BDO Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Pros
  • The best experience and work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Get to work on challenging and interesting assignments (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours (something really normal in Puerto Rico), be ready to work at least 10 to 12 hours on a daily basis and 16 on peak times (in 5 reviews)

  • No work/life balance at certain times of year (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Senior Associate - Tax

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Not a ton of overtime compared to Big 4 employment

    Cons

    -Many small not very exciting clients

    Advice to Management

    If your going to talk the talk you gotta walk the walk. Stop under bidding every accounting firm and expecting great realization on projects.


  2. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Learning different skills; exposure to various industries

    Cons

    Partners take credit for business leads brought in by others; feeling of distrust among team.


  3. Tax Services Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As an intern I was compensated $18.25/ hour. Very independent work environment.

    Cons

    No training, organization and allocating work load to interns was confusing. Don't place you on specific jobs, complete a mix of everything so it was very difficult to know who to turn to for help


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  5. Decent company to work for if you're an audit or tax professional...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Higher than average base salary levels compared to other similar accounting firms. Well-rounded suite of benefits. Flex time is offered and is one of the focal points of the interview process. Decent culture with many social events offered throughout the year. Ability to work from home on a semi-regular basis. Friendly people who work hard. "Career Advisor" system works well. Many opportunities for career advancement. PTO bank system with higher than average total PTO. Decent severance package depending on tenure with the firm.

    Cons

    Lower than average and almost laughable annual bonus. By the way, this is also the main reason base salary levels are higher than average so go for it if you don't mind getting a mediocre bonus for your efforts. Bonuses are discretionary and you will receive close to if not the same payout as others at your level no matter how hard you bust your hump and no matter how high you score on your performance reviews. Everything is based on how your business unit performs, not on how YOU perform. Very quiet office setting which diminishes the culture to "all work and no play" even though the firm seems to pride itself in its new cultural design. Even after working there for a good amount of time it seemed as though nothing had changed. Seems like the firm is stuck in its ways and is still adhering to the model of old school accounting firms. Though flex time is offered it is nearly impossible to get approval for it. I never tried but those who did had to jump through multiple hoops and go through multiple senior staff for approval. It also seemed as though those on flex were looked down upon because they didn't have to be in the office every day. Surprising as this is one of the main selling points of the firm when you're interviewing for a position. Internal processes such as billing, expense reports, etc. are excruciatingly complicated. Everything you are required to put into the "system" takes forever and the process is cryptic even with proper training. Be prepared to live your life according to billable time. Yes, this is how accounting firms make money but the firm is also insane about scrutinizing every minute of your day and you will be reprimanded at a higher and higher level for non-compliance. As in most large firms, back-stabbing and organizational hierarchy run rampant and are the root of all evil. The firm operates on an antiquated partner system which no one seems to be willing to change. Most members of senior management seem to be out for themselves and could care less about who they step on to gain more power. The exit process is quick, cold, and completely impersonal no matter if you chose to leave or were forced to leave.


  6. Not a good place to grow in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at BDO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great colleagues, working environment not bad

    Cons

    Management not supportive Poor working culture


  7. Life of an intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at BDO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to what the seniors get to do. Quite easy to talk to management level as the team is very lean

    Cons

    Very slow paced work environment with long deadlines. IT system in the office is also really inadequate with no work email account for interns, no access to shared drives, limited internet access etc.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and effort providing interns with a holistic experience. Can develop the internship program further to make it more enriching.


  8. Internship review

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at BDO as an intern

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun people to work with, very helpful during the internship. I had responsibilities from day one and had as much client contact as the full time employees.

    Cons

    Distant managers, little involvement of them during the internship. The work I have done during the internship was not that challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to be more involved with the intern, have a clear view/path for the intern and work tightly with him to make sure his thoughts of the internship come true instead of just dropping him with the other employees and let them decide what the intern has to do


  9. Poor Management, low pay, no advancement, lack of recognition, high employee turn over rate

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at BDO full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    monthly lunch, firm supported activities, sick days leave with pay

    Cons

    staff, manager, senior manager, and partners have no enough communication. managers have less experience in managing staff, and senior managers only focus on their own work, own clients. partners are too busy, have no time to listen the voice from staff. there are a lot of prejudices against staff at Edmonton office

    Advice to Management

    all the staff above manager level should really take some courses regarding to how to manage people, how to encourage your staff, should listen the voice from other people instead of listen to the manager only.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Low pay vs Flexibility

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at BDO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very flexible hours - Relaxed and friendly atomosphare

    Cons

    - Low pay - Not much appreciation to admin staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen and care your staff. Stop those fake/hypocritical "recognition".


  11. Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at BDO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good manager can make your life happy while "bad" managers can lead to your life being miserable. Less politics if compare with other Big 4 as the team is not very big. Do expect an annual promotion. By the time you have serve the company for 4 years, the management expectation would be you are already ready for at least an assistant manager level.

    Cons

    Lack of employer's transparency and staff engagement is not there yet! Imbalance of the pay structure and poor allowances benefit.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need for greater transparency at the workplace in terms of company policy and to provide open communication with staff. With the "new-age" employees redefining the workplace, companies will have to design the career development process to be more technology driven, and provide flexibility to work from anywhere.



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