accounting diplomas in order to develop a new associate role within its audit practice
Students participating in KPMG's annual national Executive Look conference  

Highlights

Industry Accounting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,081
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses 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 annual "Acceptance Parties" for campus graduates who accept offers of employment during the fall recruitment season, 2-day "Ace the Case" workshop to help undergraduate students improve their case-writing, analytic and presentation skills (local teams compete nationally, and the winning team moves on to compete in the 3-day KPMG International Case Competition with all expenses paid), national summer student conference called Executive Look, Experience Community Leadership program for students to participate in he firm's community leadership strategy firsthand, Global Advantage Program for summer interns to attend a conference in Germany

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • KPMG is committed to supporting the advancement of female employees, offering various training opportunities such as Women in Line for Leadership (WILL) to develop high-potential senior managers to become partner-ready candidates -- additionally, the firm maintains the Women's Interchange Network (WIN) to facilitate opportunities for women to connect, as well as WIN@Leadership, a career development program to help women cultivate professional relationships
  • For nearly a decade, KPMG has supported 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 offers a First Nations and Aboriginal Student Awards scholarship program for students enrolled in business, marketing or the First Nations Financial Administration program at post-secondary institutions
  • KPMG's inclusion and diversity team organized dedicated training for the campus recruitment team on recruiting students with disabilities and Indigenous students
KPMG employees on a Me to We trip to Ecuador  

Highlights

Industry Accounting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,081
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Inclusion Officer
Formal commitment inclusion and diversity council, Chief Mental Health Officer, Chief Inclusion Officer
Employee resource groups Women's Interchange Network (est. 2004), Pride@KPMG, Ibero-America Network, Team Italia, Ismaili Network, East Asian Network, India Desk, Jewish Network, Salam Network, Christian Network
Diversity training and awareness training on unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, mental health in the workplace, accessibility, accommodation and barrier-free recruitment practices, specialized training for campus recruitment team on recruiting students with disabilities and Indigenous students
Diversity highlights Advancement of Women into Partnership initiative (extensive training and development opportunities such as WILL and WIN@Leadership to develop a pipeline of diverse high-potential women), participates in Position Women for Success initiative, assigning mentors to 100 women from offices in Eastern Canada and providing leadership coaching (project is funded by Status of Women Canada and rolled out with local employers), sponsors GRIS-Montréal (anti-bullying workshops to students across Montréal), sponsors Access to Success Case Competition and Conference (raise awareness of accessibility), sponsors Sacred Circle (a Me to We, Free The Children social enterprise that offers a youth leadership program for self-identified Aboriginal students), First Nations and Aboriginal Student Awards (program has been so successful, the firm partnered with Indspire to help administer program, now reaching over 3,000 Aboriginal youth)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, Inc. / WEST (training for severely employment disadvantaged visible minority women), Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (accounting workshops), Canadian Business SenseAbility (member), Canada Company (military employment transition program), Youth Services Bureau Spectrum Program (support services such as LGBT drop-in centres, peer mentoring, counselling and primary care services for at-risk youth), MicroSkills Development Centre (Women's Forum for female entrepreneurs, employment workshops for new Canadians), Canadian Board Diversity Council (sponsors the Get on Board certification program, which provides underrepresented groups with education and networking opportunities to advance their careers)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • KPMG employees helped create and organize waste reduction, recycling and reuse programs at offices across the country, capturing everything from pens to e-waste to donating used furniture -- the firm achieved an impressive waste diversion rate of 97 per cent for the its downtown Toronto location
  • In addition to being a pioneer in working to address everything from its own paper usage to carbon emissions to work styles to its building footprint, KPMG provides dedicated professional sustainability services to help clients understand, manage and improve their own environmental and social impacts -- the services are managed by a core team of 18 sustainability subject matter experts who are supported by professionals from across the firm
  • KPMG employees across the country work to support numerous green community initiatives including the Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve, Sustainable Kingston, ReForest London, Sustainable Hamilton, Queen's University Solar Design Team, Essex Regional Conservation Authority, and Sustainable Montréal, to name a few
An employee participates in the planting of 100 trees in Vaughan, ON, where KPMG recently opened a new state-of-the-art office building   (Photo credit: Mc Sabado)

Highlights

Industry Accounting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,081
Employee green team Impact Champions (national network of employees), Green Committees (at many offices)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Impact Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Global Green Initiative (international program)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Our Workplace of the Future program (evolving statement to address and plan for the future of work), ongoing Virtual Community Workplace program (formal initiative to help employees enjoy greater flexibility through use of technology and reducing travel and commuting impacts), Global Green Initiative (reduced net global greenhouse gas emissions per full-time employee by over 16 per cent since 2010), Global Climate Response (new program to set additional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets), annual GHG survey (measures success of carbon, energy, travel, paper, waste and water reduction programs), annual energy consumption audit, Green Committees (various office committees champion numerous initiatives across the country including community gardens, tree planting initiatives, replacing bottled water with filtered water, and donations of computers to local schools)
Noteworthy initiatives provides professional "Sustainability Services" to help clients address and improve their own environmental and social impacts -- managed by a core team of 18 sustainability subject matter experts who are supported by additional sustainability professionals as required
Building footprint includes 45 per cent of the firm's office space in Canada is built or renovated to meet LEED Gold certification standards, with locations featuring water efficient fixtures, energy efficient and motion sensitive lighting, low emission and recycled material used in its construction, carpets made from recycled materials, low VOC paints, updated HVAC systems, and FSC certified wood products
Extended recycling e-waste, office furniture (usable furniture is donated to local charities), extensive recycling program at head office (achieved a waste diversion rate of 97 per cent), adoption of the extensive TerraRecycle program at the Montréal office, longstanding formal print strategy has reduced paper consumption by 55 per cent since 2008 (all photocopy paper must have a minimum 30 per cent recycled content)
Commuter amenities downtown Toronto office features enclosed parking for 100 bicycles with air pump, water cooler, shower facilities and towel service for cyclists, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships UN Global Compact Network Canada (developed a series of sustainable development goals), MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (founding partner of social finance hub), numerous office-led events across Canada including support for Sustainable Kingston, ReForest London, Sustainable Hamilton, Queen's University Solar Design Team, Essex Regional Conservation Authority, and Sustainable Montréal, Tucker House (sustainable living initiative in Ottawa), EcoDistrict Ottawa, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, HRM Bike Week (Halifax), Grow-A-Row (backyard gardens in Lethbridge)

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 summer interns compete in an ultimate frisbee tournament

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Accounting
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
Parent company KPMG International
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Staff Accountant, Audit Associate, Consultant, Senior Consultant
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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