BDO UK Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Growth Focused and Investing in people

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Fantastic place to work

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain great experience in pensions investments and tax

    Cons

    More social get tofethers with colleagues

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Pretty fun for 2 weeks

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. 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 Management

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

  7. 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

  8. Internship

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

    I have been working at BDO UK as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, friendly staff, good work/life balance

    Cons

    reputation not as good as big 4

    Advice to Management

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

  9. Good, people-orientated firm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO UK

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get TOIL / overtime.
    Good people.
    Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

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

  10. BDO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and geniune care

    Cons

    salaries are awful and they need to look at benefits

    Advice to Management

    paymore

  11. would rather have been a cleaner...no joke

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    start from scratch again (bottom up)

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