BDO UK Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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    BDO

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    Current Employee - Forensics  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Forensics in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great people and geniune care

    Cons

    salaries are awful and they need to look at benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    paymore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    would rather have been a cleaner...no joke

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    Former Employee - Audit Semi Senior  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Audit Semi Senior in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - free breakfast at baker street before 8.30am (to the value of £1.50...therefore toast and tea)
    - pretty nice office in london (poor outside london)
    - work plenty of hours for the same annual pay
    - aca out of it...probably MAIN BENEFIT

    Cons

    - no recognition - all about the right handshake, wink wink, ill see you right mate attitude
    - HR appalling
    - racist firm (NO JOKE)
    - made (i.e. forced) to undertake jobs above your pay grade with client none the wiser (unethical to say the least) all about saving costs on charge out rates
    - as a firm overall its in decline and if i could rewind the clock...most likely would have gone big 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start from scratch again (bottom up)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Varied work, valued as an individual, HR issues.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Client-facing from the first day on the job
    - Trusted with projects and allowed freedom to express creativity and challenge upwards
    - Good colleagues
    - Good work-life balance
    - Good benefits package
    - Free breakfast

    Cons

    - Recognition and reward down to luck a bit too much (assigned to the right job, have the right conversation, suddenly promotion comes along)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partners often act against one another in order to maximise revenue recognised against themselves - creating a fairer compensation scheme for partners would lead to better teamwork and more revenue overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Internal Audit Semi Senior  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Semi Senior in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BDO UK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Work is valued

    Cons

    Not the prestige of the big 4
    Lack of challenging work
    Free breakfast and subsidised cafe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Static movement irrespective of performance
    Need to get rid of the chaff and reward their top performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, definitely a better place to work at compared with Big 4.

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

    I have been working at BDO UK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compared with Big 4
    - Better work-life balance
    - Approachable partners
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Constant exodus of seniors
    Sometimes technical guidance comes a bit late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide higher level of compensation compared with the Big 4 and reduce gap with industry to avoid continued exodus of good seniors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Was a great company to work for before they restructured in 2009

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at BDO UK full-time

    Pros

    A great firm to work for if you want broad exposure to mid market companies.

    Cons

    After the restructuring in 2009, teams tended to be under pressure to complete work within very tight time-frames.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BDO used to have a great proposition up to 2009: more experienced staff than the big four, low staff turnover rates, continuity of staff on client projects, and a focus on delivering high quality work. In my view this was a winning proposition and in the long term pays off better than simply trying to maximise profits in the short term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    work life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO UK

    Pros

    good hours, friendly people and work environment

    Cons

    low pay, can be dictative

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very poor rude and aggressive management, tries to be like the Big 4 but without interesting work and the rewards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO UK for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not too much control by senior management as they don't really know what's going on so you have a lot more freedom than the big 4.
    Nice canteen

    Cons

    Unfair dismissals common - staff that have spent 10years there "advised to see a lawyer" and escorted out of building!!
    Not a meritocracy - newer members of the team overlooked constantly
    Poor rewards compared to the big4
    Less interesting projects than the big4
    Rude and agressive middle managers
    HR and IT internal capabilities the worst I have seen anywhere, HR can't calculate Tax and loses key and confidentials documents as a matter of routine, IT especially the "ebusiness" team can't deliver projects
    Less intelligent staff than the big4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try building an environment condiuctive to delivering for clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is like being in your very own real life soap opera

    Cons

    - immoral behaviour
    - office politics has completely taken over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff with respect.
    Act professionally at all times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO UK

    Pros

    very good work life balance

    Cons

    low profile, always wanted to become big 4 but never able to

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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