BDO UK Reviews

Updated April 21, 2014
Updated April 21, 2014
32 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A hotbed of mediocrity - awful place to work for a women, bullying partners and weak management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Executive  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at BDO UK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    wide international network with plenty of opportunity to do international work. Flagship impressive headquarters in Baker Street

    Cons

    It is very difficult to progress on merit - the staff are good below partner level but the partners are largely unimpressive, there seems to be a lot of cronyism and many are bewildered at the partners that progress up the management tree. Bullies are not dealt with adequately - and often hold positions of power. It is not a great place to work as a senior woman - difficult to be heard and little support. PKF merger seems like displacement activity to hide the generally poor performance of the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be seen to be fair - act on bullying behaviour - don't promote them! Be more democratic and promote talent not sycophants. Promote the careers of women in a positive way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Described as 'sinking ship' by headhunter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO UK

    Pros

    Good staff canteen at Baker Street and nice building, but not much else ...

    Cons

    Very high staff turnover in Corporate Finance, clueless and unsupportive partners that distrust each-other, redundancies, very poor opportunities for women (if you're not young, male, English and one of the 'boys', then you probably won't fit in), bullying blame culture (plenty of narcissists around), poor opportunities for interesting work - you mostly deal with small, crackpot companies whose accounts are in a total mess - not great for the CV. Overall a nightmare experience and I couldn't wait to get out of there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a more collaborative culture amongst partners and incentivise them to work together towards common company or department-wide goals.

  3.  

    would rather have been a cleaner...no joke

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Semi Senior  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Semi Senior in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BDO UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - free breakfast at baker street before 8.30am (to the value of £1.50...therefore toast and tea)
    - pretty nice office in london (poor outside london)
    - work plenty of hours for the same annual pay
    - aca out of it...probably MAIN BENEFIT

    Cons

    - no recognition - all about the right handshake, wink wink, ill see you right mate attitude
    - HR appalling
    - racist firm (NO JOKE)
    - made (i.e. forced) to undertake jobs above your pay grade with client none the wiser (unethical to say the least) all about saving costs on charge out rates
    - as a firm overall its in decline and if i could rewind the clock...most likely would have gone big 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start from scratch again (bottom up)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poor rude and aggressive management, tries to be like the Big 4 but without interesting work and the rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO UK for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not too much control by senior management as they don't really know what's going on so you have a lot more freedom than the big 4.
    Nice canteen

    Cons

    Unfair dismissals common - staff that have spent 10years there "advised to see a lawyer" and escorted out of building!!
    Not a meritocracy - newer members of the team overlooked constantly
    Poor rewards compared to the big4
    Less interesting projects than the big4
    Rude and agressive middle managers
    HR and IT internal capabilities the worst I have seen anywhere, HR can't calculate Tax and loses key and confidentials documents as a matter of routine, IT especially the "ebusiness" team can't deliver projects
    Less intelligent staff than the big4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try building an environment condiuctive to delivering for clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turnover very high - not surprisingly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BDO UK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice Building and canteen.
    Location good.

    Cons

    Poor directionless management
    Blame Culture
    Redundancies/Dismissals an annual event

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As another review said, "you're being very short sighted".
    Stop undermining your staff and try actually upholding the values you so glibly espouse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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