BDO USA Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated June 18, 2014
Updated June 18, 2014
211 Reviews
3.5
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work-life balance, leadership is non-existent and plays favorites (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours, auditor perception, traveling (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pretty Good overall, not too busy

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    Former Employee - Assurance Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at BDO USA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very nice people and office, not too much work.

    Cons

    Kind of got boring after a while of doing nothing. HR people took a really long time to respond to emails if they even did

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have interns do more work or hire less interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with flat hierarchy

    Cons

    Low pay and up or out philosophy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Overall, executive leadership had a strong vision for the firm and made a point of communicating major news or policies to the employees.

    Cons

    Department head was erratic and temperamental. Significant turnover led to being part of a team that was never quite whole, always in the process of training and/or letting someone go. Constant sniping between senior partners created a challenging work environment. Firm does high-quality work for its clients, but ultimately, interpersonal issues amongst staff/partners, etc. caused me to leave the firm. Additionally, work/life balance was nonexistent and compensation was quite low compared to competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess the managing directors/partners just as you would the lower-level staff. Just because someone has achieved a certain level shouldn't give them a free pass to act unprofessionally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    People who know better leave BDO!

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Open door policy (but beware because whatever you tell the higher up are always shared to their "puppets").
    Good working environment except when you are not part of the "in" group.
    Good salary as compared to big 4 audit firms.

    Cons

    Client base is so small that seniors end up working on the same client for years.
    Review process needs to be improved and not based solely on the managers professional and sometimes personal view of the person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    IS Assurance Associate

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    Current Employee - IS Assurance Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IS Assurance Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, all expenses paid travel

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance, leadership is non-existent and plays favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for an intern to work with managers first hand

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    Former Employee - Tax Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at BDO USA as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    working directly with manger and partners as an intern

    Cons

    lack of real opportunity to advance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Experienced Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Experienced Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Open door policy and ability to work on a wide variety of projects.

    Cons

    There is a lot of administrative work that comes with the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more senior management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience, great workplace, and great people.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement, great projects, and great learning experience. The projects that I staffed were highly sophisticated, and yet I was not relegated to meaningless work. It provided a great foundation for my career.

    Cons

    employee turnover is a major issue that needs to be addressed. Partners can definitely be aloof as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to deal with the issue of employee turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ehhh

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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    the hours aren't as bad as some other public accounting firms out there. it could be worst but this place definitely has its downfalls, let me tell you.

    Cons

    horrible moral. the tax group is not that good. there is no guidence and no real opportunity to grow here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they are trying to change, but it isn't happening soon enough. everyone leaves!

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

    Good place to start

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    there is no mid management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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