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BKD Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
83 Reviews
3.4
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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.  

    Tax Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    Good place to start a career and gain experience at a quick pace.

    Cons

    Benefits and salary are not as great as competing firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on billable hours and more on work life balance.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    Good midsize audit firm, enjoy my experience

    Cons

    Their comp is below market.

  3.  

    Typical Public Accounting Firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Good way to gain exposure in different industries (variety depends on which office you work in); Becker CPA review is paid for (be financially prepared to test in every open testing window until you pass all 4 sections); learn a great deal during your first year....

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours during busy season (work/life balance could be improved); upper management has favorites; lots of "constructive criticism"; compensation could be higher

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  5.  

    Its all about Efficiency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits were on-par with the industry, nothing notable to claim. You get more PTO where the catch is you can use it during busy season but If you do, be prepared for the ramifications of your work ethic being called into question.

    Cons

    Their post employment dialogue is terrible. A prospective federal employer of mine is having some issues getting employment confirmation with my previous supervisor's due to 'company policy' stating they don't provide information in that nature.This is strange- it shouldn't be difficult for a previous in charge/supervisor to acknowledge one's contributions within the company as they look for opportunities outside the company.
    Audit technology is below what i consider average. No internet connection = cumbersome audits
    Some clients you engage with on their site place you in interesting positions. We'll leave it at that-not much can be done there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about the expectations of employees and how they can work smarter, and not harder. Too much linear thinking in a linear industry makes an occupation stagnant in ways pay can't cover. A good dose of "what do you think, x?" mentality always helps more then "Here's what I think, and what you will do".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  7.  

    Great place to start but not for everyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competent co-workers, decent starting salary

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Growing pains, old-fashioned culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Average 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    *Continue modernizing firm culture where prudent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Seniors 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    No opinion of CEO

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