BKD Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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BKD Partner & CEO Ted Dickman
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Pros
  • Working with very talented individuals and learn a lot as a first year staff (in 5 reviews)

  • They often promote from within so there are many opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours, pay is relatively low but this goes with the territory (in 7 reviews)

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  1. The BKD way

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate
    Former Employee - Audit Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with. Great experience. Due to being understaffed an accountant will get a lot of hands on experience dealing with controllers and CFO's. It is a national firm.

    Cons

    Very understaffed and bottomline focused. Many in-charges had one year or less experience with no manager. Many of the associates/seniors are unwelcoming to other associates. In their reviews, many of the bad parts could be avoided by changes made up top. Also just as a lot of public accounting firms it is cut throat. Very unorganized training even though they did have us put up at a nice hotel. Hardly any room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and stop being so bottomline focused. You might just see work efficiency go up just like as seen in several experiments. I am a woman and I appreciate the sky initiative but this does favor women and is condoning the same actions that we have fought against men doing for all these years. Everyone should be treated as an equal with no special privileges.


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    Auditor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to get job done without someone always looking over your shoulder. Many great activities to get involved in the company.

    Cons

    That freedom also means you do not always get that feed back you may need in order to succeed. How does one know that they need to work on some thing if never told.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen the coldness of your heart. Not every one has the same things that motivate them as you do. Those accountants at the top assume every one is like them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Tax Manager

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    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Tax Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Lots of hard work, demanding clients

    Cons

    Poor training, partners very hard to work with. Particularly those who "grew up" at BKD.

    Advice to Management

    Need 360 degree feedback and need to coach partners who are abusive to staff.


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  5. Director

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    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Core Values at company headquarters. Great leadership training opportunities. Good opportunities for outside CPE training.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the local office level. Lots of infighting. Poor teamwork. Terrible retention rate. No presence in the marketplace. Firm is virtually unheard of in Texas. Weakest link in the firm is at the Partner level. Run very much like a small, local firm. No vision. Very little talent, zero ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Consider infusion into the firm from outside the Texas area. Insist that core values of the firm be respected. Insist on teamwork between professionals.


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    Worst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The learning experience was the only good thing about this place.

    Cons

    Work life balance, hours, and salary. Based on all the overtime into this company their pay is very little for what other firms would offer without slaving you. I honestly would never want to work at this place again. Travel is a lot more than expected, no reimbursement for local clients that requires you to pay for parking or lunch. You don't get paid enough especially out of college to just give out money. I also had a manager tell me I couldn't take lunch at a client although from feedback I received from other people working there that is not the case.

    Advice to Management

    Give back to your employees. Make them feel valued because if not you will lose more employees that you already trained to other companies. Give managers some management classes to keep employee morale positive.


  7. Worked long hours for decent pay but very little feedback.

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    Former Intern - Audit in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Intern - Audit in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive and during busy season you can always find work to keep you busy. There is a chance for personal development here, but it is stifled by an office culture that has taught the individuals that quantity of work is much more important than quality.

    Cons

    Staff was either to stressed or did not have enough time to answer any questions besides how to find last years work papers. Merit is based primarily on quantity over quality (I.E. hours worked). Even the staff warned the interns against working at BKD.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using sayings like put the moose on the table and actually show the lower and mid level staff how to bring up problems by leading by example. Just because you have a saying in a rule book doesn't mean people will follow it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Unrealistic expectations and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate
    Current Employee - Audit Associate

    I have been working at BKD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with very talented individuals and learn a lot as a first year staff. The hours are not terrible during your first year, but get progressively worse.

    Cons

    Underpaid, unrealistic expectations, work-life balance, benefits are non-existent, no incentive to stay, no diversity. Nearly impossible to work and study for the CPA exam.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. The Big 4 and smaller firms have better pay. Offer rotational programs during off months.


  9. Great people, unrealistic expectations, salary under market.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BKD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office culture is great, the friendships I've made are fantastic. The partners are great people and I truly enjoy being there everyday.

    Cons

    The benefits are sub-par, the pay is consistently below market, the company does not offer bonuses. They consistently require staff to work above their positions, but are slow to promote and offer raises.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Run the opposite direction!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work in multiple industries with small to medium sized clients

    Cons

    Poor, short-sighted management and little respect for experienced hires

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Okay place to start your career, but you'll burnout within 2 years there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BKD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot, and be exposed to a lot of different things Your peers are a lot of fun and a great professional resource

    Cons

    Partners have a hard time relating to staff level people and some don't even know their staff's name Compensation and benefits - not comparable to other competitor firms Scheduling of resources is terrible - there are some that are really busy at all times and others that struggle to find work during the slower months.

    Advice to Management

    Please start treating employees better. Something as simple as a yearly bonus will go a long way. Employees there feel overworked and under appreciated. A little bit of monetary appreciation will help you retain your best staff.



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