2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Amazing leadership who cares about their employees.”
“Prestige and culture.”
“Opportunities for advancement due to growth, culture, exciting work.”
“Administrative processes and systems.”
“Aversion to taking risks/being proactive.”
“Hours during busy season.”
“Historically strong reputation.”
“Strategy arm is growing fast with lots of opportunities.”
“Great in the finance space.”
About KPMG LLP (Advisory)
Professional services giant KPMG International operates as an international network of independent member firms, which includes KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of the Swiss cooperative. While the member firms that make up KPMG International might be independent of one another, their businesses are similarly organized around three service lines: audit, tax and advisory. And, within those service lines, the offerings from country to country are likely to be pretty consistent, too.
Indeed, KPMG advisory services are organized into three groups that address distinct client issues: Management Consulting, including corporate services, customer & operations, and technology enablement; Deal Advisory, including corporate finance, restructuring, transaction services and KPMG Strategy; Risk Consulting, including financial risk management, IT advisory, forensic, internal audit, risk and compliance services.
KPMG's roots date back to 1870, when accountant William Barclay Peat hung out his shingle in London. In 1911, his firm merged with New York-based Marwick Mitchell & Co., forming a business that later became known as Peat Marwick. Meanwhile, in Scotland, Glasgow accountancy Thomson McLintock partnered with Dutch and German accounting firms to create Klynveld Main Goerdeler (KMG), an alliance of independent practices operating throughout Europe.
The 1987 tie-up between KMG Main Hurdman and Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. was considered the first megamerger of modern accounting, and the resulting entity, eventually named KPMG, organized its consulting activities into a separate business unit in 1997. Three years later, KPMG spun off KPMG Consulting with an initial public offering. The now-separate consulting business took over KPMG's consulting work for several companies, eventually changing its name to BearingPoint in October 2002. The bulk of BearingPoint's assets are now owned by Deloitte, which purchased them after the company filed for bankruptcy protection early in 2009.
As part of the spin-off that created BearingPoint, KPMG signed a non-compete agreement with its former consulting arm, which limited KPMG's ability to provide certain types of services. Following the spin-off, KPMG continued to provide advisory services, but any limitations on its ability to provide a full range of services ended when the non-compete agreement expired in 2006. Today, KPMG's advisory practice generates more than one-third of the company's overall revenue in the U.S.
In the News
June 28, 2019
KPMG named Vanguard Leader in Change and Workforce Management by ALM Intelligence
KPMG has been recognized as a leader among global providers for Change Management and Workforce Management Consulting according to new ALM Intelligence reports. The reports assess the consulting providers' ability to create impact for their clients, based on evaluating the capacity to get results for clients and the ability to deploy the consulting across multiple client scenarios. KPMG resides among the top providers in both Change and Workforce Management consulting to earn the prestigious recognition. ALM's latest Vanguard reports underscore KPMG's deep domain expertise in both areas.
May 13, 2019
KPMG named a Leader in Global Cyber Security Consulting Providers according to independent research firm
KPMG has been named by Forrester Research as a leader among global cybersecurity consulting providers, also receiving one of the highest scores of any vendor evaluated in the `Current Offering' category. “KPMG stands out with clear, concise, executive-level engagement abilities,” wrote the report's authors in The Forrester Wave™: Global Cybersecurity Consulting Providers, Q2 2019. The report also noted how KPMG's “executive engagement … helps security leaders understand the next crisis, not just the current one.” The report also gave KPMG the highest possible scores in the criteria of business acumen; security strategy consulting capabilities; and governance, risk & compliance capabilities.
Feb. 25, 2019
Working Mother Magazine Highlights 5 Female Executives on the Turning Points of Their Careers
NAFE Women of Excellence winner Kalpana Ramakrishnan, U.S. Advisory industry leader for Capital Markets, shares her pivotal career moment: "When I moved from New Zealand to the United States more than 20 years ago, I met an executive recruiter who discouraged me from pursuing a consultancy career, saying it would be too difficult for a young mother to manage travel and long hours. Although I was passionate about my career, I left that meeting feeling confused about whether I should choose a safer path. Support from my husband strengthened my conviction to follow my passion. After the birth of our second son, I returned part-time and learned I was a candidate for partnership. Now, as a mentor to several women, I provide guidance and affirmation that one can be successful without losing personal priorities."
Oct. 30, 2018
Introducing the 2018 NAFE Women of Excellence
Kalpana Ramakrishnan, U.S. Advisory industry leader for Capital Markets, was a recipient of the 2018 National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Women of Excellence Award. The NAFE Women of Excellence (NAFE) annually honors trailblazing women who are opening doors for other women. The award recognizes women who are daily serving and enriching their workplaces, their communities and our world. While achieving outstanding careers in their own right, they’ve also mobilized to ensure the success of women and girls. KPMG’s Kalpana Ramakrishnan was highlighted as a Mentor/Sponsor Maven for her powerful commitment to advising other women and/or advocating for their advancement. Kalpana is a member of KPMG LLP’s Board of Directors and KPMG America’s Board of Directors. Until recently, she was also a member of KPMG’s Diversity Advisory Board and co-chair of the firm’s Asia Pacific Islander Network.
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
Employer Type: Private
Chairman & CEO, KPMG LLP (U.S.): Lynne Doughtie
Chairman, KPMG International: Bill Thomas
2019 Employees (All Locations): 31,000
New York, NY (US HQ)
110+ offices throughout the United States
700+ offices throughout the world
o Connected Enterprise
Risk Strategy and Compliance
o Operations & Compliance Risk
o Risk Analytics
o Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk
o IT Audit & Assurance
o Major Projects & Contract Advisory
o Emerging Technology Risk
o GRC Technology
o Cyber Security
IT Advisory Services
Deal Advisory & Strategy
Corporate Finance & Restructuring
Economic and Valuation Services
International Executive Services
Mergers and Acquisitions Tax
State and Local Tax