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Sharepoint Administrator | Woodcliff Lake, NJ | Oct 26, 2018
SharePoint Administrator
SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE • SharePoint Administrator with 8+ years of work experience in design, installation, configuration, administration, supporting, upgrading, migrating, customization, development SharePoint solutions. • Excellent understanding of SharePoint capabilities that meet business & collaboration goals. • Analyzed and documented requirements for SharePoint sites taxonomy and governance. • Developed Disaster Recovery strategies for SharePoint farm configuration. • SharePoint Migration from 2007, 2010 to SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online. • Expert knowledge in troubleshooting SharePoint related issues, including end user support. • Experience in Deployments like web parts, feature, solutions, template or custom workflows and content. • Experience in implementing different authentication types in SharePoint 2013 like Kerberos and have good knowledge in Forms-based and SAML Claims based. • Knowledge in SharePoint Object Model. • Extensively worked with SQL server team in installing and configuring database clusters as well as Transaction Log Shipping of SharePoint Content Databases. • Responsible for ensuring high availability, scalability, Server Health and performance. • Responsible for solving a variety of user problems relating to the authentication, permissions, application access, usage and functionality. • Extensively used InfoPath forms to interact with Web Services and Excel Services. • Configuration on SharePoint 2010 Migration
Senior Associate | New York, NY | Jun 26, 2013
KPMG as a whole excellent, not all practices LoBs are created equal
i'm no doubt sure than the company as a whole operates more efficiently and effectively than my specific practice did, though i'm sure there are some themes in particular places PROS * company "prestige and reputation"--makes you an attractive job applicant/search candidate * structured get to know the company orientation WBT "training" * easy to navigate org design/structure practice area (helps to understand biz unit functions) * true attempt at providing training and "development?" opportunities * advisory (can't speak for tax and audit or other advisory LoS outside P&C) orientation university sets a decent grounding for learning * networking is encouraged (also after hours which isn't always a plus for everyone) and events are actually set up to facilitate it. i believe part of it is the drive to push business development down but you NEED business development for success here (its a partner firm) even for your staffing * clear succession path levels (doesn't mean you'll make it--you better have partners gunning for you--but the path levels are clear) * opportunity for travel if that appeals CONS * i don't know where to start so all i will say is that the people and change practice office in NYC is lead by a partner who is notorious for favoritism, shunning, and exclusion for talent that doesn't fit the "desired" profile. i saw more focus placed on glitzy PPT presentations than meaningful talent content * terrible terrible onboarding experience beyond the
Prosprestige and reputation, structured orientation, networking opportunity
Constalent management process or lack there off
Engagement Manager | Los Angeles, CA | Jul 22, 2015
I had a very difficult time working here
This review is in regards to the EMC team. From the first day to my last day, I suffered while working at the downtown Los Angeles location. I remember that on my first day, the first thing my boss told me while walking up to meet her was "oh Jesus Christ" for no reason at all. Well, that was a warm welcome. I was always made to feel that I was unwelcomed at the company and I am not sure why. No matter how much I put in terms of effort, I was always told some nonsense of how I could better do things. I would get stared at randomly with no effort to conceal it. I felt that some individuals were doing their best to get me fired. So much was the discomfort that I eventually had to talk with the Human Resources which led me to leaving the position. The training was abysmal. Training was a by-product of people's schedule. If there was time on their schedule for training, then there will be training. There was no training for itself. While in training, nothing was formal or organized. You just had to shadow fellow employees which was not the best way to go about this because of the nature of the position. Absolutely no manuals were given as a reference. You had to rely on asking questions to your peers. The company atmosphere was infected with the attitude of "I got hired here so I am awesome". Too many people had an inflated sense of themselves. Efforts were made to "prove" how they are better than you. If you made any attempt to seem intelligent about anyt
ConsMuch of everything else
Associate | Santa Clara, CA | Feb 4, 2020
Basically a white collar sweat shop.
