BDO USA – Why Work For Us?

Chosen for client service philosophy focused on personalized service, attention from senior professionals and tailored service approach.

With a national footprint and broad international network, BDO is poised to serve you wherever in the world you do business. In addition to our breadth and depth of resources, it’s our people, the knowledge they bring to engagements, their commitment to exceeding expectations, and the candid relationships they develop with clients that has made BDO the distinct choice for clients of all types and sizes.

Whether orchestrating resources across the country or around the world, we’re committed to delivering quality service through:

  • Open and communicative client service philosophy
  • Firsthand industry knowledge and participation
  • Geographic coverage across the U.S.
  • Cohesive global network with seamless service worldwide
  • Streamlined accessible organizational structure
  • Attention of highly experienced senior professionals
  • Focused capabilities across disciplines


  • Serves nearly 300 domestically publicly traded clients and 100 internationally publicly traded entities with U.S. filing requirements
  • Representative SEC clients include: Amerco (U-Haul), Henry Schein, Inc., Jones Apparel Group, Inc., Skechers USA, Inc., Nuance Communications, Inc. and Monster Worldwide
  • Outside of the Big Four, BDO had the most success in gaining new public company engagements for the second quarter of 2013 (Source: Public Accounting Report/Audit Analytics and Accounting Today)
  • From 2010 through today, BDO USA participated in more than 100 public and private offerings, producing proceeds over $1 billion
Since the firm's founding 100 years ago, BDO has prided itself on the values of competence, honesty and integrity, professionalism, responsibility and accountability, and dedication.

Like many American success stories, BDO's proud past began with the vision of an entrepreneur. Twenty-two-year-old immigrant Maximilian (M.L.) Seidman emerged from a tenement on Manhattan's Lower East Side to open a one-room office on the city's Park Row. With little more than a good idea, personal drive to achieve, and a commitment to hard work, M.L. founded Seidman & Seidman in 1910.

Fast-forward . . .The firm known today as BDO is a leading accounting and consulting organization with an extensive national and global footprint, sophisticated and loyal clients, and a talented team of people. Yet, despite our size and stature, BDO remains a family business in spirit, holding steadfast to the ideals of competence, honesty and integrity, professionalism, responsibility and accountability, and dedication, M.L. and the Seidman family ingrained in the culture of the firm. These core values have helped BDO grow to serve clients through 49 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As the U.S. independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multinational clients through a global network of 1,204 offices in 138 countries.

Dedicated to quality service for more than 100 years... People who know, know BDO.SM

BDO’s culture and core values establish a set of standards embodied by our work, our relationships and our professionals, the results of which are reflected in our accomplishments and recognition in the marketplace. With a reputation for quality and foundation built on timeless values, BDO is a sound choice both for clients and for those seeking rewarding professional careers.

People First

  • Care
  • Earn trust and be trusting
  • Be respectful
  • We before me! 

Exceptional: Every Day, Every Way

  • Have integrity
  • Be a true professional
  • Everyone is a client
  • Model excellence! 

Embrace Change Through Knowledge

  • Be forward thinking
  • Lead the way
  • Grow and help others grow
  • Move to improve! 

Empowerment Through Knowledge

  • Listen intently
  • Be direct
  • Share what you know
  • Be curious! 

Choose Accountability

  • Take personal responsibility
  • Be humble
  • Mind the bottom-line
  • Do what you say you’ll do!


At BDO, we strive to give our employees what they need to grow both professionally and personally – from the flexibility to find work-life balance to the opportunity to give back to their communities.

BDO Flex
Flexibility comes in all shapes and sizes – just like the needs of our people. From career options, to recruiting, to workflow management, we strive to find a mutually beneficial mixture of workplace commitment and day-to-day flexibility. Because after all, what’s good for you is good for us; in today’s 24/7, high-tech, global work reality, flexibility is essential.

BDO Green
Whether it’s something as large as a company-wide recycling initiative, or something as small as unplugging an unused device, BDO encourages its employees to take charge of their environmental impact. BDO Green is our commitment to finding ways to protect the planet, while at the same time reducing our operating costs. Because green business, it turns out, is good business.

