BDO USA Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
216 Reviews
3.5
216 Reviews
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Wayne Berson
33 Ratings

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 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lacks girth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    appreciate the overall level of turts

    Cons

    lacked enough girth and biscuits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee more girth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Medium firm with family feel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, support and, family atmosphere. Better work life balance than big 4 forms, better pay, better attitude.
    Less seasonality. Working hours are about 50-55 hours, very rarely weekends, drops to 40-50 in off season. (Big 4 would be 60-90 hours, 40 in off season)
    Smaller clients means more exposure to different areas if a single audit at lower levels.

    Cons

    Not a big 4 firm (in terms of contribution to career)
    Some of the clients are riskier than you'd get at big 4 firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    BDO USA Response

    Oct 7, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    So glad you found the culture and work life fit favorable. These are incredibly important to us and to our ability to retain talent. As for "riskiness" we take our obligation to address financial ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    office atmosphere is very outgoing and collaborative. Everyone seemed interested in helping interns learn. Very great culture and friendly faces. Hours are better than big 4 accounting firms, and they try to make up for the long days with catered lunches and other treats.

    Cons

    Commuting on the train was time consuming, but that was because I lived outside of the city. During busy season, even interns worked 60+ hour weeks. While it was difficult at times, I never had to work a Saturday. There didn't seem to be many options to take time off, unless very sick or emergency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    BDO USA Response

    Oct 1, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    Thanks for your feedback! Every intern and new employee is a future manager in our eyes, so it is critically important that we do our job to help you thrive at BDO. We certainly support paid time ... More

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    Gossip pit trying to be world class; stay away

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

    I worked at BDO USA

    Pros

    The firm has an initiative to grow and change values. CEO is really trying. Work hours are not bad. Pay is average and raises seem to be fair / in line with CPI and other market metrics.

    Cons

    The partners in this firm are fighting with each other. Seems to be bad history of undercutting each other, jealousy, fighting for revenue to be booked in one dept vs. another. The firm lacks unity at the partner/leader level and this makes it difficult for other employees to be collaborative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the old dogs. Can't teach them new tricks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic opportunity to help people thrive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Outstanding and inclusive leadership and culture; clear and authentic core values, including putting people first.

    Cons

    Our current growth rate and plans are exciting and expectedly are creating a lot of work, as well as opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue following the strategic vision and core values we developed together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    BDO USA Response

    Sep 25, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    Thank you for your ten years of dedication and for embracing our values and strategy. We recognize growth requires the continuous need for adding high caliber talent and continue our dedication to ... More

  7.  

    Assurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assurance Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good stable job

    Friendly work environment

    Cons

    Less upward expansion than one would think
    Busy season is tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    BDO USA Response

    Sep 25, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    So glad you felt you were valued while a BDO employee and that you found the environment friendly. These traits are important to us. Certainly our growth and current strategy provides tremendous ... More

  8.  

    Broad exposure to middle market clients.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Ability to move up the ranks quick. Exposure to various, techincal accounting topics. Open door policy with upper management.

    Cons

    High turnover meaning high workload on remaining staff. Extended busy season that bleeds into May/June. Management style doesn't always provide the opportunity to teach. Compensation and performance reviews are not transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    BDO USA Response

    Sep 25, 2014CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    Glad you are seeing the opportunity for career progresssion and technical development and importantly our collaborative open door culture. Good ideas come from everyone and you can't hear them with ... More

  9.  

    Good Culture, Poor Senior Management at Group level

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

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of flexibility to work on different engagements and with different people. Team getting better in terms of skill sets

    Cons

    Management for the group not communicating honestly at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest in building your team - Managers, Seniors. Associates. Don't set unrealistic goals. Also be transparent in your feedback. It is very unpleasant when people leading the group try CYA tactics and blame each other for not being able to make promotion decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    They pay well and have good perks

    Cons

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

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

    Excellent Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Great people. Great Firm.

    Cons

    No middle management. In the process of integration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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