This KPMG office in Silicon Valley has a first year associate turn over rate of over 50% within the first year. That means 50% of the first-year employees quit before their year is up. Recruitment for this company is a scam. They lure you in with the promise of internal growth and job stability. However, all you receive as a first year is torturous hours, minimal compensation (when you finally do the math), and little to no guidance or support. The recruiters deserve Oscars. They are great at their job. They paint a picture of elitism and success. They convince college students into believing they will be entering the business and accounting world on top. They tell you that you will be working a couple hours later than usual during a busy season that lasts 1-2 months. The reality is that these students are crushed into accepting a sub-par lifestyle that devalues them as human beings. Any free-spirit they have going into this job is obliterated. In order to continue working here, one must accept an ideology in which their time means nothing. I have and will continue to warn individuals exploring employment at this office. I will tell them the truth. The "busy season" that lasts "1-2 months" is a lie. You can get assigned to a second, maybe even a third. The "extra couple hours" is also a lie. Try leaving at 11PM after working through lunch and dinner and not being provided a single break. The management bears no responsibility. The environment is not one of support and guidanc
Senior Associate | Montvale, NJ | Feb 12, 2019
Pleasant work environment, not a lucrative career for techies.
Been with KPMG going on 5 years. Opportunities for growth are limited for people with primarily a technical skillset. Tax knowledge is vital to advancement in the Tax Technology practice (which makes sense), unless you are in procurement or some administrative group. You WILL be kept busy, which is good. KPMG "celebrates diversity", and constantly nags employees to contribute to community. But they do not really give a "we care about you as an individual" vibe (in my experience). Some walk the walk issues here. For example recently management encouraged people to use their Sunday to go to an MLK public gathering... but didn't (and never has) given employees MLK day off. They claim to honor veterans but don't give that day off either. In fact there are only about 6 holidays (8 days) off a year unless Partners are feeling particularly generous, they they give a couple extra at year end. During the summers they give what they call Jumpstart Friday (can leave work at 3PM) but client work still comes first, and Manager and above better not be unreachable nights and weekends or you take flack for it. KPMG pays no overtime, doesn't compensate for extra time put in either, so there is very little incentive to give them any extra. They have a bonus program where people can nominate co-workers for awards... but cap at $1,000 per recipient per year, silly. High achievers should not be limited, they should be encouraged to do more and more. But they do have good work remote and fl
ProsPeople say thank you. Can take time off if you need to.
ConsBonuses are skimpy, advancement opportunities hard to come by
Internal Auditor | Chicago, IL | Sep 24, 2015
High-performance and collaborative culture with strong core values and great work-life balance
A Great Workplace: KPMG is recognized by a variety of external organizations for being a great place to work and build a career for all its people. For example, FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, LearningElite Top Ten, Universum's World's Most Attractive Employers, Universum Top 100 Ideal Employers for Young Professionals; DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Training Magazine's Top 10 Hall of Fame, Working Mother 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, and Best Employer for Asian Pacific American Professionals. A Great Portrait of History: The firm has a rich history of doing great work and making a difference, not only for its clients and its people, but for society at large. A Collaborative Culture: Just like an orchestra, the firm comes together and perform as one team to reach its full potential and achieve great things. A High-Performance Culture: Committed to having the best people with the skills and determination to deliver above and beyond; and about aspiring to the next level. Flexible WorkLife Balance: Committed to offering its people access to a range of flexible schedules and arrangements that work for them while also meeting the needs of the firm. Sound Core Values: Leads by example; work together; respect the individual; seek the facts and provide insig
Financial Analyst | Los Angeles, CA | Jan 20, 2014
Left for a better work/life balance & increase in salary.
