BKD Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
79 Reviews
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BKD Partner & CEO Ted Dickman
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Review Highlights

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

  • I've gotten experience at various companies and have learned a lot about accounting in general (in 4 reviews)


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

  • long hours during the summer in particular industries (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 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 an 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place to start your career, but once your resume is built time to start looking.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Well developed internal forms which cover all needed items of audit work.

    Cons

    Management does not take all facotrs into affect when evaluating employees. All that was reviewed was the toal amount of chargeable hours instead of realization or internal firm projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will maintain more employees if you quit acting like you are one of the big four.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cannot be trusted!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Some nice people

    Cons

    Poor and very subjective evaluations/ feedback. Most of evaluations were on very petty matters.
    Promotions not based on achievements but more on office politics
    Some of management not quite supportive
    Cannot be trusted!
    Lots of lay offs in recent past
    Some management lack people skills and proper managerial skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and appreciate your people more and not treat them like property to be disposed off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunity for a lot of hard work

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    Former Employee - Senior
    Former Employee - Senior

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

    Pros

    BKD has a very in depth training program that is great for people that are just starting out in their career. There is a lot of opportunity to learn and gain experience in several different industries as wells as all areas of audit

    Cons

    Job requires a ton of travel, reasonably expect to be travelling at least 50% of the time. Job requires signifiant overtime. A minimum of 55 hours a week is required during January-April but you should expect to work 60-65 hours. Expect to work at least 55 hours a week year round

    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, under valued and under paid

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    A great place to gain experience as there was always work to do. If you are looking to learn more in one year than all of your college put together go here.

    Cons

    Mananagment is mostly an old boys club, not flexible and not family friendly. They will work you until you break, I think I made minimum wage when I factored in how many hours I had to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and you won't lose so many people that would like to be in public accounting but also want to have a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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