BDO USA

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BDO USA Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
233 Reviews
3.4
233 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexibility culture is good work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • You learn a lot, opportunities for growth (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Local office emphasis on working alot as opposed to the work life balance they promote (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours (often 10-12 hour days 6 days a week from January to April and August 1st through September 15) (in 29 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    family-oriented, relaxed, and the people were very helpful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO USA

    Pros

    The people were great and provided a culture where i could learn a lot coming out of college. I could also see some more opportunity for advancement than iI see at other big CPA firms.

    Cons

    I worked on a lot of really, really small companies. Companies where I just didn't learn very much. Also, I spent a lot of time doing nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO USA

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    A lot of work during busy season

  3.  

    Good Company

    • 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 USA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Flexible schedules during non-busy season
    -Exposure to a lot of audit areas during first year

    Cons

    Don't have enough interaction between departments or coworkers outside of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more social events with office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have had a great experience at BDO

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at BDO USA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really like the people I work with
    Nice laptops
    Good for women with children
    Great social events
    Great exposure to higher up's

    Cons

    I wish the atmosphere was more interactive
    Long hours
    Not a beautiful office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the environment at BDO slightly more friendly and happy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Best firm in Grand Rapids, MI

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible and laid back atmosphere. Everyone works together as a team. Partners and management are approachable and willing to answer questions. The technical expertise in the office is vast and the willingness to develop and teach staff and seniors is clearly evident. The career advisor program works great. If you have an area of tax that you would like to focus on, management does their best to get you exposure and opportunities. The culture of the office is great and management is whole heartedly embracing the new core values, not just giving lip service. The office is growing and there is limitless opportunity. It is the best CPA firm to work for in West Michigan. Learning and growth focus with extremely intelligent and knowledgeable people to teach, broad client base, and a client service focus is making BDO the place to be. People who know, know BDO!

    Cons

    Naturally, the hours during busy season can be difficult. However, what is great is that management has recognized this and they are actually doing something about it.
    As the office has been growing like a weed, seating has been getting tight leading to creative solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!! Thank you for being transparent and willing to do what you can for your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    BDO USA Response

    Nov 26, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    Wow; thank you for sharing these fantastic comments. I suspect your optimism and energy is an important part of what is making BDO Grand Rapids a great place to work!

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work experience, environment, lots of hours, pay could be better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    BDO is a growing company and I gained good auditing experience from them. You may have some small clients that allow you the gain the experience (and headache) of doing pretty much an entire audit by yourself. This can be a mess but in the end I've had the opportunity to work on many different facets instead of working for months on one area of a mega-huge corporation.

    Cons

    Pay seems to be less than big 4, hours seem to be more (longer duration of busy season), some people work considerably more than others

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Little known appraisal careet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at BDO USA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Winter break, room for growth

    Cons

    boring, lacked energy, rigid schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get organized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Incredible experience, very talented and helpful managers and very reasonable compensation and bennefits

    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at BDO USA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    During busy season there are several benefits such as $25 dinner credits, meal reimbursement up to $10, etc. Great work environment, great co-workers

    Cons

    Long hours, but expected for the profession. Be prepared to work 60+ hours a week between January and April.

    BDO USA Response

    Nov 26, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    We are so happy to hear you had a positive experience in your internship at BDO. Both the quality of work and the meaningful positive relationships among us as we work together are mission critical ... More

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is headed in new direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture. Small firm feel with global firm resources.

    Cons

    Smaller client budgets make it difficult to assign all levels to a particular job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrisy in senior ranks; stay away

    • 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 USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I experienced a well planed interview process and good beginning with the firm. I was paid well and benefits were on par with market.

    Cons

    Leader of my dept (consulting) was erratic; created arguments inside the firm between different groups. Weird meetings where nobody could speak up. I decided to leave because professionalism and expertise were not valued. Despite all the lectures on values I did not see any career development or support from my managers and decided to join competitor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your leaders are competent. Stop rewarding loyalty. Create consistency between actions and values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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