BDO Australia

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BDO Australia Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great with plenty of potential in the long term.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at BDO Australia as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and work-life balance. Real opportunities to learn and build a career in the long term.

    Cons

    Some disconnect between partners but this is being addressed. Business model seems to be limited to market niches and public sector, very little effort to aggressively target Big 4 clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing awareness amongst Big 4 clients, invest in effective and targeted marketing campaigns. Establish efficient and effective internal processes to handle Big 4 client base.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good, but better if paid a little more.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Accountant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Graduate Accountant in Brisbane (Australia)

    I have been working at BDO Australia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not too stressful, but nice and easy if you know what you are doing and keep your eyes on the ball. Definitely gives you a feeling of power over your clients

    Cons

    Not being paid enough, some long hours required, some managers are unreasonable, lots of training on the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Plenty of potential but still a long way to go - some tough decisions needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at BDO Australia full-time

    Pros

    Good office facilities for the most part
    In spite of the cons, there are some good people in the firm
    Quite good client list - challenging work is available for staff that show the right stuff
    Staff catering is a nice touch - management can occasionally get it right although just because they put out a basket of fruit doesn't mean management understand or really care about the needs of staff
    Well resourced and lots of technical support - some genuine talent in the firm, especially across Australia but overall probably not enough to really drive the firm nationally
    Good size firm and in some markets could be a real threat to Big 4 if the firm were run better

    Cons

    Shocking culture - a fish rotting from the head
    HR function is awful - worst I have ever seen
    Potential is totally undone by poor calibre top management, out of control egos and internal politics - in short, leaders who don't show leadership
    Criteria for advancement to senior roles are a joke - too much dead weight at the top level and for a firm to succeed, it needs to promote its "winners" to top jobs
    Too many senior people whose sole strategy is to "suck up"
    There are some total under performers at partner level - not necessarily older partners either and some of the poorest performers are younger partners who are arrogant, devious, abrasive and poor on the technical side - there really needs to be a major cull
    Could not recommend this firm to friends - negatives currently totally outweigh the positives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a really close look at the destructive behaviours of some senior staff and partners - the damage done to the firm's culture by these people is way bigger than you know - there really needs to be an opportunity for staff to review partner performance - 360-degree reviews are generally useless as a review tool, but BDO needs to consider taking that that step to identify problem performers
    Talking to staff isn't the same as communicating - learn the difference - a few e-mails filled with meaningless management-speak actually do damage - staff are smarter than you think (one day the best of them will be partners too) and generally work out what is really going on anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interns in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Interns in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at BDO Australia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good work culture in general. Nice people and fancy social events every Friday morning and even on the weekends

    Cons

    potentially be limited by their lack of market dominance as they do not have big client base like the big 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create greater awareness and market shares

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Grand designs undone by internal politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at BDO Australia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    BDO Australia is clearly the best structured (nationally) of the mid-tier, with clear national programs with a focus on learning and development, as well as overall quality. The strength of the brand is exceptional and is also clearly ahead of the rest of the mid-tier.

    Cons

    The leaders of the 'federation' of firms are small minded individuals who are clearly unable to look beyond their best interests; men who have been a part of the BDO brand for 30+ years and dominate the Brisbane market, but have no interest in allowing the firm to progress on a national basis unless they individually benefit from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to get your act together! It's also time for the individuals in BDO International to stop looking to the people they 'know' - and who have been pulling the wool over their eyes for years - and look to where the Australian firms will be in 5 years (ie, a basket case as the lead partners nationally retire and only the Big 4 can afford to buy them out).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good personal growth, branding is not strong to allow competitiveness with Big 4, Limited future career opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO Australia

    Pros

    Flat organisation structure
    Nice office environment with fantastic views
    Strong ties with colleagues
    Flex hours available
    Free daily breakfast
    Casual drinks with colleagues on Fridays / month end

    Cons

    Small client base
    Poor staff retention
    Young hence lack of experience at management group
    Lack of staffs
    Limited career growth outside of audit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be smart, focus on retaining quality staffs and not staffs whom put up shows.
    To keep staffs interested, retain your quality clients, and not expanding on bad clients.

  8.  

    Big 4 Pretender

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BDO Australia

    Pros

    Great culture in the subiaco office, one of the best audit divisions in WA.

    Cons

    Directors are out of touch with staff and more concerned with their profit share, new office is a step back to 1950 with cube farm seating, staff turnover runs about two a week so there is a pretty shallow knowledge base and you don't learn much. Even the worst of the big four is a better choice than these guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The older half of you need to retire and stop milking the place, let the younger half get on with the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Go for the Big 4

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Graduate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BDO Australia

    Pros

    Being a Large mid tier firm they have the resources to accommodate for you, ie CA and CPA support, as well as lots of internal training.

    Cons

    Cheap, self indulgent, too much politics as well as the utter belief in the corporate hierachy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting your bonuses and pay the hard working employees a little extra to compensate for their loyalty and hard work.

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