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BDO UK Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
38 Reviews
3.2
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO UK as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, paid over time

    Cons

    Shabby Office, could do with some refurbishment

  2.  

    On balance - a good employment proposition with opportunities galore if you have the personality to succeed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at BDO UK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting range of work with early exposure to responsibility while still receiving the necessary support. Good pragmatic attitude to flexible working - work/life balance for employees is definitely on the agenda. It's give and take however.

    Cons

    Some weakness at partner level with buck passing and indecisiveness. Lots of politics around status, billings and knee jerking when the financials don't stack up. Periodic 'crack downs' on utilisation, recovery rates etc. Perception that only the partners benefit in good years - not much passed down to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good place to work, good social environment and career opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's a very good place to work. Good chances to progress and to move across other areas, even getting experience overseas.
    Opportunities to propose new ideas and take them forward. Good place to obtain a good work experience.

    Cons

    Lack of rewards like bonuses or instant awards for achieving tough objectives or meeting very high expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The appraisal process should be less formal and more human.
    Management is contaminated by old-school and close minded Directors that have been in the firm too long with no experience in any other company/sector.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would be a good employer if it wasn't for poor staff morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, friendly and a pleasure to work with. The office is nice and usually well maintained. Free breakfast before 8.30 is a nice perk. Although less than the Big Four, pay is ok for the hours and the work performed. Genuine attempts to respect work-life balance, although they really worked out in practice. Training offered used to be very good but suffered a little when the company structure changed.

    Cons

    Staff morale was very low for about two years prior to be leaving. Although a rewards system was set up to help with issues with recognition, it's operation depended on who you worked with, as some managers used it all the time and others never touched it. I think this actually lowered morale because it meant that some people were getting little to no credit that other people were being rewarded handsomely for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on improving staff morale - it would really make a difference

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO UK

    Pros

    Getting to work with great partners - some very talented and experienced people with great client relationships. Exposure to clients means you can feedback into the marketing toolkit which is very positive. Lots of room for personal entrepreneurship such as picking up additional projects although there is limited scope for other career progression.

    Cons

    Little room in marketing for career progression, and very little support unless you are one of the select few. Low morale in the marketing team leading to little teamwork across the business, and initiatives to bring more team spirit squashed by the Marketing Director.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Disgusting company

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at BDO UK full-time

    Pros

    Leaving the company for good.

    Cons

    The stuck up, biased and most patronising people I have every come across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves and the way that you treat your staff. No wonder everyone is leaving the company and going elsewhere, they don't want to work for gremlins like you lot that don't have a backbone to stand up for yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn and gain a broad experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Role in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Role in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BDO UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Broad range of clients of varying sizes.
    - Cross industry experience.
    - Ability to move between business areas, offices etc.

    Cons

    - Salaries need to catch up with big 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    audit senior

    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BDO UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance with genuine respect for personal situations.

    Cons

    Low reward and recognition compared to other employers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be competitive with regards to employee benefits, etc.. against other employers.

  10.  

    Growth Focused and Investing in people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Leicester, England (UK)

    I worked at BDO UK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are professional, and friendly.
    Training is great - perfect for those gaining their qualifications and also CPD.
    Wide variety of clients and therefore exposure to a variety of interesting accounting and audit areas.
    Management and partners are all very open and easy to speak with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can often falter with fast paced and tight budget jobs.
    IT systems and audit software could be improved to be more effective.
    Performance feedback could be more structured, though this was being addressed and improved as I left.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A hotbed of mediocrity - awful place to work for a women, bullying partners and weak management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    wide international network with plenty of opportunity to do international work. Flagship impressive headquarters in Baker Street

    Cons

    It is very difficult to progress on merit - the staff are good below partner level but the partners are largely unimpressive, there seems to be a lot of cronyism and many are bewildered at the partners that progress up the management tree. Bullies are not dealt with adequately - and often hold positions of power. It is not a great place to work as a senior woman - difficult to be heard and little support. PKF merger seems like displacement activity to hide the generally poor performance of the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be seen to be fair - act on bullying behaviour - don't promote them! Be more democratic and promote talent not sycophants. Promote the careers of women in a positive way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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