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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) :

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

  • Along with providing maternity leave top-up parents for its 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 -- 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 life 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 course completions -- and reaches out to the next generation through summer, co-op and paid internship programs

Employer Background

Industry Accounting
Parent company KPMG International
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
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 A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features access to underground PATH walking network and subway system, outdoor courtyard with gardens, KPMG Kafe lunch room, state-of-the-art "Halo Room" for virtual meetings with locations across the country and around the world, 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, 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 A+

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 online communication portal (KPMG Today/KPMG Aujourd'hui) features firmwide news as well as sub-sections for regional and departmental news, internal social media tool (The Hub) lets employees from across the country and around the world easily connect

Financial Benefits & Compensation 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
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses year-end bonuses for non-executive personnel range from 2% to 25% of salary

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits 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
Eyecare $250 every 2 years
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), and 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
Family-friendly benefits note KPMG has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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 Networks for employees helped to develop a new program for parents going on maternity leave, assisting employees through the 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 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 7 personal days off each year, as needed
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 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, online peer recognition program with a variety of award levels that are measured through a point system (award values ranging from $25 to $1,500)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development 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
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
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes
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 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 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 community 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.

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