Smart Thinking: News
Bryony, Assistant Manager, CORPS People Consulting
What attracted you to KPMG?
I had worked for a small boutique agency for nearly 5 years and was craving new challenges, more structure and more development. After talking to a friend at KPMG, I was sold by the breadth of work, the lovely people and the international mobility opportunities at KPMG. I knew it would be a wasted opportunity not to try to take the next step in my career! To my surprise, my experience from my previous agency was more than complimentary to the People Consulting practice, and my on-boarding experience left me feeling like a valued, supported new member of KPMG.
What difference has it made to you (personally/professionally) joining KPMG?
For me, having structure around how to handle projects, stakeholders and work has been the biggest difference, allowing me to operate as successfully as I can without the unnecessary hiccups along the way. This comes hand in hand with development. I’m now more confident in myself and have a better understanding of what I want to be known for and how I can achieve this. My strengths and development areas are continuously improving because of the great feedback culture this firm has and as a result, there are no unwanted surprises in end of year performance conversations.
How do we differ to your previous employer(s)
Something I’ve found very touching across the firm is ways of working. You can reach out to absolutely anybody in the business and they will happily share collateral, go for coffee with you or point you in the direction of somebody that can help. I have yet to find somebody that hasn’t been accommodating.
Remote working has also been very valuable to me, especially when I’m based outside of London. No one judges you for where you work or the times you work, as long as the work gets done. We all know we will have some tough projects - whether it be travel, hours or the client. But here I always feel supported by my colleagues and performance manager; even in the small things like a Manager encouraging me to switch off early and take advantage of the lighter periods while I can. For that, I am forever thankful.
What was your previous impressions of KPMG and has your perception changed since you joined us?
Being from a boutique agency, you always make fun of how corporate the Big Four is. I will happily eat my words. At KPMG there is a lot of flexibility, creativity and people bringing their ‘whole selves’ to work. Things like the ‘Dress for your Work Day’ policy add to this culture allowing for a more relaxed environment in which people can be more productive. This is something I am passionate about and believe bringing our whole selves to work allows us to be more relatable, creating strong connections and relationships, and therefore a stronger sense of belonging. This is something I see a lot in People Consulting Leaders and find their vulnerability makes this firm a more human, authentic place to work.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in coming to work for us (your team specifically)
Speaking as a People Consultant and someone that has come from a close-knit 20+ team, my advice would be not to worry that you won’t feel valued at KPMG. We are actively investing in our people at KPMG and the exciting initiatives and systems prove this. You will not become a cog in the wheel, but instead a valuable teammate that can help drive your area of the business to success. Your network will expand exponentially, meeting some amazing people along the way. I’m less than one year in but I know some of my learnings and friendships will last a lifetime.
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