BKD Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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  1. Worst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Antonio, TX

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Run the opposite direction!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Join the 21st century!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good experience and a good company culture

    Cons

    Low salaries, incompetent partners, lack of an effective strategy to compete in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to reward your top performers. Empower your employees to contribute to the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    People First?

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    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on privately-held companies, which could hopefully lead to Controller or CFO opportunities in the future.

    Opportunity to obtain work experience necessary to obtain CPA license.

    Cons

    Salary / compensation is well below market. No bonus structure, and health insurance is extremely expensive.

    Lack of opportunity for advancement, unless partner's retire.

    Upper management more worried about finding merger opportunities, than improving morale or growing the business.

    As a result of partner comp levels, billing rates at all levels are extremely high compared to the market (approaching Big 4 rates), which makes it nearly impossible to stay competitive and bring in new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to improve morale at your firm and not work your staff 2500 hours a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    I would never go back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive pay, you learn.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. There is a lack of respect for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave others manage the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    The firm was a good place to start but gradually shifted to the big-four model of overworking/underpaying nonprincipals.

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Training
    Good teamwork among staff
    Generally good clients
    Information sharing
    Standardized processes
    Annual AICPA week training
    Becker materials provided for CPA

    Cons

    Under-appreciated by partners
    Benefits lacking
    Insufficient performance feedback
    Greed of partners leads to small compensation adjustments
    Terrible WIP/time entry system (excel based timesheets)
    Work>Life balance
    Lack of fun and employee satisfaction during office hours
    Received less than 10 verbals "thank you for x" from management in four full years of service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should you continue to show a lack of respect as well as underpay your good people, employee morale and retention will continue to dwindle. Go back to the 2007 & 2008 mentality rather than trying to operate like a big four firm. That model works for them, but they also pay their people for working long hours. It always appeared that employee satisfaction due to different management at E&Y and PWC were much better despite an increase in hours. I can now personally attest to that now that I am at E&Y.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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