Audit Intern at KPMG

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Birmingham West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Auditing/Tax

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7.1/10

The Role
7.5
Organisation
7.0

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

Assisting on audits, mainly at client sites e.g. cash, fixed assets, trade payables and receivables;
Variety of audit tasks, such as controls testing and walkthroughs;
Administrative duties in the office;
Partner shadowing and stock takes;
Researching potential clients while in the office;
Involvement in corporate social responsibility (CSR) events.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Overall the vacation programme was well organised with most days spent on client site. I found some tasks very basic and menial, but this is to be expected on a vacation programme. I think visiting client site gives a good representation of the graduate role equivalent and there are also great opportunities to speak with graduates on the programme to gain an insight into their own experiences.

7/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I feel as though I was contributing to the teams work immediately, however at times I felt I was a burden on the team when they were trying to meet deadlines. I was often given work that was repetitive and that others probably didn't want to do. This was however dependent on the client as sometimes I had copious amounts of interesting work which I enjoyed thoroughly and other times I had very little to do.

7/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Senior members of staff were very supportive whenever I had any questions and I felt comfortable asking them anything as they were very understanding having all been in my position in the past. I had a manager and a buddy for any questions, with my buddy only being one grade higher this was useful as they had only very recently joined the company and could therefore explain things on a basic level which made sense.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Some days I was given very little work and others I would be working solidly and staying longer than the contracted hours. It is all very client dependent, but this is also true of the graduate programme. I think that it would be useful to have a rolling task to fill in any quiet periods, but also to have extra support on the busy jobs so that the hours don't become overbearing.

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

As mentioned above, there is a limit to the amount of work that interns can do in this department. Nonetheless, I felt as though I was given enough responsibility to get a taste of the actuarial work. The range of projects vary from assisting a colleague with report writing to independently updating client data.

7/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I will apply the professionalism learned when continuing my studies. The experience is also a valuable addition to my CV and some of the auditing processes learned should be helpful when doing final year accounting modules.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My colleagues were extremely friendly and approachable. Most staff members are relatively young having joined through either the graduate programme or the school leaver programme. I found this helpful as it was much easier to talk with them and ask any relevant questions. I cannot fault the staffing quality and office environment, the facilities and social events were second to none.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The recruitment process was very well organised and they were always very quick to get back to me after each stage. They were also really quick to respond to any queries I had with regards to the placement. On my first day which was the induction day this was very well organised and provided me with lots of useful knowledge. The 2 days I spend at the tax business school was also very well structured. When I arrived for my first day at the office however, neither my buddy nor my people manager were there and I found that at the beginning it was quite disorganised.

7/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

As this was only a four week insight programme there was only basic online training. I did feel as though the company were putting a great investment into all of their vacation students as they provide the opportunity to informally interview for the graduate scheme and guide students on the capabilities that they should demonstrate in order to continue with the firm after graduation.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Parties/Events
7/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

As previously stated the vacation students are given the opportunity to pursue the grad programme upon completion of the internship. I am still unsure as to whether or not I will accept as the hours can be somewhat unsocial during the busy season and their seems to be little flexibility on annual leave with staff members having to book leave months in advance. Having previously worked in a company operating flexi time, I much preferred this approach as it is more compensating of the work/social life balance.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Working on client site makes it difficult to socialise with fellow interns as we were all so dispersed across the north of England. KPMG do however put on various social events and have many societies for employees to join. They value their workers and reward them greatly for their hard work.

7/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I was based in the Birmingham office which is also were I go to university so I was able to stay at my uni house during the internship. This meant that living costs were very low. I had to get a 10 minute train in to work every day which was very cheap and easy. It is definitely much cheaper and easier that being in London.

6/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Birmingham is a relatively cheap city with a good night life and social scene. The night life was good with some nice pubs around.

7/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

I attended a Go Ape day with a team that I was with which gave me a fantastic opportunity to meet everyone and talk to everyone. I also attended a networking evening on my first day which meant that I could socialise with the rest of the interns. They organised a boat party and a corporate social responsibility day during my internship which was for all of the interns across all of the different service lines within the office which meant I could catch up with everyone and hear how everyone else was getting along.

7/10

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