BDO USA Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson
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Pros
  • flexibility culture is good work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance really was not that great (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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    The right fit

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

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

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

    Pros

    The size of the company and the depth of resources that BDO offers sets it apart from large regional firms. For the fifth largest accounting and consulting services firm in the world, the culture in my office feels more like a smaller firm with a focus on flexibility, employee retainment, and development. No matter what your long term career goals are, you will be able to find and connect with mentors to help you succeed. I have worked at several different firms in my career and BDO offers the best mix of big firm resources and a true focus on people. In no way do I feel like "just a number".

    Cons

    As with any large firm, the challenge of inter-office staff sharing, travel requirements, and retaining millenials is present. The work is challenging and sometimes strenuous but the firm is actively promoting "day-to-day flex" to help professionals sprint and recover.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a focus on organic growth as well as through M&A. Everyone I have been in contact with at a management level is very bright, insightful, and seems to care about the employees but to grow too big, too fast may be a challenge.


  2. Not a good company to work for

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

    I worked at BDO USA full-time

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

    Pros

    Large network. learned a lot

    Cons

    office politics, pay is much lower than big 4.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees first.


  3. tax manager

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

    I have been working at BDO USA

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

    Pros

    They really push for employees to use flex time

    Cons

    Long hours, underpaid, have to play the politics


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  5. Great place to start out

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

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -training is decent -gain a lot of client interaction early on

    Cons

    -compensation -hours -hire inadequate staff and seniors

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire inexperienced seniors and inadequate amount of staff


  6. Great Atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Everyone wants you to succeed and will do what they can to help you.

    Cons

    Same as any public accounting job. Need to make an effort to have work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Things are headed the right direction.


  7. Tax Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BDO USA

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

    Pros

    Big firm with multiple office. Recruiting at major campuses.

    Cons

    Salary adjustment usually below market. Long billable hours required.

    Advice to Management

    Need to let employees exercise work life balance.


  8. So so

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

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some managers, partners are really great. Just some.

    Cons

    A lot of office politics, and the review process is a nightmare with elements of insanity. They will work you to death to raise the revenues, but your raise and bonus will be like a joke. Training is really bad - you just learn from prior years' workpapers. Coffee is bad, very bad :)

    Advice to Management

    Don't be driven just by revenues. If you really lived by the value People First good employees would never left you.


  9. STS - SALT, Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - STS - SALT, Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - STS - SALT, Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BDO USA

    Pros

    Good benefits, slightly competitive pay, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Attitude of management; small room for growth


  10. company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO USA

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

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    no downsides to working there

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Love BDO

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

    I have been working at BDO USA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Love working here at BDO. They really care about their employees and go the extra mile to accommodate us. Free tax dinners during busy season, free breakfast every Friday morning, etc.

    Cons

    I have no Cons at this point.



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