BDO USA
3.3 of 5 174 reviews
www.bdo.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

BDO USA Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014

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Wayne Berson

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Very collegial, collaborative, great work-life balance;"
    in 12 reviews
  • "There are many opportunities to learn but at the cost of your outside life"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance really was not that great"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Long Hours and limited quality of life outside work"
    in 25 reviews
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Good for advancement...not sure about the long term.

Assurance Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Miami, FL

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

ProsGood opportunity for growth and to take on responsibility

ConsLong hours, lot's of travel, management lacks vision

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Great place to start your career

Tax Accountant (Current Employee)
Grand Rapids, MI

I have been working at BDO USA full-time

ProsWide variety of clients and fun culture. Meaningful responsibilities from your first day.

ConsCompensation appears to be below some of the larger firms and busy season seems to drag on longer than you might find elsewhere.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsGreat learning experience regarding difference types of industries

ConsChunks of unflexable time during the year due to nature of business

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I work with great people and have ample opportunity for varied work assignments.

Tax Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Charlotte, NC

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

ProsI like the people I work with.

ConsThe hours are long well pasty tax season.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent when it comes to compensation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Better work environment and work/life balance than big 4, but crappy small messy clients

Assurance Associate (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsWork less than at big 4, more responsibilities with less experience, faster advancment, good benefits

ConsNot enough public clients, small messy jobs are frustrating, too many out of town jobs, favoritism, low salary and crappy raises

Advice to Senior ManagementStop playing favorites

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company and especially the San Jose office.

Tax Associate (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsVery affable and friendly environment.

ConsA lot of sitting down in the cubicle, and excel work. Was expecting more teamwork, client interaction, and management feedback.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work life balance was not the greatest; lack of respect from management

Tax Associate (Former Employee)
Troy, MI

I worked at BDO USA full-time for more than a year

ProsExperience, great colleagues for the most part, great training.

ConsExpectations were not always clear, lack of respect from management, and not the best work life balance atmosphere, even during non busy season hours.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Arrogant mangement

Audit Associate (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsThe firm has great technology; wide range of clients (which is a pro and con as staff have no input on which industry/client they prefer to work in).

ConsWork/life balance not appropriate for mid-tier firm; pay not comparable to Big 4, but hours are nearly the same as Big 4 (2100 billable annually); management denies all morale problems and is ignorant regarding market conditions at other firms; new hires can't get the experience they need because managers are too busy and cannot teach them anything. If you desire career over work/life balance, go to Big 4; if you desire work/life balance over career, then go to a smaller firm.

Advice to Senior ManagementChoose your niche. Be competitive with the Big 4 (i.e. hire 50 people each year and pay them well) or be competitive with mid-tier (i.e. improve work/life balance). You can't compete in all markets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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They will work you to the bone and pay you peanuts

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Miami, FL

I worked at BDO USA

ProsIt was a great resume filler. People respect the company name more than they should really. That's the only Pro.

ConsThey work you ridiculously long hours on salary. Pay raises and reviews never come when they say they will. They will take advantage until the day you wise up and run.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to learn

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at BDO USA

ProsSmall team, great opportunity to learn

ConsBusy season hours, lack of growth opportunity, need more professional development

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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