BDO Counts
From serving food at soup kitchens, to planting trees, to assisting the elderly, BDO’s volunteer program gives you the opportunity to give back to your community. Whether it’s participating in our nationwide Week of Service initiative, or pursuing projects of their own choosing, BDO Counts encourages employees to go beyond the typical corporate fundraiser, and to give their time to real, hands-on pursuits.

For eligible employees who dream about gaining work experience in different countries, BDO provides the opportunity to participate in our secondment program. These temporary international assignments will give you a chance to develop your professional skills in an international setting, and enhance your awareness of multinational clients. We’re a global business – we offer global experience, too.

Core Values
People First. Exceptional Every Day, Every Way. Embrace Change. Empowerment Through Knowledge. Choose Accountability. 

BDO’s core values establish a set of principles and behaviors embodied by our work, our relationships, and our professionals. They define what we stand for as a firm, and they guide us, every day, as we navigate the many issues and opportunities of the accounting profession. Our core values allow us to be genuine and fair in our judgments, to build deeper relationships with our clients and each other, and to create an inclusive, adaptable culture for our people. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves as professionals, as individuals, and as a company, and they are what make BDO a dynamic and enjoyable place to work.

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BDO offers a wide variety of training and mentorship opportunities designed to help professionals at all levels advance in their careers.

CPA Exam Support

BDO gives you the flexibility to structure your schedule so that you can manage work and study in a way that makes sense for you and the firm. And as an extra incentive, BDO offers a bonus to employees who pass the test within a specified timeframe. Get CPA EXAM STUDY TIPS from BDO professionals who recently passed the exam.

Mentors You Can Count On

BDO’s built-in mentorship program ensures that all of our interns receive regular, one-on-one guidance from more experienced professionals. As an intern, you’ll be matched with an associate or a senior associate to help you begin your internship and become acclimated to life in the office.  Learn more from BDO’s mentor program: INDUSTRY LEADERS AS TEACHERS AND MENTORS.

Career Advising

Designed to foster professional relationships between seasoned and less experienced employees, the program pairs people at all levels up to Senior Manager with more senior advisors. Career advisors assist employees in improving individual performance and provide a constant, reliable resource to advisees throughout their careers.

BDO University

BDO University (BDO-U) offers access to a variety of online technical and leadership courses. As part of BDO’s New Hire Portal, our professionals have access to a personalized checklist of training through BDO-U that is based on level and business line.

In-house Certified Professional Education (CPE)

A life in public accounting means a life of continuous learning. BDO offers a wide variety of CPE programs to help our professionals grow in whatever way best suits their individual needs, preferences, and learning styles. National, regional, and local training opportunities include conferences, one-on-one training, webcasts, and self-study courses.

BDO Leadership Institute

The BDO Leadership Institute (BLI) is an intensive, 18-month internal leadership development program for high-potential senior managers and directors.  Selection for the program is highly competitive, and focuses on the development of leadership, interpersonal, and business development skills.

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    family-oriented, relaxed, and the people were very helpful

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    I worked at BDO USA


    The people were great and provided a culture where i could learn a lot coming out of college. I could also see some more opportunity for advancement than iI see at other big CPA firms.


    I worked on a lot of really, really small companies. Companies where I just didn't learn very much. Also, I spent a lot of time doing nothing

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BDO USA Interviews

Updated Dec 17, 2014
Updated Dec 17, 2014

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    Consulting Managing Director Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at BDO USA.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed in NYC. Went through rounds with 4-5 other MDs and Partners. Very weird group. One MD acted like he was interrogating me and kept repeating questions. No personality. Head of the group talked non-stop and bragged about his accomplishments. Then I had lunch with 2 other people who seemed to have social skills. The experience left me wondering what the identity of the group is.

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    People did not seem to be in touch with market. Discussions were either very bland or listening to someone brag.

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BDO USA Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2013
Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, Experience, Inc., 2013
Vault Accounting 50,, 2013
Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, The National Association of Female Executives, 2013
101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For™, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1910
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through... More

Mission: BDO's mission is to achieve sustainable professional, cultural and economic growth as well as meaningful recognition in the marketplace and the profession.

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