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Updated Jul 15, 2014

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3.2 68 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

BKD Partner & CEO Ted Dickman

Ted Dickman

(16 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 19 an hour, no work-life balance, they trusted each intern(in 3 reviews)

  • Good experience, knowledgeable partners (until mandatory retirement), lots of training during the first year(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season(in 6 reviews)

  • Also, the staff is not very diverse like a Big 4(in 3 reviews)

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    It was okay, just not friendly to your personal life.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood pay for an intern over $19 an hour, no work-life balance, they trusted each intern

    Consthey were not friendly with questions. It seemed as if we were just there to churn out returns quickly

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    Great place to start but not for everyone.

    Audit Senior (Former Employee) Fort Wayne, IN

    ProsYou learn a ton! Great way to start an accounting carrier.

    ConsStaff get worked to death. High turnover from burnout. Promotions and raises are really small and slow early in carrier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow seniors more flexibility in how they manage staff. Micro management stifles innovation and creativity. This leads to an unnecessary environment of stress. The work is difficult enough, you don't have to create more pressure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Introduction to disillusioning world of large accounting firms (tax side)

    Tax Associate (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsCompetent co-workers, decent starting salary

    ConsVery impersonal work environment, grind-it-out mentality, very little diversity, extremely slow and rigid pathway toward advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-work your approach to training, encourage more work/life balance, more frequent feedback and guidance about performance (good or bad)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing pains, old-fashioned culture

    Tax Staff Accountant (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsGood experience, knowledgeable partners (until mandatory retirement), lots of training during the first year. Not a terrible place to begin your career in public accounting as long as you're OK with the second-tier job opportunities that follow. Some offices seems great, some are terrible.

    ConsAverage pay and small raises. With a relatively high number of partners for a firm of their size, you notice the day-to-day cost cutting everywhere. Offices can feel like a "good ol' boy's" club where it's acceptable for managers to discuss female staffs' "talents" during lunch, etc. Expansion through acquisition creates a firm without a coherent culture. They shuffle people around enough that this will probably work itself out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Efficiently-run CPA Firm with strong reputation for professional advisory services across the Midwest

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    Pros*Hard-working, approachable Partners

    *Team environment and many young people

    *Significant investment in updating firm culture (marketing, community involvement, etc.)

    Cons*Traditionally conservative firm culture

    *Compensation lower than larger Big 4 firms

    *High attrition / turnover

    Advice to Senior Management*Continue modernizing firm culture where prudent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get your work done and don't ask too many questions

    Staff Auditor (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsIntelligent co-workers, more interaction with partners than at other firms, great benefits and reasonable flexibility in scheduling, built in career advancement

    ConsSeniors and managers are only thinking about the time budget and don't take time to instruct you or allow you to teach yourself. In my opinion, this is not what a CPA is supposed to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf your main priority is time budgets, but the budgets aren't accurate because everyone is trying to undercut their peers and not get fired, the only people that benefit are the partners, and even that's in the short run. Take a long-term strategic view. As CPAs you should consider every stakeholder, with yourself considered last.

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    It has been good so far

    Tax Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThere are good people to work with

    ConsThe pay rate is not market

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease pay

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    Fine public accounting firm, but don't plan to stay more than a couple of years

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsPlenty of training in technical areas.

    ConsFelt like management valued billing over providing quality client service.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIndividuals without leadership skills or management ability are promoted to leadership roles.

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    Nice place to work

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsProfessionally run, well reputed and good overall brand name.

    ConsLimited scope, conservative compensation, somewhat traditional in their practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBKD Technologies needs to focus on long term growth, even if it means high costs in the short term.

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    Great for gaining experience and exposure, but bad for morale.

    Audit Senior (Current Employee) San Antonio, TX

    ProsGreat exposure. Given a lot of responsibility early in your career which really forces you to learn. Management is very approachable, at least in the south region. They pay for Becker CPA review. 4 weeks of PTO (let me know if you get to take it though). 10 holidays/yr.

    Consi would say that you will work a lot - which can be a good thing if that's what you are looking for. Advancement is based on timing and politics from what I've seen and heard. Compensation is low compared to similar sized firms. Do your homework.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen AND respond to your employees concerns.

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