To be fair there are many benefits to working for a Big Four accounting firm. You will learn a ton of new information and you will grow as an employee. Employees get to work with many talented people. Not to mention a job at a Big Four looks great on your resume. On the downside, if you look at the Best Places to work lists - you will find KPMG either listed below every other Big Four firm or completely absent from the list. Top management can make all the excuses they want but it comes down to two primary issues. Management loves to take credit for success but blames underlings for failures. Either way you aren't going to share in the money pouring into the firm. Second, management likes to play favorites and no one seems to be willing to reel these managers in. Companies need to be able to show why one employee was promoted over another and in many cases a halfway good lawyer could prove that this was not the case. Over the years I watched countless talented employees jump ship to the other Big Four Accounting firms. As a result, many people who do remain and work up to Partner or Principal aren't the best and brightest. If you find yourself working for this firm and want anything other than a very, very slow climb to the top - take as many classes as you can and constantly look for a position at one of the other Big Four Accounting firms. Many people I know jumped ship with their manager to a new firm and even entire departments have left together. Af
Prosexperience, training
Conslong hours, high pressure, low salary, management plays favorites, hard to get promoted
Telecommunicator | Montvale, NJ | Sep 12, 2017
Sometimes stress unnecessarily caused by management
Since I was there for so many years, I was allowed to work outside the box at times when my regular work was done. For, example I lead a swat team of technical experts to solve an 'unsolvable' problem with a firm-wide hoteling system that the firm was beta testing. They just couldn't get it to work properly. I did my research and resolved all the problems in one major meeting. i also saved the provider from going out of business. If KPMG had not accepted his system, they would have been finished. In another problem, telecom was out in San Juan office during their critical tax season, and our major provider said it would take 90 days to restore. I was asked the 'impossible' to get service from another provider in one week. When I arranged it for a week later, they asked for it in 3 days. I delivered. The week of the KPMG Albany office relocation, when all was set to go we were advised by AT&T that due to a NY state of emergency they would not be able to deliver the data service we required. I talked to a President I knew at AT&T, from my work at ABC and he obtained the service on-time for the office relocation in-spite of the state of emergency. I was able to advise that the circuits/hardware were immediately available via my research. They simply had to plug in and program. This was in addition to my regular work in telecommunications billing, and telecommunications voice project management. I enjoyed being allowed to sometimes step outside the box to do very i
ProsGoing far beyond my job description.
ConsSome poor managers had to live with from time-to-time.
Financial Management Specialist | New York, NY | May 4, 2013
Lots of new things to learn out of College, but easy to get misplaced in the shuffle
Throughout various client projects I was able to learn many different skills both technical and softer inter-personal business skills. Initially my experience was fast-paced; I was immediately scheduled on a project and, attending meetings with various clients within weeks, and producing substantial deliverables on my own. On-the-whole the typical work week was traveling to the client-site on Mondays and leave on Thursdays, staying at local hotels durring the week. Hours tend to be around 50+ hour weeks. On Fridays, you are implicitly expected to go into your local office to take care of some administrative work and network. I had been moving from project to project every 6 or 8 months. However, I've found myself on a very long term engagement and have started to feel stagnant in my role. I've struggled to transition away from this project. As my first job out of college, I expected some substantial guidance and training. I felt a rather consistent lack of support in this regard. I often felt like the development path picked for me was not fully considered. In spite of some of the frustrations depicted here,I have no regrets about joining the firm. My co-workers have been typically great to work with and approachable. If you are prepared to travel and firmly drive your own career path (and experienced doing so), there can be great opportunity for you here. Be prepared to deal with some internal inefficiencies and bureaucracy.
ProsGood compensation, time off, potential opportunities, friendly co-workers
ConsProblems in various internal processes: on-boarding, accessibility of peers, training.
Accountant | Dublin, CA | Nov 15, 2012
Excellent training Firm
Reporting directly to Managers/Directors/Partners and working with major national and international clients. Consistently strong performance and corresponding positive appraisals received throughout my time with KPMG. I worked with KPMG as a trainee accountant for 4 years. I worked primarily on the audit of Banks, Insurance companies & Aircraft Leasing Companies. I also worked on Funds, SPV’s, & Pensions. My responsibilities included: • Completing audits as part of an audit team and individualy. • Preparing audit work papers; writing audit findings and reports as part of the audit process. • Acted in a lead capacity over a team performing an audit, providing technical advice and general direction. • Reviews internal controls of company systems during an audit to ensure their adequacy and to recommend improvements. Determine whether internal control practices & policies are adequate. This role required the ability to: gather, organise and analyse data; learn, interpret, and apply legal and procedural requirements; interpret and apply professional principles and standards; perform mathematical calculations; learn financial processes and systems; learn principles and practices of accounting; explain regulations, principles, guidelines, procedures, and processes to others; establish and maintain working relationships with clients and departmental staff and management; maintain impartiality and objectivity; learn to analyze fiscal data and operating procedures of routine comple

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