BKD Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
77 Reviews
3.6
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BKD Partner & CEO Ted Dickman
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17 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 19 an hour, no work-life balance, they trusted each intern (in 3 reviews)

  • Good experience, knowledgeable partners (until mandatory retirement), lots of training during the first year (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season (in 6 reviews)

  • Also, the staff is not very diverse like a Big 4 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No respect

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at BKD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learned a lot over the years

    Cons

    No care for hard workers, no ability to fire those that don't do their work. No respect for anyone who's been around awhile. Pay is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come into this century and pay your people. You might keep your A players.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a right place to stay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible working schedules and time-off plicy

    Cons

    high turnover rate specially in slow season

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, that's it

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience
    Sink or swim mentality teaches you to think for yourself, as no one is going to help guide you beyond week one of training
    Nice comraderie among peers

    Cons

    Company's approach to recruiting is hiring to fire. You have just a couple months to prove your worth and receive no training. If you ask too many questions, you are immediately viewed as weaker than your peers and run a huge risk of being let go. If you are a strong performer, you also run a risk of being let go, as rather than own up to its recruiting mistakes (i.e. hiring too many), when times get tough management's philosophy is to unload staff as quickly as possible. BKD is not a great place to work, so usually those that don't get fired quit pretty quickly anyway. If you have a family or want a life outside of work, forget it. Informing them that you prefer less travel known is like career suicide. BKD is also very inflexible with working hours. Other public accounting firms are flexible in that it is about getting your work done at any time of the day, but BKD is very rigid - wants you there from exactly 8:00 to exactly 5:00 with a one hour lunch from 12:00 to 1:00. They frown upon you leaving at 4:00 on a Friday, even if you have already put in 60 hours for the week. Much of the travel is for two week jobs, and they also frown upon you coming home on the weekend, which is also different from a lot of firms. Most managers and partners are rude and act like they are above talking to staff. Technology is horrible (i.e. computer crashings and Excel time sheets, paper billing, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire to fire - recruit the correct people and the correct number of people. Take a look at your cheap and inflexible employment practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unerappreciated and overworked

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    Former Employee - Administrative Staff  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    pay was decent and generous on holidays

    Cons

    NO TRAINING at all, everything is about having 100% charge time. Worked 5 years, number of employees in my dept drastically reduced. No one was hired to replace, dumped 6 people's jobs on 4 of us, never a thank you for extra effort. 90% of employees won't raise their head to say hello in passing. Very miserable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people if you want them to be succesful. Smile once in awhile, I don't think your face will break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    You don't want to work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    The staff people are loyal to a fault. BKD doesn't deserve them.

    Cons

    Tax Group Partners are nitpicking and control freaks. Staff and Seniors are forced to deal with partners instead of managers because they are too cheap to hire managers and they managers they do hire don't stay.
    Extremely high turnover.
    The cheapest/tight fisted firm I've ever worked for. They don't bring in meals during tax season.
    They will work you to death and throw you away.
    Training is joke! One Great Week is One Big Joke. It's all "look how great we are" and hardly any technical training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise to partners is go do something else. You're no go at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You work to make the partners rich.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Starting pay is great compared to other places if you are coming right out of college.

    Cons

    Pretty much everyone supervisor and above will screw you. You work to make the partners rich. Raises are as low as 1% and any chance BKD gets to screw you out of money they will. They will even go so low as to not pay you back for business related expenses. Heard horror stories of people getting stuck with $1200.00+ that BKD came up with stupid excuses to not pay back. Training sucked. I was never trained at all while I was there, it was just expected I would figure it out as I went along which is fine except I was a staff working alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves so new people can take over and run the place right. You all are worse than congress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was good until the firm started to focus on partner profits at the expense of a quality practice.

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience in the field.You don't have to travel much. It's a job in a bad economy.

    Cons

    In my opinion, the firm focuses on partner profits at the expense of training its staff and providing the quality of services it is capable of providing. Also, the staff is not very diverse like a Big 4.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place if you want to be underpaid and overworked for the rest of your life.

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    Former Employee - Audit Supervisor  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Audit Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    This is a good place to start in public accounting for a year or two to gain some experience, but if you have ambition, energy and skills you will quickly learn that your skills and energy will only be used to make the partners rich while you work your rear end off. There is a lot of propaganda about it being a Best Place to Work and on and on. Hilarious.

    Cons

    The only people that matter at BKD is the partners. It's all about partner compensation and earnings. The benefits are terrible. Morale was terrible. I saw many talented and ambitious people leave the firm.

    It's a place of the haves and have nots. If you're a partner, you're a "have" and if you are a manager, senior manager, or staff you are a "have not." Leaving BKD was a good decision. The work environment is political and not based on merit or a person's contributions to client service, engagement realization or technical assets. I have never worked so hard for so little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not worth my energy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run, Run Far, Run Fast

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    Current Employee - Audit Manager
    Current Employee - Audit Manager

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    It's a job. I sit in an office and don't have to work outside in the snow or heat. It's a job.

    Cons

    I have never seen any service business that treats their employees as bad as this firm. If you can get a job ANYWHERE else, take it. This firm has poor leadership, horrendous client service, virtually no benefits, no training, no promotion opportunities and will do anything to screw their employees out of money. Everytime you think you've seen everything that can be done to screw an employee out of something, they'll think of something else to screw you. Whether it is disallowing expense reimbursements, have a happy hour where you buy your own drinks, they will think of something to screw you. This firm is concerned about one thing and nothing else: partner compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What difference does it make? They won't listen to advise from anybody anywhere. The only people they listen to are home grown people who have never left Springfield, Missouri.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    BKD

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Good office location, young staff , many diverse clients to work with, plenty of hours in the office to work on projects

    Cons

    Long Hours, lackluster pay, poor performance reviews, mediocre benefits,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on developing from within, not just hiring for busy season

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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