BDO UK Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty fun for 2 weeks

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

    I worked at BDO UK as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was only there for a limited time so I didn't find the work repetitive. The staff were lovely and my manager was really supportive. We went on a team bonding boat racing trip and it was great fun - they gave me a lot of responsibility and I was completing real tax returns, visiting clients, contributing to senior reports, etc.

    I met quite a lot of partners and absolutely loved them all. My interviewer was amazing, and I arranged a meeting with a senior partner to collate information for a group project and he was so down to earth it was refreshing.

    Cons

    The HR department is awful- not impressed at all. They took ages to process very simple documentation which was frustrating, and my manager only found out that she was my manager after the first week. I only received my starter book (which I was supposed to get before the placement) after the first week too.

    I stayed later than I was contracted to a few times (like till 6/7) but I didn't feel pressured to, I just chose to in order to get stuff done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Definitely replace the HR team completely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Described as 'sinking ship' by headhunter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO UK

    Pros

    Good staff canteen at Baker Street and nice building, but not much else ...

    Cons

    Very high staff turnover in Corporate Finance, clueless and unsupportive partners that distrust each-other, redundancies, very poor opportunities for women (if you're not young, male, English and one of the 'boys', then you probably won't fit in), bullying blame culture (plenty of narcissists around), poor opportunities for interesting work - you mostly deal with small, crackpot companies whose accounts are in a total mess - not great for the CV. Overall a nightmare experience and I couldn't wait to get out of there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a more collaborative culture amongst partners and incentivise them to work together towards common company or department-wide goals.

  3.  

    good job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO UK

    Pros

    get ACA ith a good salary

    Cons

    job can be fairly repetitive

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  5.  

    Internship

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    Good culture, friendly staff, good work/life balance

    Cons

    reputation not as good as big 4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to recruit higher calibre graduates potentially by offering more competitive compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good, people-orientated firm

    • 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

    Get TOIL / overtime.
    Good people.
    Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Audit is boring.
    Limited opportunities to move within the firm.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    BDO

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

    I have been working at BDO UK full-time (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
  8.  

    would rather have been a cleaner...no joke

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Varied work, valued as an individual, HR issues.

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

    I worked at BDO UK full-time (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
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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

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