I was due to start with KPMG within Corporate Tax in January 2009 but received a call from one of the partners in November telling me that the company is deferring its graduate intake to August 2009. I got some financial compensation which was good of the firm but I have to admit I’m very worried that my offer could potentially be cancelled completely.
Really don’t know what to think about it all. On one hand I received a decent amount of money which made me feel quite valued and the partner that phoned said my job was safe barring ‘a catastrophe.’ However, after speaking to a few friends who work for KPMG about the above news article and situation in the firm I feel much less positive. Also I don’t know what classifies as ‘a disaster’!. What makes it worse is that I actually got the job in November 2007 but due to not being able to reply to an email straight away while travelling (it’s a bit of a long story) I was forced to start in the Jan 09 intake instead of the August 08 intake that I applied for. So at the moment I’m actually on course to start almost 2 years after I actually accepted my offer! It’s really frustrating - I just want to get on with it and if I don’t get to start with them then it will have been two years effectively wasted.
So I’d just like to ask anyone whose had an offer from KPMG recently to start Tax in August 09 if they were given any assurances that they would definitely be starting come the summer? Was there ever any talk that you could be deferred or that your job is not completely safe? I suppose it’s a fairly good sign that they are still recruiting as it means they are still planning taking on a fair few people in the summer rather than performing any severe cutbacks. I’d like to think I’d be one of the first people on the list to start due to my situation as well.
All in all it’s a rubbish situation. I really want to use my time wisely i.e. see some more of the world while I still can while doing somthing beneficial for my CV like learning another language but I’m a bit hesitant about leaving the country in case my offer is cancelled and I have to get on with other applications straight away.
I’m going to phone the grad team on Mon to see if they can give any assurances or just fill me in on the situation a bit more.
Anyway, just thought I’d share my situation with you. Really hope none of you are you faced with the same one anytime soon - it’s not